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The Copenhagen Connection

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,891 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
A strange twist of fate brings Elizabeth Jones face to face with her idol, the brilliant, eccentric historian Margaret Rosenberg, at the Copenhagen Airport. An even stranger accident makes Elizabeth the esteemed scholar's new private assistant. But luck can go from good to bad in an instant -- and less than twenty-four hours later, the great lady is kidnapped by persons un ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published October 30th 2001 by Avon Books (first published 1982)
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Michelle Cristiani
I don't know why I love this book so much. Well, maybe I do. It's because 1)it's a romance but the characters don't really do anything together. They don't even kiss in this book. In other words, it's not just a 300-page filler-around-sex-scenes. 2)Peters never dumbs down anything. Everyone here talks like they have a PhD, and even though the language is a little dated now, it doesn't feel too easy of a ride. The reader has to concentrate a little bit. 3)By reading a book like this, you learn a ...more
C.A.
Aug 22, 2011 C.A. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems to me thrillers, even cozy ones like this book, must have been much easier to write in the pre-Internet/cell phone/security camera age that we live in now. Not a problem if the characters are well done, and sadly these are not. Elizabeth meets her favorite authoress, Margaret, on a flight to Denmark and winds up working for her when her secetary gets injured at the airport. Soon enough Margaret goes missing and Elizabeth, along with margaret's ill-mannered son Christian, must try to fin ...more
Pat Beard
Jun 09, 2015 Pat Beard rated it it was ok
It had its moments but I didn't get into this one as much as some of the others. A bit of a disappointment since it is the last of the Peters' books that I haven't read.
Louise
May 29, 2015 Louise rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, kobo-kindle
A fun lighthearted caper.
Amy Aelleah
Apr 11, 2016 Amy Aelleah rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
It's by Elizabeth Peters, so of course I enjoyed it - but when compared to the rest of her books that I've read this one seemed a little...lacking.

As a mystery it is merely passable. And, really, it does mystery the best.

As a historical fiction (like almost all of Ms. Peters' books are) it is devoid of much information.

As a romance it is lackluster at best and the heroine starts treating the hero vastly different as soon as she realizes she's in love with him.

As an adventure it is distinctly adv
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Bonnie
Oct 12, 2013 Bonnie rated it it was ok
It was hard to believe this very pedestrian story was written by the author of the Amelia Peabody series. The characters never really came to life. The romance was very formulaic: A man and a woman dislike each other on meeting; thrown together in difficult or perilous circumstances they form a bond that becomes love.
Marj
Mar 01, 2014 Marj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elizabeth-peters
The main character, Elizabeth Jones, gets the chance to meet her hero, author Margaret Rosenberg, when she offers to help Margaret out when Margaret's secretary is injured while they are all waiting for their baggage after flying on the same plane to Copenhagen. Shortly thereafter, Margaret is kidnapped, and a ransom is demanded.

Elizabeth, and Margaret's son, Christian, attempt to find Margaret, and get involved in a very unusual kidnapping. They also manage to do a little sightseeing around Cop
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Margaret
Oct 01, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Peters' loving and laughing portrait of an eccentric author. These shorter books seem less carefully crafted in plot than her much longer Amelia Peabody works for which she is best known. The writing is still excellent but the plots seem to have some holes on reflection. As if the author was rushing to meet a deadline or a mortgage payment. Here, the book might have been more satisfying if there was an actual description of the McGuffin that is finally found, or even if the finding had t ...more
Lisa
Oct 27, 2015 Lisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: fict-2-liked-ok
This book was so danged cute and the author is so purely mischievous and fun that I wanted to truly love it. The writing is cute. Margaret is adorable. Elizabeth is not. And Christian is a cad with no redeemable qualities that came through in the writing - I did not remotely fall in love with him and never saw why Elizabeth would either except by contrivance. And the plot was flat. The kidnapping scene tedious and unbelievable.

It was written in 2001. Better suited, the style and sophistication
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Ann
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Kathleen Hagen
The Copenhagen Connection, by Elizabeth Peters. B.
I read this one mainly to see if it said much about Copenhagen and Denmark where we toured last summer. It did mention some tourist sights that reminded me of where we were. The book itself is a light mystery, (focus on light). Elizabeth Peters is probably not really my cup of tea, but given what’s been happening this week, and given my last read, which was very heavy, this was a good choice. It was read by Grace Conlin, who did a wonderful job.

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Kate
Nov 15, 2011 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Elizabeth Jones went to Copenhagen thinking only of quiet study. Then an accident brought her into the inner circle of Nobel Prize-winning historian Margaret Rosenberg, and Margaret's scornful son Christian. In a foreign world of glamor and intrigue she tried her best to ignore him -- but when Margaret is kidnapped by unknown men who demand an improbably ransom, Elizabeth and Christian are thrown together in a heartstopping chase to save Margaret's life -- and their own ..."
~~back cover

Yawn. Fo
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Sarah Sammis
Sep 25, 2008 Sarah Sammis rated it it was ok
Shelves: released, challenge
The Copenhagen Connection by Elizabeth Peters is one of her few novels that isn't part of a series. Most of her stand alone mysteries are published under her other nom de plume "Barbara Michaels." Although it was her Amelia Peabody series that first got my attention, it's been her stand alone novels that have kept me reading.

