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It's snow accident when a young woman's icy demise sends Claire's vacation to hell in a handbasket Skiing with her family in Breckenridge, Colorado, gift basket designer Claire Hanover hears a terrified scream cut the frigid mountain air. She is horror-stricken to find Stephanie Contino, the sister of her daughter's boyfriend, dead on the slopes. While everyone else assumes It's snow accident when a young woman's icy demise sends Claire's vacation to hell in a handbasket Skiing with her family in Breckenridge, Colorado, gift basket designer Claire Hanover hears a terrified scream cut the frigid mountain air. She is horror-stricken to find Stephanie Contino, the sister of her daughter's boyfriend, dead on the slopes. While everyone else assumes the death was an accident, Claire is suspicious of the extra ski tracks that cross dangerously into Stephanie's path. But the police are skeptical of foul play, even as more signs point to murder. When incriminating clues put her daughter Judy in danger, Claire investigates and finds trouble around every mogul. Between interviewing a daredevil snowboarder and giving ski lessons to a drug boss, she uncovers a chilling conspiracy that could turn deadly for her family. Praise: "Groundwater's second leaves the bunny slope behind, offering some genuine black-diamond thrills."--Kirkus Reviews "Will appeal to Desperate Housewives fans and those who like cozies with a bit of spice."--Booklist


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It's snow accident when a young woman's icy demise sends Claire's vacation to hell in a handbasket Skiing with her family in Breckenridge, Colorado, gift basket designer Claire Hanover hears a terrified scream cut the frigid mountain air. She is horror-stricken to find Stephanie Contino, the sister of her daughter's boyfriend, dead on the slopes. While everyone else assumes It's snow accident when a young woman's icy demise sends Claire's vacation to hell in a handbasket Skiing with her family in Breckenridge, Colorado, gift basket designer Claire Hanover hears a terrified scream cut the frigid mountain air. She is horror-stricken to find Stephanie Contino, the sister of her daughter's boyfriend, dead on the slopes. While everyone else assumes the death was an accident, Claire is suspicious of the extra ski tracks that cross dangerously into Stephanie's path. But the police are skeptical of foul play, even as more signs point to murder. When incriminating clues put her daughter Judy in danger, Claire investigates and finds trouble around every mogul. Between interviewing a daredevil snowboarder and giving ski lessons to a drug boss, she uncovers a chilling conspiracy that could turn deadly for her family. Praise: "Groundwater's second leaves the bunny slope behind, offering some genuine black-diamond thrills."--Kirkus Reviews "Will appeal to Desperate Housewives fans and those who like cozies with a bit of spice."--Booklist

30 review for To Hell in a Handbasket

  1. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    FIRST RATE reading. The story moved fast and draws the reader into the scene. Claire, the protagonist and family are vacationing in a ski resort. A friend is found injured on their first run on the slopes. Claire starts to investigate the affair. The answers began to bother her and decides to defend her daughter who has become a target. Excellent information on first aid and how made a interesting basket

