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The Dead Sea Cipher Audio Cassette – Jan 1 2004

3.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Jan. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078611357X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786113576
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
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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.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
“<b>The Dead Sea Cipher</b>” has been trampled by one-star feedback that lacked any open-minded explanations. Boredom was spouted and that this novel “doesn’t go the way a mystery usually does”. I should think not. It entails the most coveted of archaeological sojourns, with the benefit of being penned by a graduate of that profession! Historical facts pertinent to the places we traverse: Beirut, Jordan, and Bethlehem itself; are a gift to the sponges that readers are supposed to be! They are imparted in small doses that strike a balance with a briskly-paced fictional adventure. I nearly bestowed five stars for originality, which should always be praised; never disdained and for the pleasure I derived in reading it.

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.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Much to my delight there seems to be no end to the output of Elizabeth Peters. My count of the inside cover list of this recent reissue (which was first published in 1970) lists 31 novels, which is an astounding output. Especially since they are rarely repetitious and also have plenty of the old Peters charm. While she tends to write 'comfy' mysteries, with a romantic twist, she manages to provide basic entertainment for all her readers. Another surprise for the reader is how well her stories hold up to time. Even this one, set in the Middle East, is as fresh as if it had been written yesterday
"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.
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By TinaT on Oct. 25 2013
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Really enjoyed this compelling new amateur detective character. She is delightful and easy to relate to.Lots of twists and turns in the plot.
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By A Customer on Aug. 8 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Fans of Amelia Emerson should be warned: this is an entertaining, sometimes witty, and profoundly human story on a group of international visitors to Lebanon, Syria, and Israel in the late 60s by the future author of Amelia, but not yet the author of Amelia herself. In comparison with the Egyptological background of the Amelia series, Ms Peters research into Biblical Archaeology, even according to the standards of the late 60s, is disappointing. It is inconceivable that even a lay reader of 'Biblical Archaeological", as the heroine is supposed to be, would not recognize the ciphers at her first glance; it is impossible to swim through the Jordan river opposite of Jericho and get on's mouth full of water, as the hero is said to have done (did he crawl with his nose in the mud?). The plot and the characters are not without interest, but in order to keep up with Ms. Peters later production, the novel would need thorough rewriting.
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