to hell in a handbasket
In this sequel to A Real Basket Case, Colorado Springs gift basket designer Claire Hanover takes a spring ski vacation in Breckenridge, Colorado, with her family. The vacation quickly goes to hell in a handbasket when the sister of her daughter’s boyfriend’ is killed on the ski slope. Others think an out-of-control snowboarder slammed into her, but just before the ski patrol arrived, Claire saw another pair of ski tracks that veered into the young woman’s. Claire passes her findings on to an initially skeptical sheriff’s detective. Confusing clues point to alternative scenarios for the young woman’s death—which was definitely no accident—and put Claire’s daughter, Judy, in the path of danger. As the spiral of intrigue winds tighter and other deaths occur, Claire must draw on inner reserves of strength to conquer not only the conspiracy but also the winter elements. And, like a mother bear, she must fiercely protect her independent-minded cub from harm.
Read A Review:

This is the second book in a series but it can stand on its own; I did not read the first book (yet!) but I had no problem following this one.  Claire Hanover is a gift basket designer.  She, her husband and their daughter Judy are on a ski vacation.  The family of Judy’s boyfriend is staying nearby and the boyfriend’s sister is killed in a tragic ski accident—or is it an accident really?  Signs point to it being murder and Claire begins to investigate the incident. 


This book had good action and a good mystery with twists and turns.  I liked the characters—Claire and Judy are feisty.  I’m not a skier but that setting did not affect my enjoyment of the book.  I like the idea of Claire’s gift basket business; it is cool. 


I rated this book a 4.5/5.  I want to read the first book in this series and will continue to read new ones as they come out. 


Melissa A Palmer