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Ellie is young, rich, engaged, and in love. In the carefree days before marriage and new responsibility, she decides to house-sit at Aunt Kate's palatial estate in Burton, Virginia. With its nearly invisible housekeepers and plethora of pets, Ellie feels right at home. But when she opens an antique book about the town's aristocracy, she finds disturbing secrets that extend to her own family. Suddenly, Ellie's interest in the past is attracting a slew of unwelcome guests - some of them living and some perhaps not. Unwittingly, she has aroused a terrible vengeance that is now aimed at her.
©1997 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1997 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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"No one is better at juggling torches while dancing on a high wire than Elizabeth Peters." (Chicago Tribune)
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By Book reader on 01-19-07

One of Elizabeth Peters' best!

This is an older work of Elizabeth Peters (she of the Amelia Peabody mysteries) but remains one of her best. It's a well-written romance with overtones of the supernatural and one of the funniest books she's ever written, although that doesn't dilute the spookiness of the scarier scenes. There are characters you'll like and characters you'll cheerfully detest. I heartily recommend this for any circumstances, but especially for long drives when you want to stay awake -- you can't stop listening because you want to know what happens, although other drivers may wonder why you're laughing like a loon when you're alone in your car!

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By Karen on 08-03-10

Peters at her finest

Funny and entertaining with a touch of supernatural. Reminds me more of the books she writes in her Barbara Michaels personna.

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