Sunday, March 15, 2009

How to Murder Your Mother-in-Law

How to Murder Your Mother-in-Law by Dorothy Cannell is the 6th novel in the Ellie Haskell mystery series. I've read and enjoyed The Thin Woman, the 1st one. This is a fun and funny read -a "cozy", I guess you'd say- and suits me right now. And there's a Methodist murderer in the book. Or a suspected murderer anyway.

from the back of the book:
Nothing like a live-in mother-in-law to reduce a woman to the role of junior housemaid. That's what Ellie discovers when her husband's parents have a row in the midst of their anniversary dinner, and mother Magdalene seeks refuge in Ellie's guest bedroom. Suddenly Ellie is being driven round the bend by the woman's constant demands.

Thank goodness for the other wives who also suffer from the age-old mother-in-law curse. A chance meeting down at the Dark Horse pub finds them trading horror stories, and soon they're mixing gin and tonics with homicidal fantasies - a soupcon of poison here, a broken brake line there. All very therapeutic and no harm intended. At least, that's what Ellie thinks... until one mum-in-law meets a premature end and another has a very close call. Now Ellie must find the mother-in-law of all killers - before her own sweet Magdalene ends up on ice, and the blame is laid at Ellie's door...

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