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Elizabeth Peters , Grace Conlin
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October 2003
For vibrant, lovely Jean Suttman, the fellowship to study in Rome was the culmination of all her dreams--until she undertook an innocent expedition to the ancient Temple of Mithra and became involved in a murder investigation! "This author never fails to entertain".--Cleveland Plain Dealer.
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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.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars See Rome and die May 13 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Barbara Mertz, also known as Elizabeth Peters, also known as Barbara Michaels has written nonfiction Egyptology books under her own name. As Elizabeth Peters, she is the author of many mysteries, including series starring Amelia Peabody, Vicky Bliss, and Jacqueline Kirby. As Barbara Michaels she has written 29 gothic suspense novels.
"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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seventh Sinner does little sinning April 19 2002
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The enjoyable first book of the all-too-short Jacqueline Kirby series is a nice (though slightly dated-feeling) romp through Rome, archaeology and early Christian saint-related material.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery & suspense with a sense of humor. April 17 1998
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DO NOT be put off by a tacky cover or title. The Seventh Sinner introduces one of the all time great female, smart "aleck" sleuths in the malice domestic genre, Jaqueline Kirby. Smart, acerbic, very fuuny but a tad condescending, J. Kirby is a great predecessor for current female PI's and detectives now common in the mystery field. The Seventh Sinner is set in Rome where Jake meets up with a group of seven students, the seven sinners, and becomes embroiled in the suicide (or is it murder) of an outsider to the group. Cryptic death messages, death attempts, subterranean crypts, intelligent characters and a pithy conversational style make this a very enjoyable read. Elizabeth Peters, who also writes under the pseudonym Barbara Michaels, is a classical archaeoligist and, as with all her books, incorporates historical and archaelogical elements with the plot. I highly recommend The Seventh Sinner as well as E. Peters other books. Jaqueline Kirby pops up next in The Murder Of Richard III. Be aware of one thing, The Seventh Sinner was written in the early 70s so a few references are slightly out of date, but nothing to disturb the rhythym of the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Literate and witty with characters that defy time April 14 1998
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In The Seventh Sinner Elizabeth Peters masterfully "does her thing," as one of the characters in the story might put it. Her "thing," of course, is to turn archeology and history into subjects not only comprehensible but even palatable and intriguing for readers who might nod off in fact-filled lectures and who would shudder if confronted with real bones, let alone a grisly murder.
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.
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