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The Laughter of Dead Kings: A Vicky Bliss Novel of Suspense: 6 Mass Market Paperback – 29 September 2009
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Who stole one of Egypt's most priceless treasures? The Egyptian authorities and Interpol believe they know the identity of the culprit: Sir John Smythe, the suave and dangerously charming international art thief who is, in fact, John Tregarth, the longtime significant other of famed art expert and sometime sleuth Vicky Bliss.
But John swears he is retired--not to mention innocent--and he vows to clear his name. With complete faith in her man's integrity, Vicky takes a hiatus from her job at a leading Munich museum and follows him to the Middle East. But dark days and myriad dangers await John, Vicky, and her employer, the rotund gourmand and insatiable adventurer Herr Doktor Anton Z. Schmidt. And the stakes are elevated considerably when a ransom note arrives accompanied by a grisly memento--because now it appears that murder has been added to the equation.
About the Author
Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. During her fifty-year career, she wrote more than seventy novels and three nonfiction books on Egypt. She received numerous writing awards and, in 2012, was given the first Amelia Peabody Award, created in her honor. She died in 2013, leaving a partially completed manuscript of The Painted Queen.
- Publisher : Harper; Reprint edition (29 September 2009)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061246255
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061246258
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.29 x 19.05 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 354,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As to this book in particular, I do not understand the comments criticising EP for inserting herself into the story. Why not? I thought it was a good way to tie in to the AP series with the 'lost journals'. I adore Schmidt & he is drawn so very well. I absolutely love John, though like Vicky, I would say that on first sight he is not my type. Must be the element of danger, among other attributes! Another thing I noticed is EP has Vicki speaking American English, but John speaks British English. Quite clever I thought, because so many US authors do not take the time nor effort to make their characters feasible to those of us who do not speak USEnglish.
Vicki herself is a strong minded young woman. Mostly I agree with what she does, certainly I do not find her behaviour totally unbelievable. After all, she is the heroine & we are reading fiction.
Forgot to say how much I laughed at the Country music references in the last 2 books. Very funny indeed. I am a person of catholic taste, with Country music being somewhat hidden by my love of classical music & opera!