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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Constable and Robinson (Jan. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845298128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845298128
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #790,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24 2001
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shymsal on March 15 2001
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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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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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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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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