This is seventh book in the Ellie Haskell series and the first time I have read this author. I found an excellent story that the writing flow smoothly and was easy to read. It is a hard book to rate and review so much was happening. It takes place in a small town off the coast of England and occurred before computers and cell phones. It is true to the conditions of the time. I Ellie is married and the Mother of twins. Mrs. Malloy, her long time cleaner gives her notice informing her that she moving to London to help take care of granddaughter. Her replacement, Mrs. Large is found dead. What is Mrs. Malloy’s problem and was Mrs. Large’s death an accident or MURDER? The antic of the twin was amusing and added much to the story. The health of Jonas and the love the family felt for their line-up gardener was another theme that I feel followers to series will like. If course the home-made household remedies that were included were interesting. I feel that had I read the earlier books I would be attracted to the characters and the many subplots. The latter were merged together nicely. I would recommend reading this series in order but this book worked well as a standalone. I will read more of this series as time allows.
Disclosure: I received a free copy from Alibi through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book.The opinions expressed are my own.

About bettylouise31 Member of NetGalley and Edelweiss Senior Citizen and been reading and sharing my thoughts on books most of my life. I read for my pleasure. I have been married for over 65 years. We had a Bengal Cat, Kato who has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Interests include reading, dogs, cats, gardening, knitting, crocheting. I have a strong interest in North American native plants. A word on my reviews. I am writing very few. Books reviews are from my public library, brought, many from Netgalley, a few from Edelweiss, occasionally from an author or from friends. The opinions are my own. I represent no publisher, author, or another source​. My reviews can be found on. Tumblr, Goodreads, Google+, and Twitter. I have no Facebook account. Thanks for reading my blog.
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5 Responses to THE SPRING CLEANING MURDERS By Dorothy Cannell

  1. bmary8222 says:

    Another series I missed. I’ll have to see if the library has them.

  2. lghiggins says:

    I have this one in my queue. After your review I am looking forward to reading it. I like it when books are not set in the present day, but do stay true to the time in the details.

  3. lghiggins says:

    Oh, my! You are ahead of me with technology there. I have heard of Tumblr, but don’t even know what it does. I am in the middle of this book right now and am enjoying it. It is different!

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