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The Thin Woman Mass Market Paperback – May 1 1992

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crimeline; Reissue edition (May 1 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553291955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553291957
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.5 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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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.

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I hate to admit this, because it's nothing against the book at all. I absolutely love this book but for the life of me I can never remember the name. I know what it's about and about when I read it so I search my library for the name each time.
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.
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Someone lent me *Thin Woman* several years ago. I can't think why I didn't rush out and buy my own copy (must have been during my poorer days). I snapped it up when I saw it last week. I meant to be good and go to bed early, but I had to peek the way Ellie has to sample a box of chocolates. Four chapters weren't enough, but I REALLY had to get some sleep. It was a struggle to put the book down. It's so funny. I'm even more overweight than Ellie (although, thank God, I do not have a cousin like Vanessa), so I understand some of the difficulties she faces with food and clothes. (Ellie, that purple silk caftan wasn't so bad -- try walking into a fat ladies' fashions department and finding most of the clothes are patterned with huge flowers such as one sees on slipcovers for sofas and chairs -- a not-so-subtle insult about one's size...) I like Ellie a lot. She's endearingly imperfect. It didn't matter that I already knew the answer as to whether she would win th! ! e bet, the man, and the fortune. I just enjoyed the words -- in fact, an hour or so after I finished it, I reread the last chapter. This is a good book to take the edge off a crummy day. Ann E. Nichols
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Overweight, romantic, insecure Ellie rents an escort, Ben Haskell, to pose as her boyfriend. One monumental lie told to her relatives, that Ben is her fiance and about to marry her, results is more shock- Ellie's rich uncle leaves Ben and Ellie his fortune: if:(a) Ellie loses weight,(b)would- be sexy writer Ben writes a novel with no sex and no pronography, (c) they find the "treasure". Ellie's greedy relatives: beautiful, conceited Vanessa (Vanessa found something meaningful to do-
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.
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whatever it is about this novel that makes it such an addictive, thrilling and hilarious read is impossible to put your finger on...i can't really describe what it was that made me pick up this book and not put it down until page 100. i am by nature a reader of new books, typically those of the trendy-independent bookstore-new-york-press-artsy-cover variety, but this book will engage anyone who comes across it. ellie is the book's overweight protagonist and her wry, self-effacing outlook on life is sure to strike a comedic chord within anyone who's ever felt a twinge of body image concern. over the course of the book ellie, an interior designer, struggles with remodeling a dilapidated and ancient castle, with her lack of appetite control, and most of all with her impossible partner in crime, bentley haskell. you'll reread this one.
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This book is so witty and well written that you will never want to put it down! The ending is also different from what you would expect! I Loved it very much and recammend it ro all. Now, don't be decieved by the cover because, you should never judge a book by it's cover. Besides the muder it also shows that if you put your mind to it you can do anything and that is what I liked about this book.
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!
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