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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!

Average rating: 3.95 · 869 ratings · 166 reviews · 7 distinct works · Similar authors
Haunting Refrain

3.79 avg rating — 206 ratings — published 2002 — 4 editions
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Cold Comfort

3.96 avg rating — 362 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Time of Death

3.84 avg rating — 182 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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Prime Target

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Tea in the Afternoon

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Ellis Vidler

“wondered idly if male nurse was a sexist term, like woman doctor or female police officer. No one ever said female nurse or male doctor.”
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“He couldn't afford to alienate her just now—she was the only item of interest in what looked like a dead-end case.”
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and . . . to make love possible”
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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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