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Borrower of the Night: The First Vicky Bliss Mystery [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
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Aug. 24 2000 Vicky Bliss Mysteries

Meet art historian Vicky Bliss, She is as beautiful as she is brainy--with unassailable courage, insatiable curiosity, and an expertise in lost museum treasures that often leads her into the most dangerous of situations.

A missing masterwork in wood, the last creation of a master carver who died in the violent tumult of the sixteenth century, may be hidden in a medieval German castle in the town of Rothenburg. The prize has called to Vicky Bliss, drawing her and an arrogant male colleague into the forbidding citadel and its dark secrets. But the treasure hunt soon turns deadly. Here, where the blood of the long forgotten damned stains ancient stones, Vicky must face two equally perilous possibilities. Either a powerful supernatural evil inhabits this place. . .or someone frighteningly real is willing to kill for what Vicky is determined to find.


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"An ancient European castle. . .secret passages. . .a mystery several hundred years old. . .and danger, make this Elizabeth Peters's best book!" -- -- San Francisco Examiner

"This author never fails to entertain." -- -- Cleaveland Plain Dealer

About the Author

Elizabeth Peters 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 at the Edgar Awards in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth and Vicky, are women to admire. Dec 8 2013
By Carolyn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The first 'Vicky Bliss' mystery Feb. 15 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars --Mystery, Intrigue and Art History-- July 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Vicky is no Amelia May 11 2003
By "lia47"
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars She's tough April 6 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars 1st Vicki Bliss Mystery but not 1st John Tregarth mystery
Fans of the Vicki Bliss series should check out The Camelot Caper by Elizabeth Peters. It features John Tregarth in his pre-Vicki days.
Published on Jan. 23 2002 by MaryK
4.0 out of 5 stars Shallow Characters Hold Back An Intriguing Tale
"Borrower Of The Night" is the first book by Elizabeth Peters that I've read. It was my understanding that Ms. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2001 by AntiochAndy
4.0 out of 5 stars The first Vicky Bliss mystery
This is a reprint of a novel copyrighted in 1973. While it may not be the best
book of the series, it should be read first as it establishes the characters. Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2001 by Fred Camfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the World of Vicky!!
Vicky is a woman who needs no one but herself. In this book she goes to Germany for some light treasure hunting and ends up embroiled in a bizarre mystery. Read more
Published on May 13 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What a blast!
I am in love with the "Vicki Bliss" character. If you loved the Janet Evanovich "One for the Money" series you will have a great time with these books. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2001 by Loves To Read
5.0 out of 5 stars What a blast!
I am in love with the "Vicki Bliss" character. If you loved the Janet Evanovich "One for the Money" series you will have a great time with these books. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2001 by Loves To Read
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Peter's Strikes Again!
Borrower of the Night by Elizabeth Peters exemplifies what a good mystery novel should be. It is witty, intelligent, and highly captivating. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Peter's Strikes Again!
Borrower of the Night by Elizabeth Peters exemplifies what a good mystery novel should be. It is witty, intelligent, and highly captivating. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2000
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