The Importance of Being Ernestine

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(from Fantastic Fiction online)

Dorothy Cannell was born in London, England, and now lives in Belfast, Maine. Dorothy Cannell 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.

(from Internet Book List)

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  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • The Importance of Being Ernestine
  • Dorothy Cannell
  • English
  • 24 July 2018
  • 9780142002841

10 thoughts on “The Importance of Being Ernestine

  1. says:

    Cannell is cunning and humorous, so I looked forward to another episode in the adventures of Ellie Haskell. I was swept up in her characterizations, and the wacky lead-in to the actual mystery. Halfway through the book, however, I was frustrated by the lack of forward motion in favor of clever dialogue. I tossed the volume aside. I no longer cared what the two snoops might discover.

  2. says:

    This was my first Dorothy Cannell and will probably be my last. It was given to me by a friend but it's too light for me. The plot itself was interesting but I just couldn't handle some of the ridiculous characters, such as Mrs. Malloy, and their silly banter.

  3. says:

    This was a book recommended by the local library. I so enjoyed it I will have to ask for the others in the series. Funny, sad, an absolutely lovely read. I love detail and she puts in plenty. Surprise ending.. Which person is Ernestine ?? Wow !

  4. says:

    The cast of characters gets a little confusing, but this was a fun read. You can't help but love the two main characters. They're both a hot mess and a lot of fun. I'm not quite certain that the mysteries themselves make sense but who cares. Just go along for the ride.

  5. says:

    Not my cuppa. Dull, predictable, too much of . . .Ellie and the keeper of the detective's office aren't going to be my choice again. . .very sleepy.

  6. says:

    This book was a delightful surprise. I have never read anything by Ms. Cannell in spite of the fact that I have seen her in person several times at Magna Cum Murder (at Ball State) in Muncie, Indiana. She will be at Magna again in October but this year it will be in Indianapolis and I am looking forward to letting her know how much I enjoyed this book. I read this for my Mystery Book Club at my local library and this is the 10th book in the series so I was unfamiliar with the characters but from the reviews that I've read, they are reappearing. In this particular tale, Ellie Haskell, who is an interior decorator, redoes her husband's study--replacing his old typewriter with a brand new computer. Ben is not happy and to avoid more argument than they've already had, Ellie takes off to visit with her part time housekeeper, Roxy Malloy who is currently spending her time watching the office of P. I. "Milk" Juggs. As they sit drinking Milk's bourbon and smoking his cigarettes, a late client, Lady Krumley, appears. She assumes that the 2 women are the private investigators and tells them her story. Many of her family members are dying from very unusual things (i.e. falling into a well, bungee jumping, etc.) and she is certain that it all stems from the fact that a young woman in her employ some 30 years ago was fired for stealing a brooch. The young woman had a child but died young and Lady Krumley is certain that she made a death bed curse towards her family--especially since just days before she found the long lost brooch. Now she wants to find the child of her former maid to compensate her in some way for the ill treatment of her mother. This book is so funny!!! These two bumbling women are just a hoot, constantly getting into predicaments and causing an uproar but they do eventually solve the case. If you enjoy mysteries and some slapstick humor, try this book!

  7. says:

    The Importance of Being Ernestine by Dorothy Cannell is book 10 of the Ellie Haskell cozy mystery series set in contemporary England. Ellie and her housekeeper Mrs. Malloy have been solving mysteries all through the series, so it’s no surprise they’re teamed up to solve another; this time however they actually pose as private detectives.

    Because her ladyship’s elderly relatives around the world are dying, Lady Krumley of Moultty Towers feels that “dark forces” are carrying out a former housemaid’s deathbed curse. The most recent death at the Krumley mansion does seem suspicious. Ellie’s housekeeper Mrs. Malloy recently began working for a private investigator “Milk” Jugg, who’s on vacation, so Ellie and Mrs. Malloy take Lady Krumley’s case. Their objective: find Ernestine, the housemaid’s illegitimate offspring.

    This is a very gentle cozy, no violence or suspense. The weather provides atmosphere: “The moon huddled behind a threadbare blanket of cloud. It was no longer raining, but the wind shook the trees as if intent on rattling some sense into their leafless heads.” The plot takes a back seat to the comical banter between Ellie and Mrs. Malloy: “And if he don't make me his Girl Friday on the spot it'll shock me back to me old hair color, sure as my name is Roxie Malloy.”

    Ellie and Ben appreciate the small joys of life: “Ben and I were both avid readers. Not much for television, we enjoyed many an evening--especially in wintertime--locked in our own separate worlds yet linked by that special silence that can be better than any amount of talking.”

    The Importance of Being Ernestine is mild entertainment for a longtime fan of the Ellie Haskell series. If not familiar with the series, definitely start with the first book, The Thin Woman, where the primary characters and relationships are introduced.

  8. says:

    Another in the Ellie Haskell of the English coastal village of Chitterron Fells mystery. In this mystery, Ellie and her outlandish housekeeper, Mrs. Roxie Malloy, become involved in another mystery. Mrs. Malloy has started working for a private investigator and, while Ellie is visiting Mrs. Malloy in the office, a client mistakes them as investigators working for him and they take on her case. The case is a bit convoluted involving events 40 years earlier, a curse on a family, and older members of that family dying.

    As usual, Mrs. Malloy provides much of the humor through her character and Ellie's comments. I enjoyed this one in the series because there is more mystery involved and less of the clutzy Ellie who continually wisecracks her way through things and is continually starting things she doesn't finish or messes up.

  9. says:

    This is a Ellie Haskell mystery. Ellie and her housekeeper cohort, Mrs. Maloy, take on the case of Lady Krumley who believes she is suffering the results of a curse put upon her by a former maid who was fired by Lady Krumley years earlier. Ellie and Mrs. Maloy are asked to track down the out of wedlock child that was born to this maid so that their client might make restitution to the maid's surviving daughter (Ernestine). Ms. Cannell writes this story with wit and humor and at times you will find yourself laughing out loud at the characters and situations. Hence, the reason I like this writer and her books. They are, in terms of murder mysteries, written with a light touch. Dark mysteries these are not.

  10. says:

    Still reading, but I dont' know if this is in keeping with the play of which the title is a play on words, but I keep finding similes used for the proper word in sentences, but not in spoken sentences. In narrative where you would no expect it. Is this poor editing or a rouse on the part of the editor to remind us of the origin of the title? I don't know, but there are enough to make me won't to grab my pencil and make corrections. Other wise, a 'cute' story thus far.

    This was a good mystery for the genre. I read a lot in the genre of P.D. James, Agatha Chhristie, Margaret Atwood - mysteries that are a bit "heavier," so to speak. This was a light read for me, but it was entertaining and was a pleasant diversion. Nice for people who like mystery without the forensic details.

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