Vanishing Act (Sisterhood Series #15)

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It’s a hot, sunny afternoon on the mountain top, and the sisters are enjoying sitting around the pool chatting and laughing, frosty glasses of lemonade to keep them cool and relaxed. It’s a welcome hiatus after their last harrowing mission, and the only cloud over the happy occasion is that Charles, their mentor, is still mysteriously absent.

But amid the friendly bickering about who’s going to make dinner and what that might be, the Ladies of Pinewood receive some dreadful ...

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Overview

It’s a hot, sunny afternoon on the mountain top, and the sisters are enjoying sitting around the pool chatting and laughing, frosty glasses of lemonade to keep them cool and relaxed. It’s a welcome hiatus after their last harrowing mission, and the only cloud over the happy occasion is that Charles, their mentor, is still mysteriously absent.

But amid the friendly bickering about who’s going to make dinner and what that might be, the Ladies of Pinewood receive some dreadful news: Harry Wong — Yoko’s true love and a staunch supporter of the Sisterhood — has become the victim of a ruthless identity theft ring. Harry’s bank accounts have been closed out, his beloved dojo is being foreclosed, and he’s being evicted. Distraught, Yoko is about to rush down the mountain to Harry’s aid when the Sisters intercept her. A situation like Harry’s requires finesse, careful planning, and the Sisterhood’s distinctive brand of vigilante justice…

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594465294
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Fern Michaels
FERN MICHAELS is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood series, Mr. and Miss Anonymous, Up Close and Personal, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is apassionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret.

Biography

Born Mary Ruth Kuczkir in Hastings, Pennsylvania, Fern Michaels was married and the mother of five before she embarked on her long, successful writing career – a career that began with something midway between a challenge and a command. When her youngest child went off to kindergarten, Michaels's husband imperiously ordered her (in just so many words) to get off her ass and get a job. Long years in the domestic trenches had left her short on marketable skills, so she decided trade off her lifelong love of reading and write a book. Just like that. The domineering, unsupportive husband is history. And Michaels has gone on to pen bestselling romance after bestselling romance. Just like that..

With typical modesty, Michaels does not claim to be a great writer; however, she admits proudly to being a born storyteller. Her bulging bookshelf proves she is all over the map, producing with equal facility hot historicals, lighthearted contemporary capers, adrenaline-laced thrillers, and heartwarming tales of family and friendship. She is especially adept at writing stories about women who prevail in hard times – a reflection, perhaps, of her own struggles in her marriage and early career.

Raised to believe that the fortunate in life have an obligation to give back, Michaels devotes a lot of time to philanthropic concerns. She has established a foundation that grants four-year scholarships to needy students and has set up pre-schools and daycare centers for single mothers. She is also an avid animal lover and has been known to own as many as five dogs at a time.

In 1993, Michaels picked up stakes and moved from her home in New Jersey to a 300-year-old plantation house in Charleston, South Carolina. She and the dogs share the house amicably with a friendly ghost whom Fern has dubbed Mary Margaret. In addition to stopping clocks and moving pillows from room to room, Mary Margaret has been known to occasionally leave flowers on Michaels's nightstand!

Good To Know

Michaels confesses in our interview: "I'm a junk food junkie and a chocoholic. My desk drawers have more junk food in them than paper and pens. I chomp and chew all day long. At night I get up and eat Marshmallow Fluff right out of the jar. In between eating, I write."

Her first "sort of, kind of job" was in market research. Michaels recounts the gig's low-point in our interview: "I had a partner and we were testing a new pressurized drain cleaner. All you had to do was put this can in the drain, squeeze and supposedly the drain would open right up. It did, all right.

"The whole wall collapsed, and stuff that was in there for a hundred years flew everywhere. The lady didn't tell us the drain backed up to her kitchen drain and disposal. The company didn't care that we smelled like a sewer or that our clothes were ruined. The lady got a new bathroom, and we both got fired."

Michaels reveals some of her sources of inspiration: "Inspiration comes from everywhere. The title for Finders Keepers came from a cartoon with two chipmunks that my grandson was watching. I had a title but no story. I finally came up with one to fit that wonderful title.