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    Claire Hanover, her husband, and her daughter Judy are in Breckenridge skiing. Judy has been away in France for college and this is an opportunity for the family to spend time together. Except Judy's new boyfriend, Nick Contino, and his family are also staying in Breckenridge. The book opens with Nick's sister, Stephanie, joining the Hanovers on the slope. The skiing turns tragic when Stephanie dies from hitting a tree, but Claire notices a few things that causes her to believe somebody purposel Claire Hanover, her husband, and her daughter Judy are in Breckenridge skiing. Judy has been away in France for college and this is an opportunity for the family to spend time together. Except Judy's new boyfriend, Nick Contino, and his family are also staying in Breckenridge. The book opens with Nick's sister, Stephanie, joining the Hanovers on the slope. The skiing turns tragic when Stephanie dies from hitting a tree, but Claire notices a few things that causes her to believe somebody purposely ran Stepanie into that tree. Because Stephanie had skied ahead of the rest, they did not see what happened. But there was a hot dog snowboarder who is either the prime suspect or a witness. Claire begins to ask around while Judy is comforting Nick and his mother. Nick's father, Anthony, seems increasingly despondent over Stephanie's death. Judy and Claire have struggles as mother and daughter, which only gets worse when Claire feels that Judy is in danger and is in protective mode. But none of the Hanovers could have imagined the truth behind Stephanie's death and just how dangerous it will get for all of them. I loved having a realistic middle-aged woman who is assertive and wrestling with an empty-nest for the main character. She was well balanced between the aches and pains that come with an active person getting older and a gutsy woman who will go to any length for her family. Claire's husband, Roger, is a good guy with a level head who balances Claire. They make a cute couple stealing some romantic time. Judy was my least liked character. Occasionally she would act more like a huffy teen than a blossoming woman who attends college in Europe. The breakout character was Leon, the crime boss Claire met previously (book one) and turns to for information on what she suspects is going on. Leon is dangerous, but seems to respect Claire on some level. I also liked Detective Owen Silverstone who is leading the investigation into Stephanie's death. Claire and the detective manage to understand each other with only a few tense moments, which is a refreshing alternative to the common cop boyfriend or the adversary cop. The Colorado high country and ski slopes and portrayed intimately and faithfully. Beauty, cold, snow, and wilderness all give a good backdrop for the action. Their is plenty of action with close calls, hair's breadth escapes, and chases that moved this to "amateur sleuth" status in my mind. The plot has international implications, which gives it more of a dose of heightened drama than a typical murder mystery without a cop as the central character. The investigation process moved along smoothly and kept my interest fully engaged. The reader is doled out pieces and information along with Claire, and that doesn't allow for getting ahead of Claire much in figuring out the overall puzzle. The investigation and revelations were nicely done, fostering the maximum reader investment by the climax. The climax had its edge-of-your-seat moments that were well thought out and executed. The wrap-up had its touching aspects and felt complete. This was a great adventure murder mystery that will be hard to top. I am already looking forward to the next book in the series to see where Ms. Groundwater will take Claire and what she will throw at her. Ratings: Excellent - Loved it! Buy it now and put this author on your watch list Series: 2nd in Claire Hanover Mystery Sensuality: mild foreplay mentions Main Character: Claire Hanover, part-time gift basket creator Setting: Modern Day, Breckenridge Colorado Obtained Through: from publisher for an honest review Mysteries and My Musings Book Blog http://www.mysterysuspence.blogspot.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    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 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    It’s snow accident when a young woman’s icy demise sends Claire’s vacation to hell in a handbasket Skiing with her family in Breckenridge, Colorado, gift basket designer Claire Hanover hears a terrified scream cut the frigid mountain air. She is horror-stricken to find Stephanie Contino, the sister of her daughter’s boyfriend, dead on the slopes. While everyone else assumes the death was an accident, Claire is suspicious of the extra ski tracks that cross dangerously into Stephanie’s path. But th It’s snow accident when a young woman’s icy demise sends Claire’s vacation to hell in a handbasket Skiing with her family in Breckenridge, Colorado, gift basket designer Claire Hanover hears a terrified scream cut the frigid mountain air. She is horror-stricken to find Stephanie Contino, the sister of her daughter’s boyfriend, dead on the slopes. While everyone else assumes the death was an accident, Claire is suspicious of the extra ski tracks that cross dangerously into Stephanie’s path. But the police are skeptical of foul play, even as more signs point to murder. When incriminating clues put her daughter Judy in danger, Claire investigates and finds trouble around every mogul. Between interviewing a daredevil snowboarder and giving ski lessons to a drug boss, she uncovers a chilling conspiracy that could turn deadly for her family. Dollycas's Thoughts Hang on to your ski poles, this is a wild run!! Watch out for out of control snowboarders, flying bullets and families keeping secrets. Claire finds herself right in the middle of the drama as she tries to protect her daughter while helping the police catch a killer. Any mom knows you do not get between a mom and her kids. We will lay down our lives to keep our children safe no matter if they are 5 or 25. Claire is a strong courageous woman and her daughter Judy is following in her footsteps. Of course not all of us have a friendly drug dealer we can call to help us get information and what he wants in return is hilarious. The picture that forms in your mind will have you laughing out loud. Husband Roger touched my heart. He and Claire are trying to rejuvenate their love after the stress of incidents in the first book in the series, A Real Basket Case. He knows that he can't keep her from investigating so he helps her as much as he can. He also tries to squeeze in some romantic moments along the way. I have learned my lesson about Beth Groundwater stories: * When you start reading you will not stop until you reach the end. * Her characters are real and constantly evolving and pull you right into their lives and hold on tight. * They take place is wonderful scenic places. * I use the word "wild" a lot when describing her books. * These are not cozy mysteries! They are edgy mysteries full of suspense! * Bits of humor and tries at romance keep the story with the right feel for cozy lovers. * Think "cozy mystery on steroids"! I love the way Beth writes and have loved every one of her stories. I highly recommend escaping into this book as soon as possible!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Balester

    TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET Is One Heck of A Good Read I was a little hesitant to pick up this book, because I don't ski, and I thought it wouldn't keep my interest. I should have know better because Beth Groundwater, an Agatha Award finalist, is an excellent mystery writer, and she proves it again in this novel. The second in the Claire Hanover series finds her on the ski slopes with her family. Whats starts as a nice domestic vacation turns dark when a family friend is killed while skiing in an app TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET Is One Heck of A Good Read I was a little hesitant to pick up this book, because I don't ski, and I thought it wouldn't keep my interest. I should have know better because Beth Groundwater, an Agatha Award finalist, is an excellent mystery writer, and she proves it again in this novel. The second in the Claire Hanover series finds her on the ski slopes with her family. Whats starts as a nice domestic vacation turns dark when a family friend is killed while skiing in an apparent accident. But Claire has some serious doubts, and even after a witness is killed right after talking to Claire, the police seem reluctant to tie the deaths together. By the time they finally begin to connect the dots, Claire's entire family is in danger, particularly her daughter, whose boyfriend may be linked to an international criminal gang. Can Claire solve the secret behind these killings, or will she join the growing list of victims? This story will keep you on the edge of your ski lift until the end. The skiing scenes are done well, (even I could follow them), the characters are well developed and you can even get a lesson in basket design if you need a fresh gift idea. Beth Groundwater also writes the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Adventures mystery series, where she puts her knowledge of the great outdoors to good use.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eustacia Tan

    I'm getting to be a mystery addict (well, a cozy mystery addict anyway). After reading a lot of Lillian Jackson Braun (The Cat Who... mysteries), I saw this book relating to gift baskets. A gift basket mysetry. Makes me think of The Cat Who and Debbie Macomber already~ Although, giftbaskets don't make a very prominent appearance in the book. This story follows Claire, who's on a family vacation at a ski hotel. But, at the start of their vacation, her daughter Judy's boyfriend's sister Stephanie d I'm getting to be a mystery addict (well, a cozy mystery addict anyway). After reading a lot of Lillian Jackson Braun (The Cat Who... mysteries), I saw this book relating to gift baskets. A gift basket mysetry. Makes me think of The Cat Who and Debbie Macomber already~ Although, giftbaskets don't make a very prominent appearance in the book. This story follows Claire, who's on a family vacation at a ski hotel. But, at the start of their vacation, her daughter Judy's boyfriend's sister Stephanie dies. Or was killed. And it's to solve this question that Claire starts investigating. And the further she goes, the more dead bodies turn up. It looks like the danger is much greater than first expected. Plot-wise, this story was decent. It's a very linear plot, so there's not much opportunity to figure out what's going on before Claire does. I think it's because the whole book is told through her perspective, the reader can only figure out things the same thing as her (which means we end up making the same mistakes in deduction too). What really drew the book together would be the characters. Claire isn't a young attractive citizen-detective. She's a self-described "mama bear" who will do anything to protect her daugther. But yet, she has some really interesting friends, like the Leon crime lord (who may be my favourite character in the book. I'd like to read more about him) who help her gather information (even though she's somewhat of a pest to the local detective). In some way, it's not clear if her investigation helps or hinders the official one, seeing as she makes judgements based on what's best for her family rather than to find out the killer. And like most stories, there were characters that annoyed me. Most notably, the daughter Judy. She's repeatedly described as stubborn/headstrong and while I'm like that, she just makes this virtue seem like a vice. Maybe it's because I'm not convinced of the love between her and her boyfriend, but she just seems like a disrespectful child to me. Maybe (ok, not maybe, I am) I'm conservative, but I don't think you should talk back to your mom like that and so often. But then again, most children do stuff like that, so I could understand (very little though...) Altogether a pleasant read. If I see the first book in the series, I'd probably be tempted to buy it, since the few references to the first book make it seem interesting. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. First posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Rockwell

