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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Mystery (Aug. 24 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380733390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380733392
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,094,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Carolyn TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 8 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've enjoyed my first encounter with Elizabeth Peters. The funny thing is, I collected a great deal of it a long time ago. I sifted through my shelf only recently, determining which series belonged together and other works. It is worth the wait and I am eager to delve into her novels much more. It took thinking to decide whether or not I'd dole 4 stars. There are two matters that resulted in 3 stars, with high praise.

`Dr. Vicky Bliss' self-deprecates being tall and robust but is confident in her skin. Most attractive is high intellect and accomplished academia; while watching pennies the same as most of us. She is someone to admire. I associate especially with her as a linguist but she perches on no pedestal above the average person. Paired with adoring her protagonist, I shouldn't be surprised by how taken I am with Elizabeth's writing ability. This novel is about a quest for treasure in a medieval German town, Rothenburg but acquainting Vicky and `Tony' is given time to simmer. I dislike Tony. I found it worthwhile to know Vicky intimately, along with sculptor `Tilman Riemenschneider' and castle `Schloss Drachenstein'. Readers must understand the impact of the work of art Vicky is investigating.

My most salient critique is the location of something important. After exhausting research and blind meandering, it was nonsense that the most utterly accessible location wasn't examined first. That made me exclaim "Come on"! There, I deducted a star. I additionally found getting to Rothenburg and initiating any searches, took too long to begin. I maintain my praise about being well coached in history but excess lag did result because treasure-hunting and major discoveries were far too staggered, even with Vicky in Rothenburg. There should have been more reverence about secret passageways too.
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This is the introductory book of the Vicky Bliss series. Dr Bliss is an art historian teaching in a small midwestern college. She has decided never to marry since she has discovered that the only thing that intimidates most men more than a tall woman is a smart tall woman and Vicky is both. Another member of the faculty, Tony, is also tall and smart and quite taken with Vicky. The two stumble across a reference to a long missing art work and are soon off to Germany to track it down, in competition with each other. They find that they are not the only ones seeking this piece. The trail leads to a castle turned hotel complete with a ghost, secret passages and damsel in distress.
This book was written in 1973 and does show its age a bit. If you are looking for the mysterious John Smythe of the later books he does not appear here but we do get the first appearance of Schmidt. While she is not as captivating a Amelia Peabody, Vicky is charming in her own way. The series makes for an enjoyable, light hearted read.
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This is the first story in the Vicky Bliss mystery series and although, it's not absolutely necessary to read the stories in chronological order, it really does help to understand the background of the main characters and frankly, it makes reading the books even more enjoyable. In BORROWER OF THE NIGHT, Vicky Bliss, art historian and college professor finds a reference in a book that might lead to the discovery of a missing masterpiece by Tilman Riemenschneider, a very famous German sculptor.
Tony, Vicky's boyfriend and colleague, challenges her to see which of them can locate the missing treasure first. Their information leads them to visit Rothenberg, Germany, and an ancient castle. Several other people are also on the trail of the missing treasure, including Herr Dr. Schmidt and a wealthy American named George. Gorgeous Vicky is in her glory when she collects many admirers among the group, but the beautiful young countess who lives in the castle seems to have captured the interest of Tony. What can be more sinister than an old castle with secret passages and a history of evil inhabitants?
I listened to the audiotapes of this book read by Barbara Rosenblat. It was helpful to hear the pronunciations of the German words and her narration was wonderful.
If you're intrigued enough to want to read this series in order, here they are: BORROWER OF THE NIGHT, STREET OF THE FIVE MOONS, SILHOUETTE IN SCARLET, TROJAN GOLD and NIGHT TRAIN TO MEMPHIS. These are all excellent stories and I only wish that Elizabeth Peters would write more of them.
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By "lia47" on May 11 2003
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This book was enjoyable - compared to many other authors, it was excellent, but compared to Peters's other works, it is merely good. I've been hooked on the Amelia Peabody series for years, and in my opinion this isn't quite as good as those books. The characters aren't as well developed, and the plot didn't grip me - I didn't feel the usual urgency to find out what would happen right away. However, it's still a fun adventure and full of the wit I've come to expect from Peters. I would recommend this to anyone who knows and loves Elizabeth Peters, but newbies should start with Crocodile on the Sandbank or another of Amelia's exploits.
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By reinelisa on April 6 2002
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I am just getting around to reading the Vicky Bliss series, and this one is pretty good, although I like Vicky better in later books. She is way too self deprecating and prickly, as most of Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels heroines (and heroes) are. The plot is not her best either, but the history you learn keeps you glued, which is why I read these. Our intro to Herr Dr. Schmidt is very funny and not to be missed.
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