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Night Train to Memphis [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
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Dec 1 1995 Vicky Bliss Mysteries
An assistant curator of Munich's National Museum, Vicky Bliss is no expert on Egypt, but she does have a Ph.D. in solving crimes. So when an intelligence agency offers her a luxury Nile cruise if she'll help solve a murder and stop a heist of Egyptian antiquities, all 5'11" of her takes the plunge. Vicky suspects the authorities really want her to lead them to her missing lover, the art thief and master of disguises she knows only as "Sir John Smythe." And right in the shadow of the Sphinx she spots him. . . with his new flame. Vicky is so furious at this romantic stab-in-the-back, not to mention the sudden arrival of her meddling boss, Herr Dr. Schmidt, that she may overlook a danger as old as the pharaohs and as unchanging. . . a criminal who hides behind a mask of charm while moving in for the kill.

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From Publishers Weekly

Comically mixing country music lyrics with Egyptology lore, this fifth Vicky Bliss tale (after Trojan Gold) focuses more on the Munich National Museum's assistant curator's love affair with a British art forger/thief than on suspense. Vicky poses as an Egyptian art expert on a cruise up the Nile in order to help the Munich police spot the leader of an art ring that is planning to rob the Cairo museum. Among those whom she suspects are Feisal, the native guide, a suspicious pair of men named Bright and Sweet, and, alas, her old lover and adversary, Sir John, who is on board with his mother and his new bride. The accomplished Peters's latest quirky, lighthearted novel sports some harrowing moments, as when Vicky, her eccentric boss, Herr Dr. Schmidt, and John attempt to escape from the villainous ring, but with its emphasis on Vicky's love life, the story remains essentially a spirited soap opera interspersed with guidebook descriptions. Author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Using a location and subject familiar to readers of her historical fiction series featuring 19th-century archaeologist Amelia Peabody, Peters combines ancient wonders with modern calamity. Dr. Vicky Bliss (Borrower of the Night, Chivers North American Pr., 1992), who works for the National Museum in Munich, joins a luxurious Nile cruise in order to forestall an alleged plot to rob the Cairo Museum. The ship and its 30 passengers compare most favorably to other such microcosms, especially in view of Vicky's witty sarcasm, fevered conjecture, and stubborn bravery. Brisk adventure in exotic surroundings from a practiced hand; heartily endorsed.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and annoying July 24 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
Nothing in the descriptions or reviews I read here prepared me for the important fact that some crucial characters are left over from Peters' previous novels and that this is a sort of sequel. Although other adventures and enemies of the heroine Vicky Bliss are mentioned in passing in this story, having them turn up in this book as if the reader is supposed to be familiar with them is very annoying. One bad guy even pays back a debt incurred in a previous book without explanation to the reader. The story itself isn't too bad, but is rather lame in comparison with Dick Francis, P.D. James, Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, Michael Crichton, Robert B. Parker, etc. The supposedly cute bantering between Vicky and her boyfriend is forced and unpleasant and not as fetching as the author seems to intend. The heroine doesn't seem to have any particular talents to distinquish her (other than being tall) or make her interesting or clever. The country music (I listened to the audio edition) is jarring and incongruous in the Eqyptian setting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment March 15 2001
By Shymsal
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read all of the Amelia Peabody books and having enjoyed all but the latest two immensely, I was looking forward to exploring Peters' Vicky Bliss books. She is touted as being an intelligent and capable female and the mysteries are said to be interesting and the love interest is said to be interesting as well. The mystery was good, John is wonderful, Vicky is... a bit of a disappointment. She left me screaming with rage at how often she jumped to conclusions, was reactive rather than proactive (and then frequently reacted in the wrong fashion), and she frequently didn't bother to think things through to a logical conclusion. The bad guys were one step ahead of her at every turn. Too many times she would adamantly stand up for her rights and then trip over her own feet. Amelia would have been ashamed of her. Don't get me wrong. She's brave, she can be capable, she is witty, but she's a disgrace to logical women everywhere. Allowing things to get off track at the end and marching right into the lion's den (read American embassy) without realising the lion would be waiting with open lips to receive her was quite the outside of enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vicky and John (and Schmidt) go to Egypt June 9 2004
and have many interesting adventures there.
In this 1994 adventure, the 5th, and unfortunately latest, in the Vicky Bliss series Dr. Vicky Bliss is approached to foil a planned robbery of Egyptian artifacts from the Cario museum. She is asked to pose as an expert on a Nile cruise, a cruise geared for amateur Egyptolists. Vicky protested her unsuitablity for this assignment until she realized that the suspected thief was none other than her sometime lover, the mysterious "Sir John Smythe".