    When I first picked up "To Hell in a Handbasket," I thought it had all the requirements of a good cozy mystery--a great title, a protagonist with a quirky occupation (she makes gift baskets), and a synopsis that sounded like cozy mystery heaven. Now that I've finished the book, I believe that I would label it more a thriller than a cozy. Why? From the first page to the last, amateur sleuth and gift basket designer extraordinaire Claire Hanover is chasing and being chased by bad guys--really bad When I first picked up "To Hell in a Handbasket," I thought it had all the requirements of a good cozy mystery--a great title, a protagonist with a quirky occupation (she makes gift baskets), and a synopsis that sounded like cozy mystery heaven. Now that I've finished the book, I believe that I would label it more a thriller than a cozy. Why? From the first page to the last, amateur sleuth and gift basket designer extraordinaire Claire Hanover is chasing and being chased by bad guys--really bad guys. I envisioned this book would be about a little old lady who sits at home and solves mysteries using clues she finds in gift baskets. Not so! Right from the start, Claire is tumbled into the apparent murder of her daughter's friend on a ski slope. From there, the action goes uphill (and downhill, as the characters chase each other around on the Colorado ski slopes). Claire not only tries to help a local detective solve the young woman's murder, but she becomes embroiled in several more deaths, and must work frantically to prevent additional murders. There are numerous chases, gun fights, dead bodies, kidnappings, captures, and all sorts of excitement that, to me, suggest that this book would make a great action/adventure movie--or at least a television movie of the week. Personally, I prefer a quieter, more cerebral cozy mystery--where the heroine solves the crime after the fact from the comfort of her own home. However, for those of you who like lots of action in your mysteries--this one is for you.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bam cooks the books ;-)

