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Ammie Come Home [Mass Market Paperback]

Barbara Michaels
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May 1 1987
For the guests at Ruth Bennet's fashionable Georgetwon home, the seance was just a playful diversion . . . until Ruth's niece Sara spoke in a deep guttural voice not her own . . . and the game became frighteningly real.. The New York Times calls Miss Michaels a specialist, saying, "When the seances get going and the ghosts walk (and talk), even the nonbelievers take notice." Previously published in 1969 by Fawcett.

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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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BY FIVE O'CLOCK IT WAS ALMOST DARK, WHICH WAS not surprising, since the month was November; but Ruth kept glancing uneasily toward the windows at the far end of the room. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic supernatural mystery Nov. 22 2003
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Barbara Michaels is a master, and this book is one of her finest.
Ruth Bennett invites her niece Sara to stay at her historic Georgetown house. Starting with a seance, the past apears to manifest through Sara. Is she going mad, or is it something else? Sara's boyfriend Bruce leads an investigation into the house's history - and finds the key to understanding what is happening to, and through, Sara.
This is a classic ghost story, that I have read and reread over the years. Very enjoyable book.
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By esme
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This one is a mystery ghost story written in the cozy genre and it's just that. A nice comfortable read when all you want is a blankie, your warm cuppa tea or gin, and some peace and quiet. It's a classic for many and rightly so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 26 2014
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Absolutely wonderful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ammie Come Home Jan. 12 2000
By Pat Cooper - Published on
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Barbara Michaels weaves a web of supernatural "reality" around a 1960s era Washington, DC suburban neighborhood. The web is so well woven, so gripping, that you don't want to escape. Fiction becomes reality as the presence of a malevolent evil focuses in on an innocent teenager and her aunt. Read this one with the lights on and don't be surprised if the chill creeping up your spine doesn't come from the temperature in the room. I was 14 years old the first time I "met" Barbara Michaels in a Readers Digest Condensed Book and "Ammie Come Home" was our introduction. Since that time, I haved read every book she has written, including those written under other names and have kept every one of them. I finally managed to find my own paperback copy of "Ammie Come Home" - in fact I have two- one is so dog-eared from my years of reading it sits on the book shelf like an antique porcelain doll. That one is just to look at. The other I share with my 20 year-old daughter, as I share all my books. When it comes to creating a haunting presence, there's no one like Barbara Michaels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Too Sixties"? Puh-leeeeze! Oct. 24 2010
By Anne Wingate - Published on
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May I point out to the young person who complained that AMMIE, COME HOME was "too sixties" that the book was written in the sixties, and therefore should be read in the context of the late sixties. When my daughter and I read it we were into the seventies, and we both found the book fascinatingly spooky. When I reread it today, at the age of 67 (me, not the book) I still found it fascinatingly spooky.

I will admit that I prefer Barbara Mertz's "Elizabeth Peters" books more than I like her "Barbara Michaels" books, largely because despite extremely serious situations that arise in them, they are also screamingly funny, whereas the Barbara Michaels books are just screaming. But gothics--and this is a very original and unusual gothic--were all the rage then, and this is a good one.

But given what this book was trying to do, I feel that it was well done. Five stars, and don't bother to read it if you think everything older than three years ago is icky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Michaels is the best! Aug. 6 2005
By rockybooks - Published on
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I have read everything ever written by this wonderful writer, under both Michaels and Peters and also her non fiction Egyptology books as Barbara Mertz. Ammie has been my favorite since I first read it in the early 70's. I have reread and loaned this book so many times that I have worn out 3 copies. There are whole pages of this book that I practically know by heart.

Her characters are always intelligent, savvy, funny people who you enjoy meeting and spending time with. Her heroines are strong, independent women, and they don't do the stupid things that make so many books of this type so frustrating.

If you enjoy this one, don't miss some of her others. I particularly like Patriot's Dream, Witch, and The Walker in Shadows, also Devil May Care, which was written under the name Elizabeth Peters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me up way past my bedtime! Excellent! Nov. 27 2002
By Mary Chrapliwy - Published on
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This neat little book was written fairly early in Barbara Michael's writing career. Though originally published in 1969, it holds its strength and value still today, telling a thrilling ghost story that is timeless.
The book begins with the enchanting story of Ruth Bennet, owner of a historic old Georgetown home, inherited from an elderly aunt, and her niece. Her niece Sara, who she dearly loves, came to live with her while attending college nearby. Ruth meets one of Sara's professors who takes a liking to her and asks her out. She goes with him to a party at his wealthy mother's home where a séance is held with very little result -- the medium feels little. Ruth, out of sympathy for hostess and medium, invites them to come to her home for a dinner party. While there, they hold a séance with far more complex results. Sara is briefly possessed by a lonely spirit and the medium feels the intensity of an evil spirit. The party breaks up with the medium fleeing with fear from the party.
Four characters are central to this story, Ruth, the professor friend, Sara, and her boyfriend. They all reserve some degree of skepticism regarding whether the house is actually haunted. During the story they read into past Georgetown history to find answers, all the while experiencing escalating supernatural events that they cannot explain. It finally wraps up in a stunning conclusion that'll take your breath away.
If you love ghost stories and love mysteries, this book is a sure bet for you. I started reading it and stayed up way past my bedtime! Buy it, borrow it, get it, read it. You'll be glad you did!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the best ghost stories ever! Dec 29 2009
By Jody - Published on
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It's been thirty years since I first read Ammie, Come Home and if it's a little dated, it's still one of the best and scariest ghost stories I've ever read. Groundbreaking at its debut, Ms. Michaels set her contemporary gothic tale in fashionable Georgetown. Her characters are nice, university and civil service types who lead nice, academic, upper middle-class lives. When confronted by incontrovertible evidence that a malevolent spirit is inhabiting Ruth Bennett's elegant home, they go out to dinner and consult libraries.

If there is such a category as a cozy Gothic, Ms. Michaels is its absolute queen. Nobody does nice people caught in a web of evil as convincingly as she does. With every plate of cookies, pot of tea and polished mahogany table, with every warm yellow circle of lamplight, she lulls the reader into a sense of safety so that when the 'coiling mass of oily smoke' appears in the drawing room, it's a shock. No hunchbacks, moldering castles or ruined abbeys for Ms. Michaels--her horrors take place in well-appointed, spotless homes, amid familiar people, and a doubly scary for it.

Her characters are appealing and flawed, and grow as they fight the supernatural. The slightly wild child Sara, uptight Ruth, flamboyant Pat and slightly effete Bruce are likeably imperfect, and the utterly chilling denoument results in a satisfying personal ending for each. Ammie, Come Home is one of my all time favorite comfort reads and never disappoints.
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