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The Importance Of Being Ernestine Book Review Summary

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Viking, Jun 2002, 23.95, 248 pp.
ISBN: 0670030600

Ellie Haskell proudly shows her husband Ben his redecorated home office. However instead of the praise she expected from her spouse, he is irate as he cuts into her for destroying his space. A stunned Ellie retreats from Merlin's Court to visit their cleaning lady Roxie Malloy at her new job as right hand man for private investigator Mr. Jugg.

Jugg is out of town when Lady Krumley arrives seeking help. Roxie misleads the client by saying she works for both Mr. Jugg and Mrs. Haskell, which leads to Lady Krumley to conclude that her two employers are partners. Lady Krumley explains that forty years ago she fired a pregnant maid for stealing jewelry. About a year after that, the maid died leaving a child Ernestine behind. Lady Krumley found proof that the accused was innocent, but also cursed her employer's family. Members are dying and Lady Krumley believes only Ernestine can lift the affliction. She wants the two sleuths to find the girl. Seeing this as a simple diversion, Ellie agrees to help Roxie, not knowing what she is getting into by doing so.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNESTINE is an amusing amateur sleuth tale that readers will enjoy because of the antics of the delightful detective duet as Ellie plays a straight man to the wild and wacky Roxie. The cast augments the understanding of the dynamic duo so that readers comprehend their motives. Dorothy Cannell, known for her cozies, writes a lighthearted romp that is for those readers who enjoy an insouciant investigative novel starring two delightful incompetents.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   near future What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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