This 'new' book was just re-released this week on Kindle!
Ellie Haskell goes back to school in the “thoroughly entertaining series” (Cosmopolitan) that began with The Thin Woman. From Agatha Award nominee Dorothy Cannell, this delightful mystery is an education . . . in murder.
“Ellie, the headmistress wants to see you.” Words to strike terror in the heart of any inmate of St. Roberta’s boarding school. Fortunately for Ellie Haskell, she is no longer a pudgy, wayward pupil but a happily married mother and interior designer with a beautiful home by the sea. Rather, Ellie has been summoned thanks to her reputation as an amateur sleuth.
The headmistress, Mrs. Battle, has requested Ellie’s help in the investigation into the disappearance of a coveted lacrosse trophy. Unless the prize is found, someone will succeed in dealing the school a great deal of embarrassment. So, despite her less-than-rosy memories of her alma mater, Ellie begins snooping around St. Roberta’s—only to have her homecoming spoiled by the suspicious death of the recently retired games mistress, Ms. Chips. Now, with a killer possibly stalking the halls, Ellie must act fast to have a sporting chance at justice.
The Ellie Haskell series has long been a favorite of mine, and it was fun watching Ellie grow and mature into a happily married woman, the same time I was! Somehow I had missed this book, so it was fun to get back into the series, with a story that had Ellie going back in time too, to her old school!
This is the 13th book in the series, so the characters are well set, and for some readers, they may feel like they are a bit lost as while Dorothy gives the reader some backstory, the interaction between Ellie and her house keeper Mrs Malloy, needs some more explanation, which readers of the series will have. None the less, this is another sound little mystery, that is a very quick read, with plenty of false leads and character studies, that Dorothy is known for, It's a cozy little mystery, and perfect for reading enroute to your Summer vacation getaway!
About the Author:
Dorothy was born in London, England, and now lives in Belfast, Maine. She writes mysteries featuring Ellie Haskell, interior decorator, and Ben Haskell, writer and chef, and Hyacinth and Primrose Tramwell, a pair of dotty sisters and owners of the Flowers Detection Agency.