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The Trouble with Harriet

(Ellie Haskell Mystery #8)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  632 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Ellie Haskell is in dire need of a vacation. Life has become increasingly hectic of late, with her busy work as an interior designer on top of taking care of the twins and baby Rose, and her husband Bentley's bustling cafe business. In fact, Ben and Ellie haven't had a holiday in years. But today their bags are packed for a long-awaited trip to France. With blissful daydre ...more
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May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, e-books
An ebook released of The Ellie Haskell mysteries written in the1980's. I had a problem getting into the book as I am still learning about the characters who are well developed. There are some scenes that are amusing. In this book, Ellie' father arrived for an unexpected visit. He is carrying an urn that has the ashes of Harriet, women who he was the Love of his life. He is supposed to turn the ashes over to her relatives. He cannot hand them over and disappeared with the ashes when the relatives ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a funny story! It started out that Ellie Haskell and her husband Ben were getting ready for a vacation to France.

When Ellie ran into a gypsy on the street, who told her not to go out of the Country on a trip.

She got a little scared but decided it was nothing to worry about, until she got home, and found her father had come for a visit after being out of her life for more than 20 years!

When he started to tell them why he was there, she started to wonder if the gypsy had anything to do
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a fun mystery involving a quirky female protagonist, her somewhat bumbling family, a dramatic housekeeper, and a confused vicar that shows up and disappears at the strangest times. These are only a few of the interesting characters who live or just show up in a village in England where the story takes place.

The story starts as the protagonist's long, lost father shows up at her doorstep with the ashes of the "love of his life" (Harriet) in tow. (no spoilers as this happens very ear
Linda Baker
The kids are at the grandparent's home and Ben and Ellie are ready for a much-deserved getaway to France. Their plans are disrupted however when Ellie's long absent father, Morley, shows up bearing an extremely ugly urn containing the ashes of his lady love, Harriet. Morley is a character, to say the least; large, emotional, with a specialty in drama. Ellie is conflicted since Morley essentially abandoned her after her mother's death when Ellie was only seventeen. She wants to do the right thing ...more
Nellie Kampmann
This was probably not the best book to introduce myself to Cannell's writings. On the plus side, the the mystery was one of the most unusual ones I've read. I enjoyed the sheer quirkiness of it and of some of the characters. Unfortunately, that was offset by the character of Ellie's father. Even cutting him some slack for being in mourning, he was an insufferably drama queeny, self-centered bore. I listened to the audio version where at was played to the hilt. Maybe he doesn't come across quite ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to stop reading this book after the first 133 pages. and have to admit that I am impressed that I made it that far.

Although I usually enjoy English mysteries, the language in this book is so convoluted that it was painful to read. Never use 10 words when a full page will do to describe something.

Having read thousands of books over my lifetime, I have only put down 4 that I was unable to finish - this is the fourth.
What a delightful mystery! I'm new to Dorothy Cannell's Ellie Haskell Mystery series. After reading The Trouble With Harriet, I'm determined to read the others in the series. Ellie and her husband have plans to vacation in France, when a fortune teller advises her not to leave home. Very soon they can't leave home because Ellie's long-lost father shows up, along with an urn filled with the ashes of his much-missed lover. Of course nothing is as it appears and nothing goes smoothly in this fun-fi ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Ellie’s father arrives in Chitterton Fells right when Ellie and Ben are leaving on a long over due trip. He is carrying the supposed urn with his recently-deceased love Harriet's ashes, which he is supposed to turn over to the woman's family.

Through a series of mishaps the ashes disappear and there a frantic search for them.

The characters are well developed and this is the first book in the series I have read.

I received an ARC and I voluntarily reviewed.
Arlene Arredondo
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, fiction
The surprise of finding her estranged father at her door step with a heartbreaking tale of lost love and the remains of his beloved in an urn, make Ellie to put everything on hold. What will transfix of this will be a complex unraveling of facts and events that make an interesting plot.
This book has unique and well developed characters and a whimsically location.

Note: I received an ARC for review and an hones opinion.
Great as a one-off read by Barbara Rosenblatt. Normally, I'm okay with over-the-top, but in this case one was enough. Not interested in the rest of the series I'm afraid.
The Trouble With Harriet is only one of many titles this book could live up to. Harriet is not HALF the trouble arriving in Chitterton Fells or to the Haskell family.
Told with very subtle wit and a touch of sarcasm, this is a bumpy, twisty ride for the reader to appreciate. I bet you will find yourself coming to various conclusions and changing your mind before all is said and done.
Dysfunctional family to the max when not only Ellie's long missing father arrives on the doorstep, but cousin Fred
DelAnne Frazee
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Title: The Trouble With Harriet - Ellie Haskell Series Book 8
Author: Dorothy Cannell
Publisher: Random House Publishing
Published: 6-13-2017
Pages: 288
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub-Genre: Humor; Women Sleuths; Cozy Mystery
ISBN: 9780399180408
Reviewed For: NetGalley and Random House Publishing
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.25 Stars

Ellie and Ben are preparing for their dream trip to France when a fortune teller warns not to go. Then Ellie's long missing father shows up with the u
I was really excited to start this one, but as it turns out, this was not one of my favorite Ellie Haskell mysteries. Mrs. Mallory still cracked me up, and the mystery was fairly complex for a cozy, but Ellie 's dad 's grief dragged on too long and the story got a little bogged down.
Ellie's long lost dad shows up out of the blue. He is grieving the loss of Harriet, "the love of his life ". He has brought along her ashes. He is supposed to turn the urn over to Harriet's cousins, but keeps avoidin
The Trouble with Harriet
By: Dorothy Cannell

I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This is a very fun, frothy kind of cozy mystery. Don't come looking for anything deep or meaningful but just enjoy it as a tasty piece of candy.

The main protagonist is Ellie Haskell. She is married to her true love Ben and they have three adorable children (who don't play a part in this story). They have a rather idealized life and their relationship is as sticky sweet as a p
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ellie and Ben are about to take a well deserved trip to France. She has even purchased a new nightgown. The children are with Ben's parents. Things are wonderful.
Then everything changes.
Ellie meets a gypsy who tells her she absolutely should not go to France. Ellie's long lost father appears with an urn filled with the ashes of his one true love, Harriet. As her father discusses this wonderful woman, Ellie feels angry. She is angry that her father did not think her mother was the love of his lif
Maria Logan-Montgomery
The Trouble with Harriet was the first of Dorothy Cannell’s books I have read. Set in England, it is a story of con artists and murders. The story itself was a good mystery and comedy combination: the story of an older man conned into a romance while in Germany, only to be told his beloved had died in a car crash, then requested to take her ashes back to her family in England. The Trouble with Harriet is a little like a cozy mystery, but not close enough for me to put it in that genre.

There was
Carolyn Comings
I received an advance electronic copy of this book from NetGalley.

Apparently this is a Kindle re-issue of a book that was originally published some years ago, and is part of a series. I have not read any other books in the series; perhaps if I had, the rather extensive cast of characters and their shenanigans might have been easier to follow.

The writing is enjoyable, but I had some trouble following all of the plot twists and story elements that piled up into an ever-enlarging heap. I had some
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor Ellie. The Trouble With Harriet shows Murphy's Law (of romantic vacations w/the spouse) in action!

Imagine the scene. You're going shopping for a trip to Paris, The City of Lights, with your husband. You step out of a shop with that 'just bought something neat' glow and a grubby woman offers to tell your fortune. She tells you about your past and present, enough to make those little hairs on the back of even the most practical skeptic stand on end. And the last thing she tells you, in no unc
Emily Pennington
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The book begins with a fortune-teller’s prophecy. She waves Ellie over with a comment about having luck in her face. As Ellie started to walk away, she talked about Ellie’s mother and how she died! Then she talked about her father who was not around often. It was enough to pull her in. The reading continued until she got to the part about a trip across the water. Ellie then remembered she had to pack for France! But the gypsy looked upset and warned her against making that trip! Then Ellie rushe ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Some moments in life are sacrosanct and not to be impinged upon by the vulgarly curious. In England, of course, it wouldn’t have mattered, because as a nation we have the good breeding not to aspire to fluency in other people’s languages." (from "The Trouble with Harriet")

An ultimate tour-de-farce [sic], the overblown prose flows silkily through the early chapters evoking the shades of myriad famous British literary figures in their drawing rooms sashaying through history. As the plot unfolds t
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Trouble with Harriet is different from many cozy mysteries that start with a crime to immediately draw the reader in. Instead the reader is enticed with more personal events—a chance meeting with a gypsy, a prospective getaway trip to France, and the appearance of a surprise visitor.