    I received an autographed copy of this mystery for Christmas from my daughter and her husband who had met the author while on a skiing trip to Breckenridge, CO, the setting for the story. (Thanks,kids!) Being the obsessive reader that I am, I checked out Groundwater's debut mystery, A REAL BASKETCASE, and enjoyed that very much. But in this second outing in the series, Groundwater's writing has really come along and she has written a tense, exciting mystery with lots of action and real-to-life ch I received an autographed copy of this mystery for Christmas from my daughter and her husband who had met the author while on a skiing trip to Breckenridge, CO, the setting for the story. (Thanks,kids!) Being the obsessive reader that I am, I checked out Groundwater's debut mystery, A REAL BASKETCASE, and enjoyed that very much. But in this second outing in the series, Groundwater's writing has really come along and she has written a tense, exciting mystery with lots of action and real-to-life characters. Claire Hanover, the main character, is a gift basket designer and menopausal mother whose daughter, Judy, is poised to leave the nest and Claire is struggling to let go. She is also trying to mend her relationship with her husband while on vacation in Breckenridge after being caught in an embarassing situation in the first book. The Hanover family is skiing with Judy's friend, Stephanie Contino, the sister of Judy's boyfriend, Nick, when a blood-curdling scream rings out. Stephanie has crashed into a tree and is dying. It is obvious that another skier had crossed paths with her and caused the accident. Was it the wild and crazy snowboarder they saw flying by just before? Or was there another skier whose tracks came out of the woods? Claire does some investigating on her own, but the more she learns about the Contino family, the more the mystery deepens and the more worried she gets about daughter Judy's relationship with Nick. Quite the page-turner!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Claire Hanover was happy and excited about her ski vacation in Breckenridge. There was so much to look forward to during the vacation days. Claire was looking forward to romantic evenings with her husband Roger. This was Claire’s chance to reconnect with her daughter Judy who had been away at school. Judy’s boyfriend Nickolas Contino was also in Breckenridge with his family. Nick’s sister Stephanie had accompanied Claire, Roger and Judy and everyone was having a good time until as the title stat Claire Hanover was happy and excited about her ski vacation in Breckenridge. There was so much to look forward to during the vacation days. Claire was looking forward to romantic evenings with her husband Roger. This was Claire’s chance to reconnect with her daughter Judy who had been away at school. Judy’s boyfriend Nickolas Contino was also in Breckenridge with his family. Nick’s sister Stephanie had accompanied Claire, Roger and Judy and everyone was having a good time until as the title states everything went to hell. Stephanie was critically injured on the trail and Claire was suspicious that the injury was not an accident. When Claire begins investigating on her own against the advice of the police, her husband and her daughter the whole situation becomes terrifying. Claire begins to feel that all is not as it should be with Nick’s family and even goes so far as to suspect that Stephanie’s father had a part in her accident. Judy resents Claire’s hovering attitude although any mother could sympathize. If a mother feels her daughter is in danger what can she do but try to protect her. Claire finally convinces Detective Silverstone that her daughter is in real danger. Judy is becoming more and more headstrong and determined to lead her own life and ignore her mother’s pleas. This is a smooth moving mystery with much excitement along the way.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    I have a bone to pick with Beth Groundwater! I read the first book in the series and it was good and enjoyable and so I decided to read the next one. Dirty trick, this one is outstanding and so good that I started it after dinner and finished it about midnight the same night - thus making me very tired for work the next day. It is such fun when a series just jumps up to the next level and this series did just that! Claire, her husband and her daughter are spending a week skiing as a family get to I have a bone to pick with Beth Groundwater! I read the first book in the series and it was good and enjoyable and so I decided to read the next one. Dirty trick, this one is outstanding and so good that I started it after dinner and finished it about midnight the same night - thus making me very tired for work the next day. It is such fun when a series just jumps up to the next level and this series did just that! Claire, her husband and her daughter are spending a week skiing as a family get together. Claire is looking forward to spending some time with her daughter who is on vacation from school in Paris. Things start getting complicated when the daughter wants to spend more time with her boyfriend than the family. When the boyfriends sister dies on the ski slopes Claire has to help solve the mystery of what happened to her, and why.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Claire Hanover, her husband Roger and daughter Judy are in Breckinridge skiing. Judy's boyfriend Nick Contino and his family are also there. Judy and Stephanie (Nick's sister) are skiing together when she is bumped by another skier or person a snowboard and hits a tree and dies. Everyone thinks it is an accident except Claire. As she investigates on her own other deaths pile up. Claire tries to protect Judy and is rebuffed by her daughter who keeps telling her she is an adult and to leave her al Claire Hanover, her husband Roger and daughter Judy are in Breckinridge skiing. Judy's boyfriend Nick Contino and his family are also there. Judy and Stephanie (Nick's sister) are skiing together when she is bumped by another skier or person a snowboard and hits a tree and dies. Everyone thinks it is an accident except Claire. As she investigates on her own other deaths pile up. Claire tries to protect Judy and is rebuffed by her daughter who keeps telling her she is an adult and to leave her alone to make her own decisions. The mob is involved, Leon (her drug kingpin from the first novel) makes a cameo appearance and all their lives are put in danger. Even though the police want Claire to butt out, "mama bear" continues to investigate in order to keep her family safe. Her gift baskets also make an appearance and the descriptions of them are gorgeous. Another good read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julie Lence

