Wednesday, September 02, 2009

A new review for TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET

Sheila Deeth posted the following 4-star review of TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET at LibraryThing and Gather:

To Hell in a Handbasket, by Beth Groundwater

I’ve just finished reading the second Claire Hanover mystery, and I’d have to say Beth Groundwater’s main character really is strong enough to keep my interest through a whole series. A fascinatingly resourceful amateur detective, with the cleverness of Miss Marple, the sore knees of the middle-aged, and the physical prowess of an empty-nester who plans to keep skiing forever, Claire has the confidence to believe what she sees and to tell it like she sees it. Just because no one else saw the ski tracks doesn’t mean they’re not there. Just because no one else sees the danger doesn’t mean she shouldn’t protect her daughter. Just because…

So she walks into police stations and describes exactly the sort of details that someone unaccustomed to such places would notice—the presence or absence of family photographs, the pictures on the walls… She walks into a night club and learns the right words for the music by making mistakes—okay, so daughter’s embarrassed, but Mom’s taking charge. She leaps into action, rightly earning the nickname Mama Bear. And the reader follows along, all the time amazed and impressed and, if you happen to be me, just plain wishing I were more like her.

I guess Claire’s kind of a niche hero, perfect for us moms with kids fleeing the nest, and ideal for the recipients of gift baskets. She makes me want to ski again. She believes in ibuprofen. She’s real and she’s fun. And she’s more than capable of leaving me eagerly awaiting her next adventure.

Thanks so much, Sheila!


Patricia Stoltey said...

Nice review, Beth. Sheila does a good job.

Sheila Deeth said...

Thank you Beth! And thank you Patricia.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the great review, Beth! I recommended your book to my sister, who also lives in CO Springs