The same sister who recommended the Cape Refuge series to me also told me to look for The Thin Woman by Dorothy Cannell. I obliged the same week she gave me the name. Unfortunately the library did not have that book. Now, you all know that I hate reading a series of books out-of-order. What’s a reader to do? Well, there is always the Kindle version. After the Longbourn debacle I hesitated. Ultimately I decided to trust my sister. A few dollars and hours later I was so grateful for the hint.
Ellie Simons, a single 27-year-old woman, with a love of food gets invited to her ancient uncle’s house for a family reunion. She doesn’t want to go because she is embarrassed that she fulfilled her aunt’s prediction to be as big as the dome on St. Paul. And worse, she is invited to bring an escort. Ellie doesn’t have anything closer to an escort than her cat Tobias. Eventually she ends up at Eligibility Escorts to hire an attractive man for the weekend.
Bentley Haskell, from the agency, calls up to arrange picking her up for the house party. When he turns up Ellie can’t help but notice how attractive he really is, until he escorts her to his car. It’s a convertible with the top permanently down. That would be great except they’re in the middle of terrible weather. She even has to hold an umbrella over Ben’s head.
At her uncle’s house things quickly turn south when an irritated Ellie announces that she and Ben are actually engaged. Oh boy!
Imagine her surprise when a few weeks go by and her uncle dies. She and Ben are invited to come to the funeral and the reading of the will. Imagine their shock upon hearing that they are to jointly inherit the house and the fortune is they can discover the treasure of the house together within six months. Oh wait, she has to lose 1/3 of her body weight, and he has to write a book to be sent to a publisher. But what is that compared to a chance to be rich?
So Ben and Ellie move into the house. As a trained chef he helps her to lose weight and she tries to find the treasure while he writes. But then strange things begin to happen, and somebody has to be responsible, unless ghosts are real. The deeper Ellie digs into her family history the closer she and Ben get to finding the treasure.
Will they find the treasure in time to stop a crazy murderer? Will Ellie lose enough weight? Can Ben finish a book in time? And just who gets the girl in the end?
I loved this book. It was fun, with just enough suspense. I found myself falling for the characters. I’m glad that there are more of these books. I can’t wait to read the next one!
There is a little bit of language, but it’s fairly mild.