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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,142 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Grace Conlin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vicky Bliss Mysteries Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455172887
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Another exciting tale following the adventures of art history professor Vicky Bliss—who keeps getting involved in international crime.

An assistant curator of Munich’s National Museum, Vicky Bliss is no expert on Egypt, but she does have a PhD in solving crimes. So when an intelligence agency offers her a luxury Nile cruise if she’ll help solve a murder and stop a heist of Egyptian antiquities, all 5’11” of her takes the plunge. Vicky suspects the authorities really want her to lead them to her missing lover, the art thief and master of disguises she knows only as “Sir John Smythe.” And right in the shadow of the Sphinx she spots him—with his new flame. Vicky is so furious at this romantic stab in the back, not to mention the sudden arrival of her meddling boss, that she may overlook a danger as old as the pharaohs and as unchanging … a criminal who hides behind a mask of charm while moving in for the kill.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Her fifth and possibly best mystery starring the brainy and gorgeous Vicky Bliss.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Combining mystery, love affairs, and Egyptian history, Ms. Peters has produced her twenty-fifth successful crime romp.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • Night Train to Memphis is raucous fun, with just enough chills. Peters has written her own off-the-wall take on Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile—but it’s Christie on amphetamines, with a bourbon chaser!”

    Santa Barbara News-Press

  • Night Train to Memphis is an almost perfect example of what Peters does best…roars at a breakneck speed to Egypt and a dastardly plot.”

    Salisbury Post

  • “Comically mixing country music lyrics with Egyptology lore…the accomplished Peters’ latest quirky, lighthearted novel sports some harrowing moments.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Peters’ fans will be delighted with her newest mystery. The talented, popular author offers a clever plot, combined with an exotic setting, well-crafted writing, wryly funny humor, interesting factoids about Egyptian antiquities, and lively, attractive heroine Vicky Bliss…This one is vintage Peters at her entertaining best.”

    Booklist

  • “Brisk adventure in exotic surroundings from a practiced hand; heartily endorsed.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/20/2014

    " This book was a quick mystery read. Perfect for a day at the beach. I liked the characters and intend to read more in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 2/14/2014

    " Five stars because Vicky said it back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alder | 2/7/2014

    " This is the last (so far) in a series, and it really picks up steam (hee hee). The twists are exciting, the characters are loveable, and the book manages to be both hilarious and heartfelt. One of my favorite books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Geri | 2/6/2014

    " Was not my cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leyla | 2/5/2014

    " Great True-Love-Hidden-Behind-Disdain- Because of Criminal Threats story. You have to read the others in the Vicky Bliss series first to get it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarra | 2/2/2014

    " Not quite as good as some of her other novels, it was harder for me to get into these characters and I didn't care for Vicky as much as I like Amelia Peabody. I'm not really sure what the difference is either. Oh, well I guess I can't always like everything an favored author has written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy | 1/28/2014

    " Lots of familiar faces in this one, and a few new ones I hope to see again, with a more complex plot and much higher stakes. I really do adore Schmidt, and John continues to shine, in all his tarnished glory. Vicky's relationships with them--and their relationship with each other--are stellar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryn | 1/27/2014

    " The last of three books borrowed from mom. Wow did I really underestimate how many books I would go through on vacation. Unfortunately, this one was only slightly less marginal than the other two. Again I did not have a connection with the series character, which does not inspire me to try again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 1/16/2014

    " This was an interesting mystery. It was o.k. but not great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/15/2014

    " Unfortunately I didn't read the Bliss books in order, but regardless, this has been my favorite. A really fun story with laugh-out-loud lines. Great stuff from Peters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Cipro | 12/28/2013

    " I love Elizabeth Peters story telling. I always feel like I'm right there in the midst of the area and adventure. I'll never get to Egypt myself, except through Ms. Peters stories. I enjoy them so much. Always fun and a great summer read/get-away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 12/27/2013

    " talk about a page-turner! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 11/27/2013

