Trojan Gold (Vicky Bliss Series #4)

Trojan Gold (Vicky Bliss Series #4)

by Elizabeth Peters
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Trojan Gold (Vicky Bliss Series #4) by Elizabeth Peters

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

But the photograph art historian Vicky Bliss has just received gives rise to a thousand questions instead. A quick glance at the blood-stained envelope is all the proof she needs that something is horribly wrong.

The picture itself is familiar: a woman adorned in the gold of Troy. Yet this isn't the famous photograph of Frau Schliemann—no, this picture is contemporary. The gold, as Vicky and her fellow academics know, disappeared at the end of World War II.

Now this circle of experts is gathered for a festive Bavarian Christmas. All of them—including the mysterious John Smythe and a very determined killer...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061809668
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: Vicky Bliss Series , #4
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 86,858
File size: 876 KB

About the Author

Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. She 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 lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.


A farm in rural Maryland

Date of Birth:

September 29, 1927

Place of Birth:

Canton, Illinois


M.A., Ph.D. in Egyptology, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1952

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Trojan Gold (Vicky Bliss Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites. John "Smythe" is not the usual hero. I agree with the reviewer who likes more John. Street of the Five Moons introduces his relationship with Vicky Bliss and Night Train to Memphis follows this major John & Vicky tale. This one really showcases the conflicted duo. Though the sequel wins second place in my all-time Plot Whiplash Award. I won't (spoiler) say why. [First place is "Green Hazard" a tongue-in-cheek WWII spy caper by Manning Coles.] Trojan Gold also shows a lot of background info on Troy and archeology. Made me dig out old National Geographic on Knossos. Lots of plot confusion. This author is never predictable. Highly recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Smart, sassy, and sexy (not to mention humorous) Vicky Bliss is back, competing and colluding with rogueish thief and lover John 'Smythe' to uncover the meaning of a photo which may reveal the long-lost Trojan gold treasure. Satisfying read on so many levels: intelligent and humorous interaction between the couple, romance, and detection/adventure. One of my favorites of the sadly short series (Borrower of the Night (pre-John), Street of the Five Moons**, Silhouette in Scarlet, Trojan Gold**, Night Train to Memphis**) Starred ones are my favorites! Also, The Camelot Caper is kind of a possibly tied-in book if you're desperate for more John.
DKUnderwood More than 1 year ago
I expected to delve into an exciting historical fiction full of mystery, suspense, and adventure with maybe a touch of romance for good measure. Unfortunately, it fails as historical fiction, mystery, and romance. Vicky Bliss and some of her academic colleagues receive a mysterious photograph showing the ancient treasure that Heinrich Schliemann believed to belong to the site of Troy. No one knows much of anything, no one knows what they are doing and very few clues are found. So instead, Vicky Bliss has a catty attitude with every woman while every single man awkwardly and shamelessly flirts with her. This banal novel prattles on about Schmidt's overeating and loads of irrelevant, flirtatious banter. In the midst of missing treasure and murder, the eating, drinking, and tongue-in-cheek small talk and gossip ensues with little investigation or suspense building up to why the photographs were sent or who could have been guilty of murdering the sender. As for romance, there is very little sexual tension between Vicky and her true lover because Ms. Bliss has the same sportive ribbing with every man in her acquaintance. All the characters are shallow, flat, and as realistic as puppets. More time is spent discussing the behavior and whereabouts of the pet dog and the idiosyncrasies of the other women instead of trying to explore the historical and criminal intrigue that surrounds Ms. Bliss. I am bewildered that this cheesy and plot-starved rubbish has received such high reviews. On a positive note, the fair amount of SAT words give the impression that these prestigious and pompous characters are doing something worthwhile.
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