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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (514 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dorothy Gilman Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As readers will gladly attest, there is nothing more entertaining than a Dorothy Gilman novel, for the author of the beloved Mrs. Pollifax novels brings to her work a distinctive mix of romance and mystery.

At the request of his father, New York City novelist Andrew Thale tackles an odd assignment—to check out an old family property in western Massachusetts, neglected since Aunt Harriet Thale’s death years ago.

Much odder still is what he finds.

Far from being deserted, Thale’s Folly is fully inhabited—by a quartet of charming squatters, former “guests” of kindhearted Aunt Harriet. Elegant Miss L’Hommedieu, Gussie the witch, Leo the bibliophile, and beautiful nineteen-year-old Tarragon, who is unlike any girl Andrew has ever met in Manhattan.

Andrew is entranced by these unworldly creatures and their simple life. Yet all is not well in Thale’s Folly. A thief breaks into the farmhouse, and an old friend of the “family” disappears. While the peace that appears to have been Aunt Harriet’s only legacy to her companions is destroyed, Andrew and Tarragon are drawn into mysteries they cannot fathom. But for the first time, Andrew begins to understand that love and loyalty are life’s greatest treasures.

Once again, Dorothy Gilman enchants us. Thale’s Folly is just as tempting as a delicious caper from the unsinkable Mrs. Pollifax.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Veteran author Dorothy Gilman spins a delightful and enchanting tale of friendship, love, and the power of kindness.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “[John McDonough] reads with great warmth and sensitivity to the tone of the text. He proceeds in a leisurely manner, as if savoring every word, and invites the listener to do the same. This is a gracious entertainment with enough depth to leave a pleasant resonance.”


  • “Delightful…At first, it seem Gilman is rounding up the usual literary suspects, but her genial and well-paced writing, vivid landscapes, and quirky characters are greater than the[ir] sum…A suspenseful romp.”


  • “A sweetly entertaining fairy tale sure to delight the author’s many fans.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 2/20/2014

    " A very good mystery that is more of a novel than a mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/11/2014

    " Andrew goes out to his great-aunt's house after a nervous breakdown and finds a group of eccentrics. A small book about how modernity is suffocating the soul. It's been done before, and been done better, and even been done before better by Gilman herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Helen | 1/20/2014

    " cozy personal development tale, too short "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Zimmer | 1/20/2014

    " quick, light, all ends tied up - a little unrealistic but who cares? "

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