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VEGETABLES CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH! Old Agatha Treadway baked her own bread, canned her own vegetables---and died of botulism in her very own kitchen. Accident, says Dr. Druffitt. Murder, says neighbor Janet Wadman. And says it again when she finds the doctor dead, too. Detective Inspector Madoc Rhys, of the royal Canadian Mounted Police, agrees. But who's the killVEGETABLES CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH! Old Agatha Treadway baked her own bread, canned her own vegetables---and died of botulism in her very own kitchen. Accident, says Dr. Druffitt. Murder, says neighbor Janet Wadman. And says it again when she finds the doctor dead, too. Detective Inspector Madoc Rhys, of the royal Canadian Mounted Police, agrees. But who's the killer...the town miser, who wants the one thing only Mrs. Treadway could have given him? The miser's son who's panting for the doctor's daughter? Widow Druffitt, who's holding secret meetings with unlikely people? The hired girl who listens at keyholes? The hired man who hides in haylofts? It's an awful mess...and when Rhys gets it sorted out, he faces an even tougher problem of his own. This is #1 in Madoc & Janet Rhys Series....

Title : A Pint of Murder
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ISBN : 9780380703340
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Number of Pages : 186 Pages
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A Pint of Murder Reviews

  • Ivonne Rovira
    2019-01-02 12:49

    I adored the late Charlotte MacLeod’s cozy mystery series featuring Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn and all of Sarah’s eccentric extended family — enough to have read every single book in the series and been sorry to see it end! Thanks to my Great Escape sisters, I launched into MacLeod’s Peter Shandy series, which I love, as well. Unfortunately, I’m having to wait for the library to send me the fourth in the Shandy series, Something The Cat Dragged In. So, to tide myself over, I turned to yet another of MacLeod’s series, this one written under the pseudonym of Alisa Craig. This series features Detective Inspector Madoc Rhys of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.I love Canada (hey! I can sing the entirety of the Canadian national anthem by heart, OK?), but I knew absolutely nothing about the RCMP except for what I learned from Dudley Do-Right. I’ve never even seen the Nelson Eddy/Jeanette MacDonald movies. I suspect I still don’t know anything about the real workings of the RCMP, but I like Detective Inspector Madoc Rhys and his love interest Janet Wadman. I don’t like this series as much as I do the Sarah Kelling/Max Bittersohn and Peter Shandy series, which are a bit more humorous if a bit more over the top, but I liked Rhys well enough that I want to read the rest of the novels.

  • Susan in NC
    2018-12-30 19:38

    3 stars, or ok on my personal scale. I thought I had read this years ago after I read Charlotte MacLeod's Max Bittersohn/Sarah Kelling and Peter Shandy mysteries years ago; didn't seem familiar, though. Maybe I tried her Grub and Stakers mysteries! I just remember thinking the books were too whimsically cute for me.Not so here. While not as sharp and witty as the Kelling and Shandy mysteries, this debut mystery in the Maddoc Rhys series did have some flashes of the earthy, snarky humor MacLeod displayed through some of the characters and dialogue in those very enjoyable books. I am currently somewhat at the mercy of e-books so I can blow up the fonts post-surgery to read, so I may try the next in the series.

  • Regan
    2019-01-20 12:51

    Decent cozy. It took me awhile to get into it. The characters weren't all that interesting in the beginning, but the mystery was good.

