Review: The Trouble With Harriet, An Ellie Haskell Mystery by Dorothy Cannell. Random House Publishing Group – Alibi

I’m a staunch fan of Dorothy Cannell’s Ellie Haskell mysteries, so it was my pleasure to re-read and review this book.


But reviewing it presents problems–how to review without using any spoilers? That is a challenge.


Well, to start from the title, Harriet certainly causes trouble from the moment she appears in this story. Ellie and Ben are just about to leave for a romantic holiday when Ellie’s long-lost father Morley appears. Furthermore, he has Harriet with him. More or less. That is, Morley produces an urn carrying the ashes of his late beloved Harriet.


The vacation is off, and the plot thickens when the urn goes missing. In addition, Ellie is puzzled by a Gypsy fortuneteller’s appearance on the scene uttering dire warnings.


The story is full of twists and turns, things that are not as they seem, and more. Cannell weaves all this into an entertaining and witty story that leaves us following Ellie and company all the way through to the turbulent end. As always, great fun.


My thanks to NetGalley for providing an advance copy to read and review.

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