Borrower of the Night (Vicky Bliss #1)
A missing masterwork in wood, the last creation of a master carver who died in the violent tumult of the sixteenth century, may be hidden in a medieval German castle in the town of Rothenburg. The prize has called to art historian Vicky Bliss, drawing her and an arrogant male colleague into the forbidding citadel and its dark secrets. But the treasure hunt soon turns deadl...more
After three Amelia Peabody Egyptian mysteries, I decided to branch out and try something else by the author. Enters Fraulein Bliss, a contemporary (cca. 1973) American art historian, feminist alter ego of Indiana Jones, hunting for lost treasures among the tombs of the past. Borrower of the Night takes her to Bavaria and a 16 Century castle turned into a hotel, where a priceless wood sculpture from the time of the Reformation may be hidden.
There are some parallels that can be drawn betwe...more
Vicky is an art historian with a delightful sense of humor and a certain dry acceptance of her statuesque stature and tendency to intimidate those around her. When we first meet Vicky, she is teaching at a college in the M...more
In the setting of the book, the castle is now a hotel run by the final countess (who married into the family) and the last surviving Drachenste...more
One of Elizabeth Peters' earliest novels (the first of the Vicky Bliss series), Borrower of the Night does not quite have as well developed a sense of satire as many of her later books. It is more like the romances of a writer like Victoria Holt than a spoof of the genre.
Some elements of the romance genre are made fun of. The character of Vicky Bliss is made deliberately too good to be true: not only does she fit into an accepted notion of femini...more
Vicky Bliss is th...more
All the same, I had been told by so many people how good Elizabeth Peters' book were that when I saw the first Vicky Bliss book on special for Kindle at Amazon, I bought it. As do so many of the books I buy, it then languished in the Amaz...more
The characters were not engaging. Our heroine and narrator, Vicky, was a smart, independent woman of un-delicate proportions (her self-description as being a "bouncing Brunhilda" was pretty funny) and competitive spirit. She has declared that...more
I own this in paperback, though I can't locate it at the moment, and thought it was one I'd read years ago. When I saw it in the library ebook system I decided to check it out and reread it, and have discovered that somehow I never read it when I read the other Vicky Bliss novels.
It's important to know before starting that this book was originally published in 1973. Many of the Amazon listings only give the 2008 re-issue date, and while the book is not terribly dated, there ar...more
As the book starts, Vicky is a history professor in a small Midwestern university. She's in a relationship with a fellow professor, Tony, who keeps pestering her to...more
I enjoyed the book. Vicky, an American is just as spunky and unorthodox as Amelia but in a completely different flavour. Her rivalry with Tony, although certainly entertaining, doesn't have quite the same level of amusement and snap as the one between Amelia and Emerson.
Still, the story was fun, and the...more
The story flowed and found it a fast read. The characters were amazing, there was quite a variety of them, some more critical than others but overall a great cast. I found Vicky to be very likable. She's a modern version of Amelia Peabody in my op...more
This book was very similar to the Peabody ones. You might even say that the books are a bit formulaic. But within that formula Elizabeth Peters manages to surprise me every time. I love the strong female character who is so confident and sure of herself and yet is sometimes dead wrong. I like the sense of humor her female characters possess. Vicky (or Amelia) are never wrong for long and ultimatel...more
Vicky is a tall, brilliant and beautiful. Her and Tony, both scholars set off on an adventure to find a shrine carved by Tilman Riemenschneider, who is appartently Germany's greatest master of the late Gothic. Someone else is trying to get to the shrine at the same time. And trying to kill Vicky to keep her away.
This is a pretty good start to a new series for me by Elizabeth Peters. There is still something more enduring in the Amelia Peabody series, but I am...more
Why I picked it up? I like the Amelia Peabody series, so though I'd give the Vicky Bliss series a try.
Why I kept reading? I'm hoping I'll like the series as it progresses.
In the end? I was glad it was done. Even though it was dated and tough to get through, I'll keep going...more
Sadly it wasn’t the greatest cozy mystery I have ever read, however there were lots of lov...more
★★★½✩ Well narrated by Susan O'Malley, this audiobook by Ms. Peters is a nice little ghost story set in an old German castle with secret passageways, that eventually leads to a séance, then a treasure hunt. I liked the (brilliant) Vicky Bliss and her lover, Tony, well enough; I enjoyed their trying to “one-up” each other in their challenge, and that their sparing never turned mean-spirited. But, I’ll be honest and say I liked Amelia Peabody in her series more. What am I saying? I loved Amelia...more
Originally posted on my blog here.
After getting hooked into the FRIGGIN' AMAZING world of Amelia Peabody I had high hopes for this series also by Elizabeth Peters. I shouldn't have gotten so excited.
After the hilarious dry humor and wit of Amelia, Vicky was too light and modern, not enough substance to her as a character or to the story line as a whole. I've heard that the series gets better as time goes on (as in a better guy shows up...hey, romantic tension is one way to keep me int...more