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Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Grace Conlin Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: June 1996 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481559317

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It was the start of a grand adventure in a land of antiquity: a rare opportunity to visit biblical places rich in tradition and shrouded in mystery. But in the middle of Beirut, a world away from everything she knows, Dinah Van der Lyn suddenly hears angry voices through the wall of her hotel. The voices are followed by a crash and cries for help—in English. The brutal shattering of an evening's stillness becomes a prelude to terror.

Without warning, Dinah is drawn into something unholy transpiring in the sacred city. Her search for the answers hidden in the shadows will take her to the fabled cities of Sidon, Tyre, Damascus, and Jerusalem. And as she races through ancient, twisting streets, teeming with secrets and peril, she is forced to trust an enigmatic stranger, a man who may be leading her to safety—or to her doom.

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  • “Danger and romance...Excellent.”

    - San Francisco Chronicle

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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Other than it being set in the sixties, which threw me at first, I thought this was a great fun read. I actually listened to the audio version, which was good. "

    - Catherine, 2/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Audio -- a typical nice read by Peters "

    - Irene, 2/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " The characters were not well developed. Someone said in another review the characters came across as adults through the eyes of a twelve year old. They hit the mark with that comment. The "love story" was ill placed and not plausible. The protagonist was a ditzy know it all. She did foolish things no one would do at the same time she is supposed to be a well educated young woman from a respectable family. Knowing people were after her, she would go exploring on her own at every turn. I found her unbelievable and annoying. "

    - Carrie, 2/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This is only the second book I have read by Elizabeth Peters, and I am now officially a fan of her writing. This was a good, cozy mystery set in Sidon, Tyre, Damascus, and Jerusalem. It has a strong female protagonist, a good story line, and enough romance to be interesting but not enough to be gross. Peters proves that a skilled writer does not need to depend on sex, dope, and vulgarity to write a good book. I enjoyed this novel. "

    - Mad_Maudie, 2/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Spies and archeologists all after a batch of dead sea scrolls. These scrolls are new testament books and capable of disrupting an already disturbed political situation. "

    - Nicole, 1/26/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not as good as the Amelia Peabody books, but much better than The Night of Four Hundred Rabbits. "

    - Katie, 1/25/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Elizabeth Peters is one of my favorite authors! So I was excited to see a book of hers I hadn't read yet. While this book is similar to her "peabody series" it has some of its own adorable quirks. The main character is an opera singer with an ear for languages. After hearing some strange things from the room next door. It starts her on the path to collide with very interesting characters. While at times some of the conclusions the people in the book jump to seem a bit far fetched it is delivered in a completely believable manner. This book is a fun fast paced read that incorporates the old world of the bible with the new. "

    - Mary, 1/22/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Another fun Peters mystery involving antiquity. As a change, this adventure is set in the mid-East instead of Egypt and involves the dead sea scrolls. As usual there is a little romance thrown in to add spice to the adventure. "

    - Terri, 1/22/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Reading this I felt like I was reading the rough draft for Amelia Peabody (even though it was written after the first of that series) set in a more contemporary time period. It was a good story and if you enjoy the Peabody series, you'll like this one. "

    - Karen, 1/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not as good as the Peabody series. That said, it was a fun read, a romantic mystery with some intrigue. I like that Peters adds so many archaelogical details, it makes it more believable. But the mystery/intrigue in this one isn't handled as well as it is in her other books. "

    - Rachel, 1/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Run of the mill adventure. "

    - Gail, 1/16/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Elizabeth Peters is one of my favorite authors. She can be cheesy and formulaic, to be sure, but she is quite entertaining. I love her writing style! This was not her best but it was a fun, fast read, which was perfect for me. "

    - Mary, 12/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Not a fan of Elizabeth Peters series but something about this book grabbed me years ago. I am on my second copy and read it about every two years. Although I am a rereader, I seldom have to replace books. "

    - Jeanie, 12/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " It's like a mad game of Clue, with criminals popping out at every corner, except the one person who you are absolutely sure is a criminal. It's a bit dated, but only through the accessories of the characters. The characters and personalities could be found everywhere. "

    - Melissa, 12/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A great mystery with a tiny bit of romance - ahhh. "

