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Devil-May-Care [Audio Cassette]

Elizabeth Peters , Grace Conlin
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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November 1998
Ellie is young, rich, in love, and engaged. In the carefree days before marriage and new responsibility, she decides to house-sit at Aunt Kate's palatial estate in Burton, Virginia. With its nearly invisible housekeepers and plethora of pets, Ellie feels right at home. But when she opens an antique book about the town's aristocracy, she finds disturbing secrets that extend to her own family. Suddenly, Ellie's interest in the past is attracting a slew of unwelcome guests—some of them living and some, perhaps, not. Unwittingly, she has aroused a terrible vengeance that is now aimed at her.
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About the Author

Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. She was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.

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Ghostly apparitions in creaky mansions and townspeople fearing damaging secrets from the past combine to wreak havoc on Ellie's vacation house-sitting in rural Virginia. She's understandably scared, but we aren't. There's mirth as well as mayhem in Peters's mysteries, and Grace Conlin reads with a mischievousness suggesting that nothing really bad will happen. Her arch delivery reinforces Peters's descriptions of unlikable people, Ellie's stuffed-shirt fiancŽ in particular, but her voice warms when impersonating Ellie's eccentric aunt or Ellie herself. Even during the climactic scene her pace does not quicken, nor does her tone become tense. Consider this a puzzling caper, capably, if not dramatically, read. J.B.G. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Jan. 7 2003
By Moe811
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ellie has agreed to house sit for her Aunt Kate. Her pompous fiance drives her down to impress the rich old lady, who dislikes him immediately. After Kate's departure with the fiance to the airport. Ellie experiences all kinds of strange manifestations involving the six founding families of the area. A rare book telling of their boring scandals seems to be the trigger. A neighbor agrees to help her solve the mystery. It seems like a practical joke, until an old friend of Kate's gets seriously injured....
This was a very quick read and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I picked it up and didn't stop reading until the last page. The characters are quirky and entertaining. The atmosphere appropriately creepy, and the story line engrossing. A very good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!! June 30 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I found this book to be funny and fast paced. The characters were warm and witty. I absolutely loved Aunt Kate! There is one woman you don't want to mess with:) The whole atmosphere of the book held me spellbound. I finished the book in 1 day. If you have the time it's a worthy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!! June 30 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I found this book to be funny and fast paced. The characters were warm and witty. I absolutely loved Aunt Kate! There is one woman you don't want to mess with:) The whole atmosphere of the book held me spellbound. I finished the book in 1 day. If you have the time it's a worthy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, good, good June 1 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
...I have to add my two cents! I stayed up from 10-3 reading ...book! I just could not put it down! I just had to know if the ghosts were really real or NOT!? Knowing how Barbara Michaels seems to feel about ghosts, (Ammie, Come Home, etc.) I assumed they were fake. I don't believe either, but that doesn't mean you can't get a good old scare all the same!
The whole story keeps you going. Aunt Kate is a groovey old character that I would love to hang around with... Thats how real that character is....
Her books remind me of the old movies with the friends/relatives character that is stronger/safer than the main character. Am I making sense? I only got 3 1/2 hours sleep....
This is another good one of hers....I will once again reread it in another decade...
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