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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: 3.97 · 790 ratings · 159 reviews · 7 distinct works · Similar authors
Haunting Refrain

3.82 avg rating — 188 ratings — published 2002 — 4 editions
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Cold Comfort

3.96 avg rating — 340 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Time of Death

3.85 avg rating — 168 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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Prime Target

4.63 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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Tea in the Afternoon

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4.47 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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The Peeper

4.40 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
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Here's something I was thinking about that's often a problem--scenes with no clear point of view or image of what's happening.

Consider the
following conversations between Billy and Redge. Which is easier to picture or
gives you a visual image of the two brothers and what they’re feeling?

“I got to tell you something, Billy,” said


“I killed Mooney,” he said with a nod.

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"After she’s dumped by her faithless fiancé, Claire Spencer settles for a quiet life as an independent Williamsburg shop owner. She had spent time taking care of her mother, Blanche, who she loved with all her heart.
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"Three charming shorts, each one different. A slice of southern life. I loved them."
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"The characters in these three stories seemed as real to me as the people on my street. The stories are warm and human and somehow manage to be both universal and distinctly southern. "
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Another riveting crime novel from one of my favorite authors! Indiscretion is a Kindle Scout winner that I voted for, so got a free copy, but it’s well worth paying for.

Ms. Iyer does a first-class plot, complex and twisted, with intriguing characters
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“Bad decisions make good stories.
--from an Internet list.”
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“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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“Bad decisions make good stories.
--from an Internet list.”
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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Edmund Burke

“Why do we write?
"To make suffering endurable
To make evil intelligible
To make justice desirable
and . . . to make love possible”
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“At the prosecution table, Flagler gave me his Ivy League snicker. If I wanted, I could dangle him out the window by his ankles. But then, I was picking up penalties for late hits while he was singing tenor with the Whiffenpoofs. Okay, so I’m not Yale Law Review, but I’m proud of my diploma. University of Miami. Night division. Top half of the bottom third of my class.”
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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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