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Night Train to Memphis (Vicky Bliss #5)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  3,227 ratings  ·  161 reviews
An assistant curator of Munich's National Museum, Vicky Bliss is no expert on Egypt, but she does have a Ph.D. in solving crimes. So when an intelligence agency offers her a luxury Nile cruise if she'll help solve a murder and stop a heist of Egyptian antiquities, all 5'11" of her takes the plunge. Vicky suspects the authorities really want her to lead them to her missing ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1994)
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this is one of those books that I read every time I need to feel better. it always does the trick.
Renee M
I enjoyed the heck out of this. I've only read two of the Vicki Bliss mysteries (this and the first in the series), but now I'll go and track down the others. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the dialog, the setting, and the plotting. Just a smashing little read!

P. S. Literally the same day I finished this, a friend called and threw into conversation a reference to a character actor from the 40s know as "Cuddles" (S. Z. Sakall). This was déjà vu for me because, having grown up with Golden Ag
The most recent of the Vicky Bliss series by Elizabeth Peters. A final book is due out later this year.

Vicky is an appealing character, a wise-cracking Ph.D. (Art History) with a funny little boss who treats her like a favorite niece. Her foil/romantic lead is a mix of Lord Peter, Raffles, and the Saint.

They're charming books; escapism that provides a bit of education along the way.
This might be my favorite Vicky Bliss. Mystery-wise, it's like one of the weirder Agatha Christies*, but it's got Vicky, who is awesome, and John, who is John, and Schmidt, who is never boring**. And there's Feisal. So it's kind of wacky plot-wise, the character stuff is great, and Elizabeth Peters is at her best when she's mocking something. What's not to like?

*There are plenty of surface similarities with Death on the Nile, which is one of my favorite Agatha Christies. But the title that Night
If I was going to be stuck on a deserted island with Lovey and Thurston Howell III for three seasons of mediocre television, this is one of the books I'd pack. I adore it. Everything about it is perfect. EP has mixed success with her titles -- some are real clunkers -- but she nailed it on this book. This was the first Vicky Bliss book I read so I was somewhat confused the first time through and it was still good. Mostly I don't get too spun up about reading books in order, but in the case of th ...more
"Schmidts ideas of consolation are based on whip cream and chocolate" . Aw, dear Schmidt! A better secondary character can't be found! And he was very present in this installment of Vicky Bliss. His German accent is delightful and his mixing of American sayings is very funny.

Again, I completely enjoy listening to this series. The narrator, Barbara Rosenblat, continues to entertain with her talent for giving such personality to each character. Not sure I could get through the story without it. M
Jan 29, 2015 Bob rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Both my wife and I have been great fans of Peters' Amelia Peabody series of stories. So I was looking forward to dipping into one of the novels in this series but found myself less than engaged.

It's not the problem of the story. Vicky Bliss, an assistant curator in the Munich National Museum is enlisted as a fill-in lecturer on a Nile cruise because of her crime-solving capabilities. There has been a murder and inklings of a heist of Egyptian antiquities. On the boat she encounters her own partn
Very entertaining. Several years back I listened to another of the Vicky Bliss series (I don't remember which) and was disappointed in it. I was (and am) a fan of the Amelia Peabody series by Ms. Peters and didn't think Vicky Bliss measured up. Since then I've changed my mind.
Vicky Bliss is an assistant curator of Munich's National Museum,and an amateur sleuth who is talked into going on a luxury cruise in Egypt as a guest lecturer.Apparently German Intelligence had heard chatter that a big art heist is about to take place and the thief or his associates might be on the cruise. Vicky's part time lover has been known to be an art thief so she could point him or his associates out to the proper authorities. Sure enough her lover shows up- but with his new bride!Sure en ...more
Laura Ruetz
I have been a huge fan of the author's other series in Eygypt, the Peabody mysteries so this was my first read of any of the Vicky Bliss novels. Thankfully, while prior books were referenced, I never felt lost or confused, which can be a concern when starting a series with something other than the first book.

