Dorothy Cannell is back, in a masterpiece of hilarity--with a nod to Alfred Hitchcock's comic film--that embroils sleuth Ellie Haskell with a prodigal father, a lost-cause saint, a litany of secrets, and, of course, a murder.
After her hard domestic labor in The Spring Cleaning Murders (pronounced "wickedly witty" by the Chicago Sun-Times) all Ellie Haskell wants is a romantic getaway with her dashing husband, Bentley. Their bags are all packed for a trip to France ...until the arrival of Ellie's long-lost father, Morley Simons, toting the ashes of his platinum blond lady love, Harriet--a femme fatale who has become a highway fatality. He has promised to return the ashes to her relatives. But when another accident makes Morley a murder suspect, Ellie must ask herself: is he a pawn in a deadly game? And how can she save him from arrest? Furthermore, how does an absent-minded vicar's obsession with eleventh-century St. Ethelwort--patron saint of virility--relate to the mystery and to the secrets of her own heart? Soon it's clear that love can be a very dangerous thing.
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Dorothy Cannell was born in England and has lived in the United States since the age of twenty.From AudioFile:
an a murder inspire gaiety and merriment? Yes, if Barbara Rosenblat is narrating a Dorothy Cannell mystery. Meet Ellie Haskell, who--with her husband, Bentley--is readying herself for a trip to France when circumstances dictate otherwise. Ellie's long lost father appears on herdoorstop with Harriet, and then the trouble begins. Rosenblat voices the odd and the absurd with frivolity as the murder scheme, complete with gypsies, eccentric relatives, and hometown curiosities, unfolds. Harriet is guaranteed to keep you beaming. B.J.L. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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