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The Thin Woman Mass Market Paperback – May 1 1992
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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.
A rich, eccentric uncle; a "castle" complete with moat; and a profusion of quirky relatives all have parts in this amusing story which updates the traditional English country house mystery. Ellie, longing to be thin, and Bentley, escort-for-hire turned partner in an unusual treasure hunt, and other likeable characters are strongly characterized by Donohoe. She overplays the accents to define personalities, but the quirky story can take it. The pace is rapid and action condensed, possibly by the abridgment, so the presentation delights for its short duration. Femmes Fatal by Cannell with Amanda Donohoe, a sequel to Ellie And Bentley's colorful lif is also available from Bantam. R.F.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The story is so entertaining and fresh. What's funny is I have read other books in this series and for some reason never knew this was one of the first in it's series. Please don't think it's a bad part on the book because it's not it's my brain.
Ellie like many women in her same situation wants to impress her family because they kind of give that attitude of I'm better than you because she's plump and single. Ellie decides her best bet is to have someone attractive and male on her arm when she visits them this time around. So she calls on Eligibility Escorts and enter one Bentley Haskell. He's a bit abrasive, but he fits the bill as far as being nice to look at and perfect to play the single girls long time beau. Bentley is a trained chef, but has taken up writing an ADULT/Graphic novel.
Once cornered with her family though Ellie makes Bentley not just her Beau but her fiancée in a very humorous moment. So as the weekend ends Ellie goes home with confidence she's gotten away with her lie and can go about her business.
Then her uncle dies and he gets one over on the family by stipulating that he is leaving Ellie and Bentley his entire fortune and castle home if they both accomplish two things in the next 6 months. Ellie's supposed to lose weight and make herself over. Bentley is supposed to write a full length book, but it has to be free of blasphemy which is going to be difficult because the book he's been writing will not do at all.Read more ›
varnish her nails!), lecherous Uncle Morice who invades Ellie's bedroom "A mistake my dear", klptomaniac Aunt Lulu,pony tailed hippy Freddie, and the dipsy cousin whose cooking is so foul Ellie loses pounds because she can't eat it! combine for a hilarious mystery. Ellie begins losing pounds but may lose her life before she can fulfil the conditions of the will! A witty, charming mystery so funny that you want to read and reread it for its howlers.
The descripitions are so well written too I found myself imaginig the rooms Ellie was designing. Now, I won't tell you everything, you must read it and tell me how you liked it!
Most recent customer reviews
I wasn't particularly impressed with this book. It was good enough to keep reading, but it wasn't until the ending (don't worry I won't say what happens) that I really started to... Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003 by A. D. Crist
I suppose if I were a fan of English country house murder mysteries, I'd give this one 4 or 5 stars. Read morePublished on April 21 2003
At last a leading lady that the average woman can relate to. Ellie Haskell is an smart woman. She is not afraid to say what is on her mind no matter the content. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2003 by Karla C
I totally loved this book. Ellie is a REAL woman! Ben is a sweetheart. Dorcas is the kind of friend you'd love to have. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2002
I am a bit fussy about mysteries and don't give five stars lightly. I want believable plots, an interesting story, strong characters and a good mystery, and found all of these... Read morePublished on March 28 2001 by audrey frances
Not only is it a lot of fun trampling about in search of hidden treasure, but it's such a cosy, light-hearted and well paced book with moments of snorting hilarity and chortling... Read morePublished on July 11 2000
This is my favorite book! I take it with me when ever I travel and I never tire of reading it. It is hilaroius and the plot is pretty darn good! Read morePublished on July 6 2000
A friend of mine leant me her "Thin Woman" cassettes and I was hooked! Ms Cannell is clever, funny, and witty. Read morePublished on April 7 2000 by D. Hamelink