After a long and much missed absence, Dorothy Cannell once again enthralls with her latest Ellie Haskell installment, "Withering Heights." This time around, Dorothy Cannell takes on the gothic romance genre in this bitingly entertaining new mystery novel.
Life, for Ariel Hopkins, is imitating art a little too much for the young thirteen year old. Her father has recently bought an old manor in Yorkshire with his lottery winnings -- that in itself wouldn't be quite so bad, after all,like Ellie, Ariel does share a love for Gothic romances -- but when Ariel's stepmother, Betty, gets the notion that the previous owner of the manor, Lady Fiona, had murdered her mysteriously missing husband and that the body of said absent husband was buried somewhere on the property, and takes it upon herself to prove her case, Ariel turns to Ellie for help. Some rather strange things are occurring at the manor and this is affecting the Hopkins family alarmingly. Can Ellie (along with her wonderful husband Ben, and trusty housekeeper, Mrs. Malloy) get to the bottom of things? Ellie is sure she can. But when an ex-girlfriend of Ben's makes an appearance, Ellie finds herself torn between the strange happenings at the manor and worrying if her marriage is in jeopardy...
It is always a joy to read a new mystery novel from one of my favourite authors, and it is a double joy to note that this latest Ellie Haskell installment rates alongside my other favourties in the series as well (like "How to Murder Your Mother-in-Law" & "How to Murder the Man of Your Dreams."). "Withering Heights" was a joy to read from beginning to end. For readers who demand a dead body on page one and by the numbers kind of investigation, this may not be the book for you. For readers who enjoy quirky and eccentric characters, tongue-in-cheek humour, lots of ambiance and a storyline that's worth its circuitous path, unplug your 'phones and snuggle up in your favourite comfy chair -- this is a read to be savoured and enjoyed along with your favourite biscuits and glass of sherry. Thank you Dorothy Cannell for an afternoon well spent.
6 people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?