• Street of the Five Moons

  • The Second Vicky Bliss Mystery
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (686 ratings)

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Street of the Five Moons

By: Elizabeth Peters
Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
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Publisher's summary

The Charlemagne talisman, with its gold filigree volutes and enormous azure-blue sapphire, has caught Vicky Bliss' attention. When a man is found murdered with an enchanting copy of the antiquity in his pocket, along with an odd set of hieroglyphs, Vicky follows the trail of the gifted genius who created the fake to the narrow streets of the anitquity markets in Rome.

With her unusual qualifications, a doctorate in art history and the body of a movie goddess, Vicky is well equipped for getting the information she needs from anyone, particularly the older men who typically deal in antiques. But in #37 on the Street of the Five Moons, Vicky meets a dangerously exciting young Englishman, a man whose scruples are as questionable as his intelligence is keen.

Read by Barbara Rosenblat with the acclaimed talent that has made her Elizabeth Peters' only choice to read the Vicky Bliss series, Street of the Five Moons will delight the listener with a full measure of witty repartee and memorable characters.

Don't miss any of the mysteries in the Vicky Bliss series.
©1978 Elizabeth Peters (P)1994 Recorded Books, LLC

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Much better than the first Vicky Bliss

I started on this second book in the Vicky Bliss series rather uneasy. I wasn't sure if I really didn't care for the first book, or if it was just the way it was read that made me feel so down about it.

But I do love Elizabeth Peters Amelia Peabody series and figued I would try Vicky again with Ms. Rosenblat reading.

I am so glad I did. The story was very good, maybe even too short. I found myself just loving "John" and the ending was great.

It was FUN, it was interesting and it was READ REALLY WELL!

I recommend it to anyone who loves Elizabeth Peters. And there is enough background in it that you can just skip the first book in the series and start with this one. I wish I had done that.

:)
Mikki

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    5 out of 5 stars

Now this is where the series startes to take off

Here we have the introduction of John?s character, and the beginning of the best part of the series. It is such a great listen to, and one cannot help buy want to travel to Germany afterwards. More Nancy Drew style mysteries that are repeat listens!

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Peters and Rosenblat - an unbeatable combo

I am a dyed-in-the wool Amelia Peabody fan and have listened to Barbara's narration of all of that series over and over but this series comes off almost as well. In fact, although I own all of these titles in hardcopy, I much prefer the audio version. Rosenblat "becomes" the characters. You can't go wrong with this series for pure, unadulterated fun. I hate it when each book ends. Until Rosenblatt also narrates the Jacqueline Kirby books, I guess I'll just have to listen to all of these again - and again - and again.

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Beautiful Heroine Pursues Evil Art Forgers!

Vicky Bliss returns here in her second delightful caper -- this time in Rome, chasing down a ring of art-forgers. Previous reviewers who complained about the silliness of the Vicky Bliss series are missing the point ... or maybe lost their senses of humor. Elizabeth Peters -- the pen name for brilliant scholar Barbara Mertz -- is intentionally spoofing the romance/cliffhanger genre. Impossible, hairs-breadth escapes from certain death abound, as do hunky heroes with whom our beautiful heroine may engage in scintillating repartee, and nefarious villains hatching dastardly plots. Get it? Please don't try to take these novels seriously. Peters clearly had fun writing them, and wants us to have fun listening to them. Barbara Rosenblat provides exactly the right voices and accents to make that happen. If you are looking for a serious, educational, or edifying audiobook, skip the Vicky Bliss series. But if you want some light-hearted fun: Vicky Bliss, at your service. I would suggest starting with the first novel in the series, "Borrower of the Night," just to get the back-story, although you don't absolutely need to do so to enjoy "Street of the Five Moons." Just remember to bring your sense of humor.

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    1 out of 5 stars

The silliest thing I've ever wasted my time on

I'm sure it's meant to be funny, but it comes off silly and ridiculous. This author gets great reviews so I actually bought another of her books, and found it just as silly. No more for me!

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Love Vicky Bliss

I discovered this series several years ago and have yet to grow tired of it. The interplay between Vicky and John S. Is smart and funny. Great dialogue and story.

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    3 out of 5 stars

Old favorite, better in print

This novel is an old favorite of mine, and I've listened to two different audio versions of it (including this one).... neither of which is nearly as good as just reading it yourself.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Street of the Five Moons

Extremely interesting Suspense, escape, pursuit story that has interspersed humor from the authoress, Elizabeth Peters. A worthwhile read.

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Entertaining Jewelry Mystery, Witty Heroine

Amelia Peabody is Elizabeth Peters most popular series and, don't get me wrong, I love that series to death, but my favorite of the Elizabeth Peters' heroines and series is Vicky Bliss. The doctorate in art history and a job at a highly respected Munich museum goes right out the window with people the second they encounter the blond Viking bombshell and her wry sense of humor. On the side, she encounters mysteries and mayhem associated with the historical art and artifact world and with trusty eccentric boss Schmidt and gentleman thief John Smythe, Vicky's adventures delight me each time.

Street of the Five Moons is the second installment in a series that really must be read/listened to in order to get optimal enjoyment.

Vicky has her work under control and amuses herself writing a dirty novel and watching the latest caperings of her nutty boss, but Schmidt is all a-dither when he rushes into her office waving about a famous piece of historical jewelry. A man died in a nearby alley carrying a well-made fake of this piece that is housed in the museum. Vicky has no idea if she can get the answers, but a clue in a scrap of paper that was part of the dead man's possessions points to a famous street in Rome. So why not take an all-expenses paid trip to the Eternal City, soak up some sunshine and art, and dabble a bit in the mystery.

The humor in these books is what really grabs me. Vicky is loaded with wit and humor, has an amateur's luck in her detecting, but also a clever mind and keen observation skills that serve her well. I found her latest suspenseful encounter in Rome highly entertaining and particularly once the attractive artsy Robin Hood-esque, John Smythe bursts onto the scene.

Old-style, slow-burn and series long romantic suspense, light cozy mystery, and colorful, engaging characters made this a fun audio experience with Barbara Rosenblat, a favorite husky-voiced narrator telling the tale.

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Clever Dialogue

One of the best I've listened to in a log time. Jewels in Rome, real or imitation?

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