Withering Heights

An Ellie Haskell Mystery

Ellie Haskell Mysteries (Volume 11 of 13)

Dorothy Cannell

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When her in-laws invite her to Yorkshire moors, Ellie Haskell can’t resist. The name “Cragstone House” just sounds so much like the delightfully musty manors she reads about in books! And so she and her husband set off for Yorkshire, accompanied by their irrepressible housekeeper and co-conspirator in crime solving, Mrs. Roxie Malloy. But things at Cragstone turn out far less idyllic than Ellie expected. First  the kindly cook, Mrs. Cake, suffers a mysterious fall down the stairs. Then a visiting vicar meets his death after drinking a cup of tea. 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 and Roxie be able to solve the mystery and get out of Brontë country alive? Or has Ellie reached the tragic dead end of her own fairy tale?

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Chapter 1
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 stable.

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“One of the year's funniest and most engaging mysteries.”—Elizabeth Peters, New York Times bestselling author of the Amelia Peabody mysteries

“A veritable meringue of a book, light and crisp and airy, but with enough of a puzzle to engage and entertain the reader.”—Denver Post


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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. The twelfth mystery featuring  Ellie, whom Booklist describes as "part Miss Marple, part modern British mum," is Goodbye, Ms. Chips, available from St. Martin's Minotaur.

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Withering Heights
An Ellie Haskell Mystery
Dorothy Cannell

Mass Market Paperbound

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
April 2008
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312946838
ISBN10: 031294683X
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 272 pages
$6.99

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April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429989879
ISBN10: 1429989874
256 pages
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