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Trojan Gold: The Fourth Vicky Bliss Mystery | [Elizabeth Peters]

Trojan Gold: The Fourth Vicky Bliss Mystery

Adventure and romance enter Vicky Bliss' life in the form of a black-and-white photograph of a woman covered from head to toe in gold jewels. This "Trojan Gold" has an intriguing history, but it is the envelope that piques Vicky's curiosity. It is a grimy brown, with no return address, and it appears to have been soaked in blood.
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Adventure and romance enter Vicky Bliss' life in the form of a black-and-white photograph of a woman covered from head to toe in gold jewels. This "Trojan Gold" has an intriguing history, but it is the envelope that piques Vicky's curiosity. It is a grimy brown, with no return address, and it appears to have been soaked in blood.

Don't miss any of the mysteries in the Vicky Bliss series.

©1987 Elizabeth Peters; (P)2004 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"A thriller from start to finish." (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
"Wit, charm, and romance in equal measures." (San Diego Union)

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    SnideSide Full time RV'er, USA 04-07-06
    SnideSide Full time RV'er, USA 04-07-06 Member Since 2009

    SnideSide

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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"

    The setting is a German museum, where our sleuth gets a photo of an ancient treasure in the mail. The envelope is tinged with blood and on closer inspection, the treasure in shown being worn by a contemporary woman....and our sleuth is off to a ski chalet in the mountains of Germany chasing clues. Followed by a known jewel thief and an unknown treasure hunter, Vicky tries to track down the ancient gold of Troy. She also has to worry about keeping her boss, a funny litte Santa of a man who fancies he is Sherlock Holmes, and herself safe. Amongst all this treasure hunting, we are treated to a wonderful description of Christmas in a small German town, and a variety of characters that are fun to meet. As usual, Barbara Rosenblatt is an awesome reader.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William White 04-23-05
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    "Trojan Gold"

    Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series is my favorite; however, the Vicky Bliss series is very good also. I especially liked Tojan Gold because it best features Vicky's boss, Herr Professor Schmidt, a truly hilarious character that needs to be featured more often.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Edmund waukegan, IL, USA 08-25-04
    Edmund waukegan, IL, USA 08-25-04
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    "I was SOOOO happy with this book"

    Ok I will admit that after the third book I was getting REAL familiar with the formula of the series. I was chalking it up to the fact that I plowed through the whole series in one go, but this one changed my mind. Of course we have the great-established set of characters that we have come to love, but we also have a very different end to the book. It does not clean up neatly, and I must say that I still love John?s ?Marry Poppins? comings and goings.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Leanna Tooele, UT, United States 04-28-11
    Leanna Tooele, UT, United States 04-28-11 Member Since 2008

    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.

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    "Best in the series"

    This is a series about Vicky who is a trouble-prone art historian and John the art theft who keeps getting Vicky out of trouble. In this installment, Vicky and her boss, Anton Schmidt, are looking for the legendary gold of Troy. I think this is the best book in the series, because it really does portrait the cold war accurately. Trojan Gold took me back to a Reagan world. It was a fun visit, but I am so glad it is gone. Schmidt is also a central character in this book. And I am so glad he is, because he is the best part of this series. Barbara Rosenblat is always wonderful!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kourosh Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 11-21-07
    Kourosh Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 11-21-07 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved!"

    Combine Elizabeth Peters story telling abilities with Barbara Rosenblat's performances and you get Magic! I have listened to all these series and Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody mysteries performed by Barbara Rosenblat and you just can't miss. It's addicting....I highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 04-28-11
    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 04-28-11 Member Since 2008

    I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!

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    "Best in the series"

    This is a series about Vicky who is a trouble-prone art historian and John the art theft who keeps getting Vicky out of trouble. In this installment, Vicky and her boss, Anton Schmidt, are looking for the legendary gold of Troy. I think this is the best book in the series, because it really does portrait the cold war accurately. Trojan Gold took me back to a Reagan world. It was a fun visit, but I am so glad it is gone. Schmidt is also a central character in this book. And I am so glad he is, because he is the best part of this series. Barbara Rosenblat is always wonderful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 05-28-15
    Pamela 05-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Vicky Bliss is a spunky heroine"

    It is hard to believe this is from the same author as the Amelia Peabody series. Although both female leads are smart and successful, Vicky Bliss is much more to my taste. She, and the story, are much more modern that the Egyptologist's world Amelia lives in. I was pleased this story is about the Trojan gold discovered by Heinrich Schliemann in the 1870s - one of my favorite adventures in archeology. Unfortunately, Vicky takes many foolish decisions, putting herself and the ones she loves at risk (why do so many heroes take steps that leave the reader shouting "don't do it!"?). But it all comes out well in the end: the mystery is solved and she finds herself realizing that she loves and is loved by her many friends. A fun story. The narration clearly differentiates between the characters and adds a little personality to each.

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    Jill Stevenson 02-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "these books are my guilty pleasure "

    there I have an unreasonable love for these books. they make me very very happy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Snoodely 01-07-13
    Snoodely 01-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Vicky Goes for the Gold"

    Elizabeth Peters' Vicky Bliss series mercilessly spoofs the (eminently spoofable) romance genre of novel-writing. With "Trojan Gold," she takes the spoof right over the top, plop into romance. Yes, the elusive Sir John finally declares his love for Vicky, our beautiful heroine. "Trojan Gold" refers back, multiple times, to "Borrower of the Night," the first novel in the Vicky Bliss series; so you will want to listen to that entry, at least, before starting this one. (I advise listening to them all, in sequence, for the most fun.) "Trojan Gold" has more length and more plot complexity than the previous entries, and, therefore even more entertainment value. Yet, despite the light-hearted fluffiness of the Vicky Bliss series, Peters' intelligence and skill always shine through. In order to distinguish her fiction from her scholarly tomes, prolific author and eminent Egyptology scholar Barbara Mertz uses the pen name "Elizabeth Peters" for her Amelia Peabody series, her Vicky Bliss series, her Jacqueline Kirby series, and many other stand-alone novels. She also writes spoof-gothic fiction under the pen name "Barbara Michaels." (I have set myself the pleasant task of listening to every one of this brilliant woman's novels. I'll probably pass on the scholarly tomes.) Taken in conjunction with Barbara Rosenblat's inspired narration, you can hardly do better. Go for it.

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    Rose-Mary King Casper Wyoming 12-06-12
    Rose-Mary King Casper Wyoming 12-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Peters & Rosenblat - winners!"
    If you could sum up Trojan Gold in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful, humorous, romantic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Professor Schmidt - someone I would like to know in real life.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    She has the wonderful ability with her voice to keep the characters straight in the listener's mind even if she doesn't say who is speaking.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to alot of Elizabeth Peters books, especially the Amelia Peabody Emerson series. A couple of Peters' books in the Vickie Bliss series are read by another narrator and just don't "cut the mustard"! Too bad - I've missed out on Vickie's adventures!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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