Who stole one of Egypt's most priceless treasures? That is the question that haunts the authorities after a distinguished British gentleman with an upper-crust accent cons his way past a security guard and escapes into the desert carrying a world-famous, one-of-a-kind historic relic. But the Egyptian authorities and Interpol believe they know the identity of the culprit. The brazen crime bears all the earmarks of the work of one "Sir John Smythe", the suave and dangerously charming international art thief who is, in fact, John Tregarth, the longtime significant other of Vicky Bliss. But John swears he is retired - not to mention innocent - and he vows to clear his name by hunting down the true criminal.
Vicky's faith in her man's integrity leaves her no choice but to take a hiatus from her position at a leading Munich museum and set out for the Middle East. Vicky's employer, the eminent Herr Doktor Anton Z. Schmidt, rotund gourmand and insatiable adventurer, decides to join the entourage.
But dark days and myriad dangers await them in this land of intriguing antiquity. Each uncovered clue seems to raise even more questions for the intrepid Vicky - the most troubling being, Where is John going during his increasingly frequent and unexplained absences?
The stakes are elevated considerably when a ransom note arrives, accompanied by a grisly memento intended to speed up negotiations - because now it appears that murder most foul has been added to the equation.
Don't miss any of the mysteries in the Vicky Bliss series.
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The Vicki Bliss series has always been my favorite of Elizabeth Peter's work. I am so glad she revisited Vicki. The trip back has been wonderful. Look for the other titles, Borrower of the Night, Street of Five Moons, Silhouette in Scarlet, Night Train to Memphis, Trojan Gold. These earlier works are somewhat dated, but great stories all the same.
It's clear even from the prologue that the author, reaching the end of her career, decided to just plain have fun with this one. Alphabet Schmidt! The journal-thief! John's antecedents! It's basically all that a fan could ask for. I think I'll enjoy it even more on the relistening, now that I know which characters to trust (something that in Vicky Bliss novels in particular always makes first listens problematic). Super fun.
Vicky Bliss is one of my favorite characters. Her stories are funny and serious and full of action. I wish there were more in the series, and hope there are more to come. This one is set in current time, so that cell phones are involved. Great book.
This is not the "best" Elizabeth Peters novel in terms of complexity of character development or literary merit. It is, however, the funniest thing that she has ever written -- the author's ebullient satire of Vicky, Amelia and even herself. I loved the book, I love Vicky, I adore Amelia and embrace Mrs. Mertz, who deserves to have the most famous swordsman in Europe as her adoring admirer. This fast-moving farcical thriller will be celebrated most by the millions of fans of Vicky Bliss and Amelia Peabody, but it can be appreciated by anyone whose sense of adventure is as broad as her sense of the absurd.
After too long of an absence Elizabeth peters returns us to the world of everyone's favorite art historian Dr. Bliss. If you enjoyed her earlier books you will love this one. It is full of all the stock characters we've come to know and love. Elizabeth brings us breakneck adventure and intrigue without insulting our intelligence. I can recommend without any hesitation that others buy this book.
I'm a long time fan of the author and she has definitely done better stuff. Had I gone in not expecting much, I wouldn't have been nearly as disappointed, and it is coloring my point of view. That being said, I'm glad I didn't wait for the paperback.
Her others in this series are far more engaging stories. For the majority of the book, the characters have no hope of solving the mystery and spend time brooding and chastising each other. I shared in the frustration and hopelessness of the characters. There are few clues to keep you interested and little suspense to keep you going. Some of the best characters are absent for nearly the entire book.
Clever, Funny, & Surprising
Especially fun for Amelia Peabody fans!
She's the best and she hasn't disappointed.
It would be a spoiler so I'm not Saying.
I listened to it once then started it over again. There was so much you could miss with just one listening.
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The Vicky Bliss series is a fun distraction but not as good as the Amelia Peabody series. I like Vicky the art historian who keeps getting into trouble and John the art theft who keeps getting her out of trouble. But I love goofy and brilliant Anton Schmidt and would love to get a pint with him. This installment has a very different feel from the first five books, but it is still highly enjoyable. Barbara Rosenblat is always wonderful, but she reads the first half of this book a little to fast.
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