Mum's the Word (Ellie Haskell Series #3)

Mum's the Word (Ellie Haskell Series #3)

by Dorothy Cannell

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Several pounds heavier—and gaining—blissful mother-to-be Ellie Haskell knows her days as a thin woman are numbered. Time to let out her clothes, put up her feet, and prepare to enjoy the next nine months as pampered wife. But the first pangs of morning sickness have barely passed when Ellie's handsome husband, Ben, is invited to compete for membership in the world's most exclusive secret society of chefs, and suddenly Ellie finds herself whisked off to America—to Mud Creek, Illinois—and to a gothic mansion straight out of a horror movie.

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ISBN-13: 9780553286861
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/1991
Series: Ellie Haskell Series , #3
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,215,239
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Dorothy Cannell was born in London, England, and now lives in Belfast, Maine. She 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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I dream I am a child again, coming to Merlin’s Court for the first time. No … that isn’t quite the way it is. My grown-up self watches, off-stage, as ten-year-old Ellie is driven in that magical vehicle of childhood—a taxi—through the village of Chitterton Fells. The shops and houses, now steeped in twilight, are of classic Christmas card design. Look, there’s the amputated Roman arch, and yes … the wavering moonbeam of coast road.

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Mum's the Word (Ellie Haskell Series #4) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Bjace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mostly I love the Ellie books, but this one is kind of a mess. Bentley and Ellie visit the US so that he can try out for some sort of honorary chef's society.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got this one in a Secret Santa exchange a couple of years ago. Apparently, it, or the author, had been recommended, and I'd requested it, but I couldn't remember who or why. Also apparently, this is the fourth book in a mystery series.Ellie Haskell is pregnant and looking forward to taking full advantage of the pampering she's undoubtedly due when her husband Ben is invited to join an exclusive secret society of chefs dedicated to discovering and preserving antique recipes. The invitation includes a Christie-esque stay on an island resort with the other candidates. In America.The other candidates are all oddities--a child prodigy, a French magician, and a kitchen witch, for example, and the resort belongs to an actress whose daughter has just written a scandalous biography of her. The chef society activities are shrouded in secrecy, and when people start disappearing, Ellie takes it on herself to investigate.It's a fun mystery romp, and Ellie is an engaging, if slightly self-absorbed and spoiled character. What was even more fun was seeing Ellie's impressions of and reactions to America, which were amusing and believable... and, now that I think of it, may have been the basis for the recommendation.I'm not sure if I'll look for any more books in this series, but I did enjoy reading this one, and if I run across another, I won't turn it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wordy descriptive funny and relatable
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Romady. Nolan. Wayne. Horatio.