Thursday, October 11, 2012

Witch by Barbara Michaels

About the book:

"For Ellen March, the secluded old house nestled in the pine woods is more than the dream home she's long been searching for. It's an escape, a chance to start over, to forget the pain of her failed marriage and enjoy the restful pace of small-town living. Here, too, is a golden opportunity to get to know Norman McKay, her handsome and worldly new neighbor. But after dark in Ellen's "perfect" house, strange visions invade her restless mind: silent strangers moving through the twilight shadows, the ghostly figure of a woman and a spectral white cat. Ellen came here hoping to bury the past, but something terrifying has taken its place. Her safe haven has become her prison . . . and there is "no" escape."
(from Goodreads)

My thoughts:

I am smitten with Barbara Michaels (also known as Barbara Mertz as well as Elizabeth Peters of the Amelia Peabody series). Her books are so very readable -- she has a breezy style with lots of atmosphere and a touch of wry humor that sucks you right in from the first page. The perfect kind of reading for this time of year -- mystery, suspense, a bit of paranormal, and always a surprise twist. Fun! I have a stack of her books (including more of her Amelia Peabody series) to look forward to -- my collection is definitely growing.

On a fun note, Barbara Michaels, known for her love of Egypt (she earned a Ph.D in Egyptology before turning to writing fiction years ago), recently celebrated her 85th birthday in grand style. Complete with camels, belly dancers, and her hookah, I can only imagine that all who were invited to party with her had a blast! Click here to read an article from The Washington Post  about this fascinating author's birthday bash.

Happy 85th to a favorite author!

3.5/5 stars


Staci said...

Well, I will be giving her another look plus I want to read her other series too!

Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

Witch sounds like a great read for this time of year! I've only read one Michaels' book, The Sea King's Daughter, and have always meant to read more. I really must do so.

Book of Secrets said...

I bought a 1974 paperback edition of WITCH not long ago. I've been on a Vintage Gothic kick lately. I'm looking forward to reading it!

Yvette said...

I'm mad about Amelia Peabody and her sexy lunatic hubby Radcliffe - the only man in fiction I'd ever truly marry. :)

Fabulous books.

I'm also recently reacquainting myself with some of her earlier fare.

Yvette said...

Meant to add: HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS, Barbara!!

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