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Withering Heights (Ellie Haskell Mystery #11)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  858 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
Ellie Haskell, sleuth and Gothic romance addict, visits Yorkshire moors Cragstone House with her husband Ben and sidekick Mrs Roxie Malloy, on behalf of his young cousin Ariel. The kindly cook Mrs. Cake fell downstairs, a visiting vicar dies drinking tea, and one of the neighbors is a glamorous old flame of Mrs Cake's husband.
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published 2007)
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jan 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
Admittedly, I've found that the so-called "cozy mystery" isn't my cuppa. Particularly in a series. Agatha Christie is so clever in plotting, I can forgive that her Miss Marple stumbles into one homicide after another. I'm less forgiving with other books featuring amateur detectives and including cute cats or delicious recipes isn't enough.

No particular gimmick that I could note graces this series featuring interior decorator Ellie Haskell "blissfully married to the handsomest man outside a goth
Jan 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cozy mystery, humourous mystery
I haven’t read any of Dorothy Cannell’s books before but I must say I found it a lighthearted and sometimes laugh out loud change of pace. I completely enjoyed the book, however implausible it may be, that is part of the fun. Ellie obviously has a rich imagination and a problem with drifting off into her own scenarios in her mind with the slightest trigger, into a world of gothic romance fiction with herself as the main character. Her partner in crime solving is the irrepressible and ever helpfu ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Good one particularly the plot with all the characters justified in a single chapter is remarkable. I guessed the mystic person before the end so no special star for that . The book and the characters are all justified with their action in every plot which made me give the four stars (a neutral one - worth to read once)
And please don't compare Ellie with hercule poirot or Sherlock it would do no good when you read the pages of this book.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
was disappointed with this. Not at all like Wuthering Heights, just a mystery with gothic portions about ghosts etc.
Carol Stowe
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ellie, an interior decorator, is looking forward to her three children’s visit with their grandparents for a little alone time with her handsome cook husband, Ben, who just published a new cookbook, in their home in England. But when Ben’s young cousin Ariel comes banging on their door in a rainstorm, far from her home, they make a trip to Yorkshire to take her home and see Ben’s cousin Tom and his second wife Betty. Mrs. Malloy, Ellie’s housekeeper, goes along, as that’s the town in which her l ...more
ToKa HaMdy
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed that novel much that I couldn't literally put it down however I still find some blind spots regarding Healthcliff's personality and behavior.
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is another in the Ellie Haskell series by Dorothy Cannell – and I am so glad I had the chance to read it.

Ellie is married to Ben and they have 3 “ lovely” children. Actually the children are pretty normal and Ellie and Ben are a normal married couple. Because the children will be gone, Ellie has hopes for a romantic time with Ben. Alas, it is not to be.

Ariel arrives at their door. She is a 13 year old family member and she believes the new home her father and step-mother have purchased is h
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Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, funny, 2009, blog
Ellie Haskell has shipped the kids off to their grandparents and is looking forward to a little private romantic time with her husband, but things rapidly take another turn. She and Ben have a tiff, her cleaning lady Mrs. Malloy has a feud to resolve, and a stray cousin shows up expecting help.

It seems that Ben's cousin has won the lottery and bought an old historic home complete with a mystery. Ariel, the cousin's daughter, is convinced FOUL PLAY is at work and needs Ellie to come and hold her
Oct 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers who like a light read
These books, for me at least, our like literary snack food. Delectable, tasty, and fun to consume. I agree with the quotes on the book jacket: "thoroughly entertaining", "wickedly witty, good bubbly fun", and "sparkling wit and outlandish characters". Ellie Haskell, the main character, is delightfully human with all her insecurities and foibles. The interplay between Ellie and her housekeeper/partner Mrs.Malloy, is absolutely delightful. There is a bit of romance in these too. Ellie is married t ...more
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(from Fantastic Fiction online)

Dorothy Cannell was born in London, England, and now lives in Belfast, Maine. Dorothy Cannell 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.

(from Internet Book List)

Dorothy Cannell, a mother of four, grandmother of te
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