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Shadows in Scarlet: A Haunting Novel of Romantic Mystery [Hardcover]

Lillian Stewart Carl
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June 1 2001
A haunted and mysterious novel of romance. "I don't think Lillian will have any trouble garnering devoted readers with this gracious story." - Anne McCaffrey, author of The Skies of Pern

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resenting a delicious mix of romance and supernatural suspense, Carl (Ashes to Ashes) delivers yet another immensely readable tale. History graduate student Amanda Witham is working as the caretaker at Virginia's historic Melrose Hall and takes on the role of one of its 18th-century inhabitants, giving tours to visitors. Archeologists working on the site find a man's skeleton buried in the garden; that same night a ghost appears to Amanda in the house. The apparition is the dashing and handsome British officer James Grant, who supposedly died in battle during the Revolutionary War. But the way Grant died was actually quite different, and Amanda finds herself promising the ghost to help find out the truth behind his death. She also must figure out a way to pass on her "special" knowledge of Grant to those working on the house and grounds without revealing just how she knows who the skeleton really is. Amanda finds herself increasingly attracted to the ghost, but how can she fancy herself in love with a dead man? The trail to the truth behind Grant's death leads Amanda to Scotland and the Grant family's ancestral castle, where Amanda finds a very real Grant who just may hold the key to her future. If, that is, her ghostly lover will be willing to let go of the past. Carl has created an engaging cast and a very entertaining plot, spicing the mix with some interesting twists on the ghostly romantic suspense novel. (Dec.)Forecast: Readers may be put off by the high price of Carl's novel one of the first original titles from Wildside, a POD publisher of primarily SF, fantasy and horror but supportive blurbs from Anne McCaffrey, Lois McMaster Bujold and Carole Nelson Douglas could help offset sticker shock.

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Shadows in Scarlet A Haunting Novel of Romantic Mystery

Shadows in Scarlet is definitely read-worthy, with snappy dialogue, well-developed characters, and a real nifty-nasty twist to the plot. I don’t think Lillian will have any trouble garnering devoted readers with this gracious story.

— Anne McCaffrey, The Skies of Pern

Shadows in Scarlet is a richly-written book, an appealing feast for both the intellect and the senses. The characters are immensely lively and vivid — even the ghostly ones! I’m already amusing myself trying to cast the movie.

— Lois McMaster Bujold, The Curse of Chalion

Barbara Michaels’ successor is hard at work producing delicious ghost stories. In Shadows in Scarlet Lillian has created the sexiest ghost to come along since Mrs. Muir’s, then given her plot a contemporary twist that will satisfy even the most sophisticated readers. Every time I thought I had this story figured out, Lillian surprised and delighted me with something totally unexpected.

— Victoria Thompson, Murder on Gramercy Park

Lillian Stewart Carl is a captivating writer who offers delight and insight as well as goose bumps. Shadows in Scarlet’s ghostly love story and centuries-spanning murder mystery make for an enthralling puzzle with a Scottish accent. This cozy but chilling roller coaster of a story will keep readers glued to their seats and significant others.

— Carole Nelson Douglas, Chapel Noir

Lillian’s wicked sense of humor and her excellent scholarship put Shadows in Scarlet far above the usual novel of romantic suspense. I read it in one sitting, staying up far too late, because I had to know what would happen to Amanda and her most lively ghost. I found the book delightful, altogether a wonderful escape.

