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The Ebony Swan

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  489 ratings  ·  25 reviews
"Energetic and richly textured...If terror and murder can be rendered ladylike, Phyllis Whitney is just the lady to do it."
Susan Prentice has come home to Virgina's eastern shores, to the very spot where her mother fell to her death twenty-five years before, also the home of Alex Montoro, her proud, intense grandmother. But Susan's arrival...more
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by Doubleday (first published 1992)
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I consider this type of mystery to be the best kind. It keeps you on your toes, but it isn't to scary to keep you up! This was a great read!
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Rhonda Rae Baker
I've never been much of a mystery and/or even romantic novel reader but was attracted to this one as I like swans.

This was a great novel and I enjoyed the characters. It fit me very well because one of the protagonists was a dancer in her youth and the other protagonist has other mysteries that I shared.

The author did an exceptional job telling the story and I was caught up with events from the start. I have two other novels by this author that will be read now...her talent is exceptional and en...more
Judy Tolley
I’ve read books by Phyllis Whitney for many years and have never found a book of hers I didn’t like. This was no exception. A young woman goes to visit her grandmother she hasn’t seen since she was a small child. Her mother was killed mysteriously when she was young and they lived with her grandmother but she has blocked out what she saw. Her grandmother, an ex ballerina who danced the Swan Lake at one point, has many secrets she imparts during their visit. Good read.
I don't have the exact read start and finish dates on many books I have read this year. The dates are approximated, as I have been in & out of the hospital, and on bed rest, and read 2-5 books a day depending on the book & length and my ability to focus. All dates are approximated, by month.
I liked it, but not as much as her others. This one bothered me on several levels and is darker.

For someone who has lived her life and all the mistakes she has made, Alex didn't seem like learned from them as well as she should have. Some of the supporting characters (several actually) were disturbing. The only characters I liked were Peter and Susan. They were the only ones who seemed "real" and likeable.

Things I thought about as I read: The lies we tell ourselves to make us feel better about...more
Dayna Smith
When Susan Prentice returns to her childhood home in Virginia 25 years after witnessing the death of her mother, Dolores, she wishes only to become reacquainted with her formidable grandmother, Alex, a former ballerina. But Susan finds herself isolated in a hostile environment, her relatives obviously fearful that she might recall hitherto repressed memories of the tragedy. Her old playmate Peter (now Alex's physician) has survived the murder of his wife a year ago, a crime that might be linked...more
Aug 17, 2012 AmblingBooks marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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"One of her best efforts, this carefully crafted novel of psychological suspense by the prolific Whitney, a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, entices the reader into a series of enigmas." � Publishers Weekly

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This book had all the same elements she always uses...although the way she wrapped up the book, was much different than her usual, as well as she had two heroines...I also for the first time ever, guessed exactly who the killer was!
Lisa Greer
Sep 27, 2010 Lisa Greer rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: die hard Whitney fans
This one is only for those who are true fans of everything Whitney has ever written. Otherwise, I'd say to skip this one. My full review is here:
I love this book. It is added because I am taking the Reader's Advisory course at COD. And this author is supposed to be the Queen, among others, of Romantic Suspense. But I think she's old school though.
This was a quick read, enjoyable, but nothing spectacular. Typical girl goes home to find herself, solves a mystery and falls in love with the handsome bachelor.
A classic Phyllis Whitney story about a former prima ballerina, whose granddaughter follows clues into the past revealing scandal and sometimes murder.
This is a nice, comfortable read. I like mysteries without too much blood and gore and Whitney's writing fits this description. Very good mystery writer.
Sep 17, 2009 Hailey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who likes suspense
Recommended to Hailey by: Mom
Shelves: mystery
This book really keeps you on your toes, right up until the very end. Now I understand why people say that Phillis A. Whitney is the master of her craft.
this seems like a warning against letting your regrets fester as you grow old and/or defining yourself only by how others see you.
An enjoyable and interesting mystery with some good character development, though a few things were never explained at the end.
Too much agonizing over things untold until pages later. This book could have been much shorter and better.
Pamela Grant
I've been reading Whitney books since I was very young and I love them.
very good, enjoyable, holds attention
Easy read, interesting, some suspence.
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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".

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