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Trojan Gold (Vicky Bliss, #4) (Vicky Bliss #4)

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"A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words"

But the photograph art historian Vicky Bliss has just received gives rise to a thousand questions instead. A quick glance at the blood-stained envelope is all the proof she needs that something is horribly wrong.

The picture itself is familiar: a woman adorned in the gold of Troy. Yet this isn't the famous photograph of Frau Schliemann--
ebook, 400 pages
Published January 10th 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1987)
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Sep 07, 2009 Felicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I start downloading lady mysteries, I am reminded that this is one of my favorite series and this one of my favorite books of it. These characters sparkle together like few others do. Great mystery, great romance. Setting the bar high as I revisit the genre!
Aug 29, 2007 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw that someone added this to their shelf called "guilty-pleasures" and I'd have to agree that's pretty accurate. Vicky Bliss is a fine Elizabeth Peters heroine (and actually refreshingly different than good old Amelia Peabody...nothing wrong with Amelia... just a different pace) but the real draw here is her mysterious nemesis, John Smythe. Is he good? Is he bad? Only one thing's for sure... he's a smooth operator!

My husband must really love me. He actually listened to me read this book a se
Jul 13, 2012 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I were on a desert island and could only have one book, it would be this one. Is it the best book ever written? No. Does it have overwhelming literary merit? No again. But Elizabeth Peters' writing style always has struck a chord with me, and Vicky is my favorite of her series heroines. I can (and have) read this book over and over and never gotten tired of it.

The repartee between John and Vicky is reminiscent of that in His Girl Friday. They're smart, they're sexy, and John is just enough of
Sep 15, 2008 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Trojan Gold, Book 4 of the Vicky Bliss series, fights very, very hard with Book 5 for my favorite book of the entire lot, and it's one of my favorites by Elizabeth Peters in general. It boasts some of her strongest writing, a fairly decent and substantial plot, and some nifty upping of the romantic ante between Vicky and her paramour John.

The setting du jour is a Bavarian ski lodge where Vicky and five others once stayed together, and where Vicky befriended the old proprietor of the place. Now t
Dec 06, 2007 Tamsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vicky Bliss is my favorite herione of Elizabeth Peter's. It took me a while before I agreed to read this because of my irrational hatred of another character of her's, Amelia Peabody. I love the quick pace of this series and the underlying humor.
I don't really have a lot to say about these books, but they're WONDERFUL and I don't want to read anything else right now.

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Jann Barber
Our mystery book club members had to read a book that involved treasures stolen from Germany during World War II. I read Elizabeth Peter's book, Trojan Gold. I've never read any of the Vickie Bliss mysteries and this is the fourth in the series. I enjoyed the book, although the fact that every man made a play for her became a bit old. I like my mysteries to be less romantic, although I did really like the character of Sir John (obviously one of his many aliases).

I read up on "Priam's Treasur
Dec 12, 2015 Teri-k rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has always been my favorite Vicky Bliss story. I love the snow and Christmas in Germany. I love the way John pops in and out of the story and Schmidt keeps trying to follow her with his silly disguises. There's plenty of mystery, suspects galore and the occasional dead body to keep the plot rolling. It's romantic suspense at it's best - if you like it short on romance and more farcical that suspenseful, though there are some tense moments, too. It's just an all around fun read that never fa ...more
Lisa Greer
May 18, 2008 Lisa Greer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I am enjoying this one, and Bliss is my favorite of Peters' series heroines... by far. I also like the John B. Smythe character... sexy and lots of fun. I think everyone has had a love like that (a bad boy who has a heart of gold... maybe), and that's what makes it nostalgic and interesting. I have only read 'Silhouette in Scarlet' of the series so far which I enjoyed but which lagged a bit before the end. I like this one so far very much. The setting of Munich and Germany in general also makes ...more
Time for a new copy of this book; I have literally read the one I've got into pieces! Man, there are some great bits in this one--the night in the abandoned church, Tony's arrival at Vicky's house, John's confession, Schmidt in a skin tight Santa outfit... It was nice to see Tony back again, and Dieter and Jan are interesting characters as well. I feel like Peters really hit her stride with the series in this book--it's much longer than the previous volumes, as well as much funnier and much more ...more
Jun 13, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This book has a really regrettable title -- the other book in goodreads that shares its title was written by someone called "Sultry Summers." So there you go.