    To Hell In A Handbasket is a fast paced mystery that grabs your attention from the beginning and never lets go. Ms. Groundwater has done a fabulous job taking her readers to the slopes and streets of Breckenridge, Colorado to join amateur sleuth, Claire Hanover, in solving a murder. At the same time, Claire must deal with an age old problem moms across the world struggle with daily--letting their children grow up. With an assortment of colorful characters and a list of suspects to choose from, T To Hell In A Handbasket is a fast paced mystery that grabs your attention from the beginning and never lets go. Ms. Groundwater has done a fabulous job taking her readers to the slopes and streets of Breckenridge, Colorado to join amateur sleuth, Claire Hanover, in solving a murder. At the same time, Claire must deal with an age old problem moms across the world struggle with daily--letting their children grow up. With an assortment of colorful characters and a list of suspects to choose from, To Hell In A Handbasket will keep you turning the pages as fast as i did.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Gligor

    "To Hell in a Handbasket" by Beth Groundwater is an intriguing mystery that delves into the dynamics of two families. Claire Hanover, her husband and their grown daughter, Judy, are vacationing at a ski resort in Colorado when Stephanie Contino, the sister of Judy's boyfriend, is found dead. Was it murder or just an unfortunate skiing accident? As Claire endeavors to find the answer, she uncovers some terrifying secrets about the Contino family and soon realizes that her own daughter's life is in "To Hell in a Handbasket" by Beth Groundwater is an intriguing mystery that delves into the dynamics of two families. Claire Hanover, her husband and their grown daughter, Judy, are vacationing at a ski resort in Colorado when Stephanie Contino, the sister of Judy's boyfriend, is found dead. Was it murder or just an unfortunate skiing accident? As Claire endeavors to find the answer, she uncovers some terrifying secrets about the Contino family and soon realizes that her own daughter's life is in jeopardy. I highly recommend this book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    The interaction between mother and daughter hit me close to home, and it tipped the scales higher. The plot might have been a bit too far and Claire's athletic abilities were awesome (too?? Snowshoeing that far and up that incline!!) It was cozy that Claire and her husband, Roger, are nicely finding their marital unity again after the previous book's problems. It's very comforting to read pleasantly challenging plots with characters to admire. The interaction between mother and daughter hit me close to home, and it tipped the scales higher. The plot might have been a bit too far and Claire's athletic abilities were awesome (too?? Snowshoeing that far and up that incline!!) It was cozy that Claire and her husband, Roger, are nicely finding their marital unity again after the previous book's problems. It's very comforting to read pleasantly challenging plots with characters to admire.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Great book again by Beth Groundwater. While it did seem a bit corny in the way everything tied up so neatly, it was a well written book and it held my attention from beginning to end. I liked the fact that she brought back some characters from the first book, other than the Hanovers, and as a Colorado native, I love all the little references to Colorado locale.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Picked this book up for .50 cents from my local library and what a great book. It was so easy to read, had plenty of action and suspense and being based in the ski fields of Colorado I could relate as I lived in Denver for years and used to ski at Breckenridge. Great book, fun to read and something I was able to read quite quickly and easily. Might have to check out a few more of Beth Groundwater's books. To Hell in a Handbasket Beth Groundwater Picked this book up for .50 cents from my local library and what a great book. It was so easy to read, had plenty of action and suspense and being based in the ski fields of Colorado I could relate as I lived in Denver for years and used to ski at Breckenridge. Great book, fun to read and something I was able to read quite quickly and easily. Might have to check out a few more of Beth Groundwater's books. To Hell in a Handbasket Beth Groundwater

