Enemy in the House - Mignon G. Eberhart - E-Book
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During the American Revolution, a woman fights to save her family. Several years have passed since American colonists rose up against the tyranny of King George III, yet the war has no end in sight. As the struggle drags on, colonial commander George Washington's army supports itself by seizing land from those loyal to the Crown. In South Carolina, rebel leaders have their eyes on the Mallam estate, whose owner has fled to Jamaica, leaving his daughter Amity to manage the plantation. As a last-ditch effort to save her family's land, she marries Simon Mallam, a cousin and a rebel, then travels to Jamaica to learn if her father is alive or dead. There she finds no less turmoil than she left behind. Her father's sugar plantation, Mallam Penn, is in danger. If the Mallam family is to have any future in the new world, one woman must stave off the armies of two nations. Review Quote. "Commendable." - The New York Times "Intriguing." - Houston Chronicle "One of the most thorough and ingenious plotters in the trade." - The New Yorker Biographical note. Mignon G. Eberhart (1899-1996) wrote dozens of mystery novels over a nearly six decade-long career. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, she began writing in high school, trading English essays to her fellow students in exchange for math homework. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, and in the 1920s began writing fiction in her spare time, publishing her first novel, The Patient in Room 18, in 1929. With the follow-up, While The Patient Slept (1931), she won a §5,000 Scotland Yard Prize, and by the end of the 1930's was one of the most popular female mystery writers on the planet. Before Agatha Christie ever published a Miss Marple novel, Eberhart was writing romantic crime fiction with female leads. Eight of her books, including While the Patient Slept and Hasty Wedding (1938) were adapted as films. Made a Mystery Writers of America grandmaster in 1971, Eberhart continued publishing roughly a book a year until the 1980s. Her final novel Three Days for Emeralds, was published in 1988.

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During the American Revolution, a woman fights to save her family

Several years have passed since American colonists rose up against the tyranny of King George III, yet the war has no end in sight. As the struggle drags on, colonial commander George Washington’s army supports itself by seizing land from those loyal to the Crown. In South Carolina, rebel leaders have their eyes on the Mallam estate, whose owner has fled to Jamaica, leaving his daughter Amity to manage the plantation. As a last-ditch effort to save her family’s land, she marries Simon Mallam, a cousin and a rebel, then travels to Jamaica to learn if her father is alive or dead.

There she finds no less turmoil than she left behind. Her father’s sugar plantation, Mallam Penn, is in danger. If the Mallam family is to have any future in the new world, one woman must stave off the armies of two nations.

Review quote

“Commendable.” - The New York Times

“Intriguing.” - Houston Chronicle

“One of the most thorough and ingenious plotters in the trade.” - The New Yorker

Biographical note

About the Author

Mignon G. Eberhart (1899–1996) wrote dozens of mystery novels over nearly sixty years. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, she began writing in high school, swapping English essays with her fellow students in exchange for math homework. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, and in the 1920s began writing fiction in her spare time, publishing her first novel, The Patient in Room 18, in 1929. With the follow-up, While the Patient Slept (1931), she won a $5,000 Scotland Yard Prize, and by the end of the 1930s she was one of the most popular female mystery writers on the planet.

Before Agatha Christie ever published a Miss Marple novel, Eberhart wrote romantic crime fiction with female leads. Eight of her books, including While the Patient Slept and Hasty Wedding (1938), were adapted for film. Elected a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master in 1971, Eberhart continued publishing roughly a book a year until the 1980s. Her final novel, Three Days for Emeralds, was published in 1988.

Enemy in the House

Mignon G. Eberhart

 

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THE FIRELIGHT ROSE AND fell. It picked out gold lettering on a rank of leather-bound books, glinted against a silver inkstand, touched the red hair of the man seated in the great chair. His face was in the shadow of the wing of the chair; his hand lay on the arm of the chair and the light wavered over a carnelian seal ring; as a boy he had worn the ring on his third finger but it was now wedged on his little finger. The rest of the room was in shadows. It was not yet time for the house to take on another, secret character but the short winter twilight was thickening.

The man in the wing chair said at last, “It won’t work, Amity.”

“You could do worse,” she said shortly.

He laughed and fell silent. She wished that he would move so she could see his face. Life was not fair to women, she thought dismally. If she’d been a man now, she could have spoken the truth: I need you, I need your help, but I would never have turned to you like this, if I didn’t love you. Astute as Simon was, this clearly did not enter his red head. So pride alone demanded that she keep this interview on a sternly practical level.

The fire sighed and a wind moved the heavy red curtains. It was a cold day, unusually cold for December twenty-first; it had been an early and unusually cold winter. In the north, it was said, the snows had begun in November and already rivers and creeks were frozen solid. Pride or no pride there was something Amity had to know; she spoke in what she hoped was a light and casual manner. “Have you found a wife then? Have you found a sweetheart?”

“Why, you’ve always been my sweetheart.”

“Don’t tease, Simon.” No good was going to come of this.

He said more soberly, “To tell you the truth, I never thought to marry—certainly not until the war is over. But it won’t work. There’s nothing in the world I can do for your father.”

“Oh! You knew then why—”

“I didn’t know why you sent for me. Your father forbade me this house three years ago. But there is clearly a reason for your very flattering suggestion. That is the reason. Isn’t it?”

His face was still in the shadow. She waited a moment to test his voice. She tried to plumb the firelit space between them, for some significance, a question within a question which she longed to find.

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!

Lesen Sie weiter in der vollständigen Ausgabe!