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Elizabeth Peters was born and brough up in Illinois and 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 in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She is also the author, as Barbara Mertz, of Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt and Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt. She lives in western Maryland. Visit her website at: www.ameliapeabody.com.

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Peters (The Last Camel Died at Noon, Audio Reviews, LJ 5/15/92) combines mystery and romance with an interesting locale-Egypt-to produce a witty story. Peters's heroine, Vicky Bliss, is an art historian with a penchant for getting involved in risky situations. This time, she helps to foil a plot to rob the Egyptian Museum. The assignment takes her on a luxury cruise down the Nile. It also puts her on the same boat as her former lover, Sir John Smythe, a reformed jewel thief. The story is like a slow and winding river, taking its time to unfold. Barbara Rosenblat's narration is full of expression, and she is a good choice for this witty and lighthearted book. However, at more than 13 hours of running time, Night Train is a long listen for the casual audiobook user. Recommended where Peters has a following or for comprehensive collections.-Nancy Paul, Brandon P.L., Wis.

Comically mixing country music lyrics with Egyptology lore, this fifth Vicky Bliss tale (after Trojan Gold) focuses more on the Munich National Museum's assistant curator's love affair with a British art forger/thief than on suspense. Vicky poses as an Egyptian art expert on a cruise up the Nile in order to help the Munich police spot the leader of an art ring that is planning to rob the Cairo museum. Among those whom she suspects are Feisal, the native guide, a suspicious pair of men named Bright and Sweet, and, alas, her old lover and adversary, Sir John, who is on board with his mother and his new bride. The accomplished Peters's latest quirky, lighthearted novel sports some harrowing moments, as when Vicky, her eccentric boss, Herr Dr. Schmidt, and John attempt to escape from the villainous ring, but with its emphasis on Vicky's love life, the story remains essentially a spirited soap opera interspersed with guidebook descriptions. Author tour. (Sept.)

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