Be Buried in the Rain
There are terrible secrets from generations past buried at Maidenwood. Medical student Julie Newcomb has returned to her family's decaying plantation—the site of so many painful childhood memories—to tend to her tyrannical grandmother, felled by a stroke. The fire of malevolence still burns in the cruel, despotic matriarch's eyes—yet, for Julie, a faint spark of redemption...more
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The atmosphere was all you could wish for in this kind of book. It reminded me of Susanna Kearsley without the dual time periods, exc ...more
Back roads. Spanish moss dripping from old oak trees. And guilty secrets. Be Buried in the Rain mentioned food once too often and was top heavy with excessive family drama.
I may have appreciated the story more if I read it years ago. Instead, I can't say I liked anyone but Elvis. The dog.
The book starts out on a very creepy note within the first 3-4 pages (I won't tell you what it is!). Then we switch to Julie, who is winding up her first year of med school when s ...more
This was a very enjoyable Gothic Romance, and I found I liked this one more than the first Barbara Michaels book I read, Ammie, Come Home (link to my review). Considering the fact that Be Buried in the Rain was written almost two decades after Ammie, Come Home, some of the actions and instances were a bit more easy to relate to for me. On top of that, I liked the inclusion of archaeological elements at play in the somewhat mystery behind this book's story line. I had b ...more
It is a sad tale of family violence all with the aim of keeping ones name in the right genteel circles and free of blemish. The plantation of Maidenwood sounded so beautiful - I would have restored it had I inherited such a lovely old Victorian. However it was fall ...more
It seems I can't get through a single Barbara Michaels book without being irritated by something-- this time it was mostly some characters cast from the "stereotypically ignorant, backward, religious Southerner" mold (or maybe more the protagonist's tiresome stereotyping of so many fellow characters)-- but perhaps a little irritation isn't such a bad thing in a book. It keeps me on my toes. Besides, if I ...more
Set in Virginia, the story follows a young med student named Julie as she is forced to go back and care for her ailing grandmother- a woman who made her early years a living hell on earth. A ...more
The story opens on the creepiest note – a man driving an old pickup truck screeches to a halt to avoid running over what appears to be a woman lying in the middle of the road. When he investigates, he discovers it is a skeleton dressed in an old-fashioned ...more
Julie Newcombe goes to take care of her grandmother Martha Carr who has suffered two strokes and is supposed to be at death's door. Out of family duty to her mother, Julie returns the family home, Maidenwood. It certainly isn't love for her grandmother, who Julie actively despises.
Recently a skeleton of a woman and a baby's skeleton where found in the woods near Maidenwood; the sh ...more
I get the idea from this one that Michaels is a bit of an urbanite. Her main character spent years romping through the woods of the eastern U.S., and what s ...more
I didn't know Barbara Michaels could write in such a way despite having read one of his booked years ago...which BTW I found boring.
The story is so cleverly and easily written that no matter the lack of suspense or twists you still enjoy it like a ...more
While there she must help her estranged boyfriend uncover the mystery of two skeletons found on the side of the road while Julie receives threats to her life from all fronts. With a small cast of char ...more
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.