"Names for characters sometime come from television. I had a character named Metaxis which is odd to begin with. There is a news anchor on T.V. who has that same last name. Sometimes it will just be a word someone says in passing, something I read or saw. There's no rhyme or reason to it. It's almost like, okay, I need something here, stay alert and it will happen."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Kuczkir
    2. Hometown:
      Summerville, South Carolina
    1. Education:
      High School

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  • Posted November 30, 2009

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    Over the top as usual, this is a fun Sisterhood entry

    After successfully completing their last mission without their mentor Charles Martin (see Under the Radar), who remains missing, the Sisterhood decides to celebrate at their getaway on Big Pine Mountain anyway as he would have expected that of them. As Charles comes home to them, his reception is a bit cold until Yoko welcomes him back. However the pre gala amiable bickering comes to an abrupt halt when Jack Emery calls his fiancée Nikki to tell her Yoko's beloved Harry Wong lost everything including his dojo to an identity theft ring.

    Outraged, the Sisterhood vows to not just get Harry back his money and his dojo, they plan to steal the identities of the thieves. With help from their journalist pal Maggie and with Charles back in the fold, they begin their vendetta.

    Over the top as usual, this is a fun Sisterhood entry with the ladies doing their typical mission impossible escapades. The story line is fast-paced though even fans of the previous thirteen entries will need a scorecard to keep track of the good gals. Still with a terrific surprising coda, fans will relish the latest avenging exploits of the Sisterhood.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Rrssz

    Loieqp.h

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Great Quick Read

    I just finished all 20 .. yes, all 20 books in the Sisterhood Series. If you are looking for fun fast reads, pick up a 'sisters' book and follow their lives. You'll enjoy them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Pooo

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Love the whole series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    highly recommened

    This is the best series I've ever read. Ferm Michaels is my favorite author.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    Recommended

    The Sisterhood books may not be great literature, but if you want fun reads these books are right up your alley. It really is nice to see the "good girls" win.

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  • Posted August 29, 2010

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    Not the Best Sisterhood Book

    I liked that Charles returned but where was the drama? Let's face it if a man leaves and returns suddenly there is drama? The rest of the book was a little dull. The other Sisterhood books were so much more exciting.

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  • Posted July 10, 2010

    FERN MICHAELS SISTERHOOD SERIES

    GREAT BOOKS, FUN TO READ, NOT REALISTIC PLOTS AND THAT MAKES THE READING INTERESTING....DIFFERENT IS FUN!!!! I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SISTERHOOD #14!
    FERN MICHAELS HAS A GREAT STYLE AND IMAGINATION!!

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    Immature is a kind description

    I've never read Fern Michaels before, and if this is an example of her talent, I never will again. The characters are not believable, or likeable; the plot is foolish; the narrative and "conversations" are immature; a huge waste of my money and time.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    Not Impressed with the Sisterhood

    I have read several books by Fern Michaels and I was eager to read this one since I have not read any of the "sisterhood" books. I don't think I will bother to read any of the others since I did not like this one.
    I thought the characters were very one dimensional and way too many to keep track of. None of the sisters appealed to me or gave me any reason to care about them. I did like Maggie and Lizzie; maybe Michaels should write a book involving them and dump the sisterhood.
    I felt the plot was very thin and too much junk added to fill in the story and make it longer than 30 pages.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2010

    Vanish Act

    I love the sisterhood books. When I am done with the new one, can't wait for the next one to come out.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    Not up to par

    Sorry, but this is not one of her best. I really think it is time to pardon the 'sisters' and let them get on with their life.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    Disappointment

    For the first time I felt left hanging at the punishment. Pay back is one thing, but letting them offf the hook that way was disappointing. In the earlier stories nothing was left to my imagination. Need more details in the conclusion. The return of Charles was a surprise. He caved in to soon on why he was away for so long. To many details in the wrong places.

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

    Another Great Sisterhood Series.

    I am a true fan of Fern Michaels. I truly love anything she writes, and of course this is another great one in the Sisterhood Series. Keep up the fantastic work you do Fran.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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