  17. 5 out of 5

    Martha Cheves

    To Hell in a Handbasket - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat What will a wife do to protect her husband? In A Real Basket Case Claire sets out to prove that she didn't sleep with her physical trainer and her husband didn't kill him when he found him straddling her in bed. There was nothing she wouldn't do to prove her and his innocence. What will a mother do to protect her only daughter? In To Hell in a Handbasket Claire again refuses to let anything nor anyone stand in her To Hell in a Handbasket - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat What will a wife do to protect her husband? In A Real Basket Case Claire sets out to prove that she didn't sleep with her physical trainer and her husband didn't kill him when he found him straddling her in bed. There was nothing she wouldn't do to prove her and his innocence. What will a mother do to protect her only daughter? In To Hell in a Handbasket Claire again refuses to let anything nor anyone stand in her way to prevent her daughter Judy from being kidnapped, or worse... murdered. Claire, Rodger and Judy Hanover are on a much needed ski vacation in Breckenridge, CO. Judy's boyfriend, Nick Contino, his mother, father and sister Stephanie have joined them. What was supposed to be a relaxing couple of weeks went sour quickly when Stephanie has a skiing accident that takes her life. Was it really an accident? Claire believes not. And to prove her theory she tracks down the only person that actually saw what really happened. The information given to her by this young man not only puts herself into danger, it also makes Judy the killer's next target. I stayed on the edge of my seat as I followed Claire and Detective Owen Silverstone as they uncover the mystery of Stephanie's death. As they uncover what really goes on behind closed doors in the Contino's study. As they fit the puzzle pieces together after finding that the Russian mob is heavily involved with everything that has taken place, which includes a plan to kidnap Judy. I loved Beth Groundwater's style of writing when I read A Real Basket Case. After reading To Hell in a Handbasket I can have to say that "what I thought couldn't get better did." For a real mystery teaser, I recommend both books, in the order they were written... A Real Basket Case and To Hell in a Handbasket.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    In this follow-up to A Real Basket Case, part-time gift basket designer Claire Hanover hopes a ski trip with her husband Roger, daughter Judy, and Judy’s boyfriend’s sister Stephanie will yield some quality family time. However, when a mysterious skier barrels in and causes a tragic accident which kills Stephanie, Claire unearths some scary family secrets involving Stephanie’s family, especially her brother Nick, with whom Judy is in a serious relationship. As she gets closer to the truth, Clair In this follow-up to A Real Basket Case, part-time gift basket designer Claire Hanover hopes a ski trip with her husband Roger, daughter Judy, and Judy’s boyfriend’s sister Stephanie will yield some quality family time. However, when a mysterious skier barrels in and causes a tragic accident which kills Stephanie, Claire unearths some scary family secrets involving Stephanie’s family, especially her brother Nick, with whom Judy is in a serious relationship. As she gets closer to the truth, Claire asks herself: are her fears for Judy possibly marrying into a family with mob connections real? Or is the almost-empty-nester simply afraid of letting go of her only daughter? Fast-moving plot, interesting characters and, to use a ski-slope analogy, a lot of twists and turns. This one had me continuing to turn pages without stopping. A can’t put down!

