The Love Talker

The Love Talker

by Elizabeth Peters

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Something evil is lurking in the deep, dark forest . . .

Laurie has finally returned to Idlewood, the beloved family home deep in the Maryland forest, where she found comfort and peace as a lonely young girl. But things are very different now. There is no peace in Idlewood. The haunting sound of a distant piping breaks the stillness of a snowy winter's evening. Seemingly random events have begun to take on a sinister shape. And dotty old Great-Aunt Lizzie is convinced that there are fairies about—and she has photographs to prove it. For Laurie, one fact is becoming disturbingly clear: there is definitely something out there in the woods—something fiendishly, cunningly, malevolently human—and the lives of her aging loved ones, as well as Laurie's own, are suddenly at serious risk.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062119704
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 512,271
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago’s famed Oriental Institute. During her fifty-year career, she wrote more than seventy novels and three nonfiction books on Egypt. She received numerous writing awards and, in 2012, was given the first Amelia Peabody Award, created in her honor. She died in 2013, leaving a partially completed manuscript of The Painted Queen.


A farm in rural Maryland

Date of Birth:

September 29, 1927

Place of Birth:

Canton, Illinois


M.A., Ph.D. in Egyptology, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1952

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Love Talker 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In snowy windy Chicago, Laurie Carleton works on her dissertation. However, a letter from her great aunt disturbs Laurie because the elderly woman says that her sister claims to see fairies in the woods. Laurie cherishes her two great aunts and uncle as they cared for her when her mother, struggling with a divorce, dumped the then eight-year-old girl on them.

Laurie quickly returns to the family's Maryland estate. When she arrives at Idlewood, her half-brother Doug greets Laurie. They team up to find out the truth. Laurie begins to hear music in the middle of the night and soon someone tries to run her over. Will it take a death or two before the survivors know what is really going on?

THE LOVE TALKER is actually a reprint of a 1990 classic that reads as fresh today as it did a decade ago. The romantic suspense has all the elements of a modern day gothic tale except more so as the talented Elizabeth Peters of Egyptology fame pens the novel. Fans who search for excellence in their novels will want to read Ms. Peters' book that is so reminiscent of the best of Mary Stewart.

Harriet Klausner

victorianrose869 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
9-18-2008This is another old favorite of mine from Elizabeth Peters (aka Barbara Michaels), and I decided to listen to it on audiobook this time. It was as entertaining as I remembered, and the narrator is terrific. Laurie is working on her dissertation in chilly Chicago when she receives an alarming letter from her Aunt Ida, hinting at oddities afoot at the old homestead in rural Virginia, peculiarities that involve Laurie¿s other aunt, Lizzie. Eccentric Lizzie is well known for her flights of fancy already and no one has ever taken them too seriously, so the fact that Ida felt perturbed enough to write to Laurie is bothersome enough, and Laurie can¿t help but worry. Her whimsical old aunt is apparently, incredibly, seeing fairies in the woods, and they don¿t appear to be entirely benevolent. After a serendipitous phone conversation with Doug, the half-brother Laurie hasn¿t seen or spoken to in years, the siblings head home to the secluded Idlewood estate to find out exactly what¿s going on. The aunts and their brother, Doug and Laurie¿s Uncle Ned, all live together in the old house, and Laurie is uncomfortably aware that at their advancing ages they may not be able to live entirely on their own for too much longer. In fact, she becomes convinced that while she¿s been away, someone or several someones have been taking considerable advantage of the old people, particularly of Lizzie. She has some astonishingly realistic photographs of what do indeed appear to be fairies, which have even Laurie ¿ who is well aware of the notorious Cottingley hoax ¿ perplexed. In addition, there is a mysterious young man living in a guest house on the property who seems to have weasled his way firmly into the lives and hearts of the old people, and both Laurie and Doug are suspicious of his motives. As the malice seems to step up with the siblings¿ arrival, Laurie begins to wonder who she can trust. Everyone seems to be keeping secrets as they all dance around each other with frustrating, reticent half-truths, and it¿s only when Laurie finally gets a little too close to the heart of the matter that the whole pot boils over.The odd title refers to Gan Ceanach (Gancanagh, Ganconer, Gan-Ceann), an Irish fairy whose name literally translates to `Love Talker¿ in English. He¿s known for hanging about in woods and glens, smoking his clay pipe and seducing young maidens with his enchanting voice before departing in a swirl of mist, leaving them to pine after him the rest of their days. As a character he doesn¿t play any real role in this book so I suspect it was just an intriguing title to use.Vintage Elizabeth Peters (although it seems more along the Barbara Michaels line and I wonder why she wrote it under the Peters name), fun and satisfying as always.
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