After her husband died, Jane Jeffrey was left to bring up
their three children alone. Now her eldest son is in his
second year of college while her only daughter is a senior
in high school and the youngest child is in ninth grade.
She along with her neighbor and best friend Shelley suffer
from a form of empty nest syndrome and want to do something
interesting with their free time.
When Bitsy Burnside contacts them to decorate a dilapidated
old Victorian house, Shelly is intrigued and Jane sees the
possibilities. However from the first day they enter the
house things go wrong. When the contractor is found dead
at the bottom of the basement stairs, Jane knows that
somebody killed her. However, whom is nearly impossible as
the victim was such an obnoxious individual, there is a
plenty of suspects. Soon a series of malicious pranks
occur and nobody knows who is behind them or if it was the
same person who killed the contractor.
Anyone who likes a cerebral amateur sleuth novel with
little violence will want to read THE HOUSE OF SEVEN
MABELS. This is a lighthearted cozy, the perfect book for
beach reading. The friends of Jane and Shelly come across
as real and believable while the story line is filled with
enough unexpected twists and turns to keep readers turning
the pages. Jill Churchill imbues her plot with enough
humor to have her audience chuckling out loud.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 15, 2002