The characters are well developed, intriguing and work well within the storyline. From background characters to outlandish, everything fits perfectly for a story that is fully engrossing and
Steven C Hawkins
Ignorance is Bliss

Imagine James Bond without any double naught spy skills and he is sent on a mission to monitor the highly organized and well financed activities of SPECTRE. He bumbles his way through the mission until the antagonists begin to turn against their organization and help him successfully conclude the mission because they think he is charming and good looking.

This is how the heroine operates in this novel. Vicky Bliss has very poor observation skills and could not deduce that orang
Originally published in 1994, Night Train To Memphis follows the sleuthing adventures of Vicky Bliss, an assistant curator and not-so-amateur crime-solver. On this outing she has been asked by the authorities to participate in a three week Egyptian cruise for the extremely wealthy, in order to identify her sometime lover who also happens to be an elusive master thief.
Night Train To Memphis is classic Elizabeth Peters, with its elegant and literate narrative, and a slightly old-fashioned feel du
Plot: This is the fifth book in Elizabeth Peters Vicky Bliss series. Vicky is talked into giving art lectures on an Egyptian Nile cries. She is also to act as a spy and determine who is planning to rob the Cairo Museum. Little does she know Jon will also be on the cruise and with a wife, no less. The scheme turns out to involve much more than a simple break-in. Much action and danger ensues as Vicky and John seek to extricate themselves from a gang of criminals bent on pulling off the heist of t ...more
This was a fun read from beginning to end, with just the right mix of romance, mystery, and suspense as only Elizabeth Peters does it.

Dr. Vicky Bliss of Munich is persuaded by some mysterious security types to head down to Egypt and take an all-expense paid cruise on the Nile. Her mission will be to identify an evildoer - or perhaps evildoers - who may be planning to make away with priceless Egyptian antiquaties. Upon arriving on board the boat she will be traveling on, she discovers that three
Aug 09, 2013 Jen rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Night Train to Memphis (a Vicky Bliss mystery) did not appeal to me. I did enjoy Peters' Jacqueline Kirby mystery that I recently read, so I was disappointed.

Book Description: Comically mixing country music lyrics with Egyptology lore, this fifth Vicky Bliss tale (after Trojan Gold) focuses more on the Munich National Museum's assistant curator's love affair with a British art forger/thief than on suspense. Vicky poses as an Egyptian art expert on a cruise up the Nile in order to help the Munic
Jan 18, 2011 Lisa added it
This book is a bit cheeky in that the author has written another series of books about Egypt and archaelogy (The Amelia Peabody series which are set from the late Victorian period through to the Twenties) and the lead characters are mentioned in this book as though they are real historical characters involved in Egyptian archaelogical digs such as Howard Carter or Lord Caernarvon. You do need to have read the previous book(s) in this particular series as Peters does reference events that occurre ...more
And now, the apex of the Vicky Bliss books to date (barring Book 6 blowing me away): Night Train to Memphis.

This is the first of the Vicky Blisses that crosses over into Amelia Peabody territory, as the adventure this time heads down into Egypt. Anything Ms. Peters writes set in Egypt is just going to shine, on the grounds that Egyptology is her expertise outside of writing, and this rolls out into any fiction she sets there. Plus, this is the first one that explicitly ties into the Amelia Peabo
This author, particularly this book, helps satisfy, perhaps just a smidgen, the desire that I've had to travel to see the most famous sites of the world, and revisit the idea of furthering my education to get a master's degree in art history; I waffle between that and literature, or writing (even bigger scarier idea).

So, I delved into yet another Elizabeth Peters' book this time in my armchair travel that I took down the Nile in a luxurious ship, I could be found running through the backstreets
Sarah Sammis
Night Train to Memphis, the fifth Vicky Bliss mystery by Elizabeth Peters was actually the first one I read. When we were moving to Daly City from South Pasadena we got the audio version and listened to it up and down the I5. Having so enjoyed listening to the mystery, I went back and found copies of the previous four which I read through over the next couple of years.

Night Train the Memphis finds Vicky Bliss outside her comfort zone and plopped into the middle of Amelia Peabody Emerson's huntin
A tip has been given to the authorities that some valuable items are going to be stolen from Egypt. And that Vicky Bliss somehow knows who the culprit is going to be. So she's strong-armed into joining a luxury tour as a guest lecturer. But to make matters even worse, she's confronted with the man she loves... married to another woman.
So now, she's dealing with claustrophobia, mayhem, jealousy... and maybe even murder.
Julie Davis
#23 - 2010.

