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Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Grace Conlin Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: November 1998 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481559416

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Ellie and Henry are young, rich, in love, and engaged. In the carefree days before marriage and new responsibility, Ellie is happy to accept hereccentric Aunt Kate's request that shehouse-sit atKate's palatial estate in Burton, Virginia. With its nearly invisible housekeepers and plethora of pets, Ellie feels right at home. Conventional Henry, however, finds Aunt Kate and her lifestyle a little hard to take, and so he departs. After he leaves, Ellie realizes that there are disturbing secrets about the local aristocracy buried in a dusty old book she has carried into the mansion—some thatextend 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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  • “No one else can write the kind of mystery Ms. Peters is so adept at producing.”

    - Dallas Morning News
  • “There’s mirth as well as mayhem in Peters’ mysteries, and Grace Conlin reads with a mischievousness…Her arch delivery reinforces Peters’ descriptions of unlikable people, Ellie’s stuffed-shirt fiancé in particular, but her voice warms when impersonating Ellie’s eccentric aunt or Ellie herself.”

    - AudioFile

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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book was a fun read. A fun little mystery with some great characters and Elizabeth Peters great sense of humor. "

    - Laura, 2/14/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Enjoyable, but not my favorite Peters. Ellie goes to house sit for her Aunt and is visited by ghosts. "

    - June, 2/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Well, it was ok and not what I was expecting from the author. I agree w/ most all the reviews, parts of the plot were unique, some of the details and time frame were boring; but enough curiosity to keep me reading to the end. I like the Peabody series best and am spoiled by having read all of them before this book. "

    - Lizpeveto, 2/2/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I enjoyed it up until the ending. I thought the end was a bit of a cop out. "

    - Sonja, 1/30/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It was an nice light and enjoyable book. I liked the characters "

    - Alicia, 1/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " With all the animals in the book, it makes the story a bit more interesting. Could never imagine house sitting could be so interesting, and in some cases a bit spooky. "

    - Tricia, 1/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Meh. Just wasn't my style, I guess. "

    - Johanna, 1/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Awesome book. I've been a devoted MPM fan since my friend Anna made me read "Crocodile on the Sandbank". "

    - Emilie[-MLE-], 1/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I think Aunt Kate was a funny character and I love how down-to-earth all Ms. Peter's characters are, but after three or four of these books it kind of gets old. "

    - Fiona, 12/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I love Elizabeth Peters! This book will not change the world or end poverty, but it will take you out of your troubles for a while. It is a fun read without any graphic sex or violence. A rarity in my world..... "

    - Vicki, 12/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is pure fun, romantic and silly. What's wrong with that sometimes? "

    - Julie, 12/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Listened to this as an audiobook on a road trip. Great presentation and held my attention perfectly. I like the blend of humor, history, mystery, and just a hint of romance. I'll definitely be looking for more of Ms. Peters books! "

    - Lauren, 5/26/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Fun gothic tale. 3.75 "

    - Shelly, 5/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I have found a great mystery writer with CLEAN storylines. Finally. I will read some more, and see how it goes. "

    - Nicole, 3/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A fun read with likable characters, humorous banter ala Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn. Fast paced and well plotted. "

    - PatK, 5/27/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I love Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series. This book is not as great as that series, but it was a page turner nevertheless. Good combination of mystery, romance, humor. The ending seemed a little rushed and could have been beter explained, but altogether a good read. "

    - Pam, 5/21/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Not great literature, but en incredibly fun light read, especially with all the animals and their antics. It's obvious, even if you didn't already know it, that this author is an animal lover. "

    - Leslie, 7/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " pretty good mywtery. q bit dated. I read it because I needed something to read and it was on the shelf. I did read it in 2 days, so it kept my attention. "

    - Richard, 7/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Normally, I love Peters, but this was definitely one of her lesser stand-alone efforts. It was an odd mix of entirely typical and predictable characters/plotting, with a bizarre, rushed ending that was unsatisfying and made very little sense. "

    - Lorena, 7/18/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not one of her best. Some of the twists worked and some were a bit stretched. Good way to spend a long car drive though. "

    - Melinda, 2/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Rather silly. "

    - Ginny, 1/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Lots of fun trying to figure this one out. Despite some very 70s references, I love how enduring Peters' writing is, both the mysterious and comedic sides. "

    - Trude, 12/29/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " enjoyable storyline. typical of this genre. this writer also writes as barbara michaels. try her. "

    - Michele, 4/30/2010
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This should have been published as Barbara Michaels rather than Elizabeth Peters: expect some supernatural elements. "

    - Dawn, 2/25/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " pretty good mywtery. q bit dated. I read it because I needed something to read and it was on the shelf. I did read it in 2 days, so it kept my attention. "

    - Richard, 1/25/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I think Aunt Kate was a funny character and I love how down-to-earth all Ms. Peter's characters are, but after three or four of these books it kind of gets old. "

    - Amelia, 7/23/2009
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Normally, I love Peters, but this was definitely one of her lesser stand-alone efforts. It was an odd mix of entirely typical and predictable characters/plotting, with a bizarre, rushed ending that was unsatisfying and made very little sense. "

    - Simone, 6/22/2009
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I love Elizabeth Peters! This book will not change the world or end poverty, but it will take you out of your troubles for a while. It is a fun read without any graphic sex or violence. A rarity in my world..... "

    - Vicki, 5/16/2009
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I have found a great mystery writer with CLEAN storylines. Finally. I will read some more, and see how it goes. "

    - Nicole, 2/6/2009
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is pure fun, romantic and silly. What's wrong with that sometimes? "

    - Julie, 11/6/2008
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Awesome book. I've been a devoted MPM fan since my friend Anna made me read "Crocodile on the Sandbank". "

    - Emilie[-MLE-], 10/19/2008
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book was a fun read. A fun little mystery with some great characters and Elizabeth Peters great sense of humor. "

    - Laura, 10/10/2007

About the Author

Elizabeth Peters (1927–2013) was a pen name of Barbara Mertz, who earned her PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago’s famed Oriental Institute. Over the course of her fifty-year career she wrote more than seventy mystery and suspense novels and three nonfiction books on Egypt, of which many were New York Times bestsellers. She was the recipient of numerous writing awards, including grandmaster and lifetime achievement awards from the Mystery Writers of America, Malice Domestic, and Bouchercon. In 2012 she was given the first Amelia Peabody Award, created in her honor and named after her major fictional character, at the Malice Domestic convention. She also wrote books under the names Barbara Mertz and Barbara Michaels.

About the Narrator

Grace Conlin (1962–1997) was the recording name of Grainne Cassidy, an award-winning actress and acclaimed narrator. She was a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC, and won a Helen Hayes Award in 1988 for her role in Woolly Mammoth’s production of Savage in Limbo.