Sunday, November 19, 2006

The Deeds of the Disturber

by Elizabeth Peters
Rating 3.5/5
My last review of Peters' Amelia Peabody book was not very robust. I enjoyed book #5 in the series much more and so I will probably continue to read a few more. This mystery takes place back home in London. A couple of things happen that force Amelia to take her son a bit more seriously and offer the poor boy a modicum of the respect he deserves. I still get a chuckle out of Amelia and Emerson's relationship, although things become a little sappy touching at times.

While trying to find information on the Vicky Bliss mystery series, I found that Elizabeth Peters is a pseudonym used by Barbara Mertz. Mertz holds a PhD of Egyptoloty and has written several non-fiction books in that field of expertise. Mertz has also written 25 or so romantic suspense novels under the name Barbara Michaels.

Back to Vicky Bliss - I did read one in that series - Naked Once More. I really did like it, just didn't realize it was part of a series.

I am going to change my original From the Stacks list to include Deeds of the Disturber instead of Witches Bane by Susan Wittig Albert. I am finding that I don't do real well at keeping to my list, but I still am reading from the stacks. So I'm still making headway! Truly a good feeling to scratch off the list instead of adding to. Thanks Michelle. This is book three for the From the Stacks Winter Challenge.


jenclair said...

I'm thinking of "going off list" myself. Not sure which I will read next, but have several to choose from. :)

I'll be looking for a Vicky Bliss novel soon. I've never read any of the Jacqueline Kirby series either. I knew that the author of the Amelia Peabody series was an Egyptologist from one of the bookjackets, but had forgotten her real name. Well...she does have several names, doesn't she? I've enjoyed some of the Barbara Michaels gothic novels, too.

SuziQoregon said...

I'm thinking of trying some of the Amelia Peabody books as audiobooks. I'm on the last of the Mrs. Pollifax books right now and will be needing another series to listen to. I wasn't feeling very positive after your last review, but this one makes me want to go ahead and give the series a try.

Booklogged said...

Jenclair, it is fair to substitute one book for another