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
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
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 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
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
This is the first book I've read in a LONG time where I immediately guessed who did it. In talking second chapter guessed. Despite the red herrings tossed in that made me doubt my first guess, I still believed the perp who did it was the one.
For a cozy mystery, there wasn't a good tie in to the business: in this case, gift baskets. The murder wasn't committed/found due to...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
The plot is clever and the characters and their relationships engaging...more
Well for all that, she has no common sense for her age and does incredibly stupid and foolhardy investigations to clear her husband of a murder charge. I'm sure this was just supposed to be light and...more
Next thing you know, Enrique is dead, and Claire's husband Roger is c...more
The book is about a housewife who lives the good life; has friends; but misses her husband who is too busy with work to have time with her. She makes gifts baskets for sale.
I did enjoy some of the characterization and was somewhat surprised at the actual murderer (there are enough hints; I just didn't pick up on them). What I didn't seem to really believe was Claire's constant belief in...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
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.
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