A Real Basket Case

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A Real Basket Case
A Real Basket Case cover.jpg
Author Beth Groundwater
Language English
Genre Mystery
Publisher Five Star Publishing
Publication date
March 21, 2007

A Real Basket Case is a mystery novel that was written by Beth Groundwater. The book, published by Five Star Publishing, was initially released on March 21, 2007.[1] It was later re-published in large print in January 2008.[2] The novel follows the story of protagonist Claire Hanover who sets out to discover the identity of her husband's killer.

It was nominated for the Best First Novel Agatha Award in 2007.[3] The sequel, To Hell in a Handbasket was scheduled to be published in 2009.[needs update][4]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Beth Groundwater won the Princess of Rejection Prize from the Sisters in Crime Guppies Chapter for receiving the second most rejections for her writings by the winter of 2005.[5] However, in 2007, A Real Basket Case was nominated for the Best First Novel Agatha Award.[3][4]


The novel received favorable reviews in several major newspapers. Barbara Bibel from Booklist review commented that, "This will appeal to Desperate Housewives fans and those who like cozies with a bit of spice."[6] Kirkus Reviews called A Real Basket Case "A tense, exciting debut."[1]

Author J.B. Thompson praised the novel, saying "Groundwater’s well-crafted characters comprise a nicely balanced cast, and she does a good job incorporating a blend of humor and relationship drama into a deftly twisted plot with the kind of surprise ending guaranteed to satisfy. Quick-paced and well written with clear and comfortable prose, A Real Basket Case is a perfect afternoon read for cozy fans," though he also criticized the main character Claire as fallible.[7]


Following the acclaim received for her first novel, Groundwater went on to write two sequel murder mysteries following the same protagonist Clare Hanover. To Hell In a Handbasket was published in 2012, and A Basket of Trouble was published in 2013. Both published by Midnight Ink, a subsidiary of First Printing.


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  2. ^ "A Real Basket Case (Large Print) (Wheeler Softcover)". Powells.com. 1994–2008. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Beth Groundwater on tour for book 'A Real Basket Case (Five Star Mystery) (Five Star Mystery Series)'". Zvents. October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  4. ^ a b "beth groundwater". ColoradoSprings.com. Archived from the original on April 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  5. ^ "Resume". Beth Groundwater. July 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  6. ^ Bibel, Barbara (February 1, 2007). "Books". Booklist Review. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  7. ^ Thompson, J.B. (2007). "A REAL BASKET CASE". Spinetingler Magazine. Retrieved 2008-10-19.