Elizabeth Jones (the closest I've ever seen to Peters writing a Mary-Sue) ends up working for her long time hero, Margaret Rosenberg, an author of historical romances. She's
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Susan
Jun 24, 2014 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-europe
Elizabeth has long idolized writer and historian Margaret Rosenberg, so when Rosenberg's secretary is injured in an airport accident, it's only natural for Elizabeth--on vacation from Rosenberg's publisher's office--to volunteer to help out. Next thing she knows, she and Rosenberg's stuffed shirt of a son are racing around Copenhagen, trying to rescue Rosenberg from kidnappers, dodging bullets, and up to their eyebrows in a mystery they don't understand. Excellent fun.
Peggy
Jan 24, 2015 Peggy rated it liked it
This is a fast, breezy story about a girl who travels to Denmark for vacation. Elizabeth meets her favorite author on the plane and when the author's secretary is injured at the airport, Elizabeth becomes her replacement. The author's son Christian is with her and he seems angry and resentful. But, when the author is kidnapped, Elizabeth and Christian team up to find her. I listened to his audiobook and found it entertaining.
Jean
Dec 07, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Elizabeth Peters's sense of humor. Margaret Rosenberg is probably my favorite character in this one. I hope I have her exuberance and joy when I am older. I loved the opening scenes when our heroine tries to finagle a meeting with a favorite author -- I could see me doing something similar. Another fun romp!
Kristina Hoerner
Apr 24, 2014 Kristina Hoerner rated it it was ok
This book didn't have the wit and fun plots of the author's other works. Elizabeth has saved up for a trip to Denmark. Her favorite author and her son is also on the trip. When something happens to the author's secretary, Elizabeth volunteers to take her place. Then the author disappears leaving Elizabeth and the author's son Christian on the path to figure out what happened.
April
Jun 01, 2015 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Definitely liked this type of story more in my teens than now. A girl goes to Copenhagen and gets involved with her favorite author and the author's son. The author goes missing. The girl and boy have a classic love hate relationship develop.
Pat
Jul 29, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Jones vacationing in Denmark, becomes involved in adventures with eccentric author Margaret Rosenberg and her son Christian. No murder, just mystery
Donna
Apr 20, 2015 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read. I love the strong, female central characters in Peters' novels. Nothing surprising here, but a lovely way to spend a cool afternoon.
Marilyn
Sep 26, 2014 Marilyn rated it did not like it
Flat, formulaic, and dull (except for the description of Copenhagen), this is nowhere near the level of the author's Amelia Peabody books.
Jodi
Dec 10, 2010 Jodi rated it really liked it
Okay, my willingness to give this book a higher star than maybe I should stems from the fact that I did live in Denmark for over a year so the sights described (such as the streets and museums in Copenhagen and the layout of the tombs in Roskilde) I could picture clearly in my mind. Also fun to hear a bit of Danish.
The book was by a mystery writer and the story involved the treasures of Queen Margarethe of Denmark--royalty thrown in--right up my alley. Just a fun, easy listen on my commute (only
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Livia Komosa
Sep 17, 2014 Livia Komosa rated it liked it
More fluff.... Confusing mystery that could have been better but still entertaining. Liked that it was set it Denmark.
Eric
Jan 27, 2015 Eric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A light bit of mystery good for a diversion. Some dialog a bit trite, but good enough for taking up an afternoon.
Nancy
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Jen
Nov 19, 2012 Jen rated it liked it


I absolutely LOVED this book when I was in middle school, so it became a "keeper". I re-read it to see why it was a "keeper" and decided that, while a decent book, a "keeper" it was not. The whole " main characters kept in the dark until practically the very end while someone who knows everything tells them nothing" plot is growing kind of old and is getting annoying. Not a bad book, but not a great one either. It was a fast read though, which I appreciate.
Hirondelle
Jul 17, 2008 Hirondelle rated it did not like it
Shelves: don-t-own, mystery
I love some of Elizabeth Peters books. That being said, some of her earlier books can be awfully flimsy. This is one of those, nice touches, a sort of tourist book ( where the reader gets to be a tourist as well. Old fashioned but I got a weakness for those) of Copenhagen in the 80s. But the story is shaky, the love story just perfunctory ( and requiring sudden personality changes), and the adorably eccentric character quite not enough to carry the book on her own. ...more
Mady
Aug 04, 2008 Mady rated it it was ok
Shelves: bc, 2008
Entertaining enough if you have nothing better to do, perfect for reading in a weekend at the beach :)
Maybe I'm too demanding, but I didn't find this a thriller at all. Anyway, it was a good enough preview of my next trip (well, without the "thriller" part) and it made some places in Copenhagen already familiar to me.
It was my first Elizabeth Peters book and it came with low recommendations, so I won't judge this author by this book. :P
Sarah
Um, so why did the thing have to be called a bathrobe? Deathrobe would have been more appropriate. If it was supposed to be a code word, it was unnecessary, since everyone involved apparently knew what the reference was, except Elizabeth and Christian, and they were the ones who received the ransom note asking for the "bathrobe," so it would make sence that they would need to be told what it actually was. Hence their confusion.
Mercy
Sep 17, 2014 Mercy rated it really liked it
Fun book
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Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also writes as Barbara Michaels as well as her own name. Born and brought up in Illinois, she earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. Mertz was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998. She lived in a historic farmhouse in Fred ...more
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