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Devil May Care Mass Market Paperback – September 4, 2001
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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.Read more ›
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.
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
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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Am a fan of this author, and she follows her pattern with this book. Interesting premise, varied characters, and some history thrown into the mix. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hope Florence
Peters links the traditional Gothic with the contemporary cozy in this story. Her characters are always well drawn, interesting and her plots move right along.Published 2 months ago by Mary Stenvall
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