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Ammie, Come Home
When Ruth's niece, Sara, comes to stay for the summer, strange things begin occurring in Ruth's ancestral Georgetown home. A mysterious voice keeps calling, "Ammie, come home." Neither Ruth nor Sara know anyone by the name, and they are the only people staying in the house. Involving professor Pat MacDougal, who awakens feelings in Ruth she had thought long-lost, and his assistant, Bruce, in the search, Ruth and Sara delve into the history of the hous...
Here I Stay
The first time Andrea's brother, Jim, heard a voice they thought nothing of it. Six months later, following a debilitating accident, Andrea moves Jim into the decaying mansion she had inherited. Andrea begins having nightmares, and Jim develops an affinity for the old cemetery behind the house. Andy comes to realize that her brother is drawn to the ghost of a woman who had lived in the house long before. Andrea and her new friend--and romantic intere...
House of Many Shadows
After a nervous breakdown, Meg's cousin sends her to the country--one of the houses Sylvia inherited from one of her many husbands, in Pennsylvania. Grateful for the distraction, Meg agrees to watch the house for a while. She doesn't expect to find Sylvia's stepson, Andy, there, acting as groundskeeper, also recovering from an illness. Meg remembered Andy as a bully, and their first encounter doesn't dissuade the notion. Then, strange things begin ...
Into the Darkness
After her grandfather's death, Meg returns to the town where she grew up. She ends up working at his jewelry store with her grandfather's protege, Riley. However, her job there opens up the mystery of the deaths of her father and aunt. Meg eventually solves the mystery, and finds out that the killer is somebody she cares about....

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Search the Shadows
When Haskell Maloney takes her premarital blood test, she finds out that she is a carrier of the Tay Sachs gene. Since neither her late mother nor the late soldier whom she always thought was her father carried this gene, she questions her true parentage. This quest leads Haskell to break off her engagement and travel to Chicago, where her mother studied at the Oriental Institute. Luckily, Haskell studied Egyptology as her undergraduate major, so sh...
Smoke and Mirrors
Erin takes a job as gopher in Rosemary White Marshall's political campaign simply because she needs to make more money to support the mother who can't manage herself since Erin's father's death. She's drawn in by the people by who she finds herself surrounded within the election, and becomes involved in the series of strange occurrences that are affecting it as well as the people. Who's starting fires around Rosemary...Erin knows it's not herself, but ...
The Dancing Floor
After the death of her parents Heather Tradescent decides to follow up an ambition she had with her father and visit historic gardens in England. This exercise develops into someone attempting to murder Heather. The characters in this book are beautifully crafted as is the plot. Though in some ways the idea of a plain young woman being welcomed into the family, and offered a job because her name is recognised does not ring true it can be overlooked ...
The Walker in Shadows
Pat Robbins is a recent widow, with a teenage son named Mark. They live in one of the oldest houses in the neighborhood. Their house and the house next door are mirror images of each other, but no one has ever lived next door since Pat moved into her house, so when she sees a moving van next door, she stays home from work to watch. She finds out that her new neighbors are an older man, Josef Friedrichs, and his teenage daughter, Kathy. Mark and Kat...
The Wizard's Daughter
Discovered singing in a notorious London club, naive Marianne Ransom is brought to the home of a wealthy duchess who is certain she is the daughter of a renowned psychic that the Duchess adored. The psychic's spirit begins to contact Marianne to the pleasure of the Duchess and to Marianne's increasing danger. Knowing too much turns out to be extremely dangerous, and Marianne can't know who to trust because she has no way of knowing who is behind her to...
Vanish With the Rose
Diana goes to a small town under a fake name in order to find out what happened to her younger brother. Her brother, Brad, had left home in order to escape his father who wanted him to be a lawyer. Brad had faithfully written to Diana twice a month, telling her where he was and how he was doing. All at once his letters stopped coming after a very impersonal post card. Diana went to live with the Nicholsons, pretending to be a landscape expert, who kn...

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Wings of the Falcon
Orphaned during her last year of school, Francesca finds herself in the Italian home of her mother's estranged family. Although puzzled by the warmth of her reception into the house, Francesca is pleased to meet her twin cousins and her grandfather, an Italian noble. But Italy in the 1850s' is a revolutionary place, and her cousins and grandfather all have opposing views on the political situation. Francesca begins to settle in, and learns of a masked...


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