The Importance of Being Ernestine (Ellie Haskell Series #11) [NOOK Book]


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The Importance of Being Ernestine (Ellie Haskell Series #11)

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her dozenth delight, Agatha nominee Cannell dishes up a dizzy spoof of American hard-boiled private-eye fiction (after 2001's Bridesmaids Revisited). Ellie Haskell attempts a surprise for her husband, Ben, by redecorating his study, but when her gift seemingly bombs, she seeks comfort and wisdom from her worldly daily, Mrs. Roxy Malloy. Mrs. Malloy has been moonlighting as Girl Friday to a local PI, "Milk" Jugg, and Ellie's nocturnal visit to Jugg's office coincides with the appearance of a new client, Lady Krumley. Mrs. Malloy graciously allows Ellie to act as her assistant in Jugg's absence, and they plunge fearlessly and fecklessly into Lady Krumley's case. Many years widowed, Lady Krumley once sacked a parlor maid, Flossie, whom she suspected of having stolen a valuable brooch. Flossie also managed to get herself in the family way while at Moultty Towers, and later expired from tuberculosis while trying to care for herself and her daughter, Ernestine. With her dying breath, Flossie cursed the Krumley family, and various Krumleys have recently shuffled off the mortal coil in amusingly eccentric ways. Lady Krumley wants to find the missing Ernestine and right ancient wrongs, hoping to avert any further mysterious accidents. Using Ellie's cover as an interior designer, the two gumshoes besiege the denizens of Moultty Towers, and the game is afoot. Cannell orchestrates plenty of laughs along with a clever plot, merrily winking at readers as she pokes fun at numerous genre conventions. (June 10) Forecast: It's no coincidence that the artwork resembles that of Penguin's redesigned P.G. Wodehouse series. Handselling to Jeeves and Wooster fans not already Cannell converts could provide a boost. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Series sleuth Ellie Haskell (Bridesmaids Revisited) teams up with Mrs. Malloy, her housekeeper, when they bump into a private detective's intended client. Wealthy old Lady Krumley believes that the illegitimate daughter of a parlor maid wrongfully dismissed 30 years ago has begun killing members of the Krumley family in revenge. Totally charming. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When Ellie Haskell (Bridesmaids Revisited, 2000, etc.) finds her husband Ben less than pleased with her makeover of his study, she does what any true-blue mental case would do. On the pretext of returning a lost tube of lipstick, she rushes out to visit Roxie Malloy, her housekeeper, who's moonlighting as a cleaner-upper at Mr. Jugg's detective agency. After they proceed to punish her employer's obligatory stash of bourbon, a late-arriving client mistakes the tipsy matrons for detectives, and they soon find themselves engaged by Lady Krumley of Moultty Towers, Biddlington-by-Water, to find Ernestine, the daughter of her late housemaid Flossie Jones, unjustly fired 30 years ago on suspicion of stealing Lady Krumley's emerald brooch. Wimpy nephew Niles Edmonds and her shrewish wife Cynthia are useless, Cousin Alphonse is too eccentric to care, and Cousin Vincent is no help at all, having fallen into a well and died the week before trying to find his missing dog. But Mrs. Beetle, the cook, thinks Mrs. Hasty, the former housekeeper who's retired to a cottage on the grounds, might know something, and indeed she might-if overprotective lady's maid Laureen Phillips would just let her share her wisdom. So might Constable Thatcher's ten-year-old son Ronald, if he'd only leave off chucking flowerpots at passing cars long enough to tell. It takes a lot of legwork-Roxie's in four-inch heels-for the two sleuths to crack the case before the Krumleys crumble. A painfully arch but amusing tale of upstairs, downstairs, and inside-out.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440650826
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/29/2003
  • Series: Ellie Haskell Series, #11
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 131,921
  • File size: 284 KB

Meet the Author

Dorothy Cannell has been a bestselling mystery writer for almost twenty years, and is an Agatha Award nominee. Born in England, she has lived in the U.S. since the age of twenty.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    I'm not sure I'll be able to finish this mystery,  The writer's

    I'm not sure I'll be able to finish this mystery,  The writer's style is getting in the way.  It seems a very self-conscious and strained prose, and at the same time gallops to see how many clever ways there are to say something,  yet the mystery plot does not seem to progress much.  It's kind of wearing to follow. The first person heroine is a ditz and worse--there seems to be no smarts there.   As I said,  I haven't finished the book and it was a bookclub selection so I want to complete it, but so far it just seems a string of overwritten minor incidents that go on and on.  Since this is #11 in the series, this kind of heavy-handed style of writing must appeal to enough readers to keep it going. But there are many humorous and fun writers out there who do it well (Carola Dunn, Rhys Bowen, for example) and know not to overload their stories with unnecessary jokey descriptions. 

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