— Sharan Newman, To Wear the White Cloak


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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Mystery with a Paranormal Twist! Sept. 25 2003
Format:Hardcover
Amanda Witham is a graduate student working Virginia's Melrose Hall. She doesn't enjoy the heat of her authentic 18th century clothes, but she does enjoy playing the part of Sally, the plantation owner's daughter, while she takes tourists around the house. Everything is running smoothly until the archaeologists find a skeleton buried in the garden. That same night, Amanda sees a ghost in the hall and knows that it is James Grant, a dashing British soldier who mysteriously disappeared right before a local battle. Suddenly, Amanda finds herself searching for James Grant instead of working on her thesis. It is true that she hasn't had a boyfriend in a long while, and who can turn away such a dashing and handsome man? Amanda finds herself romantically involved with a ghost - a ghost who wants to return to his native Scotland.
As Amanda flies to James' ancestral estate, which was inherited by his cousin upon his death about 150 years ago, Amanda has no idea what to expect. She certainly doesn't expect the charming Malcolm, who is the spitting image of James. She also doesn't expect to find such a disparity between James' version of his death and his cousin, Archibald's account. Amanda begins to suspect that James is not quite the hero he has made himself out to be. And, as she falls in love with Malcolm, she knows that she will have to find a way to exorcise James - or join him in the afterlife...
This was a very entertaining paranormal mystery with great characters and a wonderful setting. I enjoyed learning about the Scottish regiments based in Virginia during the Revolutionary War and about that time period in general. The author has a knack for slipping historical background information into the story without boring the reader, which was wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A teriffic paranormal romance Nov. 22 2001
Format:Hardcover
Amanda Witham enjoys wearing the eighteenth century garb while working as a tour guide at Williamsburg, Virginia's Melrose House even with the unbearable heat wilting her. To Amanda, her job enables her to live history and provide some joy to visitors.

Archeologists discover two-century-old bones in the nearby garden of Melrose House that prove to be the remains of James Grant who was thought to be allegedly buried in Scotland. That is a surprising find, but pales to what happens next to Amanda as the ghost of James visits her and persuades her to uncover the truth about his untimely death. Amanda agrees and travels to Scotland where James is supposedly buried in his ancestral home. As she begins to fall in love with her apparition visitor, Amanda finds herself embroiled in his past that could lead to her present demise.

This engaging paranormal romance contains time travel and suspense elements intertwined seamless to create a dynamite plot. The story line is fun and captivating especially seeing the world through the idealistic eyes of the audacious, adorable Amanda. Lillian Stewart Carl furbishes an engaging tale that entertains readers while enticing the audience to elicit more novels like SHADOWS IN SCARLET and a previous work, MEMORY AND DESIRE, from this talented author.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romance, mystery, fun! June 25 2006
By Carol Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just finished reading Shadows in Scarlet. What a fun read! It was fast paced, I didn't want to put it down. Romance and mystery with a few surprise twists all rolled in together. I'm a colonial history buff and completely enjoyed the connection to America's formative years. Would love to read more novels of this type!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shadows in scarlet June 20 2013
By SAM63 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A good ghost story. Appreciated the historical detail. Some surprising twists too. If you like ghosts and history, you should read.
5.0 out of 5 stars shadows in scarlet March 13 2013
By willemijn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I very much like the writing-style!
A good plot, never a dull moment.
I also like her other books a lot.
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of Slow May 12 2011
By StaceyJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I remember reading "Ashes to Ashes," "Dust to Dust," and "Garden of Thorns" when they first came out, and enjoying them very much. I haven't seen anything from Carl in quite some time, and actually did not know she was still writing. It was a pleasant surprise to see more books offered for such reasonable prices on the Kindle, but I was disappointed in "Shadows in Scarlet." It is in a somewhat dated modern gothic style, which I still enjoy, but the first half seemed to drag on and on without really going anywhere. There was a lot of exposition, and establishment of characters. The story picked up about midway when the location changed to Scotland, and it became a much better book. The writing style is similar to modern gothics by Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels, but the pacing is slower and the characters are less engaging. It was ultimately worth the discounted Kindle price, but it was generally disappointing.
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm Not Sure If This Counts as Paranormal or Gothic or Ghost Story March 14 2010
By Sires - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I saw one of Ms Carl's books in another mystery series at the library. I had my Kindle with me so I checked at once to see how reasonably priced her books were on Amazon-- very reasonably. I bought this one because I had enjoyed a visit to Historic Williamsburg last year and thought it might be fun to read a behind the scenes story with a ghost.

The author spends some time on the build up. I liked the fact that she made the historic interpreters sound as lame when they are delivering their lines in character as most of them do in real life. This is far more like a traditional romantic suspense novel than a current genre romance. Some sex but the story isn't overloaded with it. (OK, I'll say it out loud, it's not an erotic romance.) But it is a fun mindless read and at the Kindle price well worth buying for about 8 hours of entertainment.

I would recommend this one to someone who enjoyed Barbara Michaels' early ghost stories such as Ammie, Come Home or Mary Stewart's Touch Not The Cat or even (blast from my past) Noami A. Hintze's The Stone Carnation

P.S. Thought I should add that this was first published in 2001 so some technology references are dated.
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