About Death at Dovecote Hatch; The second in the brand-new Florence Norris series.
November, 1932. Still reeling from the recent murder at Mullings, country estate of the wealthy Stodmarsh family, the peaceful little village of Dovecote Hatch is about to be rocked by news of another violent death. When mild-mannered Kenneth Tenneson is found dead from a fall down the stairs at his home, the coroner’s inquest announces a verdict of accidental death. Florence Norris, however – the quietly observant housekeeper at Mullings – suspects there may be more to it than that.
Florence’s suspicions of foul play would appear to be confirmed when a second will turns up revealing details of a dark secret in the Tenneson family’s past. Determined to find out the truth about Kenneth’s death, Florence gradually pieces the clues together – but will she be in time to prevent a catastrophic turn of events?
About Murder at Mullings: The first in a new series featuring character Florence Norris. In its 300-year history, there has never once been a scandal at Mullings, ancestral home of the decent but dull Stodmarsh family. Until, that is, Edward Stodmarsh makes an ill-advised second marriage to the scheming Regina Stapleton, who insists on bringing her family's 'ornamental hermit' to live on the estate. Suddenly everyone wants to visit Mullings to glimpse this mysterious figure. Strange but harmless, thinks Florence Norris, the family's longstanding housekeeper. But events take a sinister turn with the arrival of sudden, violent death - and suddenly the hermit doesn't seem so harmless after all.
Reviews for Murder at Mullings:
Book List (April 15, 2014): “Cannell offers an Agatha Christie–like whodunit with touches of Olde World England and a soupçon of romance.... With a multistranded plot, strong characters, and echoes of Rebecca, this mix of romance and crime will appeal to a wide range of readers.”
Library Journal (May 1, 2014): “VERDICT: Downton Abbey fans will pick up on the tone immediately: imagine the ever-reliable Mrs. Hughes narrating a mystery. Stepping away from her long-running Ellie Haskell series, Cannell has created a fascinating and leisurely paced historical, excelling at period details and class distinctions.”
About Sea Glass Summer: Recovering from a painful divorce, Sarah Draycott has moved to the picture-postcard village of Sea Glass on the Maine coast, and is soon caught up in the lives of its inhabitants. As she helps elegant but troubled widow Gwen cope with her desperately ill son, and assists nine-year-old orphan Oliver in uncovering the secrets surrounding the mysterious Cully Mansion, Sarah’s broken heart begins to heal. She isn’t looking for new romance – but love finds a way of seeking someone out just when they least expect it .
About the Author: Dorothy Cannell was born in Nottingham, England, and moved to the U.S. in 1963. Dorothy became an aspiring writer after taking an English class at Illinois Central College and being encouraged to write for publication by the class teacher. Seven years later, she sold her first short story. Dorothy enjoys collecting sea glass and beach stones in Maine, collecting vintage hats and Apostle Tea spoons, and going on reading binges.
What Critics and Readers Say...
"Cannell is a master of subtle wit and humorous asides that lift her cosies to great heights" Library Journal on Withering Heights
"Cannell orchestrates a clever plot, merrily winking at readers as she pokes fun at numerous genre conventions" Publishers Weekly on
The Importance of Being Ernestine
"This one has it all: wit, Charm, a pair of sprightly sleuths"
Booklist on The Importance of Being Ernestine
"Spunky and delightful" Minneapolis Tribune on The Spring Cleaning Murders
"Hilariously funny" Boston Globe on God Save The Queen
"Offers everything Cannell's fans have come to expect...a wonderfully dotty cast of characters, unerring sense of the absurd, and witty dialogue and insights" Denver Post on Mum's The Word
"Sparkling wit and outlandish characters" Chicago Sun-Times on Down the Garden Path