by Elizabeth Peters
I have read eight of the Amelia Peabody books written by Peters and one of her Jacqueline Kirby books but this is my first look at her series featuring Vicky Bliss. And as luck would have it, this is book one in that series. As you know I don't always start a series at the beginning.
Vicky is a tall, beautiful, intelligent and capable historian who is challenged by a fellow professor and suitor to a search for a lost piece of art. The purpose of the challenge is to prove he is smarter than her, which will convince her to marry him. This man needs help with his personal relationships! It will be interesting to see if he is a major player in subsequent novels.
What began as a treasure hunt in an old German castle soon turned into a game that was being played in deadly earnest and Vicky becomes the target of greed and finds herself in mortal danger. Since there are more books in the series, it was obvious that Vicky wasn't going to die but I wasn't sure that the others with her would live.
Peters writes a cozy mystery with witty banter, oddball characters, a funny romance, historical intrigue which develops into perilous situations. I tried to mooch the other 5 books in this series but not one of them was available. I may have to check my library.