To Hell in a Handbasket [NOOK Book]

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It’s snow accident when a young woman’s icy demise sends Claire’s vacation to hell in a handbasket

Skiing with her family in Breckenridge, Colorado, gift basket designer Claire Hanover hears a terrified scream cut the frigid mountain air. She is horror-stricken to find Stephanie Contino, the sister of her daughter’s boyfriend, dead on the slopes. While everyone else assumes the death was an accident, Claire is suspicious of the extra ski tracks that cross dangerously into ...

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Overview

It’s snow accident when a young woman’s icy demise sends Claire’s vacation to hell in a handbasket

Skiing with her family in Breckenridge, Colorado, gift basket designer Claire Hanover hears a terrified scream cut the frigid mountain air. She is horror-stricken to find Stephanie Contino, the sister of her daughter’s boyfriend, dead on the slopes. While everyone else assumes the death was an accident, Claire is suspicious of the extra ski tracks that cross dangerously into Stephanie’s path. But the police are skeptical of foul play, even as more signs point to murder.

When incriminating clues put her daughter Judy in danger, Claire investigates and finds trouble around every mogul. Between interviewing a daredevil snowboarder and giving ski lessons to a drug boss, she uncovers a chilling conspiracy that could turn deadly for her family.

Praise:
“Groundwater’s second leaves the bunny slope behind, offering some genuine black-diamond thrills.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Will appeal to Desperate Housewives fans and those who like cozies with a bit of spice.”—Booklist

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Kirkus Reviews
A family's ski vacation turns deadly when they find out their social connections are a little more connected than they thought. All gift-basket designer Claire Hanover (A Real Basket Case, 2007) wants is some quality time with her family, especially daughter Judy, who's been away in Paris for her senior year of college. A ski trip to Breckenridge seems ideal: close enough to their Colorado Springs home for Judy to swing by and do her laundry on the way from the airport, with plenty of opportunity for family bonding as moguls zing past on the upper slopes of Ptarmigan. But willful Judy has more interest in bonding with tall, dark Nick Contino than with Claire, and it's only because Nick and his father Anthony are off skiing the back bowls of Copper Mountain that Judy agrees to spend the day on Peak Eight with her parents and Nick's sister Stephanie. When the two girls start down Ptarmigan's Claimjumper run, Stephanie crashes into a tree, sustaining fatal injuries. Though Judy thinks a showoff snowboarder ran Stephanie off the trail, Claire finds ski tracks leading from the crash site into the woods. Her suspicions grow when the snowboarder, Boyd Naylor, is run down by an SUV with plates similar to Anthony's. The Continos' Russian pal Ivanov, who supplied the vehicle to them in return for unspecified favors, brings out Claire's inner Mama Bear, determined to protect her cub. Groundwater's second leaves the bunny slope behind, offering some genuine black-diamond thrills.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738728056
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Series: A Claire Hanover Mystery , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 271,548
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Beth Groundwater (Colorado Springs, CO) was an avid "river rat" in the 1980s. Her book, A Real Basket Case (Five Star Publishing), was a 2007 Agatha Award finalist for Best First Novel. She is the author of several award-winning stories and holds key positions in local chapters of Mystery Writers of America and other writing associations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Really enjoyed this book! Reading the book is like taking a myst

    Really enjoyed this book! Reading the book is like taking a mystery crime trip to the ski slopes. Writer Beth Groundwater does a great job of making you feel as if you have traveling to the ski slopes and become involved with solving a mysterious crime. I look forward to acquiring her other books and reading them. This was a very enjoyable read. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Great book!

    This was a great book! It is about a family that goes on a ski trip and the daughter's friend gets murdered. If you like a cozy mystery this book is for you.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    Check out this mystery !

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Easy reading and great believable story line!

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  • Posted November 24, 2012

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    It¿s snow accident when a young woman¿s icy demise sends Claire¿

    It’s snow accident when a young woman’s icy demise sends Claire’s vacation to hell in a handbasket...

    Skiing with her family in Breckenridge, Colorado, gift basket designer Claire Hanover hears a terrified scream cut the frigid mountain air. She is horror-stricken to find Stephanie Contino, the sister of her daughter’s boyfriend, dead on the slopes. While everyone else assumes the death was an accident, Claire is suspicious of the extra ski tracks that cross dangerously into Stephanie’s path. But the police are skeptical of foul play, even as more signs point to murder.

    When incriminating clues put her daughter Judy in danger, Claire investigates and finds trouble around every mogul. Between interviewing a daredevil snowboarder and giving ski lessons to a drug boss, she uncovers a chilling conspiracy that could turn deadly for her family.

    Hang on to your ski poles, this is a wild run!! Watch out for out of control snowboarders, flying bullets and families keeping secrets.

    Claire finds herself right in the middle of the drama as she tries to protect her daughter while helping the police catch a killer. Any mom knows you do not get between a mom and her kids. We will lay down our lives to keep our children safe no matter if they are 5 or 25. Claire is a strong courageous woman and her daughter Judy is following in her footsteps. Of course not all of us have a friendly drug dealer we can call to help us get information and what he wants in return is hilarious. The picture that forms in your mind will have you laughing out loud.

    Husband Roger touched my heart. He and Claire are trying to rejuvenate their love after the stress of incidents in the first book in the series, A Real Basket Case. He knows that he can't keep her from investigating so he helps her as much as he can. He also tries to squeeze in some romantic moments along the way.

    I have learned my lesson about Beth Groundwater stories:

    *When you start reading you will not stop until you reach the end.
    *Her characters are real and constantly evolving and pull you right into their lives and hold on tight.
    *They take place is wonderful scenic places.
    *I use the word "wild" a lot when describing her books.
    *These are not cozy mysteries! They are edgy mysteries full of suspense!
    *Bits of humor and tries at romance keep the story with the right feel for cozy lovers.
    *Think "cozy mystery on steroids"!
    I love the way Beth writes and have loved every one of her stories. I highly recommend escaping into this book as soon as possible!

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

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    My Kind of Hero

    I've just finished reading the second Claire Hanover mystery, and I'd have to say Beth Groundwater's main character really is strong enough to keep my interest through a whole series. A fascinatingly resourceful amateur detective, with the cleverness of Miss Marple, the sore knees of the middle-aged, and the physical prowess of an empty-nester who plans to keep skiing forever, Claire has the confidence to believe what she sees and to tell it like she sees it. Just because no one else saw the ski tracks doesn't mean they're not there. Just because no one else sees the danger doesn't mean she shouldn't protect her daughter. Just because.

    So she walks into police stations and describes exactly the sort of details that someone unaccustomed to such places would notice-the presence or absence of family photographs, the pictures on the walls. She walks into a night club and learns the right words for the music by making mistakes-okay, so daughter's embarrassed, but Mom's taking charge. She leaps into action, rightly earning the nickname Mama Bear. And the reader follows along, all the time amazed and impressed and, if you happen to be me, just plain wishing I were more like her.

    I guess Claire's kind of a niche hero, perfect for us moms with kids fleeing the nest, and ideal for the recipients of gift baskets. She makes me want to ski again. She believes in ibuprofen. She's real and she's fun. And she's more than capable of leaving me eagerly awaiting her next adventure.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    This is an entertaining amateur sleuth

    In Colorado Springs gift basket designer Claire Hanover looks forward to the ski trip with her family. However, tragedy on the slopes devastates everyone when the sister of her daughter Judy's boyfriend dies in what is a homicide.

    Claire vows to keep her daughter safe from the killer who knows Judy saw what happened and will come for her. However, Claire cannot prevent a murderer from killing others. As they remain alive while the body count rises, Claire knows the culprit is coming for her and her daughter, but to stop the adversary has proven difficult as he or she is one of them.

    This is an entertaining amateur sleuth in which Claire risks her life to keep Judy safe. The story line is action-packed, but the serial killing becomes too obvious rather early in spite of some interesting spins. Still in her second Hanover Colorado mystery (see A REAL BASKET CASE), Beth Groundwater provides an interesting thriller as the killer is coming.

    Harriet Klausner

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    Posted September 23, 2009

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