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[(Silhouette in Scarlet)] [by: Elizabeth Peters] Paperback – 1 Aug 2008

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (1 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061656097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061656095
  • ASIN: B0072AXDC8
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 10.7 x 2 cm

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Silhouette in Scarlet In this thrilling mystery from an Agatha Award-winning author, a beautiful and brainy art historian searches for a lost and priceless fifth-century chalice and becomes ensnared in the deadly schemes of ruthless criminals on a remote island. Full description

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
--One perfect rose and a ticket to Sweden-- 7 May 2003
By Judith Miller - Published on
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Vicky Bliss who works for the National Museum in Munich had enough of the rainy spring in Bavaria that May and was just hoping to take an early vacation to some warm and sunny place when the parcel arrived. It contained a crimson rose and an airline ticket to Stockholm. There was no note, only the words "WIELANDIA FABRICA" printed on a card. The package had no return address, but had been mailed from Sweden. Vicky instantly knew it had been sent by Sir John Smythe, her lover, and a wanted art thief who she knew she should never trust because John had let her down more than a few times. Vicky had not seen or heard from him in over a year, but she decided to use the ticket and find out what kind of a caper that John was currently involved with. Her suspicions were that he was seeking a Viking treasure.
SILHOUETTE IN SCARLET is the third book in the Vicky Bliss Mystery series and another enjoyable story by Elizabeth Peters.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Continuing Adventures of Vicky 15 Feb. 2004
By Jeanne Tassotto - Published on
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Vicky Bliss, an art historian now working at a Munich museum, is a bit frustrated with the dull, rainy late spring Munich weather. Life is a bit boring after some of her recent adventures but that changes when she opens a package containing a one-way ticket (coach) to Sweden, a two word Latin message and a single red rose. This has to be the work of the mysterious John Smythe so naturally Vicky is soon on her way to Stockholm. Others seem to be interested in her travel plans as well and Vicky quickly finds herself again involved in international intrigues of amazing proportions.
As with the rest of this series there are complicated intrigues, amazing conicidences, exciting chases and a cliff hanging ending all linked by Vicky wry observations on life and love.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Phooey on the 11/10/98 review... 28 Dec. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
...apart from "Trojan Gold", this is the 2nd best Vicki Bliss book. My only gripe is that we see so little of Herr Doktor Anton Schmit. He's so cute! The interplay between Vicki and "Sir" John is acidic and rapier as usual, but the reader always knows they're crazy about each other. I enjoyed learning more about Sweden, which is a country I know very little about. If you enjoy the Vicki Bliss series, I believe you'll really like this one too! I'm tired of Amelia Peabody -bring back Vicki, please, Ms. Peters!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Almost as good as Amelia Peabody 22 Mar. 2004
By Louis M. Perdue - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am so glad that I went back to read this earlier Elizabeth Peters series. It is quite different in many aspects to the Peabody series but still features a strong central female character, some romance thrown into the mystery, and many red herrings and rather arcane information.
In this third entry of the series, Vicky Bliss receives an anonymous plane ticket and hotel reservation to Stockholm. She knows that the invite is from Sir John Smythe, introduced in the last book and her somewhat love interest. She goes to Stockholm, discovers what the mystery involves, is led to an island in the north of Sweden to follow up on some leads and most of the action takes place there. The mystery is interesting, the clues are available to the reader, there are plenty of red herrings to make it fun, and the ending is very satisfactory.
I guess there are only a couple of more in this series. I wonder if Ms. Peters will ever write any more or will stick with just the Peabody books?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It's interesting to watch this author develop 26 Nov. 2010
By J Davis - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a big fan of the Amelia Peabody mystery series and have enjoyed reading other works by Elizabeth Peters and (pseudonym) Barbara Michaels. The Vicky Bliss mystery series was started earlier than the Amelia Peabody series and the stories are not as well developed. They actually are rather "light weight"; a term I would never use for an Amelia Peabody book. Regardless, this is an enjoyable mystery, with enough twists and turns to make me have to go back once or twice and make sure I didn't miss something. It is the third in the series, so Vicky's relationship with John, the criminal, is still developing. The basic storyline is that Vicky is an art historian who receives an airline ticket to Stockholm in an unmarked package. She's sure it is from John, and decides to use it for a inexpensive vacation. Soon she is being held captive with two men by a group of men on a private island in a lake. She doesn't know which of these men are friends or enemies. A quick read; enjoyable, but light.
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