How to Murder Your Mother-in-law, fifth installment of Dorothy Cannell’s Ellie Haskell series, is another fun read. Hilarity and diabolical machinations ensue when everyone’s mother-in-law comes for a visit. Ellie invites her in-laws down to celebrate their anniversary, and everything goes haywire because she invites an old friend of Magdalene’s for the dinner. In fact Ben’s parents go their separate ways.
It turns out that Ellie isn’t the only one who is having a terrible time with her mother-in-law. Three of her friends are suffering through an epidemic of overbearing or generally obnoxious mothers-in-law. One night they meet at the pub to let off a little steam and in the heat of the moment they all dream up a fitting end to their problems. After all, letting off a little steam never actually hurt anyone.
Until the mothers-in-law begin to pop off in the way each daughter-in-law had planned. Are Ellie’s friends really murderers, or is someone else guilty of ridding the world of a few mothers-in-law? It’s up to Ellie to discover the truth before it’s too late.
It is a fun book that takes advantage of the clichés about mothers-in-law. I enjoyed it. There were a few words here and there, but no explicit scenes.
Just for the record, I have a great mother-in-law who is nothing like the women in this book.