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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060878126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060878122
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elizabeth Peters (writing as Barbara Michaels) was born and brought up in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Peters was named Grandmaster at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986, Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar® Awards in 1998, and given The Lifetime Achievement Award at Malice Domestic in 2003. She lives in an historic farmhouse in western Maryland.


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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A. Lord on April 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have read and re-read this book countless times---and I still find myself needing to check under the bed after reading it!

At the urging of her bossy cousin, Sylvia, Meg moves in to an old Pennsylvania farm house which Sylvia owns. On the surface, Meg is there to recuperate from an accident but Sylvia has also persuaded her to help restore the house so it can be donated to the local historical society. Andy, Sylvia's adult stepson, has also been enlisted to help in the restoration.
Since her accident, Meg has suffered from auditory hallucinations...but while at the farmhouse, Meg suddenly begins to experience visual hallucinations. At first, she dismisses them as the result of her accident but when it becomes clear that Andy is seeing the same "hallucinations" both Andy and Meg are forced to acknowledge the unthinkable---the house is haunted.
Barbara Michaels is an incredibly gifted writer of suspense/ghost stories. She combines the ordinary with the extraordinary---most of her heroines are skeptics which make their experiences with the supernatural even more chilling. You know that these are not the fanciful people who would see ghosts wherever they are. In fact, these are the people who will deny the ghost's existence until the last possible moment.
As an historian, I love the research Michaels puts into her books (and she makes it seem effortless!). She does an incredible job recreating the past and providing you with wonderful tidbits of historical information---all without hectoring or lecturing you!
Buy this book---but make sure that there aren't any impending power outages when you sit down to read it because you'll want to keep the lights burning for at least a week after you've read this!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Larue Wunderlich on August 3, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My all time favorite Barbara Michaels novel. Although I read it many, many years ago, it's one of the few that has stayed in my memory bank. It is the one that has kept me searching through the library, used books stores and e-books lists with hopes of finding more. I've read most of her other pseudonyms as well, but this is the one that touches on most of her contemporary themes with a dash of the gothic as well. If Michaels is a new author to you, this is the one I would start with.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By quebonita@yahoo.com on June 13, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"House of Many Shadows" has to be one of the best stories written by Ms. Michaels. Mystery and suspense are wonderfully combined in this tautly woven tale of alchemy, danger, and romance. Meg, Andy, and this story will stay with you for years to come.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "suzthedork" on December 27, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although I read this book a long time ago I still re-read this book often. Perfect for a cold, stormy night spent under the covers. It has the perfect touch of suspence that will keep you up till you are done. It has a little romance but not enough to get in the way of the story or to overwhelm it. I loved this book I would recomend this to any suspence/mystery/romance fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By diane bartels on March 20, 2013
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I have loved her books for years. I am currently on the second round of reading her books. Just the right combination of mystery and the paranormal. Wish there were more!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 1, 2000
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I am having to replace most of my Michaels paperbacks, they have been read and reread so much. The author creates such a welcoming environment with such likable characters (despite the elements of the supernatural) that one never wants to leave. I can reread her books over and over again and always find something new. That's the way it was with House of Many Shadows. It is now due for replacement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda L. Coffman on July 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a dyed-in-the wool Barbara Michaels fan, I couldn't read this book fast enough. It was one I have been looking for for quite a while and may I tell you, the wait was worth it! Ms. Michaels never lets a reader down. In my opinion, she is one of the best writers of this genre in our century. ( That is, 20th. and 21st.)I highly recommend any Barbara Michaels books to readers that like a good romance, mystery, chiller and all-around good read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Megan on March 30, 2013
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An overall good book. I enjoyed the little thrills that we thrown in. I highly recommend this book. This is one of those books that you cannot put down until completion.
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