Replete with quirky characters displaying a flair for the dramatic, this book reads like a play from the era of Arsenic and Old Lace. I can picture cousin Freddy climbing with little ado through the living room w
Susan Johnston
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Princess Fuzzypants here:
Ellie is at it again. This time her long lost father has returned to her, kaboshing her romantic plans for a getaway with her husband. Her father is carrying with him the ashes of his true love to give to her family in England. He did not know Harriet long but he is totally bereft at her loss. Harriet isn't the only thing to get "lost", The absent minded vicar steals Ellie's car with the urn in it thereby starting a crazy chase to find the missing car and ashes.
But Elli
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ellie Haskell is back! She is quickly becoming my favorite cozy mystery heroine. And that handsome husband of hers, Hmmm, Hmmm. This story was delightful from beginning to end. Ellie and Ben are supposed to be off to France for a romantic getaway while the kids are with the grandparents. Then, just as they are about to leave, Ellie’s long-lost father shows up on their doorstep, with a broken heart and an urn. Seems he fell in love with Harriet while in Germany and then she died in a car accident ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have managed to read this series backwards. I like the stories and the characters. This is a book that is being re-released.
This book starts out with Ellie and her husband Ben getting ready to go on a vacation in France. Well the day before they leave she meets a gypsy who tells her not to go. Her dad suddenly shows up and turns her family life upside down. He is upset due to the death of Harriet who he fell madly in love for. We slowly learn of the whole story and meet some of her family whe
In The Trouble with Harriet by cozy mystery author Dorothy Cannell, Ellie Haskell's father arrives in Chitterton Fells just as Ellie and Ben are set to depart on a long overdue vacation. Morley Simons, missing since Ellie's mother passed away many years before, has brought the mortal remains (in an urn) of his beloved Harriet to hand over to her cousins, but through a series of mishaps, is unable to do so. Throughout the story, the vicar is obsessed with St. Ethelwort, his wife is consumed with ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review an advanced copy of this book)
The Trouble With Harriet is the first book by author Dorothy Cannell I have read. This is in the Ellie Haskell Mystery Series and is easily a stand alone book. The story has a fast pace, many colorful characters, and is a cozy mystery. The story begins with a question, “How’d you like to have your fortune told by a true Gypsy?” This is the question which Ellie hears and starts the mystery whic
Rebecca Mulligan
Fun and Games

A bubbling, fun episode in the Ellie Haskell mystery series. The series is highly entertaining not only for the funny, twisted plots, but for Ellie's inciteful, slightly sardonic narration. In this installment, Ellie's father (who can be best described as unique) ,comes to visit bearing the remains of his beloved Harriet to turn over to her relatives. Of course, all is not what it seems, and things quickly become complex and intertwined, so much so that at some points one almost nee
Ellie Haskell's father suddenly reappears in her life, bearing with him an urn containing the ashes of Harriet, the love of his life, or so he says. Ellie had always thought her long-deceased mother was the love of his life, which means she's not too well disposed to Harriet anyway. There are a number of suspicious characters lurking around Ellie's house, even if you omit her kleptomaniac aunt, and many of the neighbors, including household help Mrs. Malloy, are involved in the play that's being ...more
Mary Lou
A humorous mystery!

Ellie Haskell and her quirky family are at it again with a puzzling story this time. If you can keep all the characters straight, this is a laughable story, although it is all a bit too far-fetched. Ben, Ellie’s husband is a bit too perfect to believe...he puts up with crazy situations, all while being a perfect host, husband and chef extraordinaire. I have enjoyed the Ellie Haskell series, they are funny in spite of the drama, but found myself speed reading to get through som
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is your typical English cozy series set in a small village with Mama at home with the children and being involved in the activities. This Ellie Haskell series is very true to form and is standard Dorothy Cannell writing. This book has Ellie's father showing up and bringing trouble with him. From a gypsy fortune teller to a living "dead" woman whose ashes have been stolen. A fine offering to this series.
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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.

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Dorothy Cannell, a mother of four, grandmother of te

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