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Publisher's Summary

One foggy evening, the most famous crime specialists in the world meet in an exclusive club, their minds on murder. On the agenda: two tantalizing, unsolved cases of ghostly terror. New York Times best-selling author and unsurpassed master of suspense Barbara Michaels delivers a fireside story in the grand tradition with Other Worlds. The smoky room glows with a mix of cigars, brandy, and genius. Those present include Harry Houdini, king of illusion; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, father of the modern detective novel; Dr. Nandor Fodor, a psychoanalyst of international acclaim; and an elegant writer who can rival them all with her sleuthing talent. These masters of mystery put their minds to a pair of gripping stories of families beset by poltergeistly pranks and bewitched by inexplicable horrors. Gripping puzzles, yes, but the terror is all too vicious and all too real. In the hollows of Tennessee, a family is threatened by a dire spirit whose predictions of despair and death come frighteningly true. In a small Connecticut town, a newly married widow and her children move into her second husband's home to find their lives possessed by an unimaginable demon.

For the gathering at the club, a brilliant battle of wits is at hand. Were these villains phantoms from beyond or evildoers of flesh and blood? Each expert has a theory. Which of them is correct? Whether writing as Barbara Michaels or Elizabeth Peters, this author is a master chef crafting richly atmospheric, suspense-filled delights. Other Worlds is an up-all-nighter guaranteed to still haunt in the morning, a tale as chilling by daylight as it is by darkness.

(P) and ©1999 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., All Rights Reserved, Harper Audio, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"The telling is adept, suspenseful and appropriately spooky. Most readers are likely to echo Houdini's opinion that the replay of the hauntings, though still shrouded in ambiguity, makes for 'an entertaining evening.'" (Publishers Weekly)

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It was a dark and stormy night....

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed the story, it kept me intrigued and wanting more.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I'd add another story. I love the concept of a circle of people telling ghost stories in a cozy setting. I just wanted more. Perhaps a sequel with the other members of the club adding their own tales?

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I thought the narrative performance did a great job of creating a nicely spooky atmosphere.

Did Other Worlds inspire you to do anything?

It made me go back and read some of my old favorites by Ms. Michaels.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Diane
  • Detroit, MI, United States
  • 10-29-12

Want more

I really enjoyed these stories, I hope there will be more read by Barbara Rosenblat.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars

could have been better

not that good. stories seemed repetitive
wish they had used the historic characters personality better. Kind of boring after awhile

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  • Karen
  • Georgetown, TX, United States
  • 09-13-10

Is that all?

The story just stopped ... The narratives were good, and the stories were interesting, but it all just sort of stopped and left me with the idea that the writer got bored with the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful