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The Camelot Caper [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
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Elizabeth Peters' adventure novels are amusing, intelligent, and marvelously successful at spoofing their genre while providing all the pleasures of the real thing. In her recent novels particularly Ms. Peters has taken the classic Mary Stewart-style adventure/romance and turned it into witty, literate pieces of fluff that even a 1990's romantic can wholeheartedly enjoy. No one, on reading the perfectly balanced immodesty (in all senses of the word) of Ms. Peters' latest heroes and heroines, need feel that they are subverting their feminist ideals, or feel obliged to adopt the resolute blinkers needed to enjoy the charming but socially distressing romances of , say, Georgette Heyer (whose unspoken assumptions about class, gender and race would, if met face-on, deeply offend just about any American today).
The Camelot Caper was one of Ms. Peters earlier ventures, and while it is picture-perfect with its spoof it hadn't, in the late 1960's, quite broken through a certain passive cast to the heroine that was once endemic to these sorts of stories. It did, however, introduce a highly amusing, rather attractive villain whose name will evoke whoops of delight from fans of the superb art historian-turned-amateur-detective series most recently embodied in Ms. Peters' Night Train to Memphis. For that alone (though there is also some very funny dialogue), this book is definitely worth a first or a return read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop fun, but... May 17 2004
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I have to put my two-cents in on the question of the heroine's qualities. I happened to read this book at the same time as Mary Stewart's "The Gabriel Hounds" (both books written in the late 60's) and I found the heroines curiously similar. There can be no doubt about their courage, but they both appeared to be somewhat mentally deficient in comparison with their male counterparts. In both books, the boyfriends seem to figure things out on their own and withhold the information from the girlfriends, who only slowly and painfully begin to understand what's going on.
The technique tends to keep the reader in a bit more suspense, but, as a male reader with a lot of experience in reading suspense stories with female protagonists, I found myself rather irritated that the heroines both seemed to be so dim-witted.
Given a heroine who made more of a contribution to the solution of the mystery, this book would easily have been at least four stars for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Guinevere included ..... June 3 2002
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A long time reader of Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series, I found The Camelot Caper to be a good change of pace. As a trained archeologist, Peters's books are always a good combination of realisitic history and imaginative mystery.
In The Camelot Caper, young American Jessica Tregarth is summoned to England by an elderly grandfather whom she has never met. On the outs with her father and his son, Grandpa has to wait while Jess dodges two unsavory characters who harass and threaten her across jolly old England. Along the way she meets David Randall, a young writer of suspense novels, who helps Jess in sorting out the whys and wherefores of the chase and manages to fall in love with her, too.
The chase was something of a drag, but the moment they pull up in front of the old family homeplace in Cornwall, the excitement escalates. A dreary, decrepit old manor house, complete with a now deceased Grandpa, sets an excellent scene for the unmasking of the two unsavory characters and the explanation for the cross-country stalking.
As with any book written decades ago, the time warp issue becomes a factor. It was rather enjoyable to try to picture the clothing the characters were described as wearing. All in all, this is a solid, interesting suspense novel. An enjoyable read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Full of Thrills Sept. 3 2001
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Jessica Tregarth is unwillingly towed into a mystery when two sinister and mysterious men follow her throughout England on her vacation to her grandfather's house. For unknown reasons the men say that they want an ancient ring Jessica processes, and Jessica confused, refuses to give in. She meets up with David Randall, a novelist, who decides to take her under his wing as they set out to solve the mystery of the ring, her grandfather's strange conviction that the remains of Camelot lie on his property, and the motives of the two villains that pursue her. With all it's action and adventure this book is definitely hard to put down. The reader is thrown into the mystery and adventure from the book's very beginning. Elizabeth Peters does a terrific job of creating the character of David. He's wit, charm, and daring all woven into one. The romance and Peter's blended in sense of humor are a refreshing bonus throughout "The Camelot Caper".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but kind of disappointing May 17 1999
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Since this book was written in the late 1960's, I guess the heroine was still in the process of becoming the strong female character typical of Peter's work. This book disappointed me and I couldn't stand the passive heroine at times. In fact, once I set the book down in disgust at her behavior, although that may seem like an overreaction to some people. It seemed like she was always submitting to the "hero." Aaargh! However, for those of you that aren't as sensitive about these issues as I am, it's a great, funny tale to curl up in front of the fireplace with. It's also a tie-in with one of Peter's other series, the Vicky Bliss mysteries (which I love), giving some background to the elusive "Sir John's" origins.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Camelot Caper
I love the Amelia Peabody stories and the other books that Ms. Peters has written, but Camelot Caper is a big disappointment. Read more
Published on March 3 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Peters is better than this
I loved every Elizabeth Peters book I had ever read until this one. She is one of my favorite authors and I am a huge King Arthur fan. My expectations were high. Read more
Published on April 25 2003 by "dtdukes"
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked from the get-go!
I really enjoyed this book. This was the second book I've read by Elizabeth Peter's (a.k.a. Barbara Mertz)and I was just simply hooked. Read more
Published on June 7 2001 by "klisab"
5.0 out of 5 stars Peters takes all the Gothic novel cliches and runs with them
This novel was an enormous amount of fun. All of the standard gothic novel cliches are here. A young woman alone, travels to England to visit relatives that she has never met at... Read more
Published on June 2 2001 by Moe811
5.0 out of 5 stars Peters takes all the Gothic novel cliches and runs with them
This novel was an enormous amount of fun. All of the standard gothic novel cliches are here. A young woman alone, travels to England to visit relatives that she has never met at... Read more
Published on June 2 2001 by Moe811
5.0 out of 5 stars Peters takes all the Gothic novel cliches and runs with them
This novel was an enormous amount of fun. All of the standard gothic novel cliches are here. A young woman alone, travels to England to visit relatives that she has never met at... Read more
Published on June 2 2001 by Moe811
5.0 out of 5 stars Peters takes all the Gothic novel cliches and runs with them
This novel was an enormous amount of fun. All of the standard gothic novel cliches are here. A young woman alone, travels to England to visit relatives that she has never met at... Read more
Published on June 2 2001 by Moe811
4.0 out of 5 stars Took a while to get good....
I was bored in the beginning---was this a book on touring English cathedrals/churches or a mystery? Wait---was it a mystery? It was in the mystery section.... Read more
Published on April 23 2001 by A. Y. Smittle
5.0 out of 5 stars Do try it...
This was the first Elizabeth Peters book I ever read, and I give thanks for the day I did so <grin> since it introduced me to this wonderful writer. Read more
Published on March 18 2001 by Mayfayre
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