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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (May 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060878215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060878214
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Writing both as Michaels and as Elizabeth Peters, the author is a favorite of suspense fans, who will immerse themselves in this eerie tale. Summoned to Maidenwood, a crumbling "mansion" set amidst acres of Virginia countryside Julie Newcomb must tend to her grandmother, felled by a stroke. Although ailing, Martha Carr at 85 is still a despot, and Julie hates the woman. Only duty takes Julie there, especially when she learns that Alan Petranek, an archeologist, will be at Maidenwood. Martha had ruined a love affair between Julie and Alan years earlier. Nowunknown to Marthaher cousin has hired him to investigate the land around the house. The discovery of two skeletons on the estate has brought Alan onto the scene and Julie into a reluctant partnership with him as he tries to dig up Maidenwood's secrets. The story's pace quickens with threats to Julie's life but she survives to render justice to the pathetic remains, identified at last as victims of a cruel killer. November 22
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A fully clothed skeleton found on a country road, a cantankerous old woman crippled by stroke, a somewhat chauvinistic yet charming politician, religious fanatics, a mythical ancestor, practitioners of ``psychic'' archeology, long-suppressed memories, and a single-minded man from her past: these are the elements that confront medical student Julie Newcomb when she arrives at the family plantation in Virginia to help care for her bed-ridden grandmother. Michaels is near her top form in this 20th offering under that pen-name, and creates an aura of sinister intrigue that will keep the reader spellbound. The ending may not be totally satisfying but is, in fact, a shade more realistic than most. Michaels's legion of fans will hardly be disappointed. Judith A. Gifford, Salve Regina Coll. Lib., Newport, R.I.
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I have read many of Barbara Michael's books but this is the only one I have read more than once.
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Ms Michaels always manages to set the perfect stage; regardless that the story flows excellent, the dialogues are excellent, too excellent.
A. Y. Smittle
Enjoyed this book, very easy to read with engaging characters, a hint of humour, romance and a nice little twist thrown in at the end.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Y. Smittle on March 3, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I went looking for what Barbara Michaels has to offer: I wanted a modern "gothic" romance. I wanted a a creepy old house on a vast old Virginia plantation, dripping with creeper and ivy, with crumbling foundations and spooky attics. Something like an adult Nancy Drew. (I beg your pardon!) Ms Michaels always manages to set the perfect stage; regardless that the story flows excellent, the dialogues are excellent, too excellent. Ok, yeah, she misses the last star because the story wasn't the best---but atmosphere, my dear, is everything! I'll bet is was a joy to write this story and what a joy it was to read it. If you are looking for a book that has a little of everything....suspense, mystery, romance, etc. This is it. Graveyards, archaeology, family secrets....read on! Don't forget to check out her other stuff to! All in the same sort of line. The "feminist" heroine, the Mr. Rochester-type hero, the spooky background...ahhhh, the spooky background....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 1997
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This book doesn't just smack you in the face with realizations. It let's the answers come to you slowly. The characters seep into your subconcious. As a writer Barbara Michaels has surpassed herself again and again. I highly recommend all of her books. Also check out her books she's writes as Elizabeth Peters. They are well worth the read
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tamara Blackwell on September 1, 2001
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This is my favorite Michaels' book. The creepy old house, the mystery surrounding the old woman and her maliciousness, the ruined love affair rekindled, and the archaeological dig combine to make a great story. A reader who reviewed this book was disappointed that the ending was left up in the air; it was the perfect ending in my opinion - it literally sent chills down my spine!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lugg2@Juno.com on March 10, 1999
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Has all the best elements of a good ghost story with enough modern skepticism to keep us enthralled. Michaels is master of the modern gothic.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anitabryk2 on August 23, 1998
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I cannot put her books down! I finish one and order 3 more. Her finess at suspense with a touch of supernatural is God given. May she never stop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 1, 2009
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While this novel did lack a clear ending (it's more of a "lady or the tiger" sort of thing), this novel will probably end up as one of my favorites by Barbara Michaels. I will admit that some of the reviews here put me off of reading it, but I finally gave it a try & finished it within the span of a day.

Set in Virginia, the story follows a young med student named Julie as she is forced to go back and care for her ailing grandmother- a woman who made her early years a living hell on earth. As her frustrations with her grandmother rise, a new stress is added to the mix as an old flame (who may or may not have used her in the past) is given permission to form an archeological dig on the grounds of her grandmother's land. In the background of all of this tension there's the mystery of a set of bones that were found in the middle of the road, bones that appear to be of a young woman and her baby...

Now one thing I do have to stress is that this wasn't a ghost story. There are some supernatural elements (especially the little hint at the end), but overall the story has more of a gothic feel at times. All of the characters are flawed, which I really liked. The ending has to be my favorite, with the implications that could arise from certain objects that appear to have a mind of their own. Fans of gothic storytelling will like this tale, others probably will be bored.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2000
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An enjoyable book, suspenseful, ghostly, some romance, all the things that make a book "delicious"... musty libraries, ancient family cemeteries, good-looking archeologists. I couldn't put it down, I even read it during meals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon K. Garner on July 4, 2010
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Every summer, I reread Be Buried in the Rain by Barbara Peters. I can feel the heat of a Virginia summer as I read. It has a lovely mixture of history, suspense, romance, and a little paranormal thrown in for seasoning ... a decaying family plantation, a toxic, bedridden grandmother, a medical student enlisted against her will for a summer of tending, an old love affair fanned throughout, great secondary characters, including a hound called Elvis, all beginning with the discovery of the old skeletons of a mother and baby in the first scene.

And then there's that thick summer heat, a character itself. And I hate summer heat! Maybe I like this book so much because I strive to make the setting of each book I write an important character in the story, like the canvas on which the story is painted.

I'm over halfway through Buried, again, and I'm lovin' it, again!
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