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Legend in Green Velvet

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  2,755 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Scotland is Susan's passion and obsession—and the opportunity to join a Highland dig is a dream come true for the young archaeology student. But then a sinister stranger slips Susan a cryptic message and is later found viciously slain. A mysterious peril has emerged from the mists to haunt Susan, sending her running for her life in the company of handsome, unconventional l ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 3rd 2002 by Avon (first published March 1st 1976)
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May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
4 biased stars ("I really liked it.")

The good: Elizabeth Peters is the equivalent of comfort food; I read a lot of her books in high school/college and I'll always have a soft spot for them. This book isn't so much romantic suspense as romantic comedy with some suspense thrown in. It's lighthearted and silly; the best word to describe this whole book, I think, would be "caper." The historical elements are added with a light hand (as always--Peters is so good at that), characters are vivid, and d
Rating Clarification: 3.5 Stars

After coming off a major book slump of 3 library books that became "did-not-finish"-ers, I decided to go back and re-read an oldie from my Elizabeth Peters collection. Sure glad I did, since this offering was just the kind of light-hearted escapism I needed.

Peters knows how to craft an irreverent, campy romp of a novel, and this one is no exception. There's Scottish history aplenty, sarcastic young heroines, less-than-alpha heros, villians to be avoided, and kitten
"Oh, hell ... So you're one of those Americans."
Elizabeth Peters, Legend in Green Velvet

This is such a great romp!
I've read this book actually several times over the years, probably the first time when I was a teenager. Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels is one of my mother's favorite authors and her books crowded the book shelves in the living room. I have my own copies of these books now and read this one again recently. It does not hold up well to my memory of the book.

Young archaeology student Susan is in Edinburgh, Scotland for the first time in her life when she becomes embroiled in a criminal affair s
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I’m addicted to Elizabeth Peters and couldn’t pass up the chance to read a mystery set in Scotland. The mystery and setting were great as usual, but the main characters were not the best. Susan is a Scottish history buff who receives a message not intended for her and, as usual, it draws the bad guys’ attention. This, of course, leads to chaos for our heroine. Susan isn’t a bad heroine, she’s just… average. Nothing stood out about her personality and a lot of the time it felt like her only main ...more
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, audio, 2014
Interesting story which, unfortunately, showed its age. By this I mean the heroine was a pushover as far as men went and didn't think anything about it. At least at the beginning of the story. Toward the end she developed a backbone.

The Scottish history bits were told in such a way that even if history isn't your forte, it would be interesting. At least it was for me but I enjoy this sort of stuff.

The adventures through the Scottish landscape was with peril, but fun to listen to. And I liked th
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Three and a half stars rounded up because it was just what I was in the mood for. A light comic adventure-romance with enough Scottish history woven in to keep me interested. Not as good as Peters' Amelia Peabody novels but fine for a quick beach read.
Laura de Leon
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoy reading an Elizabeth Peters romantic adventure, and this one was no exception. I'm not sure how I managed to miss it until now!

Susan has a passion for Scottish history, (and so I learned a number of tidbits as the story advanced) and this leads to a case of mistaken identity, and gets her embroiled in a nasty affair, with bad guys trying to kill her. Luckily her wits and the resources of the guy that gets dragged into this with her are enough to keep them a step or two ahead.

Bonus points
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scotland
I've been an admirer of Elizabeth Peters' work for years, so I was delighted to find a book I hadn't yet read.

In this one, archaeology student Susan is on her way to a dig in the Central Highlands. She has a very romanticized idea of what Scotland is like, and is finding herself disappointed on numerous levels -- especially when she winds up being framed for a murder that pulls her into unwanted intrigue.

Along with her is Jamie Erskine, a young Scot who is heir to the ancestral title and wants n
I'm not sure how to classify this. Is there a genre for very silly romantic suspense? If not, this book shows the need for one. Susan is an American archaeology student with a passion for all things Scotland - especially Bonnie Prince Charlie and Scottish poetry and lore, which are layered into this book with a garden spade. James is a young Scot who despises all that and scorns those who prefer to live in the past. Of course they are thrown together when Susan travels to Scotland and they manag ...more
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm obviously biased toward Elizabeth Peters' books because she is one of my favorite authors, but I re-read her novels because they are fun, comforting and a wonderful palate cleanser after some of the new stuff I try to read. After seeing reviews on this site, I realize Peters isn't for everyone. But, I absolutely love all her books--from the series to the stand-alones like this one. She brings to life interesting characters, especially women who are real yet strong and independent. She includ ...more
Apr 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Was a big Elizabeth Peters fan many moons ago. Came across this book and did not remember reading it and it sounded interesting.