Title aside, I really like this installment. I think each time EP added to her Vicky Bliss series, the books got better and better. This one has nice atmosphere (Bavaria at Christmas) with interesting bits of semi-historical background thrown in (the Battle of Berlin, and Heinrich Schliemann). And it has one of the best declarations of love
Juniper Shore
This is more of a character farce than an actual mystery. We have Schmidt for comedy; Sir John for dashing, enigmatic romance; Tony for down-home boy-next-doorness; Dieter, Jan and Elise for film-noir menace; and Vicky to provide sardonic commentary on it all. The plot is an afterthought, which becomes increasingly obvious as the book lurches toward its conclusion.

The good: both Vicky and Sir John are fascinating people, with the sort of clever relationship we expect from smart, ironic character
Sep 20, 2008 Missy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery
Vicky and John continue to earn a place on my all-time favorite romantic couple list, quite possibly because they're so NOT romantic. They fight and bicker and pick at each other and neither one really trusts the other, except for when it's life or death (and it always ends up being just that.) Vicky picks up another pet; Schmidt starts to become something more than comic relief; and John continues to show his true colors.
Dec 04, 2008 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
I am an ardent fan of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series, but I don't remember reading any novels featuring Vicky Bliss before. On the down side, this isn't the first book in the series, so there seemed to be a great deal of backstory that I've missed. On the up side, the book made me laugh in several places. It is a mystery-adventure, and there is murder and mayhem, but there's farce too. A nice escape!
Apr 26, 2014 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I'm really happy I reread this, I'd forgotten how entertaining this series is. (I tried a few Amelia Peabodys, but this series has a much less labored style.)

Anyway, this book is a gift. (view spoiler)
May 02, 2016 dOnnabud rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another exceptional, engaging tale from elizabeth peters * vicky bliss is hilarious & heroic, her investigations lead her through an intriguing trail of turmoil and romance * favorite passages include (pages noted are from large print edition): "I slammed the book shut and planted both elbows on it, as if physical restraint could contain the insanity seeping from those pages like a dark fog, inserting sly tendrils into the weak spots of my enfeebled brain. I swear the damned book squirmed, a ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Keeley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Shelves: cheapthrills
I came across this murder mystery at the library while looking for Ellis Peters and I'm quite glad I read it. The plot was occasionally silly or a bit unclear, but the German locations were evocative and the characters were fun. The author holds a doctorate in Egyptology, and wears her knowledge lightly; you wouldn't guess any more than the average research went into crafting the novel, except for the fact that it lacks the usual errors and gaffes. I imagine Dr. Mertz (Elizabeth Peters was a pen ...more
Mar 07, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by: Joyce S.
Listened to the Recorded Books cassette edition. Another fun romp through Europe with Vicky and friends, though I have to admit I found Schmidt rather wearing on this outing and the cast of characters is getting a little crowded.
Sue Mccormack
May 15, 2014 Sue Mccormack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of the Amelia Peabody stories by Elizabeth Peters and have read them all. I found that she had two other series - Jacqueline Kirby and Vicky Bliss. I found "The Laughter of Dead Kings" on the shelf at the library and after reading a few pages thought I would give the Bliss stories a try. This is the 4th in the series and I have to say that I really enjoy them. They were written starting in 1973 with this one written in 1987. Vicky is a scholar of art history with cheerleader looks ...more
Dec 05, 2009 Dorothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vicky receives a picture in a bloodstained envelope. What does it mean?

The picture is of an elderly woman wearing rich gold jewelry. At some length, Vicky recognizes it as the jewels that Heinrich Schliemann discovered at the site of Troy - the jewels that he draped around his Greek wife and then took that famous picture.

