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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (4 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007223781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007223787
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 677,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write what I like to call Vintage Mysteries, since they're set in the nineteen-thirties, forties and fifties.

They're stories of love and marriage, families and friendship, in which the loyalties, feuds, secrets and betrayals of the past cast long shadows into the present.
I'm fascinated by characters who are quirky, mysterious, funny, unexpected and interesting and I want readers to share, as I do, in their joys and sorrows.

With dramatic and glamorous settings from icy lakes to Italian villas, from wintry Budapest to fashionable France, from Cornwall to the Lake District, the landscapes are as powerful as the stories are complex.
The tense realities of life mingle with supernatural elements : ghosts, prophetic dreams and voices from the past, but fun and humour also dance in and out of the light and darkness of the stories.

My aim is to enthral, delight and amuse readers as they are transported to a different era.
A review posted by a reader said my books take you out of the daily world and make the impossible seem possible--that's just what I want to do.

I also write as Elizabeth Aston, and if you enjoyed VILLA IN ITALY, you might also enjoy VOLCANIC AIRS, which is set on an idyllic Sicilian island. It's one of the books in my Mountjoy series, so please visit my other author page and check out those books.

A few biographical details: I was born in Chile, have lived in India and Italy and now live in Oxford, where I went to university--and where I've recently taken up bell-ringing.

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Praise for Voyage of Innocence:
‘I loved it.’ Woman
‘A very interesting book, not only because it gives a flavour of life in the thirties…it’s a way of imbibing history.’ Oxford Times
‘Well written and superbly researched…a thoroughly enjoyable read. A must.’ Yours

Praise for The Frozen Lake:
‘Charming.’ Bookseller
‘Dark family secrets, long buried, if not forgotten, bubble to the surface. A novel that is vivid and engrossing.’ Choice
‘An intriguing read.’ Woman

Praise for The Villa in Italy:
‘This book’s great for escaping the cold UK weather’ Closer
‘Deeply satisfying…rich and compelling. The perfect read’ Oxford Times

About the Author

Born in Chile, and educated in Calcutta and London before going to Oxford University, Elizabeth Edmondson now divides her time between the countryside north of Rome and the spires of Oxford. She is married to an art historian and has two children.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Badgergirl on 12 Nov. 2008
Format: Paperback
Terribly predictable sadly, I skipped through the last twenty pages as I thought I knew what was going to happen and was proved right. Not a bad read generally. I read her first and second book, skipped the third as I didn't like the sound of it and thought I would give this one a shot. Again - see my review of her second book - a glaring typo 20 pages in! HarperCollins are a respected publisher and I am amazed that whoever edited it could miss this. Also, a bad spelling error towards the end. Maybe I am being picky because my job involves copyediting but...Also, the description on the back of the book is not how the events unfold. Her first book (Frozen Lake) was v good so start there
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl on 10 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. It has a good story that flows well with interesting characters. Would make a good holiday read.
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This is the 2nd Elizabeth Edmondson book I've read and I enjoyed it.
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This is the second book I have read by the author. It's well written and takes the reader back to another era. Good characters, romance, a mystery, a little danger and glamour too.
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I love how Elizabeth Edmondson uses language to paint such evocative stories - felt I wanted to know the characters and liked the plot twists & turns. Can't read to read more - this is my second book.
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Nicely written. Characters well defined. Interesting and unusual storyline. Lovely relaxing read. Would recommend it as a good holiday read.
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By Mrs. H. Rosser on 24 Aug. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The book has mystery, suspense and romance in an intriguing and fast moving plot set in the art world of London and the French Riviera in the 1920s. The author handles her diverse cast of characters with skill, ensuring that the reader remains interested in them all while following artist, Polly's, search to discover the identity of her birth parents.

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By Skibunny on 6 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
What a lovely book that transports you to the time in which it is set. Lots of intrigue, tensions, drama and romance. A great combination, wonderfully written book. I liked this so much I purchased the authors follow up book Villa in Italy. Also a fabulous read.
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