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Devil May Care

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,631 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Ellie is young, rich, engaged and in love. These are the carefree days before marriage and new responsibility, and anything goes -- including house-sitting at eccentric Aunt Kate's palatial estate in Burton, Virginia. Ellie feels right at home here with the nearly invisible housekeepers and the plethora of pets, but she soon realizes that there are disturbing secrets about ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 4th 2001 by Avon Books (first published 1977)
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Hannah
I take an Advil when I have a headache...

I eat mashed potatoes and coffee ice cream (not together, mind you) when I'm stressed, or bored, or both...

I watch the Jeremy Brett movie version of The Hound of the Baskervilles to drift off to sleep...

...and I seek out an Elizabeth Peters (aka Barbara Michaels) when I want my literary pacifier.

You know what you're getting when you pick up one of her books. Some, of course, are better then others. None are great works of literature. But I don't require o
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Samantha
This was one of the best plots I’ve seen Peters put out yet. Usually, when she does the paranormal mystery plot it starts to become a little Scooby-dooish. You know, the ghost is captured then unmasked as actually being old man Ford the gardener. Anyway, Ellie is house sitting for her eccentric aunt Kate who’s out romping around the country. During the first night, Ellie stumbles upon a ghost that looks remarkably like Kate’s yard boy. Ellie is level-headed though and believes that there’s a log ...more
Amanda Marshall
I love this author's 'Amelia Peabody' series, that said this book was a bit disappointing. I liked that she still had a strong, quirky female character, the aunt, but her other characters lacked interest. The story itself was rather bland & the ending anti-climatic. Perhaps if I had read this before her fabulous Amelia series then the proverbial 'bar' wouldn't be quite so high.
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
3.5 stars. A lot of fun, but not a deep book by any stretch. A touch of gothic, but not enough to actually call this gothic. A touch of mystery, but not enough to all it a mystery. Excellent dialogue and setting, though, and a book I'd happily re-read when I want to be entertained.

Full review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/979201...
Gill
This was a nice easy read, peculiar with a good splashing of cats :-)
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Carissa
Elizabeth Peters is one of my all time favorite authors, and I love stumbling upon her one-shot titles (titles not part of any series). This one, published in 1977, was a gem of a story, from which I could see echoes of Amelia Peabody is matriarchal Aunt Kate and echoes of Ramses and Nefret in Donald and Ellie, but it was its own story and the characters were diverse enough to drive the story forward.

The plot was not overly layered, but it was a fun romp through a bizarre series of events with
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Kristen
Elizabeth Peters never disappoints! Fun, smart characters, a highly entertaining plot with lots of excitement and mystery, and the wonderful humour typical of Peters books that makes the story sparkle!

Ellie agrees to house-sit for eccentric Aunt Kate while she takes a vacation. Since Aunt Kate lives in a stunning Virginia mansion filled with cats, dogs and various other animals, Ellie assumes it will just be a peaceful getaway as she plans for her wedding to her high-powered lawyer fiance, Henry
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Lori
I absolutely love Ellie. Now I am never a real fan of the third person writings, but this one is an exception. When the author first describes Henry and how he will form Ellie, I automatically thought she was a thoughtless person, but when you read further, you begin to fall in love with her strong character as well as Donald and who can forget good ol' Kate. Although the book has strong characters, the plot is well over-done, making it mediocre. Over-all I rate this 3 stars.
Frankie Carter
This novel was recommended to me by a friend, who had previously lent me several of her Amelia Peabody series. I had high expectations after reading the first two Victorian-era archaeological adventure stories, and I was not disappointed. I was initially surprised that the novel takes place in relatively current times. Another pleasant surprise came when I realized that the novel did not include an excess of violence or horror sequences. The characters in this novel were developed well, which re ...more
Nelia
This was a reread from my teen years. My 14 year old self worshiped Elizabeth Peters and her main protagonist, Amelia Peabody. Devil May Care is a one off novel with a protagonist she never revisited, Ellie. I’ve become more discerning in my older years, and I found myself less impressed by the writing style and characters than I was as a kid. If you are interested in Elizabeth Peters, try Crocodile on the Sandbank and meet Amelia instead.
Amy
Meh. Incoherent and confusing mystery with an unsatisfying ending. I was sure I was going to love Ellie, but I am mostly ambivalent - she was a giant bore. Her love/hate relationship with Donald was entirely predictable. She is saddled with a pompous, self-important fiance (who is so awful, it's hard to understand why she is with him in the first place) but has no direction herself and is vociferously critical of Donald for being a grown man who mows lawns for a living - she mentions multiple ti ...more
Bethany Harvey
Elizabeth Peters' characters always seem to be these larger-than-life, eccentric, borderline caricatures you'd want to stay far, far away from in real life, but who are great fun to read about.