Elizabeth Peters is, I believe, this author's real name. She also writes under Barbara Michaels. The joke inherent in this knowledge is that Barbara Michaels writes romantic mysteries while Elizabeth Peters makes fun of the genre while still writing legitimately romantic mysteries. This is where she gets to have a bit of fun. My favorites of her Elizabeth Peter's series are the Vicky Bliss books. This is the last of the series, as to my everlasting regret Ms. Peters has focused on Ame
Deb Novack
Elizabeth Peters spins a fantastic yarn through Egypt on a boat and on land.Along on this journey is Dr. Vicky Bliss an official of the National Museum in Munich, her boss Director Doctor Schmidt and Sir John who was Vicky's boyfriend but he is now married. Vicky is convinced to go undercover on a cruise yo Egypt to prevent and identify a thief. Once convinced on the boat Vicky see's Sir John and his bride, bit Vicky is John's ex love and knows he is a bit of a thief. It seems all things go awry ...more
This was the first Vicky Bliss book I ever read, but in all these years since, I've never read them in a row in proper order. They are even better that way. Vicky is in top form in this novel, and Peters was at her best as well. It's a fun, exciting read with the quirky characters Peters is known for.
Audrey Dailey
I wasn't thrilled with this book (really I want to give it 2.5 stars) but I think that's partly my fault. This is the 5th Vicky Bliss book but the first one I've read so there were all kinds of recurring characters that I wasn't familiar with and references to previous books that were beyond me.
This is the first non-Amelia book I've read by Peters. The mystery was pretty well written but I didn't always like the main characters. Vicky is not as lovable as Amelia Peabody and her relationship wit
Tiffany Johnson
Vicky Bliss knows her lover John to be somewhat elusive, but she doesn't expect him to show up married on the all-expense paid cruise she is taking to find a criminal mastermind involved in smuggling antiquities...
Needless to say, this throws her concentration off a great deal. Being the great detective she is, however, she harnesses her powers of focus and tries to make connections in a mysterious web of circumstances.
As is so often the case, all is not what it seems. Vicky must force herself
Maureen E
This book was pure gold (erm…). I mean, the other ones I enjoyed. But this one! Schmidt! The pure awesomeness that is Schmidt blew me away. I laughed myself silly in parts. And did anyone else catch the Busman’s Honeymoon reference? [Dec. 2008]


I haven’t read The Laughter of Dead Kings yet, but I’ve read the rest of the books in the Vicky Bliss series and this one is definitely, emphatically my favorite. Peters manages to take all the tropes she’s set up in the rest of the books and stand th
I haven't read. Vicki Bliss in a long time. I saw this book on Pioneer and borrowed it. It was like coming home to old friends. I liked this book a lot. I probably have read it in the past but sure couldn't remember it. Fun read for me!
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Oh i just love this series & Im so sad there is only 1 more book left in series! The whole series is 5 star & a must read! I cant find one thing that i dont like about it! It has just the right amount of romance, mystery, action, suspense, etc. etc. etc.
There are very few books I like as audiobooks, but any of the Elizabeth Peters books narrated by Barbara Rosenblat are pure genius. And this is the top of the bunch. It was with this book that EP began messing with BR by deliberately doing things that will be hard/hilarious for the narrator to do. Such as having the lovable and always enthusiastic Schmidt, German museum curator, singing old American country western songs almost constantly. Pure joy to listen to, not to mention a fabulous plot, l ...more
This one is definitely the most angsty of the series--really kind of heart wrenching in spots! Still very funny though at the same time--Schmidt, as always, adds much in the way of comic relief, and Suzi is pretty entertaining as well. And man, what a fantastic ending! In fact, the ending is just so good, that now I wonder if that's partly why the sixth book disturbs me so much--it really does feel completely unnecessary. Still, I might give it another try, just in case my ill temper about it ha ...more
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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)
  • Trojan Gold (Vicky Bliss, #4)
  • 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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