The Widows Club (Ellie Haskell Series #3)

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Meet Ellie Haskell, nee 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 ...
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Overview

Meet Ellie Haskell, nee 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.

Stylish, amusing, and deliciously wicked, the Misses Hyacinth and Primrose Tramwell are hired to investigate a woman's organization whose members choose widowhood over divorce. With the help of a newlywed friend, the spinster sleuths stalk the mastermind of matrimonial murder.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553277944
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1989
  • Series: Ellie Haskell Series, #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 345
  • Sales rank: 334,897
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The first in a good series.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Third in series is a classic english country mystery

    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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