I was occasionally thrown by the way the characters barely seemed to notice each other's eccentricities, though. Like the crazy librarian -- I found it hard to believe anyone would actually go to a library with her in it. Or vote for the school-board candidate. Or approach within a hundred yards of Kate's
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LJ
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Ellie is young, rich, engaged and in love. These are the carefree days before marriage and new responsibility, and anything goes -- including house-sitting at eccentric Aunt Kate's palatial estate in Burton, Virginia. Ellie feels right at home here with the nearly invisible housekeepers and the plethora of pets, but she soon realizes that there are disturbing secrets about the local aristocracy buried in a dusty old book she has carried into the mans
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Sharon
Feb 24, 2015 Sharon added it
I usually enjoy Elizabeth Peters and was happy to find one I hadn't read. Wish I could say it's a keeper. Felt like the characters were idiots and in the end it wasn't made clear if all events were humans or if there were actually a few real ghostly happenings.
Patricia
Although not as well written as Elizabeth Peters' books written under the name Barbara Michaels, it was still filled with likeable characters and a clever plot. Not all loose ends were tied up, however, which took away enjoyment of the ending.
Melody
Another awesome read from Elizabeth Peters. The chance find of a rare book reveals old secrets that could ruin some of Virginias oldest families. Someone is willing to destroy it all costs, including lives. An excellent page turner.
Susan
(orig. published in 1977) Ellie and Henry are young, and engaged. When Ellie’s eccentric Aunt Kate asks her to house-sit at housein Burton, Virginia, Ellie is happy to oblige. She feels right at home there with the nearly invisible housekeepers and the plethora of pets, but conventional Henry finds Aunt Kate and her lifestyle a little hard to take. After he leaves, Ellie realizes that there are disturbing secrets about the local aristocracy buried in a dusty old book she has carried into the man ...more
Ruth
good. wittty fast paced. Ellie is young, rich, engaged and in love. These are the carefree days before marriage and new responsibility, and anything goes -- including house-sitting at eccentric Aunt Kate's palatial estate in Burton, Virginia. Ellie feels right at home here with the nearly invisible housekeepers and the plethora of pets, but she soon realizes that there are disturbing secrets about the local aristocracy buried in a dusty old book she has carried into the mansion. And her sudden i ...more
Judy Hall
While house-sitting for her eccentric aunt, Ellie starts to experience some strange phenoma. She also meets Kate's handsome next door neighbor, who becomes interested in the problem and starts to help her.

This book features several unpleasant people who are all possible villains. That part is good. The good guys are all good, but it's written in the 70's so it's proto-feminist. Kate will never marry and will always do as she wants, but her niece is going to marry someone who respects her intell
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Lisa Greer
I am finally reading this one. It's one of the last of hers that I have not read (other than the Peabody series which I hate). I love it so far. I only wish I could find another cozy/gothic author of her caliber...

Definitely worth reading... not the best, but far from the worst. I didn't care for the lack of strength surrounding the lead female protagonist. She was sort of just a girl who was there, engaged, then not, but we are never told her profession or anything about her. That is unlike Mic
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Julie P
I've read this before, and while not great literature, it is a story worth coming back to.
Nguyen Phuong
I think personally Ellie is a good character. Very solid in form as she not the usual damsel in distress character. she is not afraid of the ghost in general but get really curious about their origin and starts to find out about them. Kate is a very interesting character as she is not one of those boring aunts but she a innovative inventor. We can go far and say she will make a pretty good detective. The story surprises me in the fact that there were not much blood and gore or horror in the book ...more
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Feb 09, 2014 Dpic added it
too many ghosts
Vonette
I've loved other Elizabeth Peters books, so I was surprised to find this one such a disappointment. I felt that many of the characters were caricatures. There was a not at all subtle assumption throughout the book that anyone who was "religious" must be judgmental and unpleasant. Political conservatives fared no better. On the other hand, characters who were supposed to be loveable and loving (the main character at least seemed to think so) did things that I could not imagine doing to anyone I l ...more
Carol
I like her other books better but it was entertaining.
Nikki
I really enjoy any book written my Elizabeth Peters (Barbara Mertz). She's such and entertaining and prolific writer. I'd love to know more about her life and how her mind works. She creates characters with great personalities. In fact, I'd love to live in a town with characters she's crafted. Now that would be fun! Except for some of the pesky murders, of course.
SJuhl4
Elizabeth Peters (aka Barbara Michaels) always has a great storyline. She writes a very good mystery and tosses in a little romance. Her female leads are habitully very strong characters with considerable wit and this is no exception. The mystery kept you going, sending you in different directions along with the leads. But as always, they tied in together perfectly.
Erica
Pretty sure I've read it, but alas, I don't remember. So, I'll read it again!

I don't think I have read it. It's your typical Gothic novel, with an element of the super-natural, the eccentric aunt, a deep dark secret the main charactor inadvertantly exposes, etc. Funny in places, and a quick read. I enjoyed it lots.
Lizpeveto
Well, it was ok and not what I was expecting from the author. I agree w/ most all the reviews, parts of the plot were unique, some of the details and time frame were boring; but enough curiosity to keep me reading to the end. I like the Peabody series best and am spoiled by having read all of them before this book.
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Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also writes as Barbara Michaels as well as her own name. Born and brought up in Illinois, she earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. Mertz was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998. She lived in a historic farmhouse in Fred ...more
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