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  • Mass Market Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (31 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062119702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062119704
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 760,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. She was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.


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This book is one of the older Elizabeth Peters books - but has all her usual charm. Very readable, good characters and an engaging tale. The element of fairy lore makes it entertaining and slightly mystical.
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I always enjoy books written by this author and this book
is no exception. Once you have read one of her books
You have to read them all.
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Elizabeth Peters knows how to write light novels that don't take much concentration but are good fun. Great for train or plane trips.
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Not up to Elizabeth Peters' standard.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94dedfcc) out of 5 stars 27 reviews
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HASH(0x957cdf0c) out of 5 stars Delicious 19 Sept. 2001
By EA Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
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There's something juicy and yummy in the feeling of reading "The Love Talker," just reprinted from a cache of excellent standalone Elizabeth Peters books. Sometimes this novel feels a bit like a Barbara Michaels novel under the wrong pseudonym, with the (discreet) sexy content and supernaturally loaded storyline, but it's an excellent read nonetheless.
Laurie is invited back to the secluded family hold of Idlewild, where she grew up with puritanical Aunt Ida, animal-loving Uncle Ned, and fluttery whimsical Aunt Lizzie (who once tried to get signals from Arcturus, decided she was a reincarnated Egyptian princess, etc). Also coming back is her half-brother Doug; the reason why is that Lizzie's latest whim is somehow alarming -- she claims there are fairies in the woods.
The problem is, she isn't acting as she usually does during "whims", and she has photos with eerie-looking humanoids that do look alarmingly like malevolent fairies. There is also a newcomer nearby: the tall, dark and sexy Jefferson, the handyman/author who lives with the old people. And there are "old friends": a repressed religious fanatic who maltreats his family (because his daughters, especially the beautiful eldest, are "vessels of iniquity" and fiction is "lies") and most horribly of all, Hermann, the suitable, dull, pompous guy that Ida spends the whole book trying to fix Laurie up with.
But Hermann is not the primary problem on Laurie's mind. She's heard and seen mysterious lights and sounds out in the woods. Then, Lizzie's photos are stolen, and someone tries to run Laurie down. She and Doug must unravel a bizarre mystery with roots back in their respectable family -- but can Laurie even trust Doug? Can she trust Jefferson? And what dark secrets lurk in the woods?
Most Elizabeth Peters novels are pretty clean; this one rises a bit further, including Doug's ridiculous porn book (no excerpts, just the cover art), incest jokes, an underage love affair, dark family secrets, etc. And there is a bit of a weird feeling when Doug's secret is revealed (and Laurie's reaction to it). We are also given outrage, in the form of the obsessively religious woman-hater. At the same time we are graced with humor that few books can rival: we get those hilarious interludes with Hermann and his heavy-handed flirtations, as well as his sister flashing her bosom in poor Doug's face.
Laurie is practically trademarked as an EP/BM character, strong and self-reliant, with a barbed wit and none of that swooning business. Doug and Jefferson are a bit harder to classify, as both are ambiguous in the trust area in different parts of the book; they do, however, possess characteristics of the usual EP/BM hero (wit, intelligence, deception, big flaws yet are lovable), making it even more difficult to tell. Old fashioned Aunt Ida and Uncle Ned are endearing in their quieter parts, while Aunt Lizzie may get on the readers' nerves occasionally, with her relentless fluttering and faked innocence.
Overall, a big thick fat book, that makes a perfect guilty pleasure. Read and enjoy.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x957d0120) out of 5 stars No Kitschy Fairies Here - Scary and Absorbing 3 Aug. 2000
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Don't be deceived by its pulpy-sounding title --- this is an intelligently written mystery. If you know the author's works written under the pen name Barbara Michaels, then you will know what I mean when I say that this novel reads more like a Barbara Michaels than an Elizabeth Peters. I've read it several times and it never loses its hold on me. The Love Talker has a particularly well-delineated cast of characters --- the old folks are especially appealing and believable. If you (like me) happen to be interested in fairy lore, so much the better. Peters' keen treatment of an often-misunderstood subject is sure to delight readers who share her abiding interest in eerie legends and those macabre fairy tales that scared us all as kids.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94dd4714) out of 5 stars The Love Talker 17 Sept. 2003
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Unlike some previous reviewers, I thoroughly loved this story. True, Aunt Lizzie is a bit "much," the romance a bit too low key, and a trio of spinster/bachelor siblings odd, but the weaving of Lizzie and Laurie's love of fairy tales into the plot is both delightful and chilling. The author keeps you guessing up until the very end, while building suspense and dread. Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels can always be depended on to deliver a good romantic and/or gothic mystery.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x954b490c) out of 5 stars Darker than expected 11 Jun. 2004
By Sarah Sammis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm surprised that Mertz published the book under her Elizabeth Peters nom de plum when the style and themes of the book were more in the fashion of the author's Barbara Michaels persona. The book draws heavily on gothic romance influences more than her usual Victorian adventure fluff. Of course under both names she's ultimately writing mysteries and Love Talker doesn't disappoint. There are parts that are too drawn out or too rambling and the characterization isn't as strong as it is in some of her books but it's still a fun and easy read.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x951da414) out of 5 stars An excellent book by the best mystery author. 20 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a huge E. Peters fan, and this is one of my all-time favorites. It is classic Peters, with mystery, humor, culture, and history all wrapped into one entertaining read.
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