    " This is one of my favourite Vicky Bliss books (probably my favourite, now that I think about it), and the audio version didn't disappoint. Entertaining listen that captured me as much as the book does. Great cleaning & road trip companion! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 9/7/2013

    " I love these books, they should make movies for these, you can just imagine the characters...loveed it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chalise | 8/29/2013

    " Lots of allusions to the Amelia Peabody books...which makes me so happy!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilly | 8/21/2013

    " 4 stars. The humor is offset by the angst. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 7/14/2013

    " I think this one might be the best Vicky. I would probably like it even more if I understood all the country music references! I just love the characters--especially Schmidt. A lot of fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucy | 6/19/2013

    " This series is fun. I'm not expecting high art when I open a new one and don't get it, but it's light and entertaining, with some descriptions of pretty jewelry and art thrown in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel VanBibber | 6/18/2013

    " I love the Amelia Peabody books so i thought i would love this one also. However, I didn't love the character and it was rather hard for me to get into. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peyton | 1/14/2013

    " unf unf John and Vicky = OTP "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 12/27/2012

    " I think this is my favorite Vicky Bliss, but I have to say that my favorite character in the series is is Schmidt- he is great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 9/8/2012

    " My guilty pleasure and ultimately my favorite in the Vicky Bliss series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa | 7/9/2012

    " Not my favorite of Elizabeth Peters' books. I'm not fond of sappy romance and didn't expect that here. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mm | 6/15/2012

    " Actually I did not finish reading this book. It didn't appeal to me at all. Too much rambling on and on. Just not my kind of read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rdonn | 5/13/2012

    " Love Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series set in Victorian times. This is more in the style of her Barbara Michaels persona as it has more romance, murder, violence etc. I enjoyed it, but not one of her greatest!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Knotoknow | 4/3/2012

    " Started with this one and worked my way back -- It has been my one exception to the rule of read a series in order written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi Henley | 3/12/2012

    " Fabulous book!!! I didn't think Elizabeth Peters would be able to top Trojan Gold, but this is flawless. Everything from Feisal to the return of the gang from Silhouette in Scarlet. I love the part where Vicky confesses her love for John while she's locked in a wardrobe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike (the Paladin) | 2/11/2012

    " Another adventure of our art historian with a weakness for bad boys (an art thief? talk about poor judgement). In this one among the clues, mystery investigation, chases, etc... we get to mix country music lyrics, with Egyptian history/art....get it? Night Train to Memphis???? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 10/8/2011

    " The Vicki Bliss series is a definite favorite. I am still hoping for more VB, but I would rather it end on a sweet note than a sour one; some authors don't know when to stop with a character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 4/17/2011

    " I still don't love the mystery genre. Ah well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 4/6/2011

    " Fun, exciting, and great characters in this Vicky Bliss mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah | 3/19/2011

    " Meh. Liked her Amelia Peabody mystery much better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 1/23/2011

    " This was an interesting mystery. It was o.k. but not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/9/2011

    " I think this is my favorite Vicky Bliss, but I have to say that my favorite character in the series is is Schmidt- he is great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 1/3/2011

    " My favorite book of the series! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 11/11/2010

    " i found the constantpoking fun at the romance genre, which she really wasn't rising above, a bit distracting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 10/18/2010

    " likable. i wonder if this is the best of the lot... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emilie | 9/17/2010

    " I enjoyed the story but not terribly challenging. I enjoy Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody stories much better than the Vicky Bliss ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 9/10/2010

    " The last of the series. I am glad that Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Mertz decided to end the series and it was a satisfying ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peyton | 6/23/2010

    " unf unf John and Vicky = OTP "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rdonn | 4/11/2010

    " Love Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series set in Victorian times. This is more in the style of her Barbara Michaels persona as it has more romance, murder, violence etc. I enjoyed it, but not one of her greatest!! "

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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

Grace Conlin (1962–1997) was the recording name of Grainne Cassidy, an award-winning actress and acclaimed narrator. She was a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC, and won a Helen Hayes Award in 1988 for her role in Woolly Mammoth’s production of Savage in Limbo.