The Dead Sea Cipher Audio Cassette – Jan 1 2004
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About the Author
Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. She was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Dinah’s Dad, a reverend and Biblical archaeologist, sends her on the vacation of a lifetime that would presumably be difficult for a handicapped gentleman of 1970. She overhears an incident in an adjoining hotel room that was a murder but the Beirut police let her carry on. Two men, a purported Arab spy and an American archaeologist, pop up from place to place with the expectation that she overheard something useful. The victim was a fellow archaeologist, on the verge of a world-changing discovery; similar but infinitely more precious than the Dead Sea Scrolls. Each man warns Dinah the other is dangerous.
This cultural trek and the intrigue are as fascinating as they sound! I settled on four stars because the chasing is pointless. We wish Dinah had told both pursuers she had no information, once and for all. However she discerned who was friend versus foe and enjoyment leaped higher. The final pages flag regrettably to three stars. I understand the author’s social commentary but it made a dismaying ending. It was cowardly and unrealistic, against the soaring possibilities of the artifact.
"The Dead Sea Cipher" is somewhat more serious than the Peabody series or "Summer of the Dragon," but it still has plenty of humorous touches. When singer Dinah van der Lyn overhears an argument and murder in her Beirut hotel room she finds that her archeological tour through the Middle East is to be perpetually interrupted by a procession of spies and government officials. Two of these, Tony Cartwright and Geoffrey Smith, seem to crop up everywhere but the bathroom. She knows that at least one of them is a spy, but is never sure which.
Dinah becomes more and more frustrated as her tour of sites from Byblos to Jerusalem is perpetually disturbed by the appearance of one or the other of these gentleman. Both want her to reveal what she overheard, and neither believes that she knows nothing. Despite that fact that she has no understanding of Arabic. She manages to work out that Tony, Jeff, and a whole host of other agents are chasing after rumors of a new set of Dead Sea scrolls. Even that information is of little help to her in what becomes a comic peripatetic chase through archeological sites and ancient churches.Read more ›
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