The Trouble with Harriet: An Ellie Haskell Mystery by Dorothy Cannell

June 29, 2018
The Trouble with Harriet Book Cover The Trouble with Harriet
Ellie Haskell Mysteries
Dorothy Cannell
Random House Publishing Group – Alibi
June 13, 2017

Ellie Haskell and her husband, Ben, haven’t taken a vacation in years. Now their suitcases are packed, their tickets are booked, and they’re ready for a romantic getaway in France. But everything goes awry after a chain-smoking fortune teller makes a dire prediction: “Take that trip at your peril!” Those ominous words ring true when Ellie’s prodigal father, Morley, suddenly appears with the remains of his ladylove, Harriet, whose untimely death in a car accident has left him bereft.

But after Morley loses the urn in a bizarre series of events, Harriet’s family is furious. Now a bewildered Ellie finds herself asks some probing questions: Who or what was in that urn? Could her father be a pawn in a deadly game? And what exactly is the meaning of that darn prophecy? Ellie just hopes she lives to find out whether the answers are worth the trouble.

The Trouble with Harriet by Dorothy Cannell

Review by Dawn Thomas


316 Pages

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi

Release Date: June 13, 2017


Mystery, British, Women Sleuths


Ellie stops by a Gypsy woman to have her future told. The woman tells Ellie that she shouldn’t be upset or surprised when her father shows up. Ellie’s father has been absent for most of her life with the exception of the occasional letter. When he does arrive, Ellie cannot believe he is there. But there is something wrong. He talks about Harriet being in his suitcase, which makes Ellie and her husband, Ben, suspicious. They listen to his story about meeting Harriet and her death.


This is the 8th book in the Ellie Haskell mystery series. There were too many characters in the story. Some were developed while others were merely mentioned. I got confused between some of the characters and had a time keeping them straight. I have enjoyed other books in the series but I felt this one was a bit long.

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