A dash of romance, a bit of danger, and enough tongue-in-cheek hilarity to appease even the most jaded palate, award winning Dorothy Cannell serves up another delicious mystery starring Ellie Haskell, amateur sleuth.
From the back cover: "The island appeared no bigger than a large rock even when the house moved into view. It was an incredible monument to bad taste. 'Ben, this mansion is an absolute...gothic horror!' The words came accompanied by a dizziness such as I had not experienced since my days of morning sickness. Cleaving to the sides of the boat, I clung also to the hope that I was coming 'over peculiar' due to my condition. Anthing was preferable to recognizing that fate had made total fools of us. 'Ben!' Struggling to my knees, I grabbed his arm. 'Don't you remember? The gypsy spoke of the house being surrounded by water? We assumed she meant Merlin's Court because of the moat.' His yell of alarm was all I could have wished. 'Sit down!' And so I did--with such a thump that an oar flew out of his hand. He made to grab for it, lunged too far and before I could begin to apologize, the boat did a spin and we were both in the drink. 'Forgive me, darling,' I splutterd. 'I know this isn't how you pictured meeting the Manges.' Bellyflopping back into the boat, my love said conversationally, 'You do realize you've ruined my life?'"
Ellie Haskell - pregnant & still funny as ever.
Mother-to-be Ellie Haskell knows her days as a thin woman are numbered. As the last pangs of morning sickness barely pass her handsome husband, Ben is invited to compete in a secret society of chiefs for membership in the world's most exclusive club of chefs. Suddenly she is finds herself in Mud Creek, Illinois and living in a gothic mansion straight out of a horror movie. It is no place for a woman in Elle's delicate condition. Danger lurks behind every chafing dish, then murder is added to the menu.
Good cast of charaters, unerring sense of the absurd and witty dialogue & insights.
Tell everyone ... "Mum's the Word" is a great read. Perfect for a spot in the garden on a sunny day or a quiet place on the beach.