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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (Aug. 15 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380731185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380731183
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 118 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,365,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan has come to Scotland to participate in a summer archaeological dig, a dream come true for one who has steeped herself in the lore and history of the country. Then an eccentric old man hands her a cryptic message, and she is attacked late at night in Edinburgh. Jamie Erskine, a real Scottish laird who turns out to have dark secrets of his own, aids her. As Susan and Jamie are caught up in a plot involving international traffic in historical artifacts, they must flee their pursuers through the countryside. Grace Conlin's facility for dialect enriches this pleasant mystery from the author of The Ape Who Guards the Balance (Audio Reviews, LJ 3/15/99). Her rich, deep voice effortlessly imparts life to the variety of accents and ages, and her superlative narration even makes a couple of plot contrivances seem more plausible. A good choice for larger collections.AMelody A. Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, NC
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An adroit mix of glamour and suspense. -- Publishers Weekly

Ms. Peters is truly great...this is a winner on all counts. -- San Francisco Chronicle

No one is better at juggling torches while dancing on a high wire than Elizabeth Peters. -- Chicago Tribune

This is Peters at the top of her form. -- Austin American Statesman

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Tassotto on Feb. 16 2004
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Susan, a young American graduate student, has always been fascinated with Scotland. She has immersed herself in Scottish history, studied hard at school, saved her money and is now in Scotland preparing to spend the summer working on a dig of a Pictish site. Life is perfect until she is approached by an eccentric street person, has her hotel room searched and finds herself and a new acquaintence accused of murder and chased across the Highlands.
It's a light fun read but the plot is rather contrived. Susan's character is annoyingly inconsistent. She is presented as bright and well educated but then she is shown wandering off with people she just met and allowing herself to be talked into doing things she knows she should not do.
If you are looking for an enjoyable way to kill some time this will do but don't expect anything on a par with an Amelia Peabody because this isn't it.
One interesting tidbit, Susan's professor back home in Illinois is Dr. Arnold Bliss....I wonder is he's any relation to Vicky?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L O'connor on Oct. 25 2003
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This is my favourite Elizabeth Peters novel. The heroine, Susan, is a romantic young American archaeologist in love with Scotland and all things Scottish. Staying in Edinburgh on her way to join a dig in the Highlands, she is mistaken for somebody else, implicated ina murder, and finds herself going on the run with Jamie, an unromantic young Scot who bears an uncanny resemblance to a Very Important Person. The book abnounds with amusing characters, especially jamie's crazy Scottish nationalist father, and a trio of ancient lady doctors. Funny, exciting and full of details about Scotland and Scottish history. One minor quibble. At one point Susan desc ribes George I as a 'distant' relative of the Stuarts. he wasn't very distant, he was a direct descendent of King jmaes I, and had as much SCottish blood in him as Bonnie Prince Charlie, which is to say not very much. What a pity Elizabeth peters doesn't write contemporary thrillers any more, i like them so much better than her series featuring tiresome Amerlai Peabody.
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Susan is an archeology student with an obsession for all things Scot. She is lucky enough to be asked to take part in an dig in Scotland for the summer. Naturally, she leaves a little early to take in the sights. It really didn't turn out as planned. A crazy old man scares the heck out of her and the good looking guy she flirts with on the tour bus, gets a little too much. Then her room is ransacked at the hotel. While running from an unknown assailant, she comes upon a man dressed in Highland regalia and a mask. Jamie reluctantly becomes part of a wild adventure in the Scottish countryside.
This novel was very fast moving and entertaining. The characters were quirky almost to the point of bizarre. I enjoyed it thoroughly and read it in one sitting.
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This is a delightful mystery set in Scotland. While the mystery is a good one and the characters interesting (Susan, the Scottish history buff and James, the son of Highland nobility), what is most fun is the very atmospheric evocation of Edinburgh and the Highlands. Peters manages to convey lots of Scottish history and legend in this book while keeping it very readable. I highly recommend this for anyone travelling to Scotland. It will heighten enjoyment of the trip.
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I have been a reader of Elizabeth Peters for a long time, starting with her Barbara Michaels books. This is another fast-paced, fun mystery with the kind of plucky heroine we have come to expect from Peters. Plus, as with any Peters book, there's the added bonus of learning a little bit of history as she weaves it into the story - this time about Bonnie Prince Charlie and Mary, Queen of Scots. Another strong offering from Ms. Peters!
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By A Customer on July 8 1999
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This book was truly inspired. The imagery and wordplay was fantastic. Though there is a typical, stereotypical villian, he was still credible. Susan and James were excellent protagonists: the chemistry they shared heightened the wit and humor in the story. Every page is wrought of adventure and suspense and I applaud Peters' choice to weave the old Scottish legends into the fabric of her novel.
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