Only the picture in the envelope isn't of Mrs. Schliemann. Who is it? The Trojan gold had disappeared at the end of World War II and yet this is a modern photograph. Has the go
Apr 16, 2011 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a most read!!! I couldnt stop reading it and read it whenever I could. Maybe i just love it so much because I havent been able to find a good book in three months, or that it's sortof a new book. So, it's not a chick-flick book and Im overjoyed about that because I am overly annoyed with teen books. This book is a mystery for adults. Since it's the 4th one in the series, it took me up to the end of the 2nd chapter to completely understand who everyone was, and how they relate to th ...more
Oct 22, 2008 Lighthearted rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Among the many pieces of art looted from European museums at the end of WWII was a set of jewelry Heinrich Schliemann discovered on his controversial Trojan dig; the set has perhaps best been memorialized in the photo of Schliemann’s wife adorned with the jewels. Locating this long-missing treasure would be quite a coup for the finder so Vicky Bliss is definitely intrigued when she receives a photo in the mail which perfectly mimics the Sophia Schliemann picture. Unfortunately the photo arrives ...more
Renee M
Oct 17, 2015 Renee M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful pairing of Dr. Vicky Bliss and Sir John Smythe. We're in Bavaria at Christmas this time and John gets to play the hero a bit. If course, Vicky saves him right back. Which is one of the things I love about Elizabeth Peters's heroines. Tony is back and Schmidt also. Creating the opportunity for lots of misunderstanding to go along with all the murder and mystery and stolen treasure. I love the story of Schliemann so was pleased to get a few more tidbits about the rediscovery of ...more
Mark Robertson
May 26, 2013 Mark Robertson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Vicky Bliss adventure, but it won't be my last. Vicky is an attractive scholar working in a museum in Munich whose charms no man seems immune to. In this adventure the Trojan Gold is a long-missing treasure that may have been taken from a Nazi stash in Berlin during the chaotic closing days of World War II. Vicky and a gang of fellow scholars converge on a small Bavarian town hoping to find the treasure and find the task considerably more difficult and more dangerous than antici ...more
Basil D
Sep 21, 2014 Basil D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Literally the only thing I don't like about Elizabeth Peters is her constant harping on about feminism and yet presenting the weirdest hypocritical feminists ever. I don't know. I guess 70s feminism was a whole different ballgame.
Oct 27, 2011 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Vicky Bliss book I read, and I picked it up on the recommendation of a friend. However, I also had read about the Schliemann dig for the ancient city of Troy, so the artifacts in this book intrigued me for that reason. What kept me fascinated, finally, were the characters. I loved Herr Doktor Schmitt and I loved the fact the "other language" quotations in this book were in German, a language I can read. Most of the British mystery novels I'd been reading had French in them, an ...more
Jul 21, 2014 C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first Vicky Bliss mystery I've read, but not the first in the series. Took sometime to get into it, but with typical Peters flair, I was hooked by the end when the mystery went an unexpected way.
4.5 stars. Excellent! Only rounded down because of Narrator's very occasional missteps on inflections and miscues.

My most favorite series by one of my favorite authors. Vicky Bliss plus John Smythe equals great reading pleasure. Barbara Rosenblat's narration was fantastic: she tackled a wide variety of accents, ages and both genders and yet still handily distinguished between characters.

Honestly, I am nervous about listening to performances of books on my Keeper Shelf, but this won me over. I li
Mar 23, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love this book series. Maybe it's because I secretly want to be the heroine, Vicky Bliss. The first book in this series was published in 1973 and the last in 2008. This is possibly my favorite book in the series and I go back to it over and over because it transports me to Garmisch-Partinkirchen Germany. One of my favorite places to be and a bonus is that it's during the Christmas Market season. I have grown to love the characters, especially Sir John, Professor Schmidt and of course Vicky. I ...more
Plot: Vicky's latest adventure begins with a photograph sent anonymously and a phone call from former boyfriend Tony. These lead Vicky, Tony and Schmidt on a hunt for the lost Trojan Gold. Add in an appearance by John and a mad treasure hunter and you've got the makings of a suspenseful, romantic, and humorous story.

Setting: Germany

Why I picked it up: I'm enjoying the series more with every book

Why I kept reading: The humorous antics of the three men in Vicky's life, the suspenseful action, and
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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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Other Books in the Series

Vicky Bliss (7 books)
  • The Camelot Caper  (Vicky Bliss, #.5)
  • Borrower of the Night (Vicky Bliss, #1)
  • Street of the Five Moons (Vicky Bliss, #2)
  • Silhouette in Scarlet (Vicky Bliss, #3)
  • Night Train to Memphis (Vicky Bliss, #5)
  • The Laughter of Dead Kings (Vicky Bliss, #6)

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