Nicholas Trench's granddaughter vanished years ago. He hopes her friend Hallie can unravel the mystery. As she searches, Hallie reexamines her life.
Jessica Abbott, fleeing her own past, finds herself the center of a whirlpool of conflict at Hampden House, high on its cliff in the Virgin Islands. She is confronted by Catherine Drew, a woman whose sole purpose is to torment and destroy. Catherine is the wife of a vital, driven man, Kingdom Drew toward whom Jessica is irresistibly drawn. Jessica must defy the beautiful, self-indulgent Catherine, who likes to affect the name of a shell Columbella. She must fight for the very future of another woman's child. Above all she must find the strength to help the man she loves escape the trap Catherine has set for him. Yet each day Catherine seems to mock her in a new way - and win. Until the night of the shell. ... Always the brilliant island sun shines over Hampden House in St. Thomas and over Caprice, the plantation in St. Croix that is crumbling to eerie ruin, guarded by its unicorns. Always the threat of a hurricane looms over this exotic setting, where the past still affects the present. And, like a hurricane, the suspense mounts in this, Phyllis A. Whitney's most exciting and chilling novel.
Lacey Elliot seems to have everything--looks, talent, and a thriving business--but there has always been a great deal missing from her life. For the past years, her mother staunchly refused to discuss Lacey's absent father or the fact that the women seem to be totally alone in the world without any relatives. While her mother is recovering from a debilitating illness, a letter arrives from a woman claiming to be Lacey's great-aunt. Driven by a need to discover what her mother has feared all her life, Lacey sets off for the town of Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, a quiet community with a tumultuous past. Here she hopes to discover who she really is and why her past has been shrouded in mystery for so long. Indeed, the letter sets in motion events that cannot be stopped, for Lacey quickly learns the whereabouts of her mother's family, that her father was killed when she was young, and that her aunt believes his killer has returned to walk among them once more. Vividly imagined and unforgettably compelling, Daughter of the Stars is a riveting novel of family bonds and the crimes committed for love.
Laurel York has dreamed of this reunion with her father, the famous writer Clifton York, for years. And when she follows him down to the exotic Florida Keys, both love and evil meet her in the form of handsome Marcus O'Neill, who welcomes her, but her two suspicious stepsisters do not. Then there is Clifton York himself, the strange man they all love, and the secret buried treasure that has lain undetected for years. Only the prize orchids waiting in the greenhouse hold the key to a life that Laurel has only dreamed about--or a nightmare that can only end in murder. . .
When Susan returns to her ancestral home, the visit stirs up long-suppressed memories within her, her grandmother, and other members of the community.
Fleeing from her mob-connected ex-husband, Carol, a young writer, seeks refuge with her aunt, a reclusive former movie star whose fortresslike mansion overlooks the opulence of Palm Springs. As Carol begins research for a biography of her famous aunt, she is drawn into an old Hollywood scandal that menaces many lives.
A compassionate woman haunted by her past. A mysterious man who leads her to love. And the dangerous secret that is stronger than both of them. Kelsey Stewart is not thinking of love or adventure when she visits her aunt at her peaceful seaside inn nestled in beautiful Carmel, California. But when she is urged to help in the recuperation of Jody Hammond, a young boy who fell from a sea cliff, she finds her troubled heart coming back to life. And soon she finds herself falling in love with Jody's father, the mysterious, handsome Tyler.
"If anything happens to me down here, don't let it pass as an accident. You owe me that, Karen..."<P> David Hallam had written those words in his last letter to his wife from a small village in the Tennesse Smoky Mountains. Ten days later he was dead. Now Karen Hallam had to find out why. Her search would take her deep into the misty, haunted mountains where her husband was born, and where he spent the last few weeks of his life.<P> It would lead her into a tangled web of disputed fortune, family jealousy, conspiracy, adultery and murder. And it would bring her face to face again with Trevor Andrews, David's half brother- the first man she had ever loved. But Trevor was married now, distant, unreachable- and before long Karen would learn that Trevor Andrews had his own good reasons for wanting David dead. And in that moment she would also know that her passion for the truth might drive her to betray the deepest instincts of her heart.
