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The Thin Woman by Dorothy Cannell

The Thin Woman (1984)

by Dorothy Cannell

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I loved the premise of this funny first-in-a-series mystery—tired of all of the pointed comments about her weight and her relationships or lack of same, Ellie hires Ben to be her escort to a family reunion. When Uncle Merlin dies, in accordance with his will Ellie and Ben are given a year to accomplish specific tasks that might change their lives for the better – if they can also solve a puzzle before time runs out or other relatives stop them. ( )
  ehousewright | Jul 11, 2013 |
I enjoyed this book. Not sure if I'm going to keep it or not. This is the second one I've read by this author. The plot was very good until the end at which point the perpetrator has a monologue explaining all of that individual's actions. I always think this is a shortcoming for an accomplished mystery author. The good part was that the book had good clues all along the way pointing to the perpetrator and to some of the other mysteries in the book, which were fair pointers to the solution without being overly blatant. The best part of the book was the characters, who were fun and interesting. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Oct 22, 2009 |
A good cozy British mystery. Romance, suspense, danger, treasure hunting - this book has a little of everything. Oh, and the main character is overweight and longs to be thin - she seems real and easy to relate to. ( )
1 vote BookAngel_a | Sep 18, 2008 |
Love this book. Funny and exciting. An overweight woman is asked to join a family reunion. What awaits her is beyond her imagination. Love, murder, money and a new body. ( )
  meyben | Jun 8, 2007 |
Ellie longs to be thin and married, and she hires an escort to attend a family reunion with her. The weekend leads to sudden death, unexpected romance, and a treasure hunt that promises to make Ellie rich and happy, if she survives. By the end of the book she's a tired mother of twins, married to Ben Haskell the escort. (Was this made into a movie?) Very silly, irritating style, tries too hard to be funny. The first in a series I don't plan to read. ( )
  tripleblessings | May 28, 2007 |
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For my parents
Charlotte and Ashley Reddish
who gave me a childhood filled with love and books.
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New people everywhere know that family reunions are occasions of wholesome pleasure, more innocently rewarding than lavender-scented sheets in the airing cupboard or fresh pots of homemade bramble jelly cooling on a marble pantry shelf.
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Ellie Simons is a talented interior designer with a passion for eating - a  passion that shows up on her considerably inflated waistline, which leaves her resigned to life as a single woman. But when her Uncle Merlin summons his kin to a dreaded family reunion, Ellie's pride motivates her to rent a companion -Bentley T Haskell, a devastatingly handsome writer of Trashy novels who moonlights at Eligibility Escorts. Ellie's little white lie works fine until old Uncle Merlin up and dies, leaving his mansion to the happy couple on three conditions: 
Ellie has to lose 63 pounds
Ben must writ4e a book without a word of smut in it,
and they have to find the treasure hidden on Merlin's estate.
The prize seems to be worth the effort until Ellie and Ben start to receive threatening phone calls, malicious visitors in the night, and clues to a possible murder. 
A thriller to be savored, The Thin Woman is as hard to resist as a chocolate-chip cookie.
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Overweight and single, Ellie Simons attends her family reunion with a hired escort. The reunion goes from bad to worse when someone unexpectedly dies, and Ellie must solve the mystery to survive.

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