The Seventh Sinner (Jacqueline Kirby #1)
What lies beneath . . .
At first, Jean Suttman thought she had died and gone to heaven when she was granted the opportunity to study in Rome. But the body that's lying in the ancient subterranean Temple of Mithra�the murdered corpse of a repulsive and disliked fellow student�is far from her idea of heavenly. Now she's truly frightened, and not just because small �accide...more
I think I have found my next mystery writer. Thanks to a GR friend for recommending Elizabeth Peters. I am not sure why this mystery is classified as fiction. The book could be non-fiction with the amount of ancient Roman history that Ms. Peters wove around her mystery. The mystery was almost secondary, but she presented it in such a way that I didn't mind at all. Jacqueline Kirby is a librarian and is the d...more
I'm excited to have found a new mystery author with a plethora of books for me to dip into.
On a random note: I read of a 119 pound girl being described in this book as "chubby," although the extra weight was distribu...more
I can't believe I'm categorizing this as a period piece since I was alive then but it is written in the 1970s and so does have dialogue from that time period, "Right on" and calling cops the "Fuzz". As was alive during that time period, I can safely say so one in my impoverished, crime riddled neighborhood in the Bay Area of California called the police the "Fuzz". So, I'm thinking at the time she wrote this, Elizabeth Peters wanted to appear up to d...more
1. I absolutely love the Amelia Peabody series written by Elizabeth Peters. I have read the entire series, plus the extra book on Egypt. Just LOVE the series.
2. Though middle-aged, I just became a librarian 3 years ago.
Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to know where I am coming from. I was so excited when I stumbled upon the Jacqueline Kirby series ( it's not new, because first book was published in 1972.). A book about a librarian sleuth written by an author I th...more
* She attempts an "upper class English accent" for one character that sounds much closer to an Irish brogue.
* Her inflections are dreadful --- you're an audiobook narrator; read ahead a bit to see what your tone should be at a given time.
* The story is set in Rome. Take the time to learn to pronounce the locales and some Italian words and phrases, at least. It's the Via VEN e to, not the Via Ven ET o; its Tras TEV eh...more
This is one the first of Peters published books in the mystery genre and it was a little un even.
But I do like the location ,the history and the interesting trips into catacombs, old churches as a search for a murderer spreads out . A very unlikeable character is murdered leaving a written clue of seven in the dust beside his body. We get to l...more
I've read many of Peters' books, mostly her Amelia Peabody series and a couple of Vicky Bliss novels. Compared to these books, however, the Seventh Sinner isn't as good a mystery, but it is a compelling one. It's an interesting setting to stage a mystery to boot - in academia, a highly competitive and...more
But rather comparing it to other of Peter's series it most reminded me of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series but with a more realistic plot and better writing.
This was an enjoyable read and I look forward to the next in the series!