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The Dead Sea Cipher | [Elizabeth Peters]

The Dead Sea Cipher

Dinah Van der Lyn hears the cries for help through her hotel room wall, cries in English in the middle of Beirut. "Help" is the only English word spoken. She thinks the men are simply drunk and fighting. Her mistake is the first step on an odyssey of terror that will take Dinah to the fabled cities of Sidon, Tyro, Damascus.
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Dinah Van der Lyn hears the cries for help through her hotel room wall, cries in English in the middle of Beirut. "Help" is the only English word spoken. She thinks the men are simply drunk and fighting. Her mistake is the first step on an odyssey of terror that will take Dinah to the fabled cities of Sidon, Tyro, Damascus....

And then Jerusalem, racing through the twisting streets not knowing if the man she is following will lead her to safety...or into a deadly trap!

©1970 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1996 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Irwin Freehold, NJ, USA 11-18-06
    Irwin Freehold, NJ, USA 11-18-06
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    "Delightful"

    This is an early Peters, cast in the form of her non-series romantic, archaeological, mysteries. The girl is appealing, the men quickly sketched but suitably heroic or villainous depending on the role assigned them, and the romance is done with easy grace and suitable lightness to keep it from weighing down the story. Typically, there are interesting archaeological aspects although the basic Christian significance and supposed consequences of unraveling the cypher never were clear to me. For those who share the background of the characters religious perspective that may not be a problem. The reader is not Barbara Rosenblatt but does a good job nonetheless. The pace is swift, the cast of characters, split between interesting and essentially blurred depending on their role in the story.All in all, I can recommend this one to all Elizabeth Peters, Barbara Michaels, readers, and to anyone who likes a sproutly, what once were called, "Lady in Distress" books which are in a humorous rather than high suspense mode.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 12-21-11
    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 12-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Always good!"

    Elizabeth Peters is always good! She is able to create characters who engage the reader and keep it interesting but a little daring. Her women are always worth knowing, her knowledge of the background info, a touch of romance, but not too sappy! Keep writing Elizabeth, I will buy them all!

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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 12-17-12
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Mediocre."

    I usually enjoy Ms Peters novels. However, I must say this one was not her best at all. However, it was written back in 1970 and must have been one of her first attempts. She's gotten much better since then!

    The plot was ok, but the story-telling was jumbled in places. The romance was ok as well, but the mystery didn't seem to build to the climax.

    No, I wouldn't recommend it.. I'd recommend some of her more recent offerings.

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