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Goodbye, Ms. Chips (Ellie Haskell Mysteries) [Mass Market Paperback]

Dorothy Cannell
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (3 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312943741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312943745
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,382,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining read 23 April 2008
By tregatt
Format:Hardcover
A word of warning: if you're looking for a cunning mystery novel full of plot twists and turns that keep you guessing till the very end, this isn't really the book for you. "Goodbye, Ms Chips" is an enjoyable, engrossing funny book -- but it really isn't the mystery read of the year.

Ellie Haskell's good friend, Dorcas Critchley, wants Ellie to turn her detecting skills towards discovering who has stolen the sports cup from the trophy case in the assembly hall of Ellie's old school, St. Roberta's. The trouble is that Ellie would much rather not to return to the very place where she really blotted her copy book by committing an act of great cowardice. But Dorcas (and he headmistress, Mrs. Battle) are afraid that news of the theft will tarnish the school's reputation, and rather hope that Ellie will take on the case and discover who stole the cup before news of the cups becomes public knowledge. Unable to resist Dorcas' entreaties, Ellie soon finds herself back at St. Roberta's, going undercover and emersing herself in boarding school life, sifting through the rumours, trying to figure out of the theft is a case of a prank gone wrong or if something more dire is underfoot...

Reading "Goodbye, Ms Chips" reminded me of all those English boarding school books I used to be addicted to as a child, Dorothy Haskell did a wonderful job of making this Ellie Haskell installment an entertaining and enjoyable salute to the genre. It is true that the "mystery" bit of this book took a while to get going, but the book was such a humorous and witty read that I didn't find that this was too much of a detraction. If I had any criticism of "Goodbye, Ms Chips" it was that it was not very well edited (and this is more a criticism of Ms Cannell's publishers than anything else), and that the ending was a little too rushed for my taste. "Goodbye, Ms Chips" may not be the mystery read of the year, but it certainly was a delightfully sharp and pleasurable read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not the best in the series 28 Jun 2010
By anna a
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i am a great fan of ellie haskell books but sometimes dorothy cannell tends to be more to the sad side. this was one of those and it will be a rare ellie book i would not want to go back to
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4.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining and witty read 21 April 2008
By tregatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A word of warning: if you're looking for a cunning mystery novel full of plot twists and turns that keep you guessing till the very end, this isn't really the book for you. "Goodbye, Ms Chips" is an enjoyable, engrossing funny book -- but it really isn't the mystery read of the year.

Ellie Haskell's good friend, Dorcas Critchley, wants Ellie to turn her detecting skills towards discovering who has stolen the sports cup from the trophy case in the assembly hall of Ellie's old school, St. Roberta's. The trouble is that Ellie would much rather not to return to the very place where she really blotted her copy book by committing an act of great cowardice. But Dorcas (and he headmistress, Mrs. Battle) are afraid that news of the theft will tarnish the school's reputation, and rather hope that Ellie will take on the case and discover who stole the cup before news of the cups becomes public knowledge. Unable to resist Dorcas' entreaties, Ellie soon finds herself back at St. Roberta's, going undercover and emersing herself in boarding school life, sifting through the rumours, trying to figure out of the theft is a case of a prank gone wrong or if something more dire is underfoot...

Reading "Goodbye, Ms Chips" reminded me of all those English boarding school books I used to be addicted to as a child, Dorothy Haskell did a wonderful job of making this Ellie Haskell installment an entertaining and enjoyable salute to the genre. It is true that the "mystery" bit of this book took a while to get going, but the book was such a humorous and witty read that I didn't find that this was too much of a detraction. If I had any criticism of "Goodbye, Ms Chips" it was that it was not very well edited (and this is more a criticism of Ms Cannell's publishers than anything else), and that the ending was a little too rushed for my taste. "Goodbye, Ms Chips" may not be the mystery read of the year, but it certainly was a delightfully sharp and pleasurable read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A charming cozy 29 May 2008
By Armchair Interviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Dorothy Cannell was born in England, and moved to the United States where she currently lives in Maine. The first Ellie Haskell book, The Thin Woman, was published in 1984. This is the twelfth in the series.

Interior designer Ellie lives in a charming small English village, in a large house, with three adorable children and a wonderful husband, Ben, who is a chef and a writer of cookbooks. Her life is complicated by her wacky older housekeeper, Mrs. Malloy. The two of them have a reputation for solving the odd mystery.

Old school chum Dorcas is sent to convince Ellie to return to her school, St. Roberta's, to solve the mystery of the silver lacrosse cup that goes missing before it has to be displayed at the big competition, where it will likely be given up to a better team.

Ellie does not have many good memories of school, where she broke the games mistress's nose with a lacrosse ball. Ellie was horrible at sports. Ms. Chips, of the broken nose, is now retired and living nearby. She has inherited a lot of money and paid for a new gymnasium.

When Ellie returns she finds several old school "chums" ensconced in the retreat cottage for Old Girls (alumni). Everyone suspects the students, primarily matron's nervy great niece Gillian, but Ellie enlists the help of her cousin's precocious daughter Ariel, and uncovers a malicious nasty reason of the rumors.

When Ms. Chips is found dead at the bottom of some slippery rock steps, at first it is assumed it is an accident, but Ellie is not so sure. Is it one of the staff? One of the visiting Old Girls? And what or who is the "Grey Nun" that everyone keeps spying at night flitting around the ruins of the old rectory?

Goodbye, Ms. Chips will enchant you with its re-creation of the small private girls' school atmosphere, and the occasionally poisonous relations of students and staff.

Armchair Interviews says: A charming cozy mystery.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good example of Dorothy Cannell's novels 4 April 2014
By J. McFarland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Ellie Haskell mystery series has been a very enjoyable experience. Cannell's humor and the ability to work in good mystery is unmatched. I was not disappointed.
1.0 out of 5 stars Irritating 26 Nov 2013
By ROBERTA DOSTAL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I cannot finish reading this book even though I tried and got through about forty percent before feeling just too irritated to continue. Why would anyone have one supposedly educated character speak in a way that uses no pronouns, doesn't seem to care for the word "the", and seems to skip other common usage words constantly. This was my first book from this author and will be my last if others share this annoying way of having a character speak.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ellie Haskell is Addicting 10 May 2013
By Duke Grad 95 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I have never followed a particular author until Dorothy Cannell and the Ellie Haskell mysteries. I own all of them in hardback or paperback. I am now a Kindle user so the books I have not read, I will be reading via Kindle --- unless of course another Ellie Haskell book comes out and then I will have to complete my collection!!!
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