It’s the cold war era and the most recent visiting lecturers at the United States Overseas College have apparently been unpopular—one disappeared withIt’s the cold war era and the most recent visiting lecturers at the United States Overseas College have apparently been unpopular—one disappeared without a trace, one was killed in an odd car accident and the latest, Gideon Oliver, has just been attacked in his hotel room. Fellowship of Fear is the first Gideon Oliver mystery and it’s okay. Gideon is a recently widowed anthropologist looking for a change of pace from his normal routine—an all-expenses paid trip to Germany, Sicily and Spain seemed to be an ideal opportunity—little did Gideon know that lecturing was not the only task on his agenda. FOF has a nice mixture of humor, mystery, and romance wrapped up in a spy thriller storyline....more
**spoiler alert** 20 years ago Nell witnessed the murder of her boyfriend---her testimony led to the conviction/imprisonment of Alvin DuPree. A recent**spoiler alert** 20 years ago Nell witnessed the murder of her boyfriend---her testimony led to the conviction/imprisonment of Alvin DuPree. A recently-discovered videotape now proves that DuPree was elsewhere at the time of the murder. As Nell tries to determine how she could have made such a mistake, she turns to her husband of 18 years for help (he was the lead detective from the case at the time)---but his increasingly odd behavior has her wondering if he knew of DuPree's innocence all along . . . .
Intriguing premise with at least one really good twist (Nell discovers DuPree at the scene of another crime). That said, the characters just didn't draw me in---DuPree, while innocent of the Blanton murder, is a dangerous, scary and unsympathetic character; Nell seems one-dimensional. The 'epilogue' second ending bothered me....more
The Dark Place is the second Gideon Oliver mystery and it’s good. A skeleton has just been found Washington State’s Olympic National Park—and it has aThe Dark Place is the second Gideon Oliver mystery and it’s good. A skeleton has just been found Washington State’s Olympic National Park—and it has a spear point lodged in its vertebra. The skeleton is that of a hiker who disappeared 6 years previously and once word gets out, local tales of Bigfoot sightings and rumors of a lost tribe of Indians are resurrected. Interesting storyline! To his dismay, Gideon earns ‘the Skeleton Detective’ nickname in this entry—but don’t feel too sorry for him, he does solve the mystery and find a new romance!...more
But why would anyone steal a thirty-thousand year-old parieto-occipital calvareal fragment?” is the key question in Murder in the Queen’s Armes. WhileBut why would anyone steal a thirty-thousand year-old parieto-occipital calvareal fragment?” is the key question in Murder in the Queen’s Armes. While honeymooning in England, Gideon stops by an archaeological dig to visit with a former colleague, Nate Marcus. Gideon’s not prepared for what he finds: a sullen, secretive dig crew, and a scientific community planning to investigate Nate. Rivalry, murder and mayhem are carefully intertwined in Gideon’s third adventure. The mystery is fairly predictable but it’s interesting to watch it unfold....more
The du Rocher family may or may not have “skeletons in the closet”—but they definitely have one in the basement. In Gideon’s fourth adventure, Old BonThe du Rocher family may or may not have “skeletons in the closet”—but they definitely have one in the basement. In Gideon’s fourth adventure, Old Bones, Gideon is lecturing at an international forensics conference when he’s asked to examine the partial skeleton uncovered in the du Rocher basement. Gideon determines that the remains are those of a young man, dead almost 50 years—and he pieces together a connection to local Resistance actions in WWII. Again, the mystery is fairly predictable but it’s interesting to watch it unfold. The dysfunctional family is a bit soap opera-ish but I like the WWII backstory....more
A missing masterwork, an old German castle, supernatural happenings . . . what’s not to like? Art Historian Vicky Bliss is in a competition with her cA missing masterwork, an old German castle, supernatural happenings . . . what’s not to like? Art Historian Vicky Bliss is in a competition with her colleague/suitor Tony to see which of them can locate the missing artwork first. Unfortunately for them, a few other people are also looking for the treasure and at least one person is willing to harm anyone who gets in the way.
The first title in the Vicky Bliss series, this is a quick, fun read. Vicky is a heroine ahead of her time—she’s independent, intelligent and does her fair share of the rescuing. (Borrower of the Night was first published in 1973).
* Borrower of the Night * Street of the Five Moons * Silhouette in Scarlet * Trojan Gold * Night Train to Memphis * The Laughter of Dead Kings ...more
Someone is making copies—excellent copies—of museum jewelry. Art Historian Vicky Bliss suspects that the copies are being made so that thieves can swaSomeone is making copies—excellent copies—of museum jewelry. Art Historian Vicky Bliss suspects that the copies are being made so that thieves can swap the copies for the originals. Her boss from the National Museum of Munich sponsors her trip to Rome to investigate the matter and determine the culprits.
Street of the Five Moons is a fun comedic mystery with a touch of romance. Vicky may have just landed herself two leading men—one of the canine variety and one of the con-man variety!...more
Although she’s quite annoyed with John Smythe (the con-man from The Street of Five Moons), Vicky can’t resist the temptation to join him in Stockholm—Although she’s quite annoyed with John Smythe (the con-man from The Street of Five Moons), Vicky can’t resist the temptation to join him in Stockholm—he did send her a ticket after all, she could use a vacation and if she can thwart whatever heist he’s working on, well that might be worth enduring his company for a time. Unfortunately for Vicky, a few other players are after the same find as Smythe—and they’re much more dangerous.
There are similarities between the Vicky Bliss and Stephanie Plum series—Vicky and Stephanie are smart, determined women with a wry outlook on life—both are surrounded by quirky characters—and both seem to attract ‘bad boys’. Love both series!...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 controversialAmong 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 without any information—only a bloodstained envelope.
