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

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  2,777 ratings  ·  104 reviews
"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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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!
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
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
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
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
Lisa Greer
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
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!
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)
Mar 07, 2008 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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
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
Mark Robertson
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Reread December 2009; reread December 31, 2013

2013: As I was in Munich, Germany just before Christmas I decided to reread this once again because it starts off in Munich, just before Christmas. As enjoyable as always and perfect for the holiday season with visits to Christmas markets and lots of snow and gingerbread and lots of other festive things. The murder and blood puts a slight damper on things but not enough to spoil the overall holiday spirit.

Vicky Bliss is absolutely my favorite Elizabe
Nedra Sproul
Another nice poece of fluff. Now I need something really well written and thoughtful!
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 emotionally charged. Just, so so good! Even though I've read this...eight times now? ...more
Mar 13, 2012 Lynne-marie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers with a sense of the ridiculous
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I love this book. Ultimate comfort reading. Yes, the real gold was "re-discovered" in Moscow in 1993, but I like Elizabeth Peters' explanation better. Nobody does archaeological/art-historical derring-do and intrigue more convincingly, romantically and thrillingly. Perfect, sublime comfort reading.
An Odd1
* "Trojan Gold" by Elizabeth Peters, has a particularly detailed rambling conversational first-person style for a romantic mystery series. I eventually had to skip to the ski chase, gunshot, avalanche finale. In a bloodstained envelope that takes pages to find, German museum historian Vicky Bliss receives a recent photo of a gold necklace vanished since WWII. She enlists the help of her pudgy little boss, a visiting newly engaged old flame, and a dashing incomparable art thief last seen saving h ...more
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
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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 (6 books)
  • 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)
Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1) The Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody, #2) The Last Camel Died at Noon (Amelia Peabody, #6) Lion in the Valley  (Amelia Peabody, #4) The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody, #3)

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