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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,648 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Susan O’Malley Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vicky Bliss Mysteries Release Date:
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It began as a game, a treasure hunt in an old German castle. For the beautiful and brilliant Vicky Bliss, it was also a challenge, a chance to bring an arrogant young man down a notch or two. And all things considered, it would have been no contest.

The prize was a centuries-old shrine carved by Tilman Riemenschneider, probably Germany’s greatest master of the late Gothic period. The place was the forbidding Schloss Drachenstein, where the stones were stained with ancient blood and the air reeked of evil.

The problem was that someone was targeted, and the game was soon being played in deadly earnest. Vicky Bliss must face two equally perilous possibilities. Either a powerful supernatural evil inhabits this place—or someone frighteningly real is willing to kill for what Vicky is determined to find. 

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  • “An ancient European castle…secret passages…a mystery several hundred years old…and danger make this Elizabeth Peters’ best book!”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • “O’Malley nimbly conveys the determination, loquaciousness, and orotundities of the extraordinary heroine.”


  • “Very highly recommended for any mystery buff…A superbly written ‘Vicky Bliss’ tale and splendidly performed in this unabridged audiobook edition by the narrative talents of Susan O’Malley.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Catherine | 2/11/2014

    " I thought the first three pages and last three pages of this book were hilarious. The dialogue was great. The actual mystery was okay. It took a while to get into it, but the end when everything unravels was interesting and I wanted to know who was behind it and how they were going to get out of their predicament. I was interested enough to read the next Vicky Bliss book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Diane | 12/31/2013

    " Elizabeth Peters is an icon in the world of cozy mystery novels, so every 5 years or so I try another of her books. Somehow I've never been quite able to appreciate them. I find them competent but not engaging. Oh well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laurel | 12/30/2013

    " I really like this author. The Vicky Bliss character is different than Amelia Peabody, but still has some of the same feistiness that I love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patty | 12/27/2013

    " Perhaps a bit dated, but the mystery and suspense is decent and I am a sucker for the art history aspect of this series. Unlikely and sometimes annoyingly self-deprecating heroine- how likely is a blonde bombshell medievalist? "

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