Withering Heights

An Ellie Haskell Mystery

Ellie Haskell Mysteries (Volume 11 of 13)

Dorothy Cannell

Minotaur Books

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Ellie Haskell---the formerly plump girl turned Thin Woman and happily married mother of three---is also a sometime sleuth and a Gothic romance addict. When her husband’s young cousin, Ariel, turns up unexpectedly and begs Ellie to come to the Yorkshire moors to investigate some strange events at the house that her family has recently bought with their lottery winnings, Ellie can’t resist---especially since Cragstone House sounds so much like the delightfully musty manors she reads about in books.
            And so Ellie and her husband set off for Yorkshire, accompanied by their irrepressible housekeeper and co-conspirator in crime solving, Mrs. Roxie Malloy, who happens to have a long-lost sister in the area. Things at Cragstone House are even more dire than Ellie expected. It’s bad enough that the kindly cook, Mrs. Cake, has suffered a mysterious fall down the stairs, and a visiting vicar has keeled over dead while drinking a cup of tea, but one of the neighbors turns out to be Mrs. Cake’s husband’s glamorous old flame, whom Ellie finds more menacing than any cold-blooded killer. Ellie has always thought it would be wonderful to be the heroine of a Gothic romance, but now she’s beginning to wonder: Will she be able to solve the mystery and get out of Bronte country with her life, and her marriage, intact?

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Chapter One

The storm hurled itself against the blurred contours of the house like an angry sea. Thunder roared, lightning flared, and the wind moaned, subsiding for a moment, then whooshing back with renewed ferocity. Clouds drifted across the bruised and bloated sky. It was early afternoon, but it might well have been the dead of night, fit only for human beasts of prey and the shadowy vigils of unholy spirits denied respite beneath a sanctified churchyard earth.

A tree branch brushed my arm with skeletal fingers as I scuttled across the courtyard after parking my car in the old

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Praise for Dorothy Cannell and her Ellie Haskell Mysteries
 
“Dorothy Cannell continues to astonish me with her wit.”
---Joan Hess
 
“Thoroughly entertaining.”
 ---Cosmopolitan
 
“Wickedly witty, good bubbly fun.”
---Cleveland Plain Dealer
 
“Sparkling wit and outlandish characters.”
---Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Cannell pushes the British cozy into the contemporary world.”
---Booklist

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Dorothy Cannell

Dorothy Cannell, a mother of four, grandmother of ten, and owner of a King Charles Spaniel, was born in England and moved to the United States when she was twenty. After living in Peoria, Illinois, she and her husband moved to Belfast, Maine. Her first Ellie Haskell novel, The Thin Woman, was selected as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Twentieth Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. This is her eleventh mystery featuring the Ellie, whom Booklist describes as "part Miss Marple, part modern British mum."

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Withering Heights
An Ellie Haskell Mystery
Dorothy Cannell

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429989879
ISBN10: 1429989874
256 pages
$6.99

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St. Martin's Paperbacks
April 2008
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ISBN: 9780312946838
ISBN10: 031294683X
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 272 pages
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