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Legend In Green Velvet Mm [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
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Aug. 15 2002

Scotland is Susan's passion and obsession -- and the opportunity to join a Highland dig is a dream come true for the young archaeology student. But then a sinister stranger slips Susan a cryptic message in ancient verse -- and is later found viciously slain. A mysterious peril has unexpectedly emerged from the mists to haunt Susan, sending her running for her life in the company of handsome, unconventional laird Jamie Erskine. For she has an unseen enemy hiding in the shadows -- someone who is going to great lengths to frame her for murder ... and to bury Susan, if necessary, in this land she loves.

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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.


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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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful comedy thriller Oct. 25 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Adventure and Romance in Scotland Feb. 16 2004
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea... Feb. 16 2003
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I have read some other books by Ms. Peters and I dare say that her later works are by far superior to her earlier ones. It is obvious that Ms. Peters is very proud of her grasp of Scottish history, as she lavishes it throughout the story. I find it distracting to have one's concentration of the plot interrupted by some imagined ramblings of past tales and descriptions of bloody masacres, or discussions of the local political arguments.
I also find the heroine too gullible and certainly too foolhardy as a lone young woman in a strange city. Who in their right mind would go walking in a strange city at night? And then to chase a stranger down alleys until she is lost, how unlikely is that? In the first 100 pages she has twice put herself into the control of men she only just met and knows nothing about. And both times she "shows off" her knowledge of their native country by spouting history to them.
The other thing that is slightly annoying is the author's tendency to call things by their local, often unfamiliar, name. What is a burn or a close or a crofter anyway? It is detrimental to the smooth flow of the storyline to have to stop and figure out what she's talking about.
The dialog is so melodramatic that it is laughable. I can hardly believe that it is meant to be taken seriously. It reads like a big farce. I'd just like to know how much was paid to print actual quotes from newspapers such as "This is Peters at the top of her form" or "A winner on all counts."
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmm......? June 15 2003
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Ok, this book was very good, i read SUMMER OF THE DRAGON before this one, and, by far, this one was better. The characters are gorgeous, still a little under developed, i couldnt seem to believe the herione, Susan, but we had more history of James, so i thought more of him.
The only thing that i found, what's the word?, odd? Was that at the end when the heroes were supposed to be all congratulated (they were to a degree)The honory constable told them that all their efforts were in vain. Which was like a big slap in the face to me, but other than that; im happy w/ it.
The setting is lush and well-written and i can so totally see the glens where James and Susan were hiding in.
This is a very good summer read, like SUMMER OF THE DRAGON its light, funny, suspenseful, w/ some, scratch that word, LOTS of romantic tension.
READ this book. by Elizabeth Peters
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wild holiday in Scotland Jan. 22 2003
By Moe811
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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