  • Diane
    2019-01-20 20:23

    Another amusing cozy by Charlotte MacLeod (under her pen name of Alisa Craig), this one is set in Canada and features Madog Rhys of the RCMP (a/k/a the Mounties). She was born in Canada in 1922, but emigrated to the US in 1923. She became a US citizen in 1951. Unfortunately, there are only five Rhys mysteries, of which this is the first. Elderly Agatha Treadway has died of food poisoning - supposedly from the food that she had herself canned. Her neighbor and friend, Janet Wadman, doesn't believe it for an instant. Despite her age, Mrs Treadway was remarkably self-sufficient and independent, and was well-known for her canning skills. The idea that anything Agatha canned would develop botulism is absurd to Janet and she says so. When the doctor who tended to Agatha - and who is also her nephew by marriage - dies suddenly from "a fall" after obtaining a sample of the tainted food, Janet suspects the same person who killed Agatha killed him as well. Eventually, things get to the point where the Mounties are summoned, which is when Madog Rhys enters the picture in one of MacLeod's more amusing passages:"EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT A Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman looks like. He is lean, bronzed, straight-backed, steel-jawed, handsome as all getout, and stands six-foot-four in his socks. He wears a dashing red tunic, shiny boots, and blue jodhpurs with yellow stripes up the sides. Mounties are most apt to be found either astride magnificent stallions, singing, “Rose Marie, I Love You,” or else driving strings of huskies across frozen wastes of snow with the aurora borealis flashing behind them and repentant renegades lashed to their sleds. Janet Wadman had no trouble whatever passing off Detective Inspector Madoc Rhys of the RCMP as Annabelle’s cousin from Winnipeg. He looked like an unemployed plumber’s helper."Poor Madog!Despite his looks - or lack of them - Madog is an excellent investigator with an eye for detail. His only problem is that he is increasingly distracted by Janet - not that he minds, of course. There is one more murder before Madog, with Janet's help, catches the killer.I really enjoyed reading this book. Charlotte MacLeod is excellent at creating very interesting characters, most of whom are very likable (with the possible exception of Jason Bain and the doctor's widow (and Agatha's niece) Elizabeth. Initially, I disliked Agatha's niece Marion, but by the end of the book, I liked her. Even though the book is set in Canada, the setting seemed very familiar to me and I live in a small town in Texas. Some things are universal. Very recommended.

  • Susan Ferguson
    2019-01-06 20:40

    I am so glad Charlotte MacLeod's books are finally out in ebooks. I have been keeping an eye out and finally decided to check again after being disappointed so often. Yay! I had not read this series before but am very pleased with it - it is good fun.Janet is suffering from a bruised heart and a ruptured appendix and has come home to her brother's farm to recuperate. His wife is having an operation for "female troubles" and their kids are at her parents so Janet doesn't have a lot to do. Hearing a commotion at their only neighbors she finds the doctor there and his sister-in-law, Aggie's niece there on a visit, looking at the dead woman lying on her kitchen floor, having apparently been poisoned by home canned string beans. Janet is suspicious because Aggie had always been so careful. Then the doctor is killed when Janet goes to see him about the jar of green beans.She talks to the local marshall about the situation and agrees to check on the second jar she found before they call in the Mounties. But a fire burns down the house where Gilly Bascom lives nearly killing her, her son Bobby and their dogs. So the mounties are called and Madoc Rhys arrives. Not your typical Mounty in looks. He is 5'8" and soft spoken - and Welsh, with an amazing resolution record. He is instantly attracted to Janet and keeps reminding himself he is on a case and she's a suspect.There are many more quirky characters with their own idiosyncracies as in any small town. Jason Bain is one, with jis penchant for suing at the drop of a hat. And for some reason he is after a patent for one of Aggie's husbands useless inventions.Lovely, warm fun mystery. Now I will have to read the rest. A quick read, too.

  • Judy
    2019-01-20 17:23

    Angela Treadway, an elderly widow in a small Canadian town, is poisoned by botulism in some canned green beans that she ate and Janet Wadman is instantly suspicious because Mrs. Treadway was known in the community for being fanatically careful with the fruits and vegetables that she canned. Before Janet could alert the local doctor about her suspicions, he is also killed. Before the murderer is unmasked, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are involved and then things get really interesting. An attention-grabbing plot, but, unfortunately, the story moved a little slowly for me.

