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Alfred A. Knopf, 2003 - Fiction - 293 pages
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An elegant debut novel about a once grand Philadelphia mansion called Calpurnia; its owner, a painter and pa-
trician matriarch who has recently died under mysterious circumstances; and the woman over-seeing the disposal of the estate, who unravels the secrets and intrigues hidden away in the hundred-year-old house.
Elizabeth Oliver arrives at Calpurnia to manage the sale but soon finds herself piecing together the mysterious life of Maribel Archibald Davies and her heirs: the prodigal, tennis-playing heir apparent; the fashionable niece,
designated as the estate's executor; the loyal neighbor and keeper of the Maribel Davies flame; Davies's heartbroken longtime lover; and the famous portraitist with whom Davies had an affair-become-scandal. Each of them makes one last visit to Calpurnia, and with each arrival, Elizabeth is drawn further into the family's intrigues and mysteries, and closer to a revelation of its secrets.
Combining a contemporary sensibility with a rich, timeless gift for storytelling, Anne Scott has given us a classic, uniquely imagined tale of suspense.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A fastidious first novel of objets d'art unearths ancestral secrets of a once-great Philadelphia house.The estate sale of Villa Calpurnia (pretentiously named after Caesar's conniving wife) brings ... Read full review


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Upstairs, Downstairs meets Agatha Christie in this charming debut novel. Set in a once elegant Philadelphia mansion called Calpurnia, the action transpires in the months following the death of owner ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Anne Scott was born and raised in New York City. She has an M.A. in medical anthropology and has worked for the New York City Transit Police, the New York City Board of Education, and the New York City Partnership. This is her first novel.

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