Vanish with the Rose
Fearing for the safety of her missing brother, lawyer Diana Reed will do anything to get to the truth. Taking a job as a landscape architect at the last place Brad was seen—the sprawling estate where he worked as a caretaker—she prowls the strange old house determined to unlock its secrets. But each mystery Diana uncovers is more unsettling than the last, as odd visions, s...more
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OK, now on the the review.
I'm pretty sure I read this book when it was first published in the early 1990's. Michaels is one of my favorite gothic writers and many of her ...more
The old estate in located in Virginia, where a couple that recently hit the lottery jackpot bought the house from an aging single lady with an eye to restoring the house and the grounds. Only later do we learn that Diana's brother disappeared after living among the townsfolk for a brief period of time, and ...more
It held my interest, but it's not one of the author's best works. Still, it served its purpose of providing light entertainment. (That said, it's not the lightest "light entertainment", either...)
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-- I enjoyed the gardening aspect of the book, since I'm trying to get my own garden into order. Nothing on the scale of the gardens in the book, of course, but it's more than enough for me. (Especially since I don't em ...more
Diana has maneuvered to get herself hired as a rose expert by the Nicholsons, a family that literally won the lottery and used the proceeds to buy and renovate an 18th century home near the small town of Faberville. The Nicholsons bought the home from the senile Matilda ...more
Diana is a wonderfully headstrong woman who sets out to discove ...more
However, I have to deduct a star for the unsatisfying ending--the pacing completely fell apart during the crux of the story. The resolution was a rush job, and the explanations for all mysteries--supernatural and otherwis ...more
From page after page this novel creates great expectations,like...a secret attic in the Hall of the house , Diana's search for the former owners of the house...unknown tomb stones at the back yard of the house, the skeletal bones found during renovating ...more
Terrible! I stuck with it and the first third of the book aside from managing to get to know the main players I wondered if all the rambling about roses was bnecessary and indeed at points I wondered if I had picked up a horticulturist book on roses.
I likes the litte quotes at the beginning of each chapter, the characters showed promise but the story line flitte ...more
The Bad: Difficult to imagine the scenery, house, characters -- not very ...more
Ms. Michaels' books fell roughly into three categories: hints of the supernatural that were proved to be false, hints of the supernatural that seem to be helpful, definitely supernatural and look out we're in trouble. This book, I'd say, fell into the second categor ...more
Still a fun read though. Barbara Michaels is an excellent writer, I especially adore her Vicky Bliss mysteries (written as Elizabeth Peters).
sure about. As always this was a satisfying read. It isn't fine literature
and there are some holes in the plot but the characters are likable and watching the
relationships evolve is fun. Wish the ghostly elements had been a little more fleshed out but overall a good fun read.
I didn't start caring about the story until it was finally revealed why Diana was really at the house. Even then, I only sort of cared. The plot and the romance were both much weaker than in most of Michaels/Peters' other books.
She was born in Canton, Illinois and has written over fifty books including some in Egyptology. Dr. Mertz also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Egyptology.