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Publisher's Summary

It was a dream come true. Susan loved all things Scottish. So, when the opportunity presented itself, there was no question in her mind that she would go on the archaeological dig in the Highlands.

A cryptic message slipped to Susan by a sinister soap box orator was the first puzzle. Why did he choose her? Why was he chasing her? And why were she and the handsome young laird Jamie Erskine suddenly being pursued by the police who wanted to talk to them about...murder?

"Jamie stood by the desk. 'You aren't afraid of me, are you?'"

Susan considered the question. It was the first time it had occurred to her that she might have reasons to be afraid; but the accumulated facts suddenly washed over her and took her breath away.

©1976 Elizabeth Peters (P)1997 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"An adroit mix of glamour and suspense." (Publishers Weekly)
"Grace Conlin's narration conveys the foreign atmosphere that surrounds the history and legend embodied in the story. Her voice captures each scene and character with appealing accents and emotions." (AudioFile)
"Grace Conlin's facility for dialect enriches this pleasant mystery....Her rich, deep voice effortlessly imparts life to the variety of accents and ages." (Library Journal)

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Wadie
  • Santa Ana, CA, United States
  • 11-28-09

Ms Peters is always fun!

This is a ride through the history of Scotland, done "Elizabeth Peters" style. Even though some of the story can be dated, one doesn't mind. It is more like a trip into a different time. Ms Conlin does her usual fine job of narration. Ms Peters writes just to the near side of parody. I prefer a narrator like Ms Conlin who doesn't push the verbiage over the edge.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Did not want to put it down.

I found this to be an action-packed tale and thoroughly enjoyed the narrator. I have been listening to the Amelia Peabody-Emerson books and while interesting, they have very similar plots and not a great deal of action. This was a nice change. Characters w/ a sense of humor even more witty than the above mentioned series.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Paula
  • Hammond, IN , USA
  • 12-28-04

too much lecture, silly heroine

The plot is rather far-fetched and Sue, the main character makes one brainless move after another. She is supposed to be an intelligent woman from Illinois but she places her trust in good looking men who are absolute strangers with little more than a passing thought to her saftey. She also tends to lecture whatever male happens to be around, sounding more like an excerpt from a history text than a young woman excited by history. There is little sense of reality in this plot, Susan stumbling from one unlikely situation to another. As for the narrator, she does well for some of the plot but she mispronounces several words and her Scot accent tends to come and go like the tide. If you are a real fan of the author, go ahead and get this but otherwise, give it a pass.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable and narrator didn't ruin it

I normally hate Grace Conklin's narration. After hearing Barbara Rosenblat, Grace Conklin is generally a sad substitute. Plus she usually sounds very supercilious. She didn't sound as a uppity in this book, and I enjoyed the story. Susan loves all things Scottish. She has saved for a trip to Scotland to work on an archaeological dig. She runs afoul of a local harmless eccentric, whom, it turns out, is involved in a plot and mistakenly passes her a message meant for someone else. On a bus trip, she meets Jackson. She's delighted to charm him with her vast knowledge of Scotland, and when his advances become very rough she blames herself rather than him (wish this were not such a typical female response. His behavior would have marked the end of the line for him with me.) When she gets back to her hotel, she finds her room has been ransacked, and the only missing item is a poem from the old eccentric. She runs into the eccentric again and it seems he hurls stones at her, and she sustains a small injury, and he runs away. That's when she meets James, who takes her to a party at his Aunt's and later to the home of the eccentric -- they find him murdered. James talks her out of contacting the police right away, and wouldn't you know it -- they end up being chased all over the countryside as murderers. James' motivation is allegedy fear that his father, an eccentric himself, is somehow involved in the plot. Susan gets talked into following along. She saves James' bacon on multiple occasions. She's a Scotland-loving version of Amelia Peabody, tho James doesn't stand up to Emerson. James keeps a beard because without it he's the spitting image of the crown prince... and since Susan loves all things Scottish it's only a matter of time before James is contained in that set. The dialogue is bright and witty, Susan is unbelievably game and uncomplaining -- Amelia!!!! -- James' father is charming. It's a fun romp.

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Great story!

Although I prefer her Amelia Peabody books, Elizabeth Peters has written a definite winner here. Written in 1976, some of the VERY minor details are a little dated. However, it is a great mystery and a fun story. The reader is excellent and her different accents added realism to the story. I highly recommend this book.

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Awkward Reading

The story was okay, not one of Elizabeth Peter's best. The reading was full of awkward pauses an inflections. It often sounded like someone reading a grocery list.

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Not what I was hoping for.

Would you try another book from Elizabeth Peters and/or Grace Conlin?

I was very disappointed in both the story and the narrator of this book. The reading was very amateurish with little inflection in tone or proper use of pauses, emotion, anything. The narrator was boring as was a good deal of the story. The author put so much effort into adding history that wasn't necessary to the story that I often felt like I was listening to one of those educational movies they used to show us at school.

What did you like best about this story?

The male hero - James

What didn’t you like about Grace Conlin’s performance?

The reading was very amateurish with little inflection in tone or proper use of pauses, emotion, anything. The narrator was boring as was a good deal of the story.

Do you think The Legend in Green Velvet needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

If it had one and it was read by the same narrator I wouldn't purchase it

Any additional comments?

Just not happy with this purchase/story. Might have been better if the narrator had been better but not even sure of that.

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  • Carole T.
  • Shepherdstown, WV, United States
  • 06-17-12

It's Not Amelia!

I read this book many years ago, and, with fond memories of it, I jumped at the chance to listen. But, alas, this has not stood the test of time. It is dated and not as funny as I remembered.
Elizabeth Peters is terrific, but you're better off with her excellent Amelia Peabody series! And, after hearing Barbara Rosenblat narrate those, this doesn't even come close.

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Sophomoric

What would have made The Legend in Green Velvet better?

Leaving out the peurile immature banter, and the not-believable scrapes; which would very nearly eliminate the book altogether. This is not the fault of the reader, clearly.

Has The Legend in Green Velvet turned you off from other books in this genre?

I'm not sure what genre this book is supposed to fit into, but if I knew, I would avoid all books in it.

Which character – as performed by Grace Conlin – was your favorite?

None.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Legend in Green Velvet?

All but the historic parts.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Series

I love this Amelia Peabody series. The heroine is a feisty woman based in the late 1800's early 1900's. I have always been interested in Egyptology and this is a wonderful mystery series set in this context. Early feminine Activist. Great humor and character development.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful