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Product Details

  • Series: Ellie Haskell Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312343396
  • ASIN: B0043RTAU2
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,026,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of Cannell's droll if draggy 13th Ellie Haskell mystery (after 2008's Goodbye, Ms. Chips), Ellie; her chef husband, Ben; and their housekeeper, Mrs. Roxie Malloy, take a wrong turn one foggy night on the Yorkshire moors. They wind up at Muckelsfeld Manor, where Georges LeBois, a French director, is producing Here Comes the Bride, a reality TV program aimed at finding a wife for Lord Aubrey Belfrey, whose estate could benefit from the publicity. When one of the contestants dies in a car accident in the fog, single Roxie takes her place, and Ben becomes chef for the shoot. Besides becoming enamored of a homeless black Lab, Ellie gets drawn into the mystery surrounding Aubrey's older brother's wife, who's rumored to have absconded with some family jewels before her husband died. While the eccentric supporting cast, notably Muckelsfeld's scary housekeeper, lends interest, Cannell doesn't fully exploit the juicy reality show premise. (Apr.)
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From Booklist

Hilarious and engaging sleuth Ellie Haskell is back—always a good thing for the health of British cozies. This time she and her husband, restaurateur Ben, and their faithful employee, slightly wacky Mrs. Malloy, are stranded in a fog-bound, deteriorating Yorkshire estate called Mucklesfeld Manor. Mrs. Malloy ends up being a replacement contestant on a new television reality show called Here Comes the Bride. The program is being filmed at the manor to help owner Lord Belfry save his estate from financial ruin. Ben is drafted to prepare meals for the devious cast, the cantankerous crew, and the mysteriously linked contestants. But when contestants begin to die, it’s up to intrepid Ellie to save the day as she explores the creepy Gothic estate looking for clues. If British cozy fans who have somehow missed the earlier books in Cannell’s endearing series give this one a try, they will soon be clamoring to read the rest. Pair Ellie with Nancy Atherton’s equally charming Aunt Dimity. --Judy Coon

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Reality tourist on July 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have enjoyed this series about Ellie and her exploits in her small English town, but this book may be my last by Ms. Cannell. The central character with her little twin boys, the character of a housekeeper and Elle's long suffering husband are becoming trite, in my opinion.
The book's take off them stumbling upon a reality show in the making at a british manor house is very silly and not terribly interesting. The cumbersome details of each scene, not to mention the long winded tale was quite poderous for me.
Ms. Cannell may want to steer clear of the doting of the boys too. the Mommy track in the books is not terribly appealing to most, the main point is the mystery! Might be time to retire this character and move to a new one.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 16, 2009
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If you loved The Thin Woman please don't read this. It's time for Dorothy Cannell to retire Ellie and let her live out her remaining days in peace at Merlin's Court. It's too late for me to recover the money and time wasted on this book but, maybe, this will help the rest of you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
On a foggy evening while driving along the Yorkshire moors, Ellie and Ben Haskell and their housekeeper Mrs. Roxie Malloy end up lost. They manage to reach Muckelsfeld Manor where they hope to stop for the night. French director Georges LeBois is in residence producing a reality TV show Here Comes the Bride in which six contestants will vie for the role of wife to Lord Aubrey Belfrey, owner of the estate.

A car accident leaves the show short a contestant so Georges persuades Roxie to participate. When they learn Ben is a highly regarded chef, Georges and Aubrey convince him to prepare the meals as the help cannot boil water. Aubrey is stunned by Ellie's looks as she resembles the second wife of his late older brother allegedly vanishing with a fortune in jewels just before her spouse died. As the other ladies work on Belfrey's affection, Ellie investigates the stolen jewels and the driveway accident that she thinks is a homicide.

This is a fun over the top of Big Ben (and perhaps across the Channel) Ellie Haskell amateur sleuth tale due a zany cast staying at aptly named Muckelsfeld Manor. The story line focuses on Ellie as her two traveling companions suddenly have jobs so she fills in her time by sleuthing. While the support mostly provides amusing asides, Ellie investigates the potential crimes though she fails to look closely at the reality show, which means Here Comes the Bride is underdeveloped. Fans of the series will enjoy the heroine's exploits in a lighthearted romp on the moors of Yorkshire.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SJ on April 6, 2009
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I CANNOT BELIEVE THE SAME AUTHOR WHO WROTE THE DELIGHTFUL BOOK THE THIN WOMAN WROTE THIS ONE. YIKES! IT WAS SO BORING IT WAS PAINFUL TO FINISH! THE STORY INVOLVING THE REALITY SHOW COULD HAVE BEEN FUN, BUT THERE WAS WAY TOO MUCH FORCED HUMOR FROM THE MAIN CHARACTER, WAY TOO MUCH ABOUT THE DOG, AND WAY TOO MUCH TIME SPENT ON THE ANNOYING THREE SERVANTS AND THE RAT. THE ENDING WAS NOT ONLY SO OBVIOUS, IT WAS JUST TERRIBLY FLAT. SADLY, A WASTE OF TIME.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 24, 2009
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...Mrs. Cannell! I'm a big fan of Ellie Haskell, but this was just terrible. From start to finish. I can appreciate that it must be hard to keep the creative juices flowing on a even keel. But when they don't, maybe it would be better to take a break. Better luck next time. I'm not giving up on Ellie yet! One star for the occasional glimpse of the true Ellie Haskell.
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Peopled with gentle souls, this is a sweet story. I missed Ellie and Mrs Mallory's interaction, empathized with Ellie's yearning for Thumper, and quite enjoyed the eccentric employees at Muckesfeld. Lord Belfor certainly has his hands full with this group! Between the inept help and the unusual reality show cast and crew, this is a highly entertaining story.
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By TheoGrouch on November 8, 2013
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I truly enjoy Ms. Cannell's books, but this one, to put it mildly, is the pits. I put it down more than I picked it up, walked away from it, fell asleep trying to read it, and generally wished I hadn't wasted my time and money on it. Let's hope that this is a one - off misfire, and that Ms. Cannell quickly returns to her usual enjoyable writing.
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