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Trojan Gold [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
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June 21 2000 Vicky Bliss Mysteries
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

But the photograph art historian Vicky Bliss has just received gives rise to a thousand questions instead.A quick glance at the blood-stained envelope is all the proof she needs that something is horribly wrong.

The picture itself is familiar:a woman adorned in the gold of Troy.Yet this isn't the famous photograph of Frau Schliemann -- no, this picture is contemporary.The gold, as Vicky and her fellow academics know, disappeared at the end of World War II.

Now this circle of experts is gathered for a festive Bavarian Christmas.All of them -- including the mysterious John Smythe and a very determined killer...

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"A thriller from start to finish." -- --St. Louis Post Dispatch

"Don't read it unless you want to get hooked!" -- --Baltimore Sun

"Wit, charm, and romance in equal measures." -- --San Diego Union

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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas in Bavaria Jan. 20 2004
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Art historian Vicky Bliss has been sent an interesting photo, a photo that at first appears to be the famous shot of Frau Schliemann wearing the gold jewelry from Troy. A second look shows Vicky that this is not yet another copy of that photo but a much more recent shot. The problem with that is that the treasure had disappeared during WWII. Soon Vicky was on the trail, accompanied by her boss, Schmidt, several of her collegues (returning from a previous adventure) and the mysterious John Smith.
This is an light hearted action adventure. The characters are well done, particularly the principals (Vicky, John and Schmidt) much of the situations and dialogue is hilarious.
The only complaints that I have are there are many German terms used with little translation - frustrating for those of us who don't know the language. The other issue is that this is definitely one of those series that needs to be read in order not starting with this the 4th installment (as I did).
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By A. Lord
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Elizabeth Peters is one of the best writers around. Her books are consistently funny-her plots are fantastic, the characters are people you want to meet and the settings/background are consistently interesting.
Trojan Gold features Vicky Bliss-an art historian who is, to her chagrin, a beautiful buxom blonde (she wants to be respected for her brains, which are formidable, not her beauty). Vicky is a curator at a Munich museum where her boss, Schmidt, is an equally renowned art historian (but one who wants to be respected as a great detective-he's more Santa Claus than Sherlock Holmes). Vicky's sometime lover, "Sir John Smythe," is equally renowned-as a great art thief.
The three of them come together in a frantic search to find Schleiman's lost treasure, the gold from Troy. This has been missing since 1945-when it disappeared in the collapse of Berlin. The search leads Vicky, John and Schmidt to an Alpine village (where they encounter several of Europe's and America's foremost art historians-all searching for the same thing). Just a note on historical background: the gold went missing in 1945 and it was relocated in the former U.S.S.R. after its collapse (Trojan Gold was written before 1989).
It's hard to say who is the best character-Vicky, John (who really is every woman's fantasy of the perfect lover) or Schmidt. The relationship between the three is great (Schmidt is deeply enamored of "Sir John"-whom he does not know is an art thief) and the dialogue will leave you in stitches.
Do not miss out on this one! It's truly great-one of the best books Elizabeth Peters has ever written (and that is saying a lot because she is a fantastic writer!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars --A delightful read-- Feb. 7 2003
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Although, I've been a long timer reader of Barbara Michaels, and have also read books published under her pseudonym, Elizabeth Peters, I somehow missed the Vicky Blair books. This is the first one that I've read but definitely not the last.
In this story, Vicky Blair who is an archaeologist at the Munich National Museum receives a photograph in the mail that shows a woman dressed in what is called the gold of Troy. The envelope has no informative letter and shows no return address. Of course Vicky is interested since the Trojan gold had disappeared right after World War II and its whereabouts has been a mystery. As it turns out, Vicky was not the only one to receive a copy of the photo and she and five other world class archaeologists all come together in Bavaria and compete to be the first to find the treasure for their respective museums.
It did take me a chapter or two to get into the story and obtain some understanding of the main premise. I think that readers might be better off starting with the first book in this series. I must say that once I got a grip on Vicky and the other characters, I really enjoyed this story. The most intriguing character is that of John Smythe or Sir John as Vicky sometimes refers to him. Again, I guess there is more of an explanation of his character in the earlier stories. Well, John was great and we just got enough of him to make him mysterious, charming and in many ways the most interesting character in Trojan Gold.
This author has the ability to combine love and mystery, add some historic facts, mix them all altogether and give us some really good books. She also never goes too far with her romantic passages, and she has the good sense to know that a light touch of romance is much more captivating and exactly what her readers want.
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By Maggie
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Vicky Bliss: the epitome of humor and sarcasm and one of the funniest leading ladies in any book I've read. Her hilarious account of looking for the trojan gold was absolutely perfection! Between Schmidt and john, Vicky is already busy, but more familiar characters pop up and poor Vicky is on overload. I strongly recommend listening to the recording of this book also. It is just incredibly funny (the narration is perfect). This book kept me laughing out loud from start to finish and I recommend it to all who love the style of Peters's writing and the building of her characters. I can't wait to read Night Train to Memphis! I hope that Peters will come back to Vicky and write some more about the hilarious heroine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Mystery w/ Great Fun
I love the Vicky Bliss Mysteries. Trojan Gold was great fun. I don't often laugh out loud while reading a book, but this one had me laughing a number of times. Herr Dr. Read more
Published on July 12 2002 by Kelly Stine
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Vicky Bliss mystery
This novel is one of a series, and makes the presumption that you have read the earlier novels in the series, with references to previous action. It is written in a narative style. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2001 by Fred Camfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Kathleen Turner is Bliss
I would listen to Kathleen Turner tell any story. She gives Vicky Bliss just the right smart alecky and yet oh-so sexy tone, as only Kathleen Turner can do. Read more
Published on May 10 2001 by gingia
4.0 out of 5 stars This fast pace novel will leave you guessing
This book was so funny....I hadn't read a Vicky Bliss novel before, so I was surprised by the cast of characters that showed up. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2000 by Hannah M. Hurey
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
I've just reread this book for about the 8th time and *still* I laughed aloud--when I could catch my breath from the fast pacing. Loved it, loved it, loved it. Now that Ms. Read more
Published on July 17 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Kathleen Turner IS Vicky Bliss
This is the best audio book I have heard in several years. Kathleen Turner becomes Vicky Bliss in this wonderful interpretation of the novel. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 1999
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