By Elizabeth Peters
Ellie is younger, wealthy, in love, and engaged. within the carefree days ahead of marriage and new accountability, she makes a decision to house-sit at Aunt Kate's palatial property in Burton, Virginia. With its approximately invisible housekeepers and plethora of pets, Ellie feels correct at domestic. but if she opens an vintage booklet concerning the town's aristocracy, she unearths nerve-racking secrets and techniques that stretch to her family. by surprise, Ellie's curiosity some time past is attracting a slew of unwelcome guests--some of them dwelling and a few, possibly, now not. Unwittingly, she has aroused a negative vengeance that's now geared toward her.
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You know who I mean. Can't say anything more; ladies present. But you know--" "Oh, yes," Ted said. " Henry was feeling no pain, but he was dimly aware of an aura of disapproval emanating strongly from certain quarters. He was relieved when Grant said pleasantly, "I suppose you're a Redskin fan, Henry? " Now it must be explained that season tickets to Washington football games are a prestige symbol. They are jealously guarded, and it is almost necessary to inherit them from a friend. Henry hesitated, but not for long.
The vet knows all about it. You will count them all at night, and make sure everybody is in? Albert chases cars--" "I know all about the animals," Ellie said. "You've told me a dozen times. Just take care of yourself ... " Henry, who had been absentmindedly scratching his midsection, flushed irritably. Ellie should know better than to draw attention to such a crude gesture. "Nothing," he said repressively. "Good-bye, Ellie, I'll call you as often as I can. Do take care to lock the house up at night, you are careless about such things.
Ellie was flushed and suspiciously moist around the eyes. Kate looked pensive, and, for her, almost subdued. She greeted Henry and removed a cat from a chair so that he could sit down. She was wearing a long skirt embroidered in silks of varying shades of blue, a pale-blue silk blouse, and enough jewelry to stock a store. Diamonds blazed and sapphires glowed in the soft light of sunset. There were opals on her small ugly hands. Ellie's only ornaments were her engagement ring and a copper-colored pendant that resembled a petrified fried egg.
Devil May Care by Elizabeth Peters