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The Devereaux Legacy (Five Star First Edition Mystery) Hardcover – Large Print, September, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star First Edition Mystery
  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (ME); Large type edition edition (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786220767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786220762
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,033,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hart fans will appreciate what were later to become the author's signature elements: the Lowcountry setting, the vivid physical description, and surprising twists." - Publishers Weekly

"Verdict: Turn up your gothic-romantic suspense meter for this spooky Low Country treat. Hart's 1986 standalone has enough espionage and intrigue to keep readers guessing. Recommend this quick read to those longing for the old-fashioned romantic suspense novels of Phyllis Whitney or Victoria Holt." - Library Journal

"Faulkner's well-known line 'The past is never dead. It's not even past' could have been written for Carolyn Hart's The Devereaux Legacy. A romance? A ghost story? A mystery? The novel is all three and more, as heroine Leah Devereaux sifts through dark family secrets seeking to find out who she really is! Once again Hart displays her impressive versatility as a writer." - Katherine Hall Page, author of the Faith Fairchild Mystery series

"A splendid mix of bone-chilling suspense, long-buried secrets, and ghostly hauntings. Add a tender romance set against the backdrop of a South Carolina plantation, and you have a masterpiece." - Mary Kennedy, author of The Talk Radio Mysteries

"Mysteries in the past and the present haunt a young woman in this fun read for the fan of romantic suspense." - JoAnna Carl, author of the Chocoholic Mystery series --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From the Author

I have been pleased at the warm welcome for this long ago title which tells the story of a young woman who discovers the truth about her past and finds her future when she meets cousins she never knew she had and an attractive adopted cousin who isn't part of the family. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I read the book in one day, because I could not stop reading it.
Kathleen Greenberg
I am so glad that Seventh Street books reissued this book along with other "Carolyn Hart classics."
Mary Kennedy
The cast of characters are well-rounded and each one interesting in their own way.
Ed

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kennedy on December 27, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am so glad that Seventh Street books reissued this book along with other "Carolyn Hart classics." It's a splendid mix of bone-chilling suspense, long-buried secrets and ghostly hauntings. Add a tender romance set against the backdrop of a South Carolina plantation, and you have a masterpiece. The release date for the new edition of this book is February 13 and Seventh Street is also doing a new release of another Carolyn Hart classic, SKULDUGGERY. Mystery writing at its finest from "America's Agatha Christie."
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DORIS BURNITT on December 4, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
THIS BOOK WAS OUTSTANDING, WELL WRITTEN, GOOD STORY LINE AND IT KEEP MY INTEREST , I COULD HARDLY PUT IT DOWN
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ed VINE VOICE on November 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the first Carolyn Hart novel I've read and I was thoroughly entertained. Although written thirty years ago, the story remains strong and current. The cast of characters are well-rounded and each one interesting in their own way. It's often difficult to know who is on Leah's side and who is out to get rid of her. Every time I thought I had the romantic suspense tale figured out, another plot twist reminded me there was more depth to the story than originally met the eye.

It was enjoyable to read a story written before cell phones and other modern conveniences could get in the way of a good tale, and where the heroine had to work a little harder to stay alive long enough to figure out who the bad guys really were. I strongly recommend this retro, but timely, entertaining mystery.

This review was based on a complementary copy of the novel sent to me by Seventh Street Books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Devereaux Legacy
Carolyn Hart
Prometheus/Seventh Street, Feb 12 2013, $13.95
ISBN 9781616147044

In Rockport, Texas, Leah Devereaux Shaw buries her beloved grandma Louisa Abbot Shaw, the woman who raised her. However, Grandmother Shaw's last letter and a much read magazine article stuns Leah who travels to Mefford, South Carolina where apparently her kin live. Her first stop in Mefford is the cemetery, which contains stones for her grandma, her parents and two years old Leah; all "lost at sea" when the New Star went down.

Leah heads to the family plantation that her grandma accompanied by baby Leah fled almost two decades ago. Her arrival is met by mixed emotions. Cousin Merrick Devereaux welcomes her; an extended family in-law Mrs. Leclerc warns her that the return of the Whispering Lady means death; cousins Cissy and John Edward Devereaux tell her to return to Texas or else; and her maternal grandmother Carrie Devereaux is stunned with a second chance to atone for her pride driving away her daughter in the 1960s. With a need to know why kind-hearted Grandmother Shaw vanished with her, Leah investigates while also attracted to Merrick.

This reprint of a 1986 Carolyn Hart romantic amateur sleuth is an entertaining tale that brings to life the author's trademark Lowcountry setting (see the Death on Demand series). The cast is solid and the twists inside a taut suspense storyline plausible. Although the romance between the "kissing cousins" feels forced while supporting Ms. Hart's Introduction's contention on female mystery writing in the Reagan era, readers will enjoy this engaging "cold case" murder mystery.

Harriet Klausner
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More About the Author

If you love Topper and Blithe Spirit, celebrate Christmas with It's a Wonderful Life, and live to laugh, please join the Late Bailey Ruth Raeburn, Heaven's irrepressible sleuth, on the Rescue Express October 1 In GHOST GONE WILD. Bailey Ruth returns to earth to help a scruffy but lovable 20-something-video-game inventor who has lots of money and just as many enemies. Bailey Ruth foils a shooting, but discovers her Heavenly supervisor has no idea she's on earth and this time she may never make it back to Heaven!

DEAD, WHITE AND BLUE is the 23rd in the Death on Demand series. Annie Darling insists a woman can't disappear without a trace but a sultry siren walks into the pines on the Fourth of July and no one has seen her since.

For more about Carolyn's books and comments, please visit her website at www.CarolynHart.com

Carolyn writes the Death on Demand series set in a mystery bookstore on a South Carolina sea island and the Bailey Ruth Raeburn series featuring a lively redheaded ghost.

Carolyn is also the author of several WWII novels, including ESCAPE FROM PARIS which is mewly available this month from Seventh Street Books. Escape from Paris is the story of two sisters who defy the Gestapo to help British fliers avoid capture.

In Ghost at Work, Bailey Ruth returns to earth to help someone in trouble. She moves a body, investigates a murder, saves a marriage, prevents a suicide, and--in a fiery finale--rescues a child who knows too much. In Merry, Merry Ghost, Bailey Ruth protects a little boy from danger. In Ghost in Trouble, Bailey Ruth tries to corral a wilful woman determined to play hunt-the-killer. Ghost Gone Wild puts Bailey Ruth at risk of never returning to Heaven.

Letter from Home, a WWII novel set on the home front, received the Agatha Award for Best Mystery of 2003. It was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers. Thirteen-year-old Gretchen Gilman is working for the small-town newspaper during the hot summer of 1944. Murder occurs on the street where she lives, forever changing her life and the lives of those involved.

Hart was one of 10 mystery authors featured at the National Book Festival on the Mall in Washington, DC, in 2003 for Letter from Home and again in 2007 for Set Sail for Murder, 7th in the Henrie O series. In Set Sail for Murder (new in paperback March 2008), Henrie O joins a troubled family on a Baltic cruise and death is an unwelcome passenger.

Hart has been nominated 9 times for the Agatha Award for Best Novel and has won 3 times. In 2007 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Malice Domestic. She will be the International Guest of Honor at Bloody Words in Toronto on June 6-8, 2008.

Hart is a native of Oklahoma City, a journalism graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and a former president of Sisters in Crime. She is also a member of Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, and American Crime Writers League.



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