  • Vicki
    2019-01-05 12:50

    A delightful Whodunit set in a remote village in Canada, A Pint of Murder was published originally in 1980, but has been recently resurrected by mystery lovers who now offer it digitally through Open Road Media, which is how I came across it.Janet Wadman has temporarily returned to the family farm in Pitcherville, New Brunswick, Canada to help out while her sister-in-law is recovering from surgery. One sleepless night she sees the doctor's car at the neighboring farm and goes to check on her elderly neighbor, Agatha Treadway. But Agatha is already dead on the floor and the doctor says he is sure it is food poisoning...the deadly botulism, as a matter of fact. Ms. Treadway had been canning and eating her own food from her own cellar for decades, and Janet does not believe Ms. Treadway, even at age 87, would have made a careless mistake in the canning process. Her visiting niece Marion Emery had eaten supper with Ms. Treadway, but had not shared the green beans. The doctor left with the jar, saying he would send the jar to the lab for processing. The next day Janet was back helping Marion and was down in the cellar where she observes a second jar of green beans which had been cut, not snapped, as Ms. Treadway had always prepared them. She quickly calls the doctor's home to find out if the jar he was sending to the lab had cut or snapped beans in it, but Janet only gets to make an appointment to visit later that day, as she did not want to leave a message which might be overheard on the party line in their small gossipy town.But Janet was never going to get to ask the doctor that question. When she enters his office, she discovers his body where he apparently slipped on a rug and hit his head on the edge of the desk.But is that really what happened? Janet notices that his head has a rounded indention at the site of the mortal wound, not an angular one which the desk would have made. Sleepy little Pitcherville may have a murderer in their it time to call in the Mounties?There are several books in this series, so look for them in your bookstore or library, or check out,, or

  • Susan
    2019-01-20 12:35

    I've always enjoyed the Charlotte MacLeod books. The ones she writes as Alisa Craig about Madoc Rhys of the Canadian Mounties are fun and not as cutesy as the Peter Shandy books. I've read this book several times in the past, but enjoyed it just as much this time. I read an e-book this time, although I think there is a paperback on one of my shelves somewhere, too. This is the first book, where Madoc and Janet meet after Janet convinces the local police to call in the Mounties when her friend dies from eating spoiled beans, and later when she discovers the body of the local doctor. Having read several other Madoc books, it was fun to once again visit the meeting of Janet and Madoc. The plot is pretty good, too - even though I'd read it before, I couldn't remember who the murderer was.

  • Karen
    2019-01-15 19:48

    The 3 books in the Madoc and Janet Rhys series were on sale as ebooks, so I decided to buy them on a whim. I'm glad I did. The main characters are a delightful husband and wife detective team who put me in mind of Amelia Peadboy/Radcliffe Emerson, though definitely with different settings. Anyway, it was a delightful and easy read.

  • Penny
    2019-01-21 17:31

    It took me a minute to get into this book. It starts off a little slow for me. Then the middle is another slow part. But eventually they bring it home. It wasn't a bad read... it just took a while for it to kick in.

  • Kris
    2018-12-30 17:33

    This series is more probable and less silly than the Sarah & Max Bittersohn books, however it is still populated by quirky characters who are interesting and move the plot along. It's great escapist fiction and a fun read for a lazy afternoon.

  • Veronica Bustin
    2018-12-27 14:48

    I liked the setting, the story and both Janet and Madoc... some of the other characters, I could have done without...And although I correctly guessed the identity of the killer at one point, I dismissed it as other things happened.

  • Melody
    2019-01-01 19:43

    An erudite mystery with enjoyable characters, an intelligent plot and a pleasing if unexpected ending .

  • Kat Walter
    2019-01-09 14:50

    A solid three stars. I don't give more than that for the cozy mystery genre. Looking forward to reading the others in the Rhys series.

  • Nancy
    2019-01-05 13:49

    A pleasant escape into a gossipy country village (Canadian, not English) with murders and a bit of romance.

  • Priya
    2019-01-09 18:51

    not such a satisfying read - couldn't come to like any character - even though the mystery itself was okay.

  • Sandy Shin
    2019-01-09 18:49

    A nice country-style murder, characters you can like, or, at least recognize, and a surprise ending with the murderer being nuts.. Very restful

  • Jeanne
    2018-12-30 17:33

    I read this book on December 1, 1981. Reread 8/2017 and remembered who it it!

