The Vicky Bliss Mysteries
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The Vicky Bliss Mysteries is a mystery novel series by Barbara Mertz, writing as Elizabeth Peters. A published Egyptologist and award winning novelist, Mertz wrote three mysteries series under the name Elizabeth Peters plus gothic and supernatural thrillers under the name Barbara Michaels. Mertz died in 2013.
Peters' Amelia Peabody series combine deep knowledge of ancient Egypt, archaeology, and the political and cultural complexities of life in the middle east in the late 19th and early 20th century with assorted threats, thefts and dead bodies.
The author's dry wit often pokes fun at the genre of the book she is writing...while offering an excellent example of the genre. The Vicky Bliss novels are set in mid-late 20th Century Europe - centered in Munich. The Bliss series are romantic thrillers, listed below.
- Borrower of the Night (1973)
- Street of the Five Moons (1978)
- Silhouette in Scarlet (1983)
- Trojan Gold (1987)
- Night Train to Memphis (1994)
- The Laughter of Dead Kings (2008)
Doctor Victoria Bliss is a beautiful, voluptuous blonde whose physical beauty means some people do not take her seriously - as an art historian or a detective. She specializes in medieval art and works for Schmidt at the National Museum in Munich. She and John first became involved during her investigation of his activities in Rome.
John Tregarth, alias Sir John Smythe, is a master criminal who specializes in art forgeries; he may or may not be reforming from his criminal life. He has care of the family home in England, as well as his mother, Jen (short for Guinevere). "The Laughter of Dead Kings" contains animate and inanimate hints that Sir John is descended from the 'Peabody-Emersons' featured in some twenty Amelia Peabody mysteries by Elizabeth Peters .
Herr Professor Anton Z. Schmidt is Vicky's round, jovial boss. His physical attributes and phenomenal appetite means that he, like Vicky, is sometimes not taken seriously. But he is smart and courageous, has an incredible memory and a strong sense of adventure fueled by his great imagination.