- Mass Market Paperback: 1 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Revised edition (March 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425146383
- ISBN-13: 978-0425146385
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Dash of Death Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1995
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The whole shebang appears to start out with the arrival of a Martha Stewart take-off named Helena who films a TV series called "A Beautiful Life" In true Martha fashion this is a series that attempts to show you how to live the beautiful life with a charming hostess (Helena) who is actually a very snobbish and delightfully wicked person with the cameras turned off. Most of the humor in this book revolves around Helena meeting up with real life situations in this upstate New York community.
One of the reasons why Helena is visiting the inn is that her show sponsored a contest for the design of the most beautiful plate settings and the winners are five ladies who work for the local paint plant in Hemlock Falls. The contest is worth a cool million dollars to the winners and Helena has come up to meet the winners. Although, in the beginning she thinks that there is only one as only one name is listed. Well, women who work in the paint plant are not exactly the kinds of people that Helena likes to associate with and so her nasty side tends to come out.
At this point in the story, the five women start to die off or disappear. One is killed in an apparent hunting accident in the woods where Helena is walking, another dies in a hit and run "accident" and one disappears. Ths invigorates Quill and Meg to start their own research. Research which ultimately reveals other possible sources of trouble in Hemlock Falls including some shenanigans related to the paint plant. Finally, all is resolved although I must admit that I did not figure out who was the culprit until the final chapter myself.
Altogether an enjoyable light read that would be perfect for summer reading at the beach.
Soon one winner is missing and another dead. Who is behind this? Helena begins to show her true colors. She is a snob with a heart of stone until the camera is rolling. Then she is all class. Could she be behind the disappearance and death?
I have read the whole series of books set in Hemlock Falls. They are delightful and easy to read. I feel as if I know Quill and Meg. They always end up helping solve the crimes. Quill dates Myles the local sheriff and he doesn't approve of her help in these matters.
There are many wonderful characters who work at or stay at the Inn in each of her books. Dina, the receptionist, is the one who recognizes Helena and alerts Quill. Doreen, the head housekeeper, with her many opinions and schemes often helps Quill but can also be an embarassment.
Then there's the town Chamber of Commerce. Quill is the secretary, but she can't seem to take readable notes. The Chamber is always sticking their two cents into the mix. In this book they set up the Little Miss Falls beauty contest and attempt to get Helena to cover it on her show.
Quill gets herself into many situations while looking into the disappearance and death. The plot is very well written and the setting is beautifully described. I would love to go there for a stay. I highly recommend this book as well as the whole series. They are great!