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The Trouble with Harriet | [Dorothy Cannell]

The Trouble with Harriet

Ellie Haskell aspires to live a perfectly normal life with her husband and children in their lovely old house. But bizarre events and outlandish characters keep landing on her doorstep in Chitterton Fells, the charming little village by the sea. Just when Ellie means to escape her hectic life by taking a vacation in France, her long-lost father shows up with the ashes of his lady love in his suitcase. Ellie becomes suspicious as Daddy recounts the details of his storybook romance with Harriet, the platinum-blonde ideal of English womanhood....
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Publisher's Summary

This wickedly funny English whodunit was a Mystery Guild Main Selection. Its spunky heroine, interior decorator Ellie Haskell, aspires to live a perfectly normal life with her husband and children in their lovely old house. But bizarre events and outlandish characters keep landing on her doorstep in Chitterton Fells, the charming little village by the sea. Just when Ellie means to escape her hectic life by taking a vacation in France, her long-lost father shows up with the ashes of his lady love in his suitcase. Ellie becomes suspicious as Daddy recounts the details of his storybook romance with Harriet, the platinum-blonde ideal of English womanhood he met in a German biergarten.

You will relish Cannell’s keen sense of the absurd as the plot thickens to include a visit from a kleptomaniac aunt, a village production called Murder Most Fowl, and missing relics of the local saint, Ethelwort. Barbara Rosenblat, with her impeccable comic timing and flair for characterization, is the perfect narrator for Cannell’s uproarious series.

©1999 Dorothy Cannell (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC

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    H VA, United States 01-06-13
    H VA, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Haskell books better on the page"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I enjoyed the Thin Woman so much when re-reading it for the nth time recently that I thought I'd find the audiobooks. There are only two available here and this is the better one, but Ellie Haskell has somehow become a minor character in a Wacky Farce Parade that drags quite a bit.


    What was most disappointing about Dorothy Cannell’s story?

    The doormat that Ellie's become. It makes the humor pretty forced.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When it finally ended.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably.


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    Amy Delaware, OH, United States 04-08-12
    Amy Delaware, OH, United States 04-08-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Dull"
    What would have made The Trouble with Harriet better?

    This book made a plot out of nothing. Or perhaps I should say that there was no real plot. It had some interesting ideas (like the gypsy appearing to both Harriet and Giselle) but it didn't amount to anything of interest.


    What was most disappointing about Dorothy Cannell’s story?

    The story labored on and on about the relationship between Harriett and Ellie's father from the father's perspective. I found him pompous and dull.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Saved the English accent for when she was speaking words that someone actually said. She didn't pull off the accent thought the whole narrative.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. It was a waste of my time and my credit.


    Any additional comments?

    Even Barbara Rosenblatt couldn't save this audiobook.

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    Amy Brooklyn, NY, United States 04-03-12
    Amy Brooklyn, NY, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Lots of Fun"
    What did you love best about The Trouble with Harriet?

    It was a cheerful little earful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Trouble with Harriet?

    When the three relatives of Harriett came a calling. The hilarious descriptions of them by the author, and the narrator's interpretation of how they sounded when they spoke.


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Bringing to life the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Mostly laugh, it was fun, with some sadness but lighthearted so you could feel uplifted no matter what.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot got a little convoluted toward the end, but the ridiculous twists and turns just made the book even more entertaining for me.

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    "Might be Described as a Romp"

    If you can suspend disbelief sufficiently to be able to get engulfed in the amazing occurences, you will enjoy this book. Its a bit of a mix of Agatha Christie, Enid BLyton and Janet Evanovitch! I found the tongue in cheek humour quite amusing but got a bit frustrated with the plot which involved people being very gullible about events and rather 'olde English' stiff upper lip refusing to report people to the police to protect them. For instance when the barmy vicar drives off in the main character's car she doesn't consider telling the police, although it is missing for several days and has a vital piece of evidence on the front seat, because it will go badly for the vicar if she tells. THe story depends on a lot of very strange unrealistic characters but kept me listening until the end.

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