Femmes Fatal (Ellie Haskell Series #5)

Femmes Fatal (Ellie Haskell Series #5)

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by Dorothy Cannell
     
 

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Once Ellie Haskell's life was a fairy tale: the  one about the overweight, underpaid interior  designer who falls rapturously in love with a gorgeous  prince and lives happily ever after. But now, four  months after the birth of her twins, her worst  nightmare has come true: the princess has turned into  a… See more details below

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Once Ellie Haskell's life was a fairy tale: the  one about the overweight, underpaid interior  designer who falls rapturously in love with a gorgeous  prince and lives happily ever after. But now, four  months after the birth of her twins, her worst  nightmare has come true: the princess has turned into  a frog and the bliss has gone out of the  bedroom.



Can a course in the sensual arts,  featuring naughty nighties and Peach Melba Love Rub,  rekindle the romance she and her adored Bentley  once shared? It's a question that leads Ellie  straight to an organization called Fully  Female.



But before she can say "Marriage  Makeover," one fellow vamp becomes a sex-crazed  zombie and another meets her end in a fatally frothy  bubble bath. Then a third victim of amour turns up  dead, and Ellie realizes it's more than ill luck.  Can Ellie catch a crazed killer before love gets a  bad name.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Feisty mother of twins, Ellie Haskell (last seen in The Widows Club ) sets about putting some oomph back into her marriage in this charming and funny modern British mystery. In the village of Chitterton Fells, Ellie and her charwoman, Mrs. Malloy, join Fully Female, an organization whose goal is to ``enable every woman to fulfill her physical, emotional and sexual potential.'' Ellie wants to regain the erotic side of her marriage to super chef Ben, while Mrs. M. hopes to win the attentions of funeral director Walter Fisher. After they join the group, however, the village is shaken by a number of suspicious deaths, beginning with that of a woman who is electrocuted in her bath. Undeterred, Ellie attempts to enliven her marriage by dressing up as a Viking maiden, but before she can enact a fantasy evening with Ben, Jacqueline Diamond calls her to come over, as her husband has fallen to his death in their bedroom. As victims drop, it looks as if love itself can kill. Ellie, though, suspects some calculated human intervention, and sets out--with Mrs. M.'s help--to find the culprit. Cannell's wicked sense of humor and sprightly style move the story briskly to its somewhat contrived conclusion. (Sept.)
Library Journal
With little twins and a cat hogging most of her time, winsome heroine Ellie Haskell ( Mum's the Word , Bantam, 1990) secretly joins a woman's group designed to rejuvenate relationships. Ellie's breathless fascination with romantic possibilities involving her gorgeous husband provides much of the humor here and lightens the horror of murder and attempted murder that plague the group. Ellie somehow manages to figure out what's happening despite the intervention of a buxom housekeeper, a nutty cousin, a plain-Jane organist, and her husband's good intentions. A pleasant romp.
Mary Carroll
Ellie Haskell, the fat woman from "The Thin Woman" (St. Martin's, 1984), has slimmed down, but she remains a charming, well-meaning bundle of insecurities who stumbles into criminous situations through kindness or curiosity, and escapes with her life through pure dumb luck. Ellie understands people well enough to come up with lists of suspects and motives; the identity of the miscreant, however, often surprises her as much as it surprises the reader. In "Femmes Fatal", Ellie fears that her marriage to gorgeous chef-restauranteur Bentley T. has lost its passion since the birth of the twins, so she goes along when the other women in Chitterton Fells join Fully Female--"to put the lust back in love." Bunty Wiseman, an ex-chorus girl turned lawyer's wife, has the village knickers in an uproar with aerobics, support groups, proprietary products, and advice to the lustlorn. But people begin to die, and Ellie has to puzzle it all out. Think of it this way: an author who opens her novel with "He was a dark and stormy knight"--and a few pages later has her heroine remark, "Damn, life is a sexist institution"--deserves further exploration. Fans may not quite know how to pronounce Cannell's latest, but they "will" find a way to request it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307816672
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Series:
Ellie Haskell Series , #5
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
127,321
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

Joan Hess
Dorothy Cannell has perfected the recipe for an outrageous of genteel wit and wicked satire...I giggled to the end of this intricate plot of love-starved ladies, exhausted husbands, and discretely kinky murder.
Carolyn Hart
Wild, wacky, wonderful!

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