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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,849 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vicky Bliss Mysteries Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9780061702518
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Who stole one of Egypt’s most priceless treasures? The brazen crime bears all the earmarks of one Sir John Smythe, the international art thief who is, in fact, John Tregarth, the longtime significant other of Vicki Bliss. But John swears he’s retired, not to mention innocent, and he vows to clear his name by hunting down the true criminal.

Vicki’s faith in John leaves her no choice but to set out for the Middle East, where dark days and myriad dangers await them and each uncovered clue seems to raise even more questions for the intrepid Vicki. And the stakes are elevated considerably, because now it appears that murder most foul has been added to the equation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A zany romantic suspence story…A mix of action, well-researched history and, snappy dialogue…Sassy and distinctively smart.”

    Tampa Tribune

  • “Thoroughly enjoyable, The Laughter of Dead Kings is a veritable soufflé of a mystery novel, fast-paced yet humorous.”

    Archeology Magazine

  • “[Peters] brings ancient Egypt accessible…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “[A]…potent brew of mystery and romance.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award in October 2008
  • Audiofile Magazine “Best of the Year”
  • AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/15/2014

    " Not sure if there will be any more books in the series, but I think it would make a nice ending here. I do enjoy the adventures of Vicky, John and Schmidt, but some series tend to drag out far too long. She wrote far more in the Amelia Peabody Emerson series. The references to her in this book make me want to go back and start at the beginning of that one. I just love Peters' sense of humor and the tone of her books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 1/24/2014

    " Tried one of this series to see if it is as good as the Amelia Peabody series. Despite the attempt to "tie the two together", it's not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 12/28/2013

    " This was a great, possibly last book from an author I absolutely love. It truly was a book for fans of her series. **** Spoiler ALERT*** She managed to tie both of her series together and even made a cameo appearance in this book. It was a fun adventure novel, with a funny ending for those of us who are into Egyptology. I got a kick out of the book too, knowing who a couple of the characters were modeled after, I truly enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russamun82 | 12/26/2013

    " She Certainly saved the best for last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 12/1/2013

    " Love it, love it, love it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Medlibrarian | 12/1/2013

    " Entertaining if a bit tired. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/21/2013

    " Nowhere near as good as the Amelia Peabody series, but a fun read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin O'sullivan | 11/19/2013

    " Not the best Vicky book, but I do love Elizabeth Peters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 11/13/2013

    " I think I have read other of Elizabeth Peters' books, but I cannot remember the title. This is a light and entertaining mystery. The story's action occurs primarily in Egypt. Finding the bone-nappers of King Tut defines the plot. I did not guess the villians until they were revealed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabrielle | 11/8/2013

    " Okay, but not one I would recommend. Some portions are rather trite. Some good reminders of my trip to Egypt. Story line is good, too much personal detail of characters for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debb | 10/14/2013

    " Missed this one when it came out, but enjoyed it. I still love Amelia MORE, but Vicky and Schroeder are at the top of my list. Well written, fast paced story with numerous twists and turns to keep you wondering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scilla | 9/26/2013

    " This is a Vicki Bliss mystery. Vicki's boy friend, Sir John Smythe, is thought to have been the person who stole the mummy of Tutenkamen. Vicki, John, and Vicki's boss Anton Schmidt go to Egypt to try to find the mummy and clear John's name. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/16/2013

    " A fun jaunt, but I like Amelia Peabody better. Who doesn't like mummies??? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennyslash | 3/26/2013

    " (will review at later date) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyn Mcdonald | 3/21/2013

    " Quick read, enjoyable, with in jokes for those who know Amelia Peabody Emerson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 9/23/2012

    " This book was really hard for me to stay focused on even though I adored some of the other Vicky Bliss novels. I almost didn't make it all the way through but the last 5 pages or so made it completely worth the effort. As one of my friends also commented: "a good way to close out the series!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette Johnson | 8/27/2012

    " Love Vicky so much the time warp was just a small bump in the road as I savored my last encounter with her. However, the entire series would be stellar if modified and rewritten with the end in mind. The first and last books end up being barely related tangents in their current state. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/16/2012

    " An entertaining romp. Peters even adds herself into the mix this time. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 2/28/2012

    " A fitting end to a very silly series - and I mean that in a good way. Brought it on vacation; perfect plane reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 1/19/2012

    " Typical Vicki Bliss...quick read, humor, refers to her other Egyptian series......A quick, entertaining summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna Hanson Bevens | 7/17/2011

    " If you're a Vicky Bliss/John Smythe fan, you won't be disappointed in this book. A great, light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 6/12/2011

    " I love Elizabeth Peters and her characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 5/20/2011

    " This is a typical Elizabeth Peters book--witty lines, great characters, suspense. Very enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/16/2011

    " This was a random library book I picked up for some light reading. It was just ok. I've never read other books in the series so I can't comment on that. The writing was fine. The characters were fine. I think I just wasn't so excited about the plot. Or maybe I was just in a mood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 4/18/2011

    " These are pleasant, funny mysteries, no incest involved and only one or two dead bodies per book. And there is travel to countries I've always wanted to visit, good reading for another cold, gloomy day. "

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

    " King Tut stolen, modern day Egypt, art historian Vicky Bliss, boyfriend maybe-former art/jewel thief, insane but brilliant Herr Schmidt (Vicky's boss), and modern politics make for an enjoyable mystery. Best in the mystery series! "

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

    " I've read a several of Elizabeth Peters books, but this is not one of my favorites. Decent read and worth the time, but not outstanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " Vicky Bliss's paramour is an Emerson/Peabody descendant! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 3/22/2011

    " Ehhh. A little slow, not a page turner. It was a little hard to follow the plot as it jumped around. Nothing spectacular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 3/15/2011

    " An entertaining mystery. Heard the audio version, and loved the different accents for the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/7/2011

    " Amusing conclusion to the Vicky Bliss series. John is in trouble, trying to prove that he's innocent of a crime that he might have committed earlier in his life. Vicky and friends travel to Egypt to help him prove his innocence. I was amused by the references to Amelia Peabody. "

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

    " What a great gift from Elizabeth Peters to her fans. With hints from her other series, she gave us another glimpse into the life of Vicky Bliss as she travels to Egypt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LuAnn | 10/14/2010

    " Entertaining read, not literature but fun. King Tut is on the move... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polyxena | 10/7/2010

    " Some nice touches in this book and pulling together of threads but it doesn't have much suspense or impact. But nice to have a last Vicky Bliss book. "

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