Naturally Vicky does join the group, and does find her lover there - along with his mother and new bride. The adventure then takes off at a typical Peters breakneck pace, filled with bodies, false identities, lies, wild chases through the desert night, fantastic escapes and....well if you've read any of Peter's work you get the picture and if you haven't you should, just don't start with this one.
For fans of Peter's work there are many wonderful little treats in this one, John claims a name from his past as his own, hints at a long family connection to Egypt (could his real last name be Emerson?), Schmidt is developed as more than a cardboard comic character, a husband and wife Egyptologist team of the past century is mentioned and a 'writer of popular Egyptian mystery adventures' makes a cameo apprearance.
This is a particularly fun read, only marred by the fact that it is the last Vicky Bliss - so far - I refuse to give up hope!
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5.0 out of 5 stars --Thrilling Story-- March 12 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm so delighted that I discovered these Vicky Bliss mysteries. The characters are good and Elizabeth Peters always provides fascinating settings for her stories.
In NIGHT TRAIN TO MEMPHIS, Vicky Bliss is asked by a police agency to be a part of a tour group as they cruise down the Nile River seeing the beautiful monuments and ancient pyramids of Egypt. The police suspect that some professional thieves will be on board and hope that Vicky can assist in identifying them. The characters are diverse and of course, Sir John Smythe also shows up for the tour. Vicky's dismayed to find him using a different name and traveling with a sweet young woman. Just a few months before the tour, John and Vicky had resumed their love affair and now she's thoroughly confused by the way that he's acting. There are a lot of surprises in this story.
I found it amazing to see that out of 32 reviews on this book, 30 reviewers gave this story a Five Star Rating. That has got to be some kind of a record. It shows what an excellent writer that Elizabeth Peters is and how she always delivers great fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tale of the Egyptian Cowboy Jan. 12 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
While I'm a long term fan of Elizabeth Peters and her delightful stories of Amelia Peabody and her mad, archeological family, I have never thought to pick up one of the Vicky Bliss mysteries. Due, I think to cover blurbs that played up the romance and played down the mystery. Faced with a long trip I decided to try 'Night Train to Memphis' on audio tape. The tape failed at a crucial juncture, and I had to pick up a copy of the book in order to finish the novel, so this review actually covers both media.
Peters has a great affection for quirky, unforgettable lead women. They are always strong characters and frequently outdo their male counterparts. Vicky Bliss is no exception. She is an attractive woman, an American who has the intelligence and knowledge to hold a position at the National Museum at Munich working with Professor Anton Schimdt. The latter is one of those characters that combine inestimable knowledge with an almost irritating roly-poly cuteness. Vicky is considerably less saccharine and lacks his compulsive fascination with American country music, the lyrics of which haunt this novel.
Vicki is asked by German intelligence to take part in a fabulous cruise of the Nile River, posing as a lecturer in Egyptian history. They have information is that something unpleasant was due to happen on that cruise, but, do to the death of their agent, they have no idea what. Vicky's job was to help keep whatever it is from happening. When they refuse to accept her lack of knowledge of ancient Egypt as an excuse, Vicki gives in. A chance to escape Schmidt for a bit if nothing else.
To her chagrin, she finds that one of the passengers on the cruise is her lover, noted jewel thief John Smythe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't stop here
I so loved this book and I think it is a shame that Peters has not done a 6 yet. I really hope she will.
Published on Feb. 17 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Lovely! One of the best books I have ever read!
This is a wonderful book whether you are an avid mystery reader or a fan of suspenful and witty romance. Both will keep you from putting this book down. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2002 by Edanna
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Peters at her Best!!!
First of all: If this is your first Vicky Bliss stop reading this review right now. Go back and read the others in the series starting with "Street of Five Moons"... Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2001 by S. Reeder
5.0 out of 5 stars Savor the Style, the Energy, the Wit....
....because we aren't getting any new Vicky Bliss for a looooong time! The author says her publisher is making her stick to that tiresome (my word, not hers) Peabody/Emerson saga. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasure Cruise
John and Vicky are back! This is the fourth book in the wonderful Vicky Bliss series by Elizabeth Peters. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2000 by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I have read all of the Vicky Bliss mysteries and this one is by far my favorite. Vicky, John, and Schmidt are so much fun to read about in this book and the preceding four. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure... well, bliss (groan)
I've only recently realized the joys of Elizabeth Peters' novels, and first delved into the Peabody books, which I enjoy immensely. Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2000 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Wonderful Book!
Ms. Peters/Michaels has done it yet again! This last installment of the Vicky Bliss Mysteries is exciting/mysterious/hilarious/romantic . . . Read more
Published on July 18 2000 by "mjsullivan"
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