This wickedly funny English whodunit was a Mystery Guild Main Selection. Its spunky heroine, interior decorator Ellie Haskell, aspires to live a perfectly normal life with her husband and children in their lovely old house. But bizarre events and outlandish characters keep landing on her doorstep in Chitterton Fells, the charming little village by the sea. Just when Ellie means to escape her hectic life by taking a vacation in France, her long-lost father shows up with the ashes of his lady love in his suitcase. Ellie becomes suspicious as Daddy recounts the details of his storybook romance with Harriet, the platinum-blonde ideal of English womanhood he met in a German biergarten.
You will relish Cannell’s keen sense of the absurd as the plot thickens to include a visit from a kleptomaniac aunt, a village production called Murder Most Fowl, and missing relics of the local saint, Ethelwort. Barbara Rosenblat, with her impeccable comic timing and flair for characterization, is the perfect narrator for Cannell’s uproarious series.
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Haskell books better on the page
I enjoyed the Thin Woman so much when re-reading it for the nth time recently that I thought I'd find the audiobooks. There are only two available here and this is the better one, but Ellie Haskell has somehow become a minor character in a Wacky Farce Parade that drags quite a bit.
The doormat that Ellie's become. It makes the humor pretty forced.
When it finally ended.
Lots of Fun
It was a cheerful little earful.
When the three relatives of Harriett came a calling. The hilarious descriptions of them by the author, and the narrator's interpretation of how they sounded when they spoke.
Bringing to life the characters.
Mostly laugh, it was fun, with some sadness but lighthearted so you could feel uplifted no matter what.
The plot got a little convoluted toward the end, but the ridiculous twists and turns just made the book even more entertaining for me.
- Amy "Aimskee"