  19. 5 out of 5

    ☺Trish

    In To Hell in a Handbasket, the second book in Beth Groundwater's Claire Hanover, Gift Basket Designer Mystery series, we find gift basket designer Claire Hanover on a ski trip with her husband Roger, and her college-age daughter Judy. Also vacationing at the same ski resort is Judy’s boyfriend Nick, his sister Stephanie, and their parents Anthony and Angela Contino. After Stephanie is killed in what is thought to be a skiing accident, Claire comes to believe that it was no accident, but a case o In To Hell in a Handbasket, the second book in Beth Groundwater's Claire Hanover, Gift Basket Designer Mystery series, we find gift basket designer Claire Hanover on a ski trip with her husband Roger, and her college-age daughter Judy. Also vacationing at the same ski resort is Judy’s boyfriend Nick, his sister Stephanie, and their parents Anthony and Angela Contino. After Stephanie is killed in what is thought to be a skiing accident, Claire comes to believe that it was no accident, but a case of murder. Something nefarious is going on with the Contino family and Claire is determined to find out exactly what it is, so that she can protect her family (especially her headstrong daughter Judy). To Hell in a Handbasket is a fast-paced and thrilling read, filled with interesting and likeable characters.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Our own goodreads author, Beth Groundwater has done it again! I enjoyed her first in the Gift Basket Designer series (A Real Basket Case) but her second is even better than the last! This book is a true black diamond (hardest of ski trails) not because it's a difficult read but because it is expertly crafted and enjoyable from start to finish. Whether taking the moguls on the trail, zipping through the woods on a snowmobile or slogging for miles on snowshoes, this story will keep you interested Our own goodreads author, Beth Groundwater has done it again! I enjoyed her first in the Gift Basket Designer series (A Real Basket Case) but her second is even better than the last! This book is a true black diamond (hardest of ski trails) not because it's a difficult read but because it is expertly crafted and enjoyable from start to finish. Whether taking the moguls on the trail, zipping through the woods on a snowmobile or slogging for miles on snowshoes, this story will keep you interested from start to finish!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Gift basket designer Claire Hanover is on a skiing vacation with her husband and daughter Judy when Stephanie, the sister of Judy's new boyfriend Nick, is killed in an inexplicable accident. Claire is the first to suspect that foul play is involved, and fearing that Judy is in danger, she jumps into an investigation of the case. Some may find Claire's actions, and the plot behind the death, improbable. Gift basket designer Claire Hanover is on a skiing vacation with her husband and daughter Judy when Stephanie, the sister of Judy's new boyfriend Nick, is killed in an inexplicable accident. Claire is the first to suspect that foul play is involved, and fearing that Judy is in danger, she jumps into an investigation of the case. Some may find Claire's actions, and the plot behind the death, improbable.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Once again Beth Groundwater writes another fast paced and engaging cozy mystery in the Claire Hanover series! There is murder, intrigue, and danger when Claire, her husband Roger and their daughter Judy are on a ski-trip that turns deadly for a young woman on the slopes! Skiing, gift baskets, and a mother/daughter relationships come into play. Of course there is always a dash of humor and romance thrown in! I can't wait for the next one! Once again Beth Groundwater writes another fast paced and engaging cozy mystery in the Claire Hanover series! There is murder, intrigue, and danger when Claire, her husband Roger and their daughter Judy are on a ski-trip that turns deadly for a young woman on the slopes! Skiing, gift baskets, and a mother/daughter relationships come into play. Of course there is always a dash of humor and romance thrown in! I can't wait for the next one!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    To Hell in a Handbasket is my favorite saying. So, when I stumbled across a book with the same title - I had to read it. This was a fun; fast; entertaining murder mystery read. You find yourself sitting on the edge of your reading chair as the moments of danger occur. And, then at other times, you find yourself laughing out loud.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    The library is trying to get this book for me, since they do not own. Anxious to read it. Book came in from Toledo, interLibrary loan . Going to start it this evening. Hope I enjoy it as much as the first one. Definitely a page turner, good read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Douglas

    From our own Goodreads author!!! Great book, Beth! Your characters were so like-like I thought you pulled them from my own family. I'm glad I don't ski. I got cold just reading the book. Looking forward to more of your books. From our own Goodreads author!!! Great book, Beth! Your characters were so like-like I thought you pulled them from my own family. I'm glad I don't ski. I got cold just reading the book. Looking forward to more of your books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cathryn Ferrara

    I really enjoyed this mystery, the basket making thing was a bit of a stretch and didn't ring as true as feel forced to make this more of a cozy title, but the rest was good. I like the characters and the flavor of the skiing community. I really enjoyed this mystery, the basket making thing was a bit of a stretch and didn't ring as true as feel forced to make this more of a cozy title, but the rest was good. I like the characters and the flavor of the skiing community.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Liz V.

    All the winter sports with murder and mayhem added makes for a quick, enjoyable read. It has been several years since I read the first in the series, and not much backstory is given. Need to backtrack before reading the third and sadly last.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mich

    finally! met beth at the festival of mystery in Pgh and she lives up to her promise in this book!! glad i found her!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carol DeVaney

    A well written story. I recommend it highly.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    I really enjoyed this book-the second in a series. Very fast-paced! I look forward to reading more from this author. Thanks for the recommendation Mom.

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