The Seventh Sinner Mass Market Paperback – Apr 7 2005
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About the Author
Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Peters was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.
Jean Suttman receives a fellowship to study with a group of students on an expedition to an ancient temple in Rome. Almost from the beginning, the atmosphere becomes frightening and threatening when a fellow student is found murdered. Grace Conlin possesses perfect diction and amazing fluidity, but she concentrates so much on these qualities that the story results in a lovely but one-dimensional reading. The listener loses focus as the characters blend, possessing no individuality or colorful qualities. Conlin, although a gifted speaker, lacks the additional acting skills so appreciated by listeners. B.J.P. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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"The Seventh Sinner" is one of Elizabeth Peters's Jacqueline Kirby mysteries, told in the 3rd person by Jean Suttman who is in Rome on an archeological fellowship, and who literally runs down Jacqueline Kirby in a library. Almost as soon as Jean makes friends with Jacqueline, the younger woman witnesses the last few moments of a murder victim, and becomes the next target for the murderer.
Other novels in the Jacqueline Kirby series are "Murders of Richard III," "Die for Love," and "Naked Once More." Truthfully---and I know I must belong to a small minority---I like the Jacqueline Kirby books better than those starring Amelia Peabody, which tend to run on a single, dusty Egyptian track. Far better to be in Rome in the spring, even though Jean and Jacqueline are underground in various catacombs too much of the time. At least, they didn't have to spend any subsurface hours in the Cloaca Maximus, which still carries somewhere around one million cubic meters of waste per day.
Anyway, this book is more focused on the early Christians, rather than the pagan Romans. There are some fascinating archeological inquiries into the burial sites of Saints Peter and Paul, and of course there is the brooding, claustrophobic atmosphere of underground Rome itself---an important part of this mystery.
'Sinner' moves right along and there's no point in warning the heroine to stay out of the catacombs.Read more ›
The book opens as Jean Suttman runs into Jacqueline Kirby -- literally. Jean and her friend Michael knock the acid-tongued, chameleon-clothed librarion over, and Jacqueline ends up coming along to a little meeting of the Seven Sinners. This group includes Jean, witty artist Michael, brainy priest Jose, slightly odd siblings Anne and Andy, serious-minded Ted, and plain seductress Dana. The only fly in their collective ointment is Albert, the son of Andy's father's friend -- Albert is physically and emotionally repulsive, and when he crashes a party with accusations that someone stole his research, no one really pays attention.
Until Jean finds him in the Temple of Mithra, with his throat cut. Albert manages to trace a number seven before he dies, and soon mysterious "accidents" begin to follow Jean. She and Jacqueline must unravel the mystery -- who would want an insignificant slob like Albert dead?
I will warn you in advance, this book is quite different in tone from "Murders of Richard III" (which I didn't like very much) and from "Die for Love" and "Naked Once More." Though it's not as serious as the second, or as funny as the third and fourth, it nevertheless possesses a dry wit and lopsided view of humanity in general.
Peters manages to keep the various characters' personalities separate and distinct. She also shows skill at making them act like real people. All of the characters have good points and bad points; some are kind, some are not. There's even an entertaining scene where they compare their own weaknesses to the seven deadly sins.Read more ›
This book will be interesting for Peters' readers. A reissue, it may come as a surprising revelation for those who know Peters primarily from the Amelia Peabody books featuring the adventuting 19th century Egyptologist. The players in The Seventh Sinner are another type of cast entirely from those in the Peabody series.
This book features a group of graduate and post-graduatde students working at Rome's famed Institute of Art and Archeology. Some readers may be distracted by details of dress, hairstyle, and "hip" speech which place the story firmly in the early 1970's, but such distreactions are in the end overridden by the strength of the story and in particular by the witty and literate repartee of the characters. As one character remarks, they are "a bright group," if a little naive.
The characters definitely make the book a worthwhile read. And while the story unfolds through the observations of one of the students, only a very inexperienced reader or a book jacke blurb writer could perceive Jean Stuttman as the real central character. She happens to be the right sex and the right age (early 20's) with the right ambitions (professions and romantic) to put into the standard romantic suspense novel of the early 1970's.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This, the first of the Jacqueline Kirby books, does a wonderful job introducing Ms. Kirby. Just as grown children leave home to start a new phase in their life, so does their... Read morePublished on June 27 2004
The story centers on a group of graduate students studying art and history in Rome. Two of the group met middle aged librarian Jacqueline Kirby and introduce her to their group,... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2004 by Jeanne Tassotto
I have been putting off reading the other two mystery series written by Elizabeth Peters as I enjoy the Amelia Peabody series so much that I thought I would be disappointed. Read morePublished on May 28 2003 by Louis M. Perdue
Yes, Elizabeth Peters writes about a world other than Amelia Peabody (not that Peabody isn't wonderful). Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2001 by Carol Peterson Hennekens