  • Little Red Readinghood
    2018-12-25 15:32

    Well written lots of clever humor.

  • Laurel
    2018-12-24 18:40

    This cozy mystery was fun to read-a little old fashioned, published in 1980, and stands as the first instalment in Charlotte Macleod's R.C.M.P. detective series. Rhys Madoc is his name, and he is quiet spoken, a gentleman, and a very crafty detective, with great listening skills. I quite liked him! A series of murders takes pace in a little town called Pitcherville, when elderly Aggie Treadway dies from botulism poisoning. Her preserved green beans were tampered with! A whole series of interesting characters are introduced, and Pitcherville itself, seems to be a character, too. Small town life in rural New Brunswick in the summer...and more murder ensues. Eventually, the Mounties are called in to solve the case. Enter Mountie Madoc, and yes-he does get his "man", or woman. No spoilers here! Reminds me a little of The Killings at Badgers Drift, The Killings At Badger's Drift, which I enjoyed immensely. The latter started me on my journey towards becoming a mystery genre lover, a long time ago.The dialogue is witty, and it is easy to fancy yourself as a fly on the wall, in the various kitchens, the funeral parlour, and at the Busy Bee, the local diner, as the story unfolds. Lots of local colour, and a detailed explanation of how and why the dastardly deeds were done!

  • Karen
    2019-01-11 19:24

    A Pint of Murder is the first in the Madoc and Janet Rhys Series written by Charlotte MacLeod under the pen name Alisa Craig (a name she also used for the Grub-And-Stakers series ... which I'll get to some day!). I already fell in love with MacLeod's Peter Shandy so I figured I would give another series a shot (especially since the second one takes place at Christmastime and will fit in nicely with my holiday read-a-thon).While I can't say that this enthralled me as much as the Peter Shandy series has so far, it was a quick and enjoyable read with some laugh out loud bits right from the start.I have to admit I was awfully surprised that Madoc didn't appear at all until the tenth chapter! The first nine were all setting up the first murders and the background of Janet Wadman and her neighbors in Pitcherville, New Brunswick (which is in Canada for those of you who may be geographically challenged). Of course, the title is clearly "A Madoc and Janet Rhys Mystery" per the cover of the ebook so even before starting I knew that the two were going to end up together sooner or later.I hate spoilers.Maybe THAT was one of the reasons it didn't grip me as much. I kept reading and thinking "Well, get ON with it already!" knowing what was coming for the two ... sooner or later ...Maybe the second one will hook me a bit more. We'll find out before the end of the year!

  • Maria
    2019-01-12 16:46

    A good start to the Canadian Mounty series. I had forgotten, if I had ever known, that Nelson Eddy played a RCMP when I was a child although I remember the shows vaguely. Like Janet, I was expecting a tall, well-built, good looking man to show up, singing and singing well, although I had no idea what song, so my memory banks must have been partially working at some level. I know I had a good laugh at the way Ms. MacLeod introduced Madoc, mainly at myself. The gentle romance between Madoc and Janet as seen from Madoc's view is wonderful, especially after Roy, the Cad. Hard to imagine a man who would leave a woman to get to the emergency room on her own just because she was spoiling his birthday. That takes a degree of selfishness that boggles the mind. I hope Madoc gets even with him in a future book. The mystery played well, too, with another villain whose ego boggles the mind.

  • Sally
    2019-01-02 16:22

    Listening to an audiobook version is a kind of re-read for me. I read and enjoyed many of Charlotte Macleod's (aka Alisa Craig) many years ago and still have the paperbacks on my bookshelf, so I probably thought them worth keeping. I think the best thing about her stories is the sense of having a real community entwined in mysterious happenings. What the characters do feels believable and realistic, yet somehow rather quirky. I don't think this series with Maddoc and Janet Rhys (A Pint of Murder being the first of the series, before they are a married couple) are as good as the Sarah and Max Kelling books, nor as entertaining as the Peter Shandy series, but they are quick and easy reads and definitely of the cozy mystery genre. I don't particularly care for the narrator in the audiobook, William Dufris.

