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Silhouette in Scarlet (Vicky Bliss)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2014
This is my first trip into the books concerning Vicky Bliss though I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them very much. Unfortunately I didn't feel that this book lived up to the previous work I have read by this author.
Vicky Bliss is an American working in a German museum. She has a love/hate relationship with art conman and thief whom she has met in previous books in the series. I haven't read these books but that didn't make any difference to the reading of this one, it was easy to get up to speed. She receives a cryptic message & plane ticket from this man, John Smythe, and goes racing off to Sweden. What follows is a farcical chase for hidden treasure including a gang of notorious art thieves, a dubious policeman and an elderly swedish millionaire.
I very much enjoyed the style of writing in this book. Vicky Bliss is narrating the book with plenty of amusing asides & self-deprecating comments. This is light and fun to read and I very much enjoyed the way it was written.
The problem with this book was the plot. Any amount of great writing and characters will not carry a book along if the plot is flawed. This plot has more holes than a swiss cheese. Characters do quite inexplicable things and change personalities at a whim which did leave me floundering somewhat. The author skipped over events that required more complex detail leaving me wondering how some things had been acheived. Vicky and John Smythe spend quite some time on an island surrounded by armed men but seem to manage to do exactly what they want without a single bullet being fired. It was all rather cartoonish. The actual story was very weak and when I came to the end I realised that practically nothing had been achieved in the book.
Much as I enjoyed the style of this book, I shall not be hurrying to read any more in this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2012
Elizabeth Peters always delivers a cracking read, and this Vicky Bliss mystery is fast-moving, exciting and funny. It is highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2013
Then you'll love this. Elizabeth Peters is an established and respected mystery writer for a very good reason. Worth buying
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on 21 May 2014
light, fun, good no effort required time filler. Characters not as compelling as the egyptian series but those are best in class for this light genre.
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on 23 June 2013
I always enjoy books written by this author and this book
is no exception. Once you have read one of her books
You have to read them all.
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on 7 May 2014
It is a series of six and I am already looking forward to reading them again. At the price I paid, they are incredible value.
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on 10 June 2015
Left me waiting for the next book. Pure genius how the history made the fiction sound true and believable.
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on 30 April 2014
It's not a long book but it packs a lot of action and a great sense of place and people.
5 stars
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on 26 September 2014
One of her better ones and a cliffhanger at the end. Take it on holiday.
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on 30 June 2014
I think the Vicky Bliss murders are just okay. Not wonderful
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