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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: September 2000 ISBN: 9781455176861
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 12/17/2013

    " I loved the Vicky Bliss series and definately recommend them to anyone who likes action, mystery, and romance! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 12/16/2013

    " I really like this author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne-marie | 12/16/2013

    " Drawn to a menacing citadel by the hopes of rediscovering a last masterpiece carved by a dying medieval wunderkind, vicky is faced with a predatory counterpart also seeking the missing masterpiece and then suddenly either a great evil embodied in the castle or born of someone determined to stop at nothing. I love the Vicky Bliss series almost more than the Amelia Peabody series, because in the former, E. Peters has her tongue even more firmly in her cheek and allow the outrageous to slip from her pen. She lets herself go more with Vicky and with Amelia. And as for that munchkin, Vicky's boss, well, who could not love him even or especially as he jinxes things and falls on his ego time after time? This is probably a woman's series, but if so, it's too bad, because the guys are missing a lot of fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyril | 12/13/2013

    " excellent novel with vicki bliss "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Sammis | 11/9/2013

    " My favorite series by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mailis Viiand | 10/30/2013

    " If you love Agatha Christie, you will probably love this too. I cannot but feel closeness to Vicky Bliss, with her saucy ideas and robust passion for life. No nonsense woman, like Peters love them to create, mixed in a haunted castle whodunit, where the mystery lies in present and past. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 10/27/2013

    " Think mystery theatre dinner, but not as much fun. The book was ok, but never gripped me into wanting to read more. It had an overall pretencious feel to it. I won't be seeking out the rest of the series to read unless it's the last thing available. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Robinson | 10/27/2013

    " I love a good mystery, and this is a start to a great series with Vicki Bliss as the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 10/19/2013

    " The first of the Vicky Bliss series. Our hero, however, does not show up until later.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 10/12/2013

    " Not romantic enough for me, compared to Peters' others. ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Swenson | 12/1/2012

    " A really early work of Peters. Not my favorite character. I prefer Amelia Peabody to Vicky Bliss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 8/10/2012

    " I am biased about this book. It wasn't the best book I have ever read, but it was a fun mystery about one of my favorite places. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. The book was written in the 70's, so some of the terms are outdated. But it makes me feel like I am there and I love that! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 4/10/2012

    " The first Vicky Bliss mystery written in 1973. Schmidt's character is not fully outline, but Vicky's pretty much is. She and another academic, Tony, are off to Germany to find the last creation of master wood carver. The story only kept my interest because I like Bliss from other novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shylee Buchanan | 10/11/2011

    " Peabody still my favorite but since I have read all of those at least twice, these are fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 9/18/2011

    " Can you say Scoobie-Doo- Zoinks! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malle | 8/17/2011

    " I adore the Vicky Bliss books. I wish there were more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trude | 4/11/2011

    " Just plain fun. And you'll actually learn a lot (as you always do with her novels) about history - this time it's German/medieval. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/11/2011

    " Interesting premise, truly terrible characters. I was rooting for everyone to die at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mailis | 1/27/2011

    " If you love Agatha Christie, you will probably love this too. I cannot but feel closeness to Vicky Bliss, with her saucy ideas and robust passion for life. No nonsense woman, like Peters love them to create, mixed in a haunted castle whodunit, where the mystery lies in present and past. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthiaj | 1/26/2011

    " As much as I enjoy the Amelia Peabody series, I thought this one was very slow and plodding. It does not inspire me to try the next one in the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gabe | 12/29/2010

    " Read the book predicable

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 10/25/2010

    " Solidly fun reads that are perfect for curl-up on the couch with tea fall reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamara | 8/17/2010

    " It isn't that it was a bad book and the plot was good. I didn't find Vicky as likable as the Emersons. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen (jlkish) | 7/18/2010

    " I'm a big fan of the Amelia Peabody books, so I tried this one, but I just had a really hard time getting through most of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 6/14/2010

    " Decent mystery, not as good as the Amelia Peabody series. I have heard this is the worst in the Vicky Bliss series, so I'll give another one a shot before abandoning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Anne | 5/29/2010

    " Re-reading, not quite as interesting as I'd remembered. Still, an interesting and clever mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosa | 5/19/2010

    " Not my favourite in the Bliss series but reread it so that I can start the John Smyth and Vicki Bliss ones. Those are great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simba | 4/30/2010

    " Pretty fun - on to the rest of the series! "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Peters

Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. She 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 lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.

About the Narrator

Susan O’Malley (a.k.a. Bernadette Dunne) is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.