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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,532 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Grace Conlin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1995 ISBN: 9781455172269
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The lethal stuff of legends

For Jessica Tregarth, an unexpected invitation to visit her grandfather in England comes as a wonderful surprise, an opportunity to open doors to a family history that have always been closed to her. But her arrival is greeted by mysterious villains who pursue her through Cornwall, their motive and intentions unknown. Jessica’s only clue is an antique heirloom she possesses, an ancient ring that bears the Tregarth family crest. Her only ally is handsome gothic novelist David Randall—her self-proclaimed protector—who appears seemingly out of nowhere to help her solve a five hundred-year-old puzzle.

Something out of the cloudy mists of Arthurian lore has come back to plague a frightened American abroad, and a remarkable truth about a fabled king and a medieval treasure could ultimately make Jess Tregarth very rich—or very dead.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gothica in the irreverent trappings I like best.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “No one is better at juggling torches while dancing on a high wire than Elizabeth Peters.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Good pace, high spirits, and lots of amusement.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Peters really knows how to spin romance and adventure into a mystery.”

    Boston Herald

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Ferrari | 2/18/2014

    " The first non-Amelia Peabody book that I've read of Peters; very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deena | 2/17/2014

    " Perfect airplane read; interesting as an example of early Peters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 2/16/2014

    " I've read this book about a million times. It isn't as good now as when I first read it, but it holds up okay. The main problem with the book is that it was written in the 70s and feels dated. Elizabeth Peters is a fun author though if you like romantic adventure with humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 2/16/2014

    " Took a while to get into the story. This really is a "caper" with the good guys and the bad guys chasing each other all over England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/8/2014

    " Not my favorite Elizabeth Peters, but a fun story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 1/22/2014

    " A "road-trip caper" book, where an American in England falls into a strange plot and finds a cute Englishman to help her, as they speed all around southern and western England. Fast-paced and fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ☯Emily | 1/20/2014

    " This is the first book I read by Elizabeth Peters. I read it back in the early 1970's, soon after it was published. I fell in love with the author and her humorous mysteries. I reread the book in 2000 and enjoyed just as much the second time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn Estepp | 1/16/2014

    " 3 1/2. I'm about to go on a gothic romance kick, I do believe. You have been warned. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/2/2014

    " Pleasant, forgettable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 11/19/2013

    " I really did enjoy it. The hero of the story, David, was pretty fun. But overall it was kind of silly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 10/11/2013

    " I was traveling and ran out of reading material....I found this book in the hotel lobby and I was desperate I read it! It is a modern gothic romance, or sorts...needed better proof reading for sure, it a fast, clean read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 9/27/2013

    " A fun story of two running around English countryside with criminals after a supposed Camelot treasure. It's a fun read with a twisted plot. Lots of humor in the mystery with a touch of romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eliza | 9/13/2013

    " This doesn't have the same spark as the Amelia Peabody books, but it was a fun read. I really liked the character David. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Icy Magno | 8/1/2013

    " The first chapters convey a really vivid description of the setting and a little bit of thrill but quarter way through the book, the thrill and excitement died out. The humor doesn't appeal to me. Stopped reading half way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 7/5/2013

    " A good fun read - exactly as titled 'a caper'. Reminded me a lot of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jordan | 5/22/2013

    " grumble grumble. if this had been better, it could have been like the movie charade. it wasn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 4/11/2013

    " I have been re-reading some Elizabeth Peters books and I liked this one so much more than I remember. Oddly enough, I liked "The Night of 400 Rabbits" much less than I remember. Maybe it is my age. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Lundstrom | 2/23/2013

    " You don't know why the things that are happening are happening until the very end of the book, and then the end was hard for me to follow. Maybe it was just me.. But I just didnt like the ending very much either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 7/21/2012

    " ok. quick fun read. love EP sense of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warnie B. | 6/4/2012

    " Ahhh, our first indrooduction to the fabulous John Smythe! This is not one of the better stand-alones, but it's entertaining, and definitely fun if you're a Vicky Bliss fan--it's fun to see John with less than his usual panache, and as the villain, no less! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 3/17/2012

    " This is my least favorite Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels book. The first two-thirds of the book dragged on and on with little to hold my interest and the conclusion was just half-hearted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly Parker | 3/21/2011

    " Not the best Elizabeth Peters ever. Preposterous setup, inexplicable behavior of the protagonists (hell, inexplicable behavior on the part of the antagonists as well) Felt too much like she was trying to channel Mary Stewart, but her more modern heroine couldn't quite pull it off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 3/4/2011

    " Enlish mystery story... a little slow but OK! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 3/2/2011

    " A fun story of two running around English countryside with criminals after a supposed Camelot treasure. It's a fun read with a twisted plot. Lots of humor in the mystery with a touch of romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deenbat | 1/18/2011

    " Perfect airplane read; interesting as an example of early Peters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. Deering | 12/24/2010

    " Yes, it is the hunt for Camelot but I did not feel as though the book could decide if it wanted to be a comedy, romance or mystery. It switched in tone all over the place. Loved seeing England in my imagination. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 12/23/2010

    " A 'so-so' book with a flimsy plot. I adored the growing relationship between the two main characters but their 'adventure' together was lack lustre at best. Certainly not one of my favorite of Elizabeth Peters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becca | 10/27/2010

    " Normally i love all Elizabeth peters novels but this one was a so-so romantic mystery that was not so much predictable as far fetched. But it was written over 30 years ago so I am willing to give her, the author, some slack! "

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

    " I've read this book about a million times. It isn't as good now as when I first read it, but it holds up okay. The main problem with the book is that it was written in the 70s and feels dated. Elizabeth Peters is a fun author though if you like romantic adventure with humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 4/4/2010

    " I really did enjoy it. The hero of the story, David, was pretty fun. But overall it was kind of silly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/5/2010

    " You don't know why the things that are happening are happening until the very end of the book, and then the end was hard for me to follow. Maybe it was just me.. But I just didnt like the ending very much either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 12/9/2009

    " Is that James Smith from Vicky Bliss doing crazy illegal things in the background? Well now I really can't take you seriously as a villain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 8/19/2009

    " ok. quick fun read. love EP sense of humor. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Peters

Elizabeth Peters (1927–2013) was born and brought up in Illinois. She earned her PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago’s famed Oriental Institute and went on to become a New York Times bestselling author whose novels were often set against historical backdrops. Peters was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998. She also wrote books under the names Barbara Mertz and Barbara Michaels.

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.