  • Julie
    2019-01-05 12:46

    When Janet's neighbor dies from some home canned green beans, Janet is suspicious. She's known Mrs. Treadway for far too long and knows how careful she had always been with her food canning and all of her food preparation. When the town doctor is found dead from a slip and fall accident, Janet is certain there's a murderer on the loose in her little Canadian town. Finally after a case of arson she convinces the local police officer to call in the mounties. Mrs. Treadway had a collection of eccentric relatives and a couple of local townspeople seem to have enough motive to keep Madoc busy when he arrives.Janet and Madoc are both very likable characters. MacLeod does an excellent job of describing the place and small town life. There were plenty of red herrings, an interesting mystery, and a few sweet romances that didn't interfere with the plot.

  • Teri-K
    2019-01-02 19:51

    Started out slow. Really slow. It finally picked up once the Mountie arrived, but that took way too long. I like Rhys and Janet, I think. They're not glamorous, but feel like fairly real people who might reasonably be expected to be interested in each other. I'd have liked to spend more time with them together. The solution to the murders came out of left field. I read lots of these, but I had to stop and think, "Now, what?" I do like the small town setting, the characters who aren't too nice but also not unreasonable nasty or eccentric. And the method of the murder. Death by botulism. Not written about often but it can definitely happen. I'll probably read another one of these some time. I definitely prefer all of the author's other series to this first book.

  • Ed
    2019-01-19 15:36

    #1 in the RCMP Inspector Madoc Rhys series by Charlotte MacLeod writing as Alisa Craig. Alisa Craig was MacLeod's most frequently used pen-name (11 titles), and it was used for the two Canada-based series,RCMP Inspector Madoc Rhys and The Grub and Stakers (5 titles each), as well as a standalone mystery, The Terrible Tide (1983), based in New Brunswick. The Alisa Craig offerings are in the same quirky vein used by MacLeod under her own name.RCMP Inspector Madoc Rhys appears in Pitcherville, New Brunswick to investigate a series of suspicious deaths. The RCMP was summoned at the demand of young Janet Wadman, who refused to believe old Agatha Treadway would can beans that would turn bad or that Dr. Druffit would create an round wound by hitting his head. Rhys becomes smitten by Janet.

  • Peter Barr
    2019-01-09 20:24

    Charlotte MacLeod wrote several series of mysteries under her name and Alisa Craig. This was the first in a series involving RCMP Madoc Rhys in New Brunswick. This starts out with an old woman dying of botulism. Is it food poisoning or was her food poisoned? This begins the story. The story moves along well and the characters are fun.

  • Philip
    2018-12-31 18:36

    I guess this was an OK read but It isn't the style of mystery that I enjoy reading. I found this while looking for some mysteries set in New Brunswick as part of my project to read mysteries set in all parts of Canada and New Brunswick so far has been the hardest province in which to find suitable books! This author's writing has just reinforced my wariness of reading mysteries by female authors, an irrational aversion that Louise Penny, Barbara Fradkin. Vicki Delaney and possibly Anne Emery have been helping me to overcome. I doubt if I'll read any more by this author and I'll have to keep on looking for some decent mysteries set in New Brunswick

  • Suzan Sluder
    2018-12-24 15:51

    The story itself is a good read and although there are several characters, the author connects them well and if you forget the relationships, she reminds you in later parts of the book. The only thing I did not like was the swearing that occurred a few times thru the book. Not gratuitous, but it wasn't necessary for the story and I found it distracting. I did guess the killer about mid-way thru the book (and I usually don't) but the storyline was interesting enough to continue on to see how it all played out.

  • Nicole
    2019-01-01 18:41

    This is the coziest of tales despite the deaths. The story reveals wonderful detailed images of dedicated Canadian farmers, rural village life and gossip galore, plus the eminent families status quo. The state in which Madoc Rhys, RCMP, finds himself is two down and counting. He has to unravel all the family ties amidst funerals and flirting with the farmers sister. Glorious characters, as MacLeod always delivers.