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Ellis Vidler

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South Carolina author: PRIME TARGET, suspense with a love story; TIME OF DEATH, suspense with a hint of romance; COLD COMFORT, romantic suspense; HAUNTING REFRAIN, suspense with a little romance; THE PEEPER, with Jim Christopher, suspense. Ellis's novels contain adult language and situations.
3 short stories, TEA IN THE AFTERNOON, Southern fiction.
Some favorites: To Kill a Mockingbird, Prince of Tides, Tarzan of the Apes, Anne of Green Gables, The Lord of the Rings, Beach Music--those are on my shelf of favorites. So many books, so little time!

Cold weather is here and the lights that warm our
hummingbird feeder failed. We made it fall a year ago when Thumbelina, a female
rufous hummingbird, first showed up. She came every day from November 7 through
April 11, then moved on to her summer breeding grounds, possibly in the Northwest. Rufous Hummers have been seen in summer from Oregon to Alaska.

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Average rating: 3.95 · 476 ratings · 120 reviews · 7 distinct works · Similar authors
Cold Comfort
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 173 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Haunting Refrain
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 108 ratings — published 2002 — 4 editions
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Time of Death
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 129 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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Prime Target
4.68 of 5 stars 4.68 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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Tea in the Afternoon
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2011
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
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message 2: by Betsy (last edited Apr 30, 2012 12:45PM)

Betsy Hi Ellis,
I'm not sure if you'll get my reccommendation or not for - I Went To Harvard For This ? - or not. It deals with cooking and although its' not a cozy mystery by a long shot,it is absolutely the funniest time-travel story I've ever read. The heroine goes back to the 50's after blowing up a tinfoil fast food dinner in her micro-wave. This accident occurs after losing her job for coming up with the slogan:"The Best Your Mother Ever Faked." for a new line of Swanson type dinners. If you were raised in the 50's or 60's you'll relate to every hysterical quip.

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Beth Hi Ellis,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author on Goodreads!

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