What happens when you mix authentic Egyptian lore, a ripping good yarn, and a heroine with an affinity for crime - and for dangerous, seductive men? You get a new Vicky Bliss mystery by the award-winning author of The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog. Writing here as Elizabeth Peters, but featuring the delicious romantic tension of the bestselling novels she writes under her pseudonym Barbara Michaels, Peters as always brings readers a masterful mystery resplendent with wit and rousing adventure. Vicky Bliss, assistant curator of the National Museum in Munich, doesn't know a thing about Egyptology. It's her familiarity with larceny that brings an intelligence agency to her office with an offer she can't refuse. They want her as an operative on a luxury Nile cruise because "certain information" has come to their attention - on a dead body - that a major heist of Egyptian antiquities is in the works. Will Vicky risk her life and all 5'11" of her shapely body in order to stop the thief? Vicky suspects that the man the authorities want is her occasional lover and frequent adversary, the art thief and master of disguise she knows only by one of his many aliases - "Sir John Smythe." On the first day of the trip, in the shadow of the Sphinx, she does spot him - with a beautiful young girl clinging to his arm. Stunned and furious, Vicky is too pre-occupied with her own feelings to concentrate on crime as the cruise ship sails up the Nile. Of course, she's also distracted by a billionaire offering romance, a gorgeous "sheik" suggesting some very private tours, a pompous Boston professor flattering her ego, and a glamorous American widow giving her beauty tips. But when another distraction showsup, in the person of her lovable and exasperating boss Herr Dr. Schmidt, and one of the crew is brutally murdered, Vicky realizes that this dream cruise is turning into a nightmare voyage and that everything she cherishes is threatened by perils even worse than death.
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.