    - Holli, 11/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A mystery centered around the Dead Sea Scrolls... and the supposed additional sea scrolls. An innocent Dinah happens to be next door to a murder in a hotel and gets dragged into the deadly race to find the sea scrolls. "

    - Summer, 11/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I rated this a 1 star because if I rated it with zero stars it might be misunderstood as not rated. BORING! I got half way through and just couldn't finish the book. "

    - Martin, 7/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Good book, even the second time around! "

    - Heather, 1/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I love Elizabeth Peters mysteries! They have romance and peril and wit, all the while being a parody of the mystery genre, and teaching quite a bit about archaeology at the same time! "

    - Duckpondwithoutducks, 12/7/2012
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Not one of her better reads. Kind of slow moving. Usually her books are an exciting wild ride. I actually set it down and read another book in the middle. "

    - Christine, 10/28/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Would classify this as a good book to read on a plane - interesting and fast-paced without requireing a lot of thought. "

    - Amy, 10/15/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Young English woman tours middle east and inadvertently becomes involves in a murder. Humorous, handsome love interests. Great details of the area. A treacherous climb into the hills looking for lost artifact. Many "interested" parties, leading to narrow escapes and deception. Great read. "

    - Judy, 7/17/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not nearly as good as her Amelia Peabody series "

    - Theresa, 3/27/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " almost as good as E.P's Amelia Peabody series and better than her Vicki Bliss series "

    - Sue, 8/6/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Enjoyable light-weight mystery set around 1970 in Lebanon and Israel, but personally consider it not up to par with the Amelia Peabody series by Peters. "

    - Bernadette, 6/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Listened to on our trip. Good little mystery that takes place in the Near East. "

    - Lauri, 6/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Kind of dated but fun. "

    - Kathryn, 6/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " a/k/a barbara michaels. good author usually means good books. "

    - Michele, 6/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I loved this book and would have rated it higher if it would have taken care of some loose ends. The characters were interesting and very likeable. The mystery was intriguing. It just ended too abruptly. "

    - Chris, 5/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Listened to on our trip. Good little mystery that takes place in the Near East. "

    - Laurist, 4/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Spies and archeologists all after a batch of dead sea scrolls. These scrolls are new testament books and capable of disrupting an already disturbed political situation. "

    - Nicole, 4/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Another good mystery by Ms Peters. Though a little bogged down with history, the characters and plot did not suffer. Definitely worth reading. "

    - SJuhl4, 3/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Young English woman tours middle east and inadvertently becomes involves in a murder. Humorous, handsome love interests. Great details of the area. A treacherous climb into the hills looking for lost artifact. Many "interested" parties, leading to narrow escapes and deception. Great read. "

    - Judy, 11/10/2010
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Audio -- a typical nice read by Peters "

    - Irene, 9/29/2010
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Not one of her better reads. Kind of slow moving. Usually her books are an exciting wild ride. I actually set it down and read another book in the middle. "

    - Christine, 8/24/2009
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A mystery centered around the Dead Sea Scrolls... and the supposed additional sea scrolls. An innocent Dinah happens to be next door to a murder in a hotel and gets dragged into the deadly race to find the sea scrolls. "

    - Summer, 2/27/2009
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Reading this I felt like I was reading the rough draft for Amelia Peabody (even though it was written after the first of that series) set in a more contemporary time period. It was a good story and if you enjoy the Peabody series, you'll like this one. "

    - Karen, 12/20/2008
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Good book, even the second time around! "

    - Heather, 10/27/2008
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Would classify this as a good book to read on a plane - interesting and fast-paced without requireing a lot of thought. "

    - Amy, 7/15/2008

About the Author

Elizabeth Peters (1927–2013) was a pen name of Barbara Mertz, who earned her PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago’s famed Oriental Institute. Over the course of her fifty-year career she wrote more than seventy mystery and suspense novels and three nonfiction books on Egypt, of which many were New York Times bestsellers. She was the recipient of numerous writing awards, including grandmaster and lifetime achievement awards from the Mystery Writers of America, Malice Domestic, and Bouchercon. In 2012 she was given the first Amelia Peabody Award, created in her honor and named after her major fictional character, at the Malice Domestic convention. 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.