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Frustrated love, stolen antiquities and murder on the Nile, in the fifth Vicky Bliss mystery from the bestselling Elizabeth Peters.
Elizabeth Peters was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998. She is the author of more than 60 novels - including the internationally reknowned Amelia Peabody mystery series. She had a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute.
Comically mixing country music lyrics with Egyptology lore, this fifth Vicky Bliss tale (after Trojan Gold) focuses more on the Munich National Museum's assistant curator's love affair with a British art forger/thief than on suspense. Vicky poses as an Egyptian art expert on a cruise up the Nile in order to help the Munich police spot the leader of an art ring that is planning to rob the Cairo museum. Among those whom she suspects are Feisal, the native guide, a suspicious pair of men named Bright and Sweet, and, alas, her old lover and adversary, Sir John, who is on board with his mother and his new bride. The accomplished Peters's latest quirky, lighthearted novel sports some harrowing moments, as when Vicky, her eccentric boss, Herr Dr. Schmidt, and John attempt to escape from the villainous ring, but with its emphasis on Vicky's love life, the story remains essentially a spirited soap opera interspersed with guidebook descriptions. Author tour. (Sept.)
The well woven plot and exotic atmosphere couldn't be much better - it will delight her fans. * Library Journal * I really do think Elizabeth Peters' books are great entertainment. * Angela Rippon *
Peters (The Last Camel Died at Noon, Audio Reviews, LJ 5/15/92) combines mystery and romance with an interesting locale-Egypt-to produce a witty story. Peters's heroine, Vicky Bliss, is an art historian with a penchant for getting involved in risky situations. This time, she helps to foil a plot to rob the Egyptian Museum. The assignment takes her on a luxury cruise down the Nile. It also puts her on the same boat as her former lover, Sir John Smythe, a reformed jewel thief. The story is like a slow and winding river, taking its time to unfold. Barbara Rosenblat's narration is full of expression, and she is a good choice for this witty and lighthearted book. However, at more than 13 hours of running time, Night Train is a long listen for the casual audiobook user. Recommended where Peters has a following or for comprehensive collections.-Nancy Paul, Brandon P.L., Wis.