Night Train to Memphis (Vicky Bliss Series #5)

Night Train to Memphis (Vicky Bliss Series #5)

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by Elizabeth Peters, Barbara Mertz
     
 

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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

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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 lover, the art thief and master of disguises she knows only as "Sir John Smythe." And right in the shadow of the Sphinx she spots him. . . with his new flame. Vicky is so furious at this romantic stab-in-the-back, not to mention the sudden arrival of her meddling boss, Herr Dr. Schmidt, that she may overlook a danger as old as the pharaohs and as unchanging. . . a criminal who hides behind a mask of charm while moving in for the kill.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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 Munich police spot the leader of an art ring that is planning to rob the Cairo museum. Among those whom she suspects are Feisal, the native guide, a suspicious pair of men named Bright and Sweet, and, alas, her old lover and adversary, Sir John, who is on board with his mother and his new bride. The accomplished Peters's latest quirky, lighthearted novel sports some harrowing moments, as when Vicky, her eccentric boss, Herr Dr. Schmidt, and John attempt to escape from the villainous ring, but with its emphasis on Vicky's love life, the story remains essentially a spirited soap opera interspersed with guidebook descriptions. Author tour. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Using a location and subject familiar to readers of her historical fiction series featuring 19th-century archaeologist Amelia Peabody, Peters combines ancient wonders with modern calamity. Dr. Vicky Bliss (Borrower of the Night, Chivers North American Pr., 1992), who works for the National Museum in Munich, joins a luxurious Nile cruise in order to forestall an alleged plot to rob the Cairo Museum. The ship and its 30 passengers compare most favorably to other such microcosms, especially in view of Vicky's witty sarcasm, fevered conjecture, and stubborn bravery. Brisk adventure in exotic surroundings from a practiced hand; heartily endorsed.
Emily Melton
Peters' fans will be delighted with her newest mystery. The talented, popular author offers a clever plot combined with an exotic setting, well-crafted writing, wryly funny humor, interesting factoids about Egyptian antiquities, and lively, attractive heroine Vicky Bliss, who can hold her own against the meanest meanies. Vicky, a curator at Munich's National Museum, is asked to go undercover on a cruise down the Nile. Her mission: to spot who among her fellow passengers might be the master criminal about to carry out a major theft of valuable antiquities. Vicky has a sneaking suspicion that the thief the police are after is the mysterious man she knows as John, who's perfectly capable of illegal activities and who's been both her sworn enemy and her sometime lover. When John shows up on the cruise and a crew member is murdered, Vicky begins to fear her suspicions were correct--but she doesn't have enough evidence to rule out the other passengers. This one is vintage Peters at her entertaining best--a top choice for all mystery collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446602488
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
12/28/1995
Series:
Vicky Bliss Series, #5
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
271,982
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Peters was born and brough up in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Peters was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She is also the author, as Barbara Mertz, of Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt and Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt. She lives in western Maryland. Visit her website at: www.ameliapeabody.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
A farm in rural Maryland
Date of Birth:
September 29, 1927
Place of Birth:
Canton, Illinois
Education:
M.A., Ph.D. in Egyptology, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1952
Website:
http://mpmbooks.com/

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Night Train to Memphis (Vicky Bliss Series #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
PassingGlimmer More than 1 year ago
I love the Vicky Bliss series. Whenever I need a light yet entertaining read, I turn to this series. There aren't many books out there that I can read over and over again, but the characters in this series are well crafted and the story has just the right amount of action, mystery and one of those so wrong, but oh so right love interests. The balance of history, mystery and comedy are just right. I just wish this one available for Nook. all the others in the series are.
LoveToRead1963 More than 1 year ago
I love all the Vicky Bliss books but I think this one is my favorite. Vicky and John are so much fun. If you haven't checked out this author, please do so.
jewelryladyFL More than 1 year ago
Well-written and very action-packed. Funny and yet intriguing. Would recommend it to all who love mysteries.
sarahconerty More than 1 year ago
Night Train To Memphis is classic Elizabeth Peters, with its elegant and literate narrative, and a slightly old-fashioned feel due to the complete lack of current pop culture references (the musical references are classical and American folk and bluegrass) and rather stodgy assortment of characters who all behave in a rather formal manner. But these factors create a cozy bubble of a setting, one that is timeless, refined and classic. I feel like I should be sipping tea or a glass of wine while reading. Vicky is an interesting character, in that she can be rather unsympathetic. She is aloof, and quite critical of her fellow passengers, even her friend and boss, Schmidt, who is as good-natured as they come. All characteristics she shares with her lover John, whose arrogance and perpetual demeanor of amused contempt make him quite unlikeable as well. Interesting for the heroine of a book. Soon Vicky learns of the murder of her porter, Ali, right after somebody tries to bean her with a flowerpot. As the cruise carries on, Vicky gets to know the passengers better and realizes the danger she's in as she figures out that John is either involved with some really bad partners, or there's another element at play. Either way she's targeted and vulnerable, and doesn't know who she can trust. Her former lover John is behaving cruelly and oddly towards her and his new young wife, and nothing is going as planned. Soon the cheerful Schmidt shows up, but is blessedly in the dark about the dangerous situation, and Vicky's stress increases as she worries about getting him out of the situation. As the players and the plot are revealed, the novel turns into a desperate race of survival as the identity of enemies and allies become clear. Truly an exciting second half! The mystery of the complicated plot was solved, and the characters became much more compelling as their true motives were revealed. Although this is the fifth book in this series, I had no trouble reading it as a standalone novel. The author made discreet but frequent references to Vicky and John's history and I never felt lost.
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CurtisH More than 1 year ago
Her books are compelling and they keep my attention. You won't be disappointed. Addition to being a great mystery book, it has a wonderful lobe story. I keep reading her books.
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This book didn't seem as good as her other Vicky Bliss series. It seemed like the main character, Vicky, didn't know what was going on or what to do a lot of the time. I still liked it though, but not as well as past books I have read in this series. I always enjoy Elizabeth Peters' (Barbara Mertz)writing.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a wonderful book that I truly enjoyed. It truly kept one wanting more and is a must read for all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one book I can listen to over and over again, because of the lively and entertaining performance of Kathleen Turner. She handles a variety of quirky personalities with ease, from an elderly German museum director, a sexy young Egyptian man, and a cynical English art forger, to the somewhat manic Vicky Bliss. This book is *reasonably * non-violent enough for a kid to listen to; my child really liked it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Far too many cliches, clever remarks. By the end of the third chapter, I was sick of 'like a' phrases. One can lose track of the story - which is already choppy. This books has everything but the kitchen sink, including some screwed up sequence of events. Just a tad short of Bulwar-Lytton award.