Baker & Taylor Concerned for her preschooler twins' safety in the face of tales about a pale, blood-stained figure lurking in the nearby woods, Lori consults with her not-quite-departed Aunt Dimity and stumbles upon the truth about a forty-year-old murder.
Blackwell North Amer Lori Shepherd's life in England couldn't be more tranquil or more satisfying - except for one thing. Her five-year-old twins have started school, and Lori fears they'll catch everything from the flu to fleas. What they do come home with, however, is worse: a report of a pale, cloaked figure with bloodstained lips lurking in the woods. Have Will and Rob had a close encounter with a vampire? Lori is skeptical at first but soon grows concerned enough to consult with her late (but not entirely departed) Aunt Dimity and her dear friend Kit Smith. The hunt leads Lori to the campsite of Leo, a charming vagabond just returned to England after forty years of self-imposed exile, and to Hilltop Farm, where the bitter old crone Lizzie Black tells bloodcurdling tales about a family Lori's never met - the DuCarals of Aldercot Hall. Could Lizzie's tales be true? Are the DuCarals the direct descendants of the most famous vampire of them all - Count Dracula? With Kit's help - and Aunt Dimity's - Lori discovers the twisted family secrets concealed in Aldercot Hall, unearths the truth about the mysterious murder that took place there forty years ago, and shocks everyone - including herself - by revealing the true identity of the twins' vampire.
Baker & Taylor Her paranoia regarding her preschooler twins' safety erupting in the face of tales about a pale, blood-stained figure lurking in the nearby woods, Lori consults with her not-quite-departed Aunt Dimity and eventually stumbles upon a charismatic vagabond, a bitter old woman, and the truth about a forty-year-old murder. 35,000 first printing.