The Dancing Floor

The Dancing Floor

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Grieving over her father's untimely death, Heather Tradescent embarks on a tour of England's historic gardens, an odyssey that leads to Troytan House, its intriguing lord of the manor, chilling tales of local witchcraft, and murder

Blackwell North Amer
For years, Heather Tradescant had dreamed of the journey she and her father would take to England - a pilgrimage to the great gardens of history. But now that her father is dead, Heather is determined to fulfill his dreams, although the trip won't be the same without him.
To Heather's annoyance, her request to see the fabled seventeenth-century garden of Troytan House is denied by the owner, a millionaire industrialist. Stubbornly, Heather is determined to infiltrate the manor's defenses, and she is shocked to discover part of Troytan's famous garden overgrown with a thicket of thorns that seems almost malevolent in its resistance to her intrusion. After she braves the wall of briars and reaches the Victorian manor house beyond, she senses a strange miasma of evil lurking, tainting its peaceful beauty.
For reasons Heather cannot comprehend, the reclusive owner seems all too pleased to meet her, but his enthusiasm rings false. Heather begins to wonder whether it is only stories of long-vanished witchcraft that haunt Troytan House and the village beyond or whether there is some more modern evil nearer at hand and far, far more dangerous.

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Grieving over her father's untimely death, Heather Tradescent embarks on a tour of England's historic gardens, an odyssey that leads to Troytan House, its intriguing lord of the manor, chilling tales of local witchcraft, and murder. 100,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo. Lit Guild & Doubleday.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 1997
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060177645
0060177640
9780061092541
0061092541
Branch Call Number: FIC Mi 1997
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 25 cm

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CRRL_VirginiaJohnson Jun 08, 2017

Barbara Michaels (also known as Elizabeth Peters) wrote excellent romantic suspense novels, and this one is no exception. A clumsy, attractive, intelligent heroine with a chip on her shoulder plunges through a tangled garden maze and onto the lawn of handsome millionaire whose nose is rather out of joint at having his breakfast interrupted. Complications ensue involving centuries-old witch stories and supernatural presences, as well as plain, old evil. A good beach or cabin read.

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KatherineHere
Apr 25, 2016

This is a nice cozy mystery written by our dearly departed Elizabeth Peters, aka Barbara Mertz, aka Barbara Michaels. It's about an American girl who has suffered the loss of her father and travels to the English countryside to seek out lost great gardens, an interest she shared with her father. There is particular emphasis on garden mazes and Wiccans.

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guinea3
Feb 09, 2015

This is the 2nd book I've read by this author. She seems to have trouble getting to the point, leaves loose ends and then may add something right at the end for which there is little to no foundation. It was a slow read for these reasons.

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