She had run away from Athmore, the brooding mansion, and her ruined marriage 2 years ago. Now a letter and her own uncertain heart compel her to return, but the invitation is not innocent...
From the moment Manhattanite Linda Hollis arrived in the small town of Cedarhill, she knew she was in for the roughest summer of her life. Why did her widowed mother have to remarry a stuffed-shirt from a hick town -- complete with ready-made family who didn't like Linda any more than she liked them? There was beautiful, sullen Babs, who always made sure she got what she wanted -- including the one interesting male in town. And Roddy, a little terror who did everything he could to make Linda feel unwelcome. And Martin Stevens himself, so different from her own vital, exciting father... That summer would be filled with arguments, rivalries, crises -- and some very important discoveries about life, love and the joy and pain of growing up.
It was on the mist-enshrouded island of Hampton, off the coast of Georgia, that Lacey Ames had once fallen in love with Giles Severn, heir to the island-and there that she had lost him to the wiles of her cousin Elise. The island still guarded as well the shameful secret of Lacey's own past. When Lacey returns at last to Hampton, she finds herself once again swept up in her love for Giles, and threatened by the overwhelming conflicts that follow.
Marcia goes to Japan with her small daughter to try to save her marriage
While spending the summer in Connecticut, Jan helps solve an old family mystery involving an ancient Chinese idol.
Taffy Saunders finds mystery and adventure on beautiful Mackinac Island, where her mother has unexpectedly inherited a hotel. A stipulation in the will states that Mrs. Saunders must manage the hotel successfully for a summer in order to gain title to it. Taffy and her mother arrive at Sunset House to find the little hotel enveloped in an atmosphere of mystery and antagonism. Celeste, the exotic and superstitious French-Indian cook, has gone on strike and the housekeeper and her daughter seem strange and unfriendly. But it is not until mysterious happenings scare the guests into leaving that Taffy realizes someone wants her mother to fail. Who? Why? These are the questions she tries to answer. Eerie gulls, a locked room, a Chinese gong ringing mysteriously in the night, and the initials J. B. are only a few of the clues that lead Taffy through thrilling and baffling episodes to an unexpected solution. Taffy's breath-taking adventures are surrounded by the fascinating color of historic Mackinac Island. Miss Whitney has captured the vacation atmosphere of the island, yet its battle days seem to return as Taffy and her friend David Marsh search for a missing key among the guns of the old fort.
Sharon thinks her dreams have come true when she meets the man of her dreams. When she goes to the family home, Poinciana she finds she will not live happily ever after
Christy Loren has come to fear her gift of clairvoyance, an unwanted legacy from her mother, a famous psychic. Without warning, visions envelop her, visions that have guided the police, too late, to the bodies of murder victims. To escape these horrors, Christy flees her home in Long Island to seek peace and safety in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and the reassuring presence of her down-to-earth aunt. But she finds that even more threatening mysteries await her in those mountains, mysteries that surround a writer's recent death and the disappearance of the unearthly, enigmatic Deirdre. Christy senses secrets locked in the heart of Deirdre's tormented husband--with whom she fears she is becoming too emotionally involved--and haunting Deirdre's troubled son. Caught in this ominous web, Christy must come to terms with her unwanted psychic powers. As she is drawn into the search for Deirdre, she sees with increasing clarity that the mysteries have a connection to a blood-chilling dream that haunts her. In trying to escape her fate, she has unwittingly embraced it. Now, to uncover the truth, Christy must confront her gift of precognition and her dream. The shocking truth will bring her face-to-face with real and terrifying danger. Rainbow in the Mist is a taut story of suspense exploring the world of clairvoyance and crystals, sun wheels and secrets at the rainbows end, and the ultimate earthly struggle between the powers of good and evil. Phyllis A. Whitney was named the 1988 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, for Lifetime Achievement. The author of many national and international bestsellers, she was born of American parents in Yokohama, Japan, and now lives near Charlottesville, Virginia. Her most recent novels include Feather on the Moon, Silversivord, and Flaming Tree.
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 Spring Harbor. But strange and frightening things keep happening--voices sing the song she wrote for Ricky and guitars play from nowhere. Windtop has become a trap, but Hollis Sands will not leave, until she discovers the truth, no matter how close to death that takes her....
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