From the moment she stepped into the pagan darkness and discovered the corpse of the repulsive Albert, one of her fellow students, she was afraid. Not even the comforting presence of the perceptive and practical Jacqueline Kirby could erase the fear which was nourished by one small accident after another. "Accidents" which come dreadfully close to killing her.
Someone was stalking Jean, someone ruthless and determined. Before long she could see no chance of rescue from the ever-present terror...no hope of escape...nothing but death...
©1972 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1997 Blackstone Audiobooks
Elizabeth Peter's novels that feature Kirby are both entertaining and full of twists. The plots are much easier to follow in an audio book than her somewhat ponderous Egyptian series with Peabody. Kirby adds a quirky humorous anti-heroine slant, taking the endangered young art history student Jean under her protection when she becomes a target for a murderer. Peters makes very believable the group of students who are at once competitors and allies in their desire to get continued funding for their studies in Rome. Ancient art history and those who spend their lives exploring it are both much more accessible in this story. Even my teenage son wanted to listen when I had it on in the car. I rather hated for the book to end, and wish Peters' later novels were more like this one.
I'm going through the Elizabeth Peters canon, and going from one of her last books (the last Vicky Bliss) to one of her first, the mastery of decades regrettably shows. The Seventh Sinner was okay for a long drive, but the third person narration and the bland heroine (can I call her that, if she's nothing more than a victim?) rob the book of much of the humor characteristic to Peters' others. Rather than continuing on to the next Jacqueline Kirby, I'm going to revisit all the Amelia Peabody's. The first two minutes of Crocodile on the Sandbank were a physical relief after The Seventh Sinner.
Like many of you, I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audiobooks allow me to keep up with my favorite authors. I am currently listening to 'Undead and Unstable' by MaryJanice Davidson, because 'Yours, Mine and Ours' is still not available. Grrr.
This series follows the adventures of Jacqueline Kirby who is an eccentric, middle-aged librarian with a burgeoning penchant for romance and knack for criminal inquiry. Elizabeth Peters consistently produces publications containing dryly humorous and witty characters with one or two cornballs. Furthermore, her novels always contain a cornucopia of historical information making them enlightening as well as entertaining. The Jacqueline Kirby series adheres to this formula and is a fantastic way to kill a few hours at the gym or on a road trip.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
When I heard Barbara Mertz died on August 8, 2013, I looked her books up to see if there was any I had missed reading. Mertz wrote under the name Elizabeth Peter and Barbara Michaels. Under Peter’s she is well known the Abigail Peabody series and under Michaels the Vicky Bliss series. Mertz was an archeologist who wrote mystery novels with an archeology background. I had never heard of the Jacqueline Kirby books until now. I had read all the other books so decided to give the Kirby book a try. Mertz provided a great deal of Roman history in a sort of sightseeing trip about Rome with Kirby and the group of graduate students. Kirby had a dry since of humor and the student’s were quick with the witty replies made for a few good laughs while reading. The mystery seemed to be secondary to the history of Rome and the interaction of the group of students. I was about 2/3 the way through the story before I thought I had figured who did it but the reason why was a surprise. I had thought there was not much of a plot to the story but obviously I was wrong. Thought it was great the hero was a librarian. Grace Conlin did a good job narrating the story.
A fun romp from Ms Peters with the usual dollop of history. I enjoyed it very much. I also enjoyed Grace Colin's narration. She does a fine Jacqueline Kirby. A nice little mystery with an ending I didn't guess as well.
Through the Looking Glass - Down the Rabbit Hole
Wow, was the narrator, Grace Conlin, bad. Dana was English, the accent varied. Jacqueline and Jean were one voice. The chapters numbers repeated for some odd reason. Pass on anything from this narrator.
I really struggled with the story due to the poor narration. Took me a month for a 6 hour book. Normally I'm buying extra credits but not this month.
I'm a HUGE Elizabeth Peters fan. I typically have a unequivocal requirement that her stories be read by Barbara Rosenblat. I broke my rule and suffered. Sadly there are close to a dozen Audibles by Elizabeth Peters narrated by Grace Conlin meaning I won't hear a one. In fact I'm returning book 2 and possibly this one.
This book was interesting but a very slow starter
Ive already read two of the Amelia Peabody series and enjoyed them more than this one
The narrator did the best she could with the weak material
Mqybe, but I would want to see the cast first
After introduction to Elizabeth Peters I was constantly searching for more. Her stories are different , traveling to many places. Intriguing, always with a twist. I love the laughter, suspense, and a good mystery!
I love Elizabeth Peters books on Amelia Peabody
Amelia felt real yes she was a eccentric but those characters felt like alive.
I knew this character was different and point in history but it never grabbed me. In fact took two tries to get through it completely.
The plot lacked a flow in many ways it was horribly boring. I will try Vicki bliss but I doubt I'd give Kirby another chance.
It might have been better to read the book I got the feeling grace was getting bored and it was a real choir to just read another sentence.
I wonder if this was Elizabeth peters first book it felt that way little to "just the facts ma'am ".
Carolyn hart has that problem to some spots seem to have no directions and then one chapter just overloads you with information off a page but somehow I still like them even if that one chapter I just dread.
Short if my opinion matters to anyone I would not buy this if your familiar with Elizabeth peters work.
If seven sinners had been my first book I'd have never pick another book of hers up.
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