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Devil-May-Care | [Elizabeth Peters]

Devil-May-Care

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.
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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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    Book reader Boynton Beach, FL 01-19-07
    Book reader Boynton Beach, FL 01-19-07 Member Since 2004

    Learned to love audiobooks when I was commuting two to three hour a day. I still love listening to a good book, even when I prefer a printed version.

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    "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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    Karen Sandusky, MI USA 08-03-10
    Karen Sandusky, MI USA 08-03-10 Member Since 2008
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Williams Philadelphia, PA USA 07-11-10
    L. Williams Philadelphia, PA USA 07-11-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Out of date"

    When I first read this book some 20 years ago, I remember it being a delight. It has not aged well, however. This time around, it seemed hopelessly dated, particularly with regard to all the allusions to then in-vogue "women's lib." When it finally wraps up and the mystery is solved, I found it hard to believe the motives of the villain/s.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Amarillo, TX, United States 07-28-08
    Sue Amarillo, TX, United States 07-28-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing"

    It started out good...but seemed to just lose steam...I lost the story line (because I fell asleep). It was boring.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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