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Goodbye, Ms. Chips

Book 12, Ellie Haskell - An Ellie Haskell Mystery

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Ellie Haskell goes back to school in the “thoroughly entertaining series” (Cosmopolitan) that began with The Thin Woman. From Agatha Award nominee Dorothy Cannell, this delightful mystery is an education . . . in murder.
“Ellie, the headmistress wants to see you.” Words to strike terror in the heart of any inmate of St. Roberta’s boarding school. Fortunately for Ellie Haskell, she is no longer a pudgy, wayward pupil but a happily married mother and interior designer with a beautiful home by the sea. Rather, Ellie has been summoned thanks to her reputation as an amateur sleuth.
The headmistress, Mrs. Battle, has requested Ellie’s help in the investigation into the disappearance of a coveted lacrosse trophy. Unless the prize is found, someone will succeed in dealing the school a great deal of embarrassment. So, despite her less-than-rosy memories of her alma mater, Ellie begins snooping around St. Roberta’s—only to have her homecoming spoiled by the suspicious death of the recently retired games mistress, Ms. Chips. Now, with a killer possibly stalking the halls, Ellie must act fast to have a sporting chance at justice.
Praise for Goodbye, Ms. Chips
“Engaging Ellie provides a peak at boarding-school charms and horrors while solving one of her more intriguing cases.”Kirkus Reviews
“This humorous cozy is filled with sympathetic characters and an inside look at an English boarding school.”Booklist
Praise for Dorothy Cannell and the Ellie Haskell series
“It is the absurd predicaments of her central characters that readers find themselves recalling, and Cannell is cunning at devising outlandish situations for them.”Chicago Sun-Times
“Cannell is a master of subtle wit and humorous asides that lift her cozies to great heights. Before the influx of writers trying to out-humor Janet Evanovich, there was Dorothy Cannell. Long may she write!”Library Journal

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 18, 2008 – At the start of Cannell's meandering 13th Ellie Haskell mystery (after 2007's Withering Heights), Ellie's dear friend Dorcas Critchley, the games mistress at St. Roberta's boarding school, asks the amateur sleuth to investigate the theft of the Loverly Cup, a trophy awarded annually by Lady Loverly of the Hall at Upper Swan-Upping to the winner of the area schools' lacrosse championship match. A former inmate of St. Roberta's, Ellie returns to campus, where she's forced to rub shoulders with old classmates she would rather avoid. The suspicious death of Marilyn Chips, a retired coach whose skills enabled the school to retain the trophy for many years, makes the loss of the Loverly Cup, if not irrelevant, certainly less important. Ellie and her housekeeper, Mrs. Malloy, enchant as always, though the student characters, in particular Ellie's precocious detecting pal, 14-year-old Ariel Hopkins, may strike some readers as too adult. Witty dialogue helps offset the slow pacing of this alternately funny and stodgy cozy.

Customer Reviews

A Missed Opportunity

This is a story told in full "cutesy" British humor. It has the potential for entertainment, but somehow never rose to the level of a great tale. It includes all the British old maid characters: a precocious child, a brassy maid, a matronly detective and all the stereotypical inhabitants of a young ladies boarding school. I didn't feel the need for more Ellie Haskell mysteries.

Great read!

This was my first book written by Dorothy Cannell. I enjoyed it. It was a light easy read full of just enough twists and turns to throw you off the scent of the real killer and thief. Goodbye, Ms. Chips has Ellie going back to her old boarding school to try and solve the case of the missing trophy. She really had a hard time at boarding school and was not looking forward to going back especially seeing Headmistress Mrs. Battle! I don't know about you but I know I wouldn't want to go back to school especially if I had to meet up with the girl who bullied me! YIKES poor Ellie. At least she is able to feel like she can find some retribution and find the thief and killer.
This book is definitely at an easy pace so it's not hard to keep up. I would have liked to have read the earlier books to find out more history on the character Ellie.
I recieved this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

Goodbye, Ms. Chips

Super read.

Goodbye, Ms. Chips
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  • Category: Women Sleuths
  • Published: Jun 07, 2016
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 306 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 12, Ellie Haskell
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