Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Book Review & Giveaway-The Trouble with Harriet by Dorothy Cannell

About the book (provided by Great Escapes Tours)
In a murder mystery so charming it could only have come from Dorothy Cannell—hailed by Nancy Pickard as “America’s P. G. Wodehouse”—Ellie Haskell is shocked when her long-lost father shows up on her doorstep with some rather . . . compromising baggage.
Ellie Haskell and her husband, Ben, haven’t taken a vacation in years. Now their suitcases are packed, their tickets are booked, and they’re ready for a romantic getaway in France. But everything goes awry after a chain-smoking fortune teller makes a dire prediction: “Take that trip at your peril!” Those ominous words ring true when Ellie’s prodigal father, Morley, suddenly appears with the remains of his ladylove, Harriet, whose untimely death in a car accident has left him bereft.
But after Morley loses the urn in a bizarre series of events, Harriet’s family is furious. Now a bewildered Ellie finds herself asks some probing questions: Who or what was in that urn? Could her father be a pawn in a deadly game? And what exactly is the meaning of that darn prophecy? Ellie just hopes she lives to find out whether the answers are worth the trouble.
And I thought
I truly don't know what rock I've been under to have missed 
Dorothy Cannell and the Ellie Haskell cozy mystery series.

First the cover captured my interest.  And then . . .

From page one I was captured by Ellie and the other characters.  
The towns folks were genuinely charming.  I felt I was transported to the quaint little English village. 

Ellie and her husbands dream romantic holiday in France (without the kids) is put on hold when her father shows up totin' the remains of his beloved Harriet. 

The urn disappears,  there is a car crash and Ellie's father becomes a suspect.  

I enjoyed The Trouble With Harriet and look forward to checking out the series.  

I received a complimentary copy from Great Escapes Tours.
This review will appear on Amazon and B&N.
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The series
The Ellie Haskell mystery series features Ellie Haskell, an interior designer; Bentley Haskell, a writer and chef; and Hyacinth and Primrose Tramwell, a pair of zany sisters and owners of Flowers Detection Agency.
  • The Thin Woman (1984)
  • The Widow's Club (1988), sequel to The Thin Woman
  • Mum's the Word (1990)
  • Femmes Fatal (1992)
  • How To Murder Your Mother-In-Law (1994)
  • How to Murder the Man of Your Dreams (1995)
  • The Spring Cleaning Murders (1998)
  • The Trouble with Harriet (1999)
  • Bridesmaids Revisited (2000)
  • The Importance of Being Ernestine (2002)
  • Withering Heights (2007)
  • Goodbye, Ms. Chips (2008)
  • She Shoots to Conquer (2009)
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