I think I did read this, but so long ago I didn't remember it. It was a fun read, easy read. Lot of Scottish history came up, which was interesting. This book hints that the Stone of Scone never actually left Scotland. That is part of the mystery here, but there is a bit more going on than meets the eye.

Enjoyable read.
Pat Beard
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lots of fun, this early work is a clear forerunner of the Emerson and Peabody books in its characters, humor, and plot twists. In reading the author's earlier books I have really enjoyed watching the development of her style. This is one of my favorites so far.
Ash C
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
There’s just something about the way Elizabeth Peters writes. I never really was a huge fan of mysteries, having always had a hard time connecting with them, but when I picked up Crocodile On The Sandbank, I instantly fell in love.

Originally I had thought the only reason I loved the Amelia Peabody series was because it had two of my very favorite things in it. Ancient Egypt and Regency England. I love the rich history in both eras and love to read about them. But when I picked up Legend In Green
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This is another of Elizabeth Peters's romantic comedy capers, dating to the late 1970s, featuring an American heroine up against mysterious antagonists in the British Isles and helped by a mysterious Brit--in this case a Scottish heir to a title and castle. The incredibly silly plot has them running for their lives all around Scotland to avoid a murder charge (they could have gone to the police, but then there wouldn't have been any plot) and to solve the mystery. The silliness is helped immense ...more
J.L. Rallios
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actually it's 4 1/2 stars because the ending was somewhat anti-climatic. Still it comes together pretty well. Being pursued through the countryside is my cup of tea. Loved it, along with the humor. I don't like the disrespect that a son shows his father. It is supposed to add a light touch, but I seldom think that's very funny. I see too much of it in real life. But all in all a fine adventure, light on the archaeology (unfortunately), a convoluted plot without it being too confusing, and not ov ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks, 2018, mystery
I think somebody stole Elizabeth Peters name for this ridiculous attempt at a Scottish Highland, mystery solving co-ed romance/archaeology treasure hunt, a la Scooby Doo, but without the lovable dog. Our heroine, Susan, is a know it all ass, a la Velma. I did a lot of eye-rolling listening to this audiobook. At least it was better than the radio.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
A bit slow overall until the end...didn't fall in love with any of the characters and quite frankly didn't care a ton what happened to them. Decent overall, but much prefer Peters' Amelia Peabody series.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-books
Not Elizabeth Peters's finest.
Cameron Toney
Dec 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, this book has waaaay to many coincidences, plot holes, and moments of strained credulity for me to really take a shine to it.
Oh well.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Lovely story involving a lot of Scottish history in current times. Slightly similar to the Amelia Peabody series set in England and Egypt.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was fun and pretty clean (I don’t remember much language- maybe a little?). A bit more romance at the end wouldn’t have been unwelcome...
Tracey S Choat
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scottish history

I enjoyed the Scottish history. Not one of her best books but it is readable. Somewhat silly. 3 1\2 stars
Not great literature, but this is one of my favorite Elizabeth Peters books and definitely one of my happy places when I'm feeling stressed.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Just a fun read; good to listen to on audio so you can hear a brogue :)
Archeology student gets into mystery in Scotland.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reading
For an older book, this was a good one. I enjoyed the characters and the story.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-2-star-crime
I thought this would be a lightish whodunnit, but it turned out to be large chunks of Scottish history and not much else.
Lori McD
A fun romp of a mystery though Scotland, complete with all the kitsch an American gal sold on Scotland and the Highlands could want - including a hero who looks like a member of the Royal family without his beard! (view spoiler) ...more
Scott Rhee
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, scotland
Perhaps best known for her mystery series involving Amelia Peabody, an archaeologist/detective who solves murder mysteries in exotic locales, Elizabeth Peters has apparently written numerous stand-alone novels throughout her extensive literary career. "Legend in Green Velvet" is one of her stand-alones, and it is the first of hers that I have read. Peters has a crisp prose and a snappy flair for dialogue, and her professorial intelligence (She has a Ph.D. in Egyptology) clearly shows. While I am ...more
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun book.

Susan has been fortunate enough to get a chance to participate in an archaeological dig in Scotland. She has dreamed of this since she was a young girl.

In an Edinburgh park, she hears an elderly man who is speaking about Scottish history in a very emotional speech. This same man appears in her life several times over the next few days.

After a few days and a series of strange events, she spies the same man following her. When she tries to follow him to find out why,she finds he
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Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also wrote 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 Frede ...more