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The Turquoise Mask

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  776 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Something hidden deep in her memory was the key to Amanda Austin's past. She did not know it was also the key to her future. After her father died, she decided to learn the truth of her mother and family in New Mexico. But from the moment she arrived at her grandfather's home, she was met with suspicion. And hate. They were her family, but they were strangers. And one of t ...more
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Published June 13th 1998 by Ivy Books (first published 1973)
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Mollie *scoutrmom*
I chose this by title and author, looking for something that would fit in with a line item of a challenge in which I'm participating: "Something referring to a disguise or costume in the Title or Theme."

It seems strange to be reading a "contemporary" romance written in 1973. It makes me realize how much technology has changed the world in the past 37 years. Wow, has it been that long? I feel so old. No internet or cell phones. Long distance phone calls cost a lot. People in other states communic
Cynthia Austin
The story starts out at an easy pace of a young woman, Amanda Austin debating whether or not to accept an invitation to visit her deceased mothers family who are merely strangers to her. Being that her father had always shunned any talk of her mother, Amanda decided to accept the invitation and head to New Mexico.

Her long lost family is anything but hospitable to her and it’s strange to rationalize why they invited her in the first place. She meets Gavin Brand who just so happens to be her cousi
Mar 18, 2009 Judy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone wishing a good romantic suspense ,
Picked this old book up at the used bookstore for a good, easy read while travelling. I grew up reading all of Phyllis Whitney's books and love them all. It was written in great detail, almost the heroine became too dramatic at times. Maybe I have outgrown this type of suspense novel, but it was fun to reread again.
Chris Wackett
I read this book first when it was serialised in woman magazine (in the 70's )when books were still promoted that way . I used to wait with mounting excitement as the week progressed for the next instalment for like the cowboy serials of Saturday morning cinema you were left inevitably with a cliff hanger . I have read all her books since and still have a soft spot for her writing . it may not be sonnet like or Pulitzer prize winning but ms whitney is a story teller par excellence. she does meti ...more
Forgot how much I like this author. She tells a good story.
Julie Fowler
More high school memories!
The Turquoise Mask
A story set to be of Santa Fe, this is some place that a family the Cordova had settled their root. This can end quickly, confusingly, and if it got any better...but this story has that sorted and twisted tale of mystery throughout the whole of the story of all...that it seems so very complicated a story to a final end where the Cordova family resolves completely the families curses and mystery.

One of the best of the best nostalgic stories I ever will read. Even if the story d
All her plots are the same. Not sure why I bothered to finish it. Except I was stuck in an airport for hours and this was the only book I had.
Don't forget the old stories of Phyllis Whitney and others as you search for good reads. The new ereaders give you books published before 1925 free (so far) and you can buy bestsellers from the last 20 years at higher and higher prices, but many of the books between 1924 and 1980 aren't available. I wish every book ever written was available to every person in the world, but I'll just stop now by encouraging other avid readers like me to push publishers and ereader book providers to expand their ...more
Stephanie Mcmahan
I love Phyllis "Whitney books because she takes you to places around the US that I have never been and you get a real sense of the place. Also, she writes a great mystery and I am always guessing.
I enjoyed this book...for the second time. It has just enough suspense to keep me reading and just enough romance to make it enjoyable. I truly did not remember the ending, or why everyone was so set against Amanda learning the truth about her mother's death. I read it the first time twenty years ago and I may read it again someday.
I read this a long time ago in my teenage years because of a friend request...she enjoyed it... and thought I would to. I vaguely remember what happens in it....but I think I might have forgotten the ending...probably going on my to-read-again list...I also remember that I really liked it though...:)
Christine Honsinger
This story was confusing, convoluted and messy. Even so, I pushed to get through the whole thing in order find out "whodunit". And....I'm still confused. Details and resolutions were not solved satisfactorily making me feel like this one was a total waste of my time...ouch. Not recommended...
I put this book aside for now. I'm just frustrated with this book at the moment because since the beginning everyone is talking about a scandal involving her dead mother and now all I want now is to know what the scandal is - and I'm only on the 3rd chapter. Gah!
Read this book YEARS ago and it stuck in my mind as being a good one. I devoured all of Phyllis A. Whitney's work as a teen. (Recently learned that she is mentioned in the credits of Dwight V. Swain's book Techniques of the Selling Writer.)
Phyllis A. Whitney was one of the first adult mystery romance writers that I found when I became a teenager. I read everything I could of hers. They would seem very tame by today's standards. Kind of like Mary Higgins Clark.
i liked this book, but there were some questions (spoiler) like, why did her grandpa invite her to stay with him if he was the killer and was trying to kill her, but he wouldn't have needed to if she didn't come to stay with him.
First of her books to read. Couldn't put it down and is the reason I have read so many of her books.
Typical Whitney with beautiful described setting (New Mexico!) and mystery from the past plot.
Amy Jo
I was recommended to read Phyllis Whitney and I loved her writing! Mysterious and very descriptive.
My very first favorite author - I have all her books -- been reading these for years
See Quicksilver Pool.
One of my favorites!
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Phyllis Ayame Whitney (September 9, 1903 – February 8, 2008) was an American mystery writer. Rare for her genre, she wrote mysteries for both the juvenile and the adult markets, many of which feature exotic locations. A review in The New York Times once dubbed her "The Queen of the American Gothics".

She was born in Japan to American parents and spent her ear
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