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Devil May Care Mass Market Paperback – September 4, 2001

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"There's mirth as well as mayhem in Peters's mysteries, and Grace Conlin reads with a mischievousness....Her arch delivery reinforces Peters's descriptions of unlikable people, Ellie's stuffed-shirt fiancé in particular, but her voice warms when impersonating Ellie's eccentric aunt or Ellie herself." --AudioFile --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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Elizabeth Peters was named Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. She earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. In addition to the Vicky Bliss mysteries, Elizabeth Peters is the author of the bestselling Amelia Peabody mysteries.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (September 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380731150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380731152
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,149,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 28, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think one of the things I like best about Elizabeth Peters is that she clearly believes that reading mystery stories is supposed to be fun. Of course, there is much to be said for authors that believe otherwise. But sooner or later I need to take a break and lean back with something by an author who has managed to evade all the Sturm und Drang of modern mystery fiction. Someone I can trust with my sometimes fragile psyche. Elizabeth Peters is my all time favorite in this category of 'cozy' tales, for many reasons.
Take the book at hand, "Devil May Care." The plot work is clean and classical. Ellie has been asked by her Aunt Kate to house sit while her Aunt takes a trip. The house is a fine old manse in Burton, Virginia. Ellie arrives with her fiancée Henry, a dull but successful Washington lawyer, to find Aunt Kate clog dancing with a neighbor and deep in football discussions. After a short interlude Henry and Kate head back to the city and Ellie settles in for the long haul. Immediately she finds herself surrounded by ghosts. Aunt Kate's previously unhaunted home suddenly has a transparent young man upstairs, a jilted husband chasing his wife and her lover all over the grounds, a crazy looking red haired woman in the... Well, you get my drift.
Ellie, who is an intelligent and well grounded young woman sets about solving these appearances with the help of Ted Fraser (her Aunt's clog dancing friend) and the very attractive (and not at all dull) Donald Gold, the neighbor's son. The mystery revolves around the original six families that founded Burton, and an old history book Ellie bought for a gift to her Aunt. But what it is eludes everyone, even after Ted barely survives a meeting with an irate spirit and the sudden reappearance of Aunt Kate.
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This mystery includes ghosts, people's reputations, and the dog
that barked in the night. It was difficult to put the book down.
Ellie goes off to housesit her aunt Kate's estate in the Virginia
horse country, and immediately encounters a resident ghost, or is
it? Various ancestors of "old families" make an appearance, and just what are the dark secrets the families have buried?
Between eccentric Aunt Kate, her friend Ted, the neighboring doctor and his son, Donald, some strange servants, and the present generation of the "old families," not to mention the large assortment of dogs and cats along with a pet rat, the story gets interesting. Is there trickery, perhaps mass hallucinations, or has someone really raised the dead?
There are some sidelights about the Washington Redskins, and an argument about who was the best quarterback of all times. Disagreement with Kate can give men a bad itch where gentlemen don't scratch. Overall, it was good reading for a rainy evening.
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I first read this book many years ago when I was a only in my teens and I've been hooked on the author ever since. I must have taken this book out of the library over a dozen times! The book is funny, intelligent, scary and intriguing all at once. The characters are wonderful and you wish they were real! A great read as are all her other books. Her style as Barbara Michaels is a bit different, but every bit as good. It'll be a sad day for me if she ever stops writing!
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I've read this book several times. I love coming back to it after a couple of years and enjoying it all over again. The best thing about Elizabeth Peters/B Michaels is that she creates a cozy atmostphere, with every day occurences (such as eating lunch...sleeping...,) yet, there are not so every day occurences thrown in - ghosts, etc. It makes it feel like is business as usual to suspect that a ghost is inhabiting your house. I just love the atmostphere she creates! She doesn't write these types of books anymore, - not a dynasty - like Amelia (love those too, of course), but these single book stories, and I miss them!
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By A Customer on November 4, 2001
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I am a great fan of the Amelia Peabody series and stumbled upon this while looking for a new release.
The humor, the suspense and intrigue, and clues with multiple
meanings are all there.
You'll be surprised by the ending. Nice and easy reading for the mystery fan
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Using the Elizabeth Peters name, the author, (Barbara Mertz, September 29, 1927 – August 8, 2013) one of the best of her generation, turned out this modest non-series book, I would guess, while relaxing from writing her more substantial works. It is a romantic ghost story, very light and airy, good for those periods when you don't want to engage with anything serious. The heroine is housesitting for her eccentric aunt Kate, when she begins to see ghosts. The son of the local physician, good friend of Kate, stays with her overnight; both of them now see ghosts. These are the ghosts of ancestors of present day members of the community. Then more complications ensue.
The book is not, nor was it intended to be, compared to the Amelia Peabody series or that written under the name Barbara Michaels. It is the sort of thing that, in the heyday of the Saturday Evening Post, among others, would be written for serialization in magazine form. Customarily, I have enjoyed whatever she did, even the non-fiction books on the Middle East, but in this one, my pleasure was sharply diminished by her stereotypical characterization of the heroines boyfriend and, particularly, Aunt Kate, whom I found to be a Grade A Egocentric, nasty and arrogant, not lovable beneath the surface. There is also the menage of animals which I understand reflected the authors own predilections but which, as a hypothetical visitor, I found appalling. Of course, neither of these biases will influence the average reader who may find nothing but a nice romance here.
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