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2.79 out of 52.79 out of 52.79 out of 52.79 out of 52.79 out of 5 2.79 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Phyllis A. Whitney Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781455173495
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For several years, time and circumstance have managed to separate Hallie Knight and her old friend Susan Trench. But when Susan disappears from her grandfather’s seaside home on historic Topsail Island, it is Hallie whom Nicholas Trench calls for help. Wealthy, ill, and irascible, he refuses to believe that his beloved granddaughter and the heir to his fortune has been lost to him. He is certain that if anyone can find Susan, it will be her closest friend, the woman who knows her better than anyone else. When Hallie arrives from California, she finds the old man surrounded by an odd collection of friends and relatives, all of whom seem to know a little more than they’re willing to tell about Susan Trench and her last days on Topsail. As the threads intertwine, Hallie must confront painful questions that build toward what may be a fearful answer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I was torn between wanting to get to the end of this beautiful novel because I had to know what happened and not wanting Amethyst Dreams to end because I was enjoying the place and the company so much.”

    Anne Perry, author of Brunswick Gardens

  • “It feels as if Whitney is carefully putting into place all the loose threads of a handstitch tapestry. What matters here are the characters’ wonderfully wrought temperatments...ultimately lots of forgiveness and the subtle, little glimpses of fear that keep readers looking for answers right up to the satisfying conclusion.”

    Library Journal

  • “The author hasn’t forgotten the fine nuances and descriptive prose that her devoted fans have come to expect...The languid pace is perfect for cozy, rainy-day reading, and the splendid backdrop, infused with local color and history...solid performance.”

    Booklist

  • “The author’s usual enthusiasm for setting and historical background will continue to please her fans.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This unabridged presentation of a fine mystery will delight any who want to appreciate Whitney unexpurgated…[an] intriguing story which comes alive under Anna Fields’ reading.”

    Reviewer’s Bookwatch

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 12/20/2013

    " My very first favorite author - I have all her books -- been reading these for years "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 12/10/2013

    " Sorry but this "who done it" didn't keep my attention. To many happy ever afters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 9/24/2013

    " For Cozy mystery club read author for Oct. I really like Phyllis Whitney books. This was not her best,not as much mystery as I would like and rather slow, but I would still recommend it highly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 9/19/2013

    " This author doesn't grab me, though I read it through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosanne Swiatek | 8/22/2013

    " Not very memorable. Just an OK read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 shery | 7/23/2013

    " The Amethyst Dreams had a good mystery story. I still like to re-read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 7/17/2013

    " This author doesn't grab me, though I read it through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maurean | 6/25/2013

    " This was a fast read, although the mystery wasn't as good as I had hoped. Whitney certainly has a very descriptive style; her characters come to life, and the setting is well-developed. Living on a barrier island myself, I was especially drawn to that aspect of the book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 6/18/2013

    " My very first favorite author - I have all her books -- been reading these for years "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda Blake | 6/13/2013

    " I listened to this book. It was a standard mystery with a woman involved, not very exciting or intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzana | 6/8/2013

    " A well-written book that makes you think about forgiveness, mistakes of the past and learning from others and their choices. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 2/10/2013

    " Sorry but this "who done it" didn't keep my attention. To many happy ever afters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/21/2013

    " It's short, that's about the only good thing. This is a mystery with a bad plot, thin characters, nothing believable and poor resolution. It was in a box of books that a friend tried to sell in a yard sale and I can see why it didn't sell. Complete waste of time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 shery | 1/5/2013

    " The Amethyst Dreams had a good mystery story. I still like to re-read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yacharms | 1/2/2013

    " amethyst - a powerful gemstone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda Blake | 6/4/2012

    " I listened to this book. It was a standard mystery with a woman involved, not very exciting or intriguing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yacharms | 2/20/2012

    " amethyst - a powerful gemstone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosanne Swiatek | 1/8/2012

    " Not very memorable. Just an OK read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/7/2012

    " It's short, that's about the only good thing. This is a mystery with a bad plot, thin characters, nothing believable and poor resolution. It was in a box of books that a friend tried to sell in a yard sale and I can see why it didn't sell. Complete waste of time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J.S. Bailey | 1/5/2012

    " I thought this book was rather dull. The plot was too predictable, and the whole thing read kind of like a travel brochure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzana | 12/25/2011

    " A well-written book that makes you think about forgiveness, mistakes of the past and learning from others and their choices. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 12/11/2011

    " For Cozy mystery club read author for Oct. I really like Phyllis Whitney books. This was not her best,not as much mystery as I would like and rather slow, but I would still recommend it highly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 11/26/2011

    " I love the mystery romance genre, especially by these older authors, but this wasn't my favorite. It started with a decent story, built suspense, but really didn't like the way she ended it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maurean | 10/12/2011

    " This was a fast read, although the mystery wasn't as good as I had hoped. Whitney certainly has a very descriptive style; her characters come to life, and the setting is well-developed. Living on a barrier island myself, I was especially drawn to that aspect of the book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 10/11/2011

    " I love the mystery romance genre, especially by these older authors, but this wasn't my favorite. It started with a decent story, built suspense, but really didn't like the way she ended it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crissy Swavely | 9/10/2011

    " Story had a good beginning and middle, but ending was weak and very disappointing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J.S. Bailey | 7/27/2011

    " I thought this book was rather dull. The plot was too predictable, and the whole thing read kind of like a travel brochure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crissy Swavely | 7/18/2011

    " Story had a good beginning and middle, but ending was weak and very disappointing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 3/27/2011

    " Sorry but this "who done it" didn't keep my attention. To many happy ever afters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yacharms | 8/8/2009

    " amethyst - a powerful gemstone. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/11/2009

    " It's short, that's about the only good thing. This is a mystery with a bad plot, thin characters, nothing believable and poor resolution. It was in a box of books that a friend tried to sell in a yard sale and I can see why it didn't sell. Complete waste of time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 2/16/2009

    " This author doesn't grab me, though I read it through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maurean | 6/5/2008

    " This was a fast read, although the mystery wasn't as good as I had hoped. Whitney certainly has a very descriptive style; her characters come to life, and the setting is well-developed. Living on a barrier island myself, I was especially drawn to that aspect of the book
    "

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About the Author
Phyllis A. Whitney is one of the best-known writers of classic suspense in the world. Ms. Whitney has been named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and has received the Agatha Award from Malice Domestic. Both awards are for lifetime achievement. Ms. Whitney’s books have been published in more than thirty foreign countries.
About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.