Vicky’s quest to solve the mystery takes her to an Alpine village this time—the location of a conference she’d attended just a year before. She’s not completely surprised when she learns that her colleagues, representing the best museums in America and Europe, arrive soon after. Someone who knew the current location of the Schliemann jewelry wanted to share that information—but, as the bloodstained envelope implied, someone else is willing to kill in order to claim the treasure for their own. Who can Vicky trust?
As with previous entries, the fourth Vicky Bliss mystery offers a nice combination of mystery, humor, romance, and art history. Another perk to this series is the sense of locale—Vicky is always in a new country and Peters has a flair for description. I have to note that Schmidt’s ogling scenes did creep me out a bit—I suppose it fits, every other man ogles Vicky—but it still creeped me out. I also felt liked I was missing something when the occasional German phrase was used (I don’t know German)....more
Vicky’s in Egypt this time around. There are rumors that someone is planning a major theft of the Cairo Museum—the few clues the authorities have leadVicky’s in Egypt this time around. There are rumors that someone is planning a major theft of the Cairo Museum—the few clues the authorities have lead them to believe that Vicky will be able to spot the thieves. She does spot at least one potential suspect—but it’s the sight of young bride clutching his arm that dismays her the most . . . .
Night Train to Memphis is the best Vicky Bliss title yet! John has an intriguing storyline and Schmidt’s character really develops....more
Diesel's back! Diesel is yet another sexy man who finds Stephanie completely adorable---sigh---like Morelli and Ranger aren't enough attention for oneDiesel's back! Diesel is yet another sexy man who finds Stephanie completely adorable---sigh---like Morelli and Ranger aren't enough attention for one girl. As a between-the-numbers entry, Plum Spooky has a supernatural bent. A good part of the story takes place in the Pine Barrens---you know, the home of the Jersey Devil. Something is definitely afoot in the Barrens---there are weird lightning flashes, isolated rain showers, sightings of monkeys wearing aluminum hats, and rumors of a vampire running people off the road in his fancy car. Said incidents actually have non-supernatural explanations---the residents of the Barrens are another story however. . .
Overall, a fun, light read. Tension was lacking, particularly with the love 'square', so it wasn't a page-turner. Plum Spooky has been blasted on amazon and there's some merit to the criticism---there are way too many fart jokes in this story---Evanovich is usually more clever with her humor. It's also unlikely that Morelli would be complacent about Diesel sleeping in Stephanie's bed---and would she really want him to be? Trust only calls for him being okay with Diesel sleeping on her couch . . . .
Final observations---the Lula/Tank storyline was a bit jarring, there should always be plenty of Grandma Mazur in any Plum story (and she barely made an appearance)---but I was entertained by Carl the monkey. Read it but don't worry about reading it as soon as possible....more
Vicky’s back in Egypt. Someone has just stolen King Tut and the race is on to recover the mummy before the theft becomes public knowledge. John swearsVicky’s back in Egypt. Someone has just stolen King Tut and the race is on to recover the mummy before the theft becomes public knowledge. John swears that he has retired from the thieving profession but even he admits that it seems like something he would do—and it was done the way he would have done it. So, to prove John’s innocence and save Feisal’s job, our friends aim to solve the crime and return Tut to his tomb. Schmidt, of course, is anxious to lend his expertise to the cause and ends up saving the day—and provides one of the best scenes in the series!
Not my favorite Vicky Bliss title, but still a light, enjoyable read. Spoiler alert—Schmidt’s claims to fame prove to be more than drunken boasts . . . . There’s also a guest appearance by a real person . . . . ...more
The “Time of Hiding” ended a few years ago for the lesser fae—you know, garden sprites, brownies, selkies, wood sprites and pixies. Werewolves, vampirThe “Time of Hiding” ended a few years ago for the lesser fae—you know, garden sprites, brownies, selkies, wood sprites and pixies. Werewolves, vampires and witches are still maintaining secrecy although there are rumors that the werewolves are planning to come out next—despite the fact that the lesser fae have found themselves confined to reservations now that their nature is known.
Mercy Thompson is a shapeshifter, although the vampires refer to her as a walker. There aren’t many walkers left in the world—she’s never met another. She’s okay with that though—she accepted her unique status long ago. Things have been going fairly well for Mercy—she runs her own business, a garage she bought from a kind old gremlin. She’s repairing a van for one of the local undead and in return, he protects her from his fellow vampires. Then Mac shows up. He looks like a runaway and he smells like a werewolf—a recently-made werewolf. Mercy offers him a job and considers how best to introduce him to Adam, the local werewolf leader. Before introductions can be made however, Mac is attacked and Mercy has to call Adam to inform him that she has killed a werewolf in his territory.
Loved this book! While similar to Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series, Mercy Thompson’s universe is quite clearly hers. *I love the fact that Stefan, a ‘decent guy for a vampire’, has painted his van to look like the Mystery Machine from the Scooby Doo cartoons....more
Cranky Agnes is a food columnist who wields a wicked frying pan—as a couple of ex-fiancees can testify. Aside of her temper and the fact that her bestCranky Agnes is a food columnist who wields a wicked frying pan—as a couple of ex-fiancees can testify. Aside of her temper and the fact that her best friend is the daughter of a mobster—and maybe the fact that she just co-wrote a cookbook with a retired mobster, she’s a squeaky clean character. So why are bad guys trying to kidnap her dog? It may have something to do with the basement she didn’t know her house had—but what do they think she found down there?
Shane is a hitman for the government—whose uncle is the retired mobster Agnes worked with on her cookbook. Both his uncle and his boss are withholding information from Shane and he may be ready to ditch both of them—but when it comes to Agnes, he’s playing for keeps.
A smart mystery with lots of action, humor, romance and sex. Highly recommended!...more