A Real Basket Case (Claire Hanover, Gift Basket Designer #1)
Feeling neglected by her workaholic husband, forty-something gift basket maker Claire Hanover joins an aerobics class. In a moment of weakness, Claire agrees to let charming aerobics instructor Enrique come to her house to give her a massage. She realizes she has made a deadly mistake when Enrique is shot and killed in her bedroom and her husband Roger is arrested for the...more
The Book Report: Mrs. Roger Hanover hasn't seen the love-light in her husband's eyes in ten years. Kids in college, money in bank, stupid expensive car she didn't want in garage of stupid expensive house she didn't want, and...not much else, just a home-based gift-basket-making business that she's run ragged by (thank goodness, something to do!). Her best friend, divorcée Ellen, leads her into the path of temptation by introducing her to hawt yoga instructor Enrique. That sets...more
Roger has been spending far more hours with his job than with his wife, so when Claire's friend Ellen buys her a massage with Enrique, she reluctantly agrees. However, when Enrique is shot in the midst of this massage and Ellen looks up to see Roger standing in the doorway with the murder weapon...more
Claire's friend Ellen convinces her that she needs a little fun and gets her to join an aerobics class. Unbeknownst to Claire...more
I especially liked the twists and turns the story took. Unlike many other reviewers, I hadn't guessed "whodunit" early in the story. I truly appreciated the fact that a couple of the characters that I had truly disliked were making sincere...more
I really liked the heroine in this book as well as somme of the minor characters. The story started out with a bang and kept the pace up right to the end. A very good debut novel and I hope that Beth's following books are as good.
She follows the advice of her best friend Ellen to join an aerobics class to get back into shape and meet people. All the women in the class agree their instructor is dreamy and mo...more
Beth’s protagonist, Claire Hanover, is a middle-aged mother of grown-up children, valued confidante of friends whose marriages are breaking up, and loyal wife. B...more
Next thing you know, Enrique is dead, and Claire's husband Roger is c...more
I am so glad that I requested Beth's books at my local public library, as it will be of benefit to the library, the readers,the writer...more
The Real Basket Case: By Beth Groundwater
Reviewed By Fran Lewis
What would possess a supposedly happily married woman to cheat on her husband of 26 years? What would possess her to listen to her best friend who tells her to have a fling with her aerobics instructor? Well, it is simple. When your husband of 26 years becomes more immersed in his job and has little or no time for you, things that are not supposed to happen can and do? In this masterfully written murder mystery, Beth Groundwater ca...more
I suppose this novel fits into the mystery sub-genre of 'cozies', not usually my favorite type of mystery but I have read a number of them.
I enjoyed this book - there are some fun secondary characters: the drug lord Leon, his employees Travis and Condoleza, detective Wilson, the cool Brenda.
However, it was rather evident from the sta...more
The plot is clever and the characters and their relationships engaging...more
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