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Shadows in Their Blood Hardcover – May, 1993


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In this humdrum mystery, Babson ( Encore Murder ) unsuccessfully attempts to evoke a creepy, B-movie ambience by casting her series regulars in a second-rate Dracula remake. Trixie Dolan, the somewhat scatterbrained narrator, and Evangeline Sinclair, her peevish cohort, were once stars of the silver screen; now they're forced to share a suite in a drafty, gloomy English castle that doubles as the vampire flick's set. The accommodations are most unpleasant: bats fly through the halls, the director intentionally serves only red wine and other blood-colored fare at mealtimes and his mistress has the obligatory unusual wound on her throat. Finally, after a pompous actor is stabbed to death, Trixie and Evangeline themselves are suspected of being immortal bloodsuckers. For all Trixie's breathless complaints about the unbearable tension, this mystery remains sluggish. Thin characterization dulls the interest, and such conspicuously odd players as a wax-museum curator and a disfigured former screen idol seem more benign than threatening. Even with the stock pieces in place, Babson creates neither foreboding mood nor hair-raising drama.
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Diana Bishop brings this delightful mystery to life, whether or not one believes in vampires. Trixie Dolan, the scatter-brained narrator, and Evangeline Sinclair, her peevish, imperious cohort, are both former movie stars who are on location in an abandoned castle, during a storm, for a DRACULA remake. There are long, agonizing screams, bats flying through the halls, and a director who serves only red wine and other blood-colored fare at meals and who has a mistress with an unusual wound on her throat. Sounds trite? Not at all! Listen once for the mystery and again for the fun Bishop has with her characters and setting. K.A.T. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 189 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st U.S. ed edition (May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312093837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312093839
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,856,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J & L Rigod on July 26, 2012
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Silver screen mavins, Evangeline and Trixie are on location in cold, rainy, Whitby, England as Vampires!

Little did they know that someone among the film crew might actually believe they are vampires.

As ghost stories and bottles of human blood are rampant, so is the body of no one less than Dracula himself!

This book had humor, tense situations, and a complex mystery. I really enjoyed reading it and it was worth finding a copy.
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By B. Idle on February 5, 2014
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I always enjoy Marian Babson's books. They're light and quick-moving with quirky characters. This is a good read as usual.
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