In this “entertaining gothic tale” (Chicago Sun-Times) that “reads like Wuthering Heights on steroids” (Publishers Weekly), amateur sleuth Ellie Haskell gets caught up in the drama of a trio of ancient spinsters—and the ghosts of murder past.
“Rosemary, Thora, and Jane lived at the end of the lane, one was thin, one was fat, and one was very plain.” This is how Ellie Haskell remembers her grandmother’s three childhood friends, known collectively as “the bridesmaids.” Ellie once asked her mother where the nickname came from and her mother replied, “It’s a long story, best forgotten.” After all, every family has its secrets.
Now, thirty years later, a letter from the bridesmaids arrives informing Ellie that her grandmother, Sophia, wishes to make contact. This might have been heartwarming news but for one small detail: Sophia is dead. Ellie sets out to visit the bridesmaids, expecting to set the record straight. What she gets is a life-changing journey into the unknown, from a séance and a hidden diary to a mysterious death that took place more than fifty years ago.
Praise for Bridesmaids Revisited
“Witty . . . [Dorothy] Cannell fleshes out an entertaining gothic tale, old-fashioned in structure, sprinkled with . . . wacky humor.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“The tale sometimes reads like Wuthering Heights on steroids. . . . Cannell’s smooth narration and her appealing, smart-mouthed characters charm you into suspending disbelief. The result is a thoroughly delightful puzzle.”—Publishers Weekly
“Full of gothic touches and the ineffable sweetness of memory, this is clearly Cannell’s best so far.”—Booklist
Praise for Dorothy Cannell and the Ellie Haskell series
“A thoroughly entertaining series.”—Cosmopolitan
“It is the absurd predicaments of her central characters that readers find themselves recalling, and Cannell is cunning at devising outlandish situations for them.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Cannell is a master of subtle wit and humorous asides that lift her cozies to great heights. Before the influx of writers trying to out-humor Janet Evanovich, there was Dorothy Cannell. Long may she write!”—Library Journal
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|Series:||Ellie Haskell Series , #9|
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With her family away on vacation, interior decorator Ellie Haskell planned to redo their home. However, a letter from Rosemary Maywood shakes Ellie to her inner core. Rosemary claims that she is in contact with Ellie¿s deceased grandmother Sophia who desperately needs to speak with her. Rosemary, along with Thora and Jane, were called the bridesmaids when Ellie was a child, but no one would explain why they were nicknamed as such. Feeling a bit foolish, Ellie travels to see Rosemary to learn what the woman is talking about. Her housekeeper Mrs. Malloy insists on coming too. Ellie and Mrs. Malloy go the Knells where she learns that a developer plans to turn the village into a theme park because he was mistreated as a youth. As she begins to unravel what the three bridesmaids want to tell her, Ellie begins investigating a half of a century old murder that could end up with a present day homicide, namely Ellie. BRIDESMAID REVISITED is an interesting tale that reads like a well-written gothic who-done-it. The main characters are fully developed and the support cast brings the brooding atmosphere of the Knells to life. The mystery is humorously and enjoyably weird as expected from a Dorothy Cannel tale. Harriet Klausner
Title: Bridesmaids Revisited - Ellie Haskell Mystery Book 9 Author: Dorothy Cannell Publisher: Random House Publishing Published: 2-7-2017 Pages: 260 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers and Suspense Sub-Genre: Women Sleuths; Paranormal; British Cozy; Amateur Sleuths ASIN: B01KE61LTS ISBN: 9780399180385 Reviewed For: NetGalley and Random House Publishing Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.5 Stars Ellie receives word from her Grandmother Sophie's childhood friends known as the Bridesmaids that her grandmother wants to speak with her. Ellie goes to tell the ladies it wasn't possible as Grandmother Sophie was dead and had been for some time. Once she arrives a séance is performed and a murder from over half a century before. Then there is Sir Clifford who is threatening to destroy the village for slights made to him as a young child. Pulling it all together is Ellie as she searches for and finds the answers, but will it be in time to save Knells? Intriguing and a bit more out there that usual but Cannell manages to keep it all believable in the end. The final reveal weaves all the threads, yet still leaves the door a bit ajar to supernatural possibilities. The story moves at a fast pace and the character are eclectic. The humor keeps the mystery light and a story a fun read. My rating of "Bridesmaid's Revisited" is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Not a gothic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!