I don’t know what it means either. For your information it’s a book title. I’d hoped that reading the book would enlighten me, but the Handbasket thing still eludes me. HH is a PI of the most hardboiled variety, and now that I think about it, it goes well with reading over Easter. Eggs, you know.
Donna Moore has written a book that has more clichés in it than I have ever seen assembled in one place before. Intentionally, I hasten to add, since it’s the clichés that make the story what it is, plus the use of the ‘PI formula’, if there is such a term. Helena Handbasket is every PI book you’ve ever read, rolled into one. Donna is very funny, whereas Helena is more stupid than anything. And lucky. Most of the time.
There is only one intelligent character in the book, and that’s Helena’s cat Virgil, and he is seriously misunderstood.
Other characters have names like Robin Banks, Hal Litosis, Luke Warmwater and Art Ifarti, of the FBI. Yeah, right. I spent the time reading the book imagining it to be set in Glasgow, but now I’m not sure there is any foundation for this belief, other than the fact that Donna lives there.
I met Donna at last year’s CrimeFest, and she ended up dining with me on my birthday, but I hope there have been no lasting ill effects. But it’s good to find someone else who understands about eating and dressing.
This is NOT a children’s book, btw. It should probably be rated 18.