The Thin Woman (Ellie Haskell Series #1)

The Thin Woman (Ellie Haskell Series #1)

by Dorothy Cannell

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In the delectable debut that earned her instant acclaim, award-winning author Dorothy Cannell serves up a murder mystery to be savored. . . 

Ellie Simons longs to be thin—and married. But with her single-minded passion for éclairs and clotted cream, her prospects on both counts seem dim. That's why the summons to attend a family reunion at the old ancestral home is about as welcome as a snakebite. How can she show up with her embarrassingly full figure in her humble unmarried state and keep her chins up? Enter Bentley T. Haskell of Eligibility Escorts, a devastatingly attractive writer of smutty novels who also cooks like a dream. With Bentley posing as her besotted beau, Ellie feels brave enough to beard her batty relations in their den. . . .

But mouldering Merlin's Court is nothing like Ellie remembers, and with her wretchedly beautiful cousin Vanessa making eyes at Ben, and her malevolent old uncle Merlin popping up in the most unexpected places, it's enough to put Ellie off her food. And the best—and worst—is yet to come, as the weekend leads to sudden death, unexpected romance, and a treasure hunt that promises epicurean Ellie wealth, hearth, and happiness . . . if she survives.

Praise for The Thin Woman

“[Dorothy] Cannell makes a delicious debut; discriminatory whodunit fans will want more of her inventions.”Publishers Weekly

“A likable debut—combining fairy-tale romance, treasure hunts, and a homicidal mania.”Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553291957
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/1992
Series: Ellie Haskell Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 406,517
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Dorothy Cannell was born in Nottingham, England, and now lives in Belfast, Maine. She writes mysteries featuring interior decorator Ellie Haskell, writer and chef Bentley Haskell, and Hyacinth and Primrose Tramwell, a pair of dotty sisters and owners of the Flowers Detection Agency.

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Thin Woman 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this story. There is a delicate mystery woven in a fashion that is rarey seen in today's fiction. BUT. The typos are the point that they led to confusion. Is there any fix to this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cannel's characters are fully fleshed quirky people who you swear you've met once or twice in your lifetime. I really enjoyed the humor and mystery of this book that doesn't follow typical murder mystery formats. The setting provides the perfect atmosphere for the novel. I think most women can related to Ellie and what insecurities she feels upon seeing her family after a while though most of us wouldn't have hired a man to escort us to an elderly relatives home. This book is well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. I found it to be a very fun read, both funny and mysterious. I loved all of the characters, esp. Ben, Dorcas, Uncle Merlin, and Jonas. This story had mystery, humor, atmosphere, and an unusual plot. There were some rather confusing typos which needed some deciphering, but the story was worth this minor inconvenience. I am a big reader, have read all Agatha Christie books, Sherlock Holmes, and the like, but didn't figure out "who dunnit" until the end. Clever and fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For .99 cents it is a steal! Excellent story and nice twist ending. You wont see it coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just purchased the 2nd in the series Garden Path. Ms Cannell creates characters like no other. Escape to Ellies world and smile a lot.
BookAngel_a on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good cozy British mystery. Romance, suspense, danger, treasure hunting - this book has a little of everything. Oh, and the main character is overweight and longs to be thin - she seems real and easy to relate to.
phyllis2779 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Not sure if I'm going to keep it or not. This is the second one I've read by this author. The plot was very good until the end at which point the perpetrator has a monologue explaining all of that individual's actions. I always think this is a shortcoming for an accomplished mystery author. The good part was that the book had good clues all along the way pointing to the perpetrator and to some of the other mysteries in the book, which were fair pointers to the solution without being overly blatant. The best part of the book was the characters, who were fun and interesting.
tripleblessings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ellie longs to be thin and married, and she hires an escort to attend a family reunion with her. The weekend leads to sudden death, unexpected romance, and a treasure hunt that promises to make Ellie rich and happy, if she survives. By the end of the book she's a tired mother of twins, married to Ben Haskell the escort. (Was this made into a movie?) Very silly, irritating style, tries too hard to be funny. The first in a series I don't plan to read.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the few mysteries I've read multiple times. She hasn't written a book for awhile ... wish she'd write at least one a year!
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Character development pretty good. Villain and other aspects of story were predictable. I'm assumming this is an inexperienced author, so I'm giving an extra star for effort.
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Insults the intelligence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i call these bargins in reading the "lost leaders"(grocery) ti get you to buy furst time. classic english with manor house eccentric relatives mystery attempted nurder and a cat. Dobe witha light touch that in later books might be too much farce but better than too much guts and f_____m.a.@sparta
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Which will please all those needing a "new series". She needs an escort and then they both can get a fortune if he can write a non porno book she lose weight and both find the hidden treasure. Usual suspects this if written '14 would have had receipes like an asparagrus mousse and a pate spread will send you to a cook book mom