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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by Elizabeth Peters
"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. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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