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3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
On her latest case, wisecracking Private Investigator, Helena Handbasket, is faced with a lot of tough questions. Did Robin Banks have a hand in the theft of Evan Stubezzi's jewels? And if so, was the hand one of those packed in ice in the freezer box that was delivered to his brother, Owen? Is there a serial killer on the loose? Or are all those handless corpses with scar ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published April 10th 2006 by Point Blank (first published February 4th 2006)
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Debbi Mack
Nov 29, 2008 Debbi Mack rated it it was amazing
I'd heard that GO TO HELENA HANDBASKET was side-splitting funny, but when I saw the back cover blurb describing it as "Bridget Jones meets Raymond Chandler meets Jeffrey Dahmer," well, that gave me pause. The reference to Bridget Jones almost scared me off. I'm glad it didn't.

Helena Handbasket must qualify as one of the worst detectives in fictional PI history—even her cat has a better handle on the case (a sly reference to the crime-solving cat mysteries, I think). But the story is such a great
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Rob Kitchin
Aug 11, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it it was amazing
I’m a great fan of clever, funny books and Go to Helena Handbasket is both very clever and very funny, so it was no surprise I enjoyed it immensely. Donna Moore ruthlessly parodies the crime genre, sending up every cliché, stereotypical character and corny plot device to great effect through a noirish lens. As I read, I had a permanent grin plastered across my face and laughed out loud many times. The puns, gags, sarcasm, cringing similes, and comic set pieces come thick and fast. The characteri ...more
Mendy
Jan 12, 2009 Mendy rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2007
Be forewarned, if you are looking for a serious story, don't request this book.

Helena Handbasket is absurdly hilarious. This PI is a spoof of every other book written. Helena is constantly on the prowl for a man... even if every man she encounters is entirely inappropriate or even nasty! She is a bumbling drunk that wouldn't know a clue if it slapped her. Donna Moore makes it very clear to the reader so that we know exactly what Helena is missing. Detective Lee, the lead investigator, isn't much
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Peggy
From the git go this parody of crime fiction is off to a manic pace and you laugh yourself silly! There is a jewel theft and a serial killer so there really is crime to solve but oh my what a road to get there! She hits on almost every single stereotype and crime suspects you could imagine...

The characters names are hilarious! Robin Banks, Owen Banks, Fifi Fofum, Luke Warmwater, Justin Case, Katya Fallingstar, Frank Lee, Hal Litosis, Sally Mander, Gene Poole and more!

If parody is up your alley
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Maddy
Oct 25, 2009 Maddy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2006-reads
PROTAGONIST: Helena Handbasket, PI
RATING: 4.5
WHY: What a joy to read this wonderful book! Putting my badass reputation
aside, Helena was a very enjoyable reading experience and I had many LOL
moments. I just loved the structure of the book - brilliant that each
chapter was devoted to a cliché or two and then written to illustrate
that cliché. I loved the clever character names and was looking forward
to meeting as many new characters as possible. Some of them took me a
while to figure out, but I knew
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Pam
Sep 24, 2007 Pam rated it it was amazing
TITLE/AUTHOR: GO TO HELENA HANDBASKET by Donna Moore
RATING: 5/A
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery, 2006, 153 pgs
TIME/PLACE: Present, UK
CHARACTERS: Helena Handbasket/PI
COMMENTS: Brilliant! Parody of the crime fiction novel.
Donna Moore's love & knowledge of the crime fiction genre
shines through. The humor is hilarious. Highly recommend
to crime fiction fans.
Shannon
Aug 27, 2011 Shannon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
It's in the mystery section, but it should be in humor. It's a flat-out parody that covers quite a few mystery sub-genres: hard boiled, forensic, rogue cop, and even vampire and cat detective.
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