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The Widows Club (Ellie Haskell Series #3)
     

The Widows Club (Ellie Haskell Series #3)

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by Dorothy Cannell
 

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Stylish, amusing, and deliciously wicked—a superb murder mystery from the acclaimed author of The Thin Woman
 
Divorce can end a marriage. Murder can do it better.
 
Meet Ellie Haskell, née Simons, thin woman, newlywed, potential murderess. Her life in charming Chitterton Fells promises nothing but endless

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Stylish, amusing, and deliciously wicked—a superb murder mystery from the acclaimed author of The Thin Woman
 
Divorce can end a marriage. Murder can do it better.
 
Meet Ellie Haskell, née Simons, thin woman, newlywed, potential murderess. Her life in charming Chitterton Fells promises nothing but endless bliss—until she meets two of the most cunning and unlikely private eyes ever to track down a diabolical killer. Misses Hyacinth and Primrose Tramwell of Flowers Detection Agency have been called in by a major insurance company to investigate the deplorably high incidence of sudden death among the married men of this picturesque municipality. The spinster sleuths soon discover that all the husbands had been unfaithful and their deaths neatly arranged by an enterprising social organization called The Widows Club.

But to find the mastermind behind this insidious ring, the Tramwells need an unhappy and betrayed wife. Enter Ellie, who will endanger life and husband to join The Widows Club and arrange to have her dearly beloved . . . dead.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ellie Simons has a great deal on her mind: her pending marriage to handsome Bentley Haskell; the opening of his restaurant in the charming English town of Chitterton Fells; the restoration of the castle Merlin's Court, where she and Ben live. Most compelling of all, Ellie must learn to feel comfortable with her newly thin body, celebrated in the first Cannell mystery, The Thin Woman. But from the bacchanalian wedding reception on, she runs into trouble. She and Ben seem to drift apart. His parents, preparing for divorce, arrive separately to live at Merlin's Court. And in her heart of hearts, Ellie is convinced she is still a fat person. Into her already chaotic life come Hyacinth and Primrose Tramwell, proprietors of Flowers Detection Agency, to enlist her help in an investigation. Chitterton Fells has been marked by a recent rash of murders, the victims all unfaithful husbands. The Tramwells suspect the the existence of a Widows' Club, whose services include emotional support, various social activities and, possibly, murder. Ellie joins the effort to ferret out ``the Founder,'' who could be any of a number of prominent citizens from the notorious Dr. Simon Bordeaux to Edward Digby, writer of murder mysteries. The humor is broad and delivery fastindeed franticand while the resolution may seem far-fetched, Ellie, for all her scatterbrained foolishness, remains a heroine with gumption and grace. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553277944
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1989
Series:
Ellie Haskell Series , #3
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
345
Sales rank:
425,549
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.55(d)

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The Widows Club 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love this series for the fun it provides, then you will like this one too. If you like cozies in general, then you will like this series. As always, there is at least one mystery to be solved, but no goriness. In this particular one, there are too many characters to follow easily, but that is not typical of the series. The overall series gets 5 stars. For the books I recommend, I also recommend the whole series.
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Very enjoyable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Think first published in late eighties as read them before. Fun couple and ground breaking genre combo as hero is a chef. Wasnt the era yet to include receipes. Classic village characters not yet turned into a third world drug/violence as recent english mysteries do now. Comforting pagecounter@sparta.fsfl
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