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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.

Critic Reviews

"No one is better at juggling torches while dancing on a high wire than Elizabeth Peters." (Chicago Tribune)

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    5 out of 5 stars

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!

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Karen
  • Sandusky, MI USA
  • 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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Out of date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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Great till up near end --a few too many characters

For once Grace Conlin's narration didn't ruin an Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels book for me. It starts out with a supercilious narrow-minded rich snot named Henry. Conlin's usual arrogant snide voice is perfect for Henry.
Henry is engaged to Ellie -- she fulfills all his requirements of beauty, upward mobility, yatta-yatta -- though what she sees in him I cannot fathom. Turns out Ellie has an Aunt Kate who lives on a huge manicured estate. They go to visit, and Henry immediately recalculates Ellie's value, figuring she is due an inheritance. Aunt Kate is rumored to be a witch, and Henry is willing to be indulgent about this given her net worth. Ellie remains at Kate's to house-sit while Kate is traveling; Henry leaves -- detouring to a hospital for a possible case of shingles, which Ellie told him Kate visited on another man she didn't like.
Ghostly apparitions start appearing, as does handsome young Donald, a doctor's son following in his father's footsteps, who's recuperating from health issues acquired by working above and beyond the call of duty for a charity. The two bicker but work together trying to solve the mystery....
A lot of characters "appear" -- all with possible motives for play-acting as ghosts... so by the time it's worked out, I felt a little as if I needed a score card. I also didn't buy the entire explanation of the mystery, which is why I downgraded overall to 3 stars. It was really good almost to the end.

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Never thought I'd be disappointed in Liz Peters!!!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Peters usually does a better job balancing different ideologies but not in this book. If you believe that all political conservatives are arrogant jerks you'll like this book. If you believe that all Christian people are pompous know-it-all's, you'll love this book. If you believe that the occult is a noble spiritual option, pull up a chair.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I enjoy mysteries and this book barely qualifies, I will be more careful in choosing my next book.

What does Grace Conlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Grace Conlin is talented and and does a good job with the different character voices.

What character would you cut from Devil-May-Care?

The Librarian character was only there to make fun of a so-called Christians.

Any additional comments?

There was no mystery. It was obvious from almost the beginning who-done-it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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struggled to finish

not as interesting as usual stories. kept losing my place. narration was Ok. too many characters to keep track of.

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A Good Story to Pass the Time

Where does Devil-May-Care rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The story is somewhat predictable but it is still a good listen. The reader doesn't use much voice distinction so at times it causes confusion about the speaker. It is supposed to be more thrilling than I have felt listening.

What did you like best about this story?

The premise is good if predictable. The characters are well developed.

What about Grace Conlin’s performance did you like?

She pronounces words well and reads a sentence with proper emphasis. There is no question about what the author wrote.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I would not make it into a film.

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Sue
  • Amarillo, TX, United States
  • 07-28-08

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 7 people found this review helpful