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"A contemporary chiller romance...Whitney drums up suspense at a delightfully frantic pace. Old fans--and new ones--can dig in with total confidence."
Hollis Sands has never gotten over her husband Ricky's death. She cannot believe he took his own life and wonders if it wasn't really murder. Trying to escape her memories, she seeks peace at Windtop in Cold
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Published November 1st 2010 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1984)
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That last scene! My heart was pounding so hard I could see it!

Here we have it, a half burnt out mansion, a scruffy teacher/gardener, a tall slim housekeeper with maybe too much loyalty to the house and a white haired handyman/manager. And of course, the autocratic owner of the house, Ms. Geneva. We also have a handsome, preoccupied scientist, who seems unreasonably set against Ricky Sands' music, and therefore his widow, too. Then there is someone else living in the burnt out portion of the hous
This was real page turner once I got past the first few chapters. Initially I almost put it down because the Ricky Sands story and the music writing just didn't resonate with me. Then when Hollis moved to Cold Spring Harbor the story picked up with the introduction of a wide array of flawed characters, any of which could have been involved in Ricky's death. I made the mistake of going to the back of the book and reading the last few pages, I should not have done that. It spoiled some of the myst ...more
I adored Phyllis A. Whitney's mysteries for children, so I thought I'd see if her storytelling is just as magical for adults. This is a great 'cozy' mystery read, brilliant plotting, character depth, etc.

Hollis Sands is a songwriter who's lost her husband Ricky Sands, pop legend, to suicide. She's still grieving for him (not to sound callous here, but one wonders why- he didn't seem to be especially lovable, being a narcissistic, womanizing rocker and all that...but I digress). An invitation to
Every once in awhile I read a Phyllis. She was my idol when I was growing up...I read all her children's books, then worked into her adult ones. I was going to be a mystery writer just like her! Then when I got into "Literature" I kind of outgrew her...I always knew who the villain would be and figured out the surprises long before the heroine. But now and again I love to read her...she's like comfort food. She's a good storyteller, and usually her settings are as well-developed as her character ...more
Nancy Clarke
Very repetitive as you go through the book! Story line just so-so. Just wanted to get to the end. Characters not too interesting
Dayna Smith
Another Whitney classic, this is the story of songwriter Hollis Sands whose world collapses when her husband, legendary singer Ricky Sands, commits suicide. She flees to Long Island to stay with a family friend only to discover that even here she cannot escape the mysterious circumstances surrounding Ricky's death. As she struggles to make sense of the past, she may have found a new love for the future - but wait, is her new love involved in her ex-husband's death? The book has some mature conte ...more
Great read! The way the writer wrote the story made me suspicious of almost all the character except the narrator. It was fun guessing who could be the murderer. However, it was so surprising that no one actually murdered the two victims 'literally' but someone did push them into doing themselves in. haist. Crude somehow. But loved it nonetheless.
Pr Latta
In her trademark way, Whitney creates suspense in her gothic novel without resorting to gun-toting thugs, pyrotechnics, or drawn out car chases (wellll). While I didn't find this 25+ year old novel a compulsive read, it was certainly satisfying and the window into one songwriter's life (and her singer/husband's) was a nice hook.
Joanne G.
"Contemporary" stories age poorly in comparison with period pieces. Thirty years or so seem to leave books in an awkward position; they aren't comfortably Victorian or Edwardian--they are like one's grandparents thinking they are modern and up-to-date.
I like novels like this in which the main character does the right thing, even though those around her and even those close to her do not. This book's unexpected twists kept me guessing and raised goosebumps.
Jennifer Marie
Pulling more old books from my mom's bookshelf. These were some of the first books I read on my own. I used to be addicted to Phyllis rereading these books so many years later now.
This was in my collection. Has been recycled.
Singer Ricky dies leaving young wife who goes to stay on Long Island to sort things out. Rather a tangled web!
A good mystery . Murder , Suicide, Love, Hate, Cheating, Elvis. this book has it all.
I like the "hidden" characters, good plot, not as suspenseful as some
Don't be fooled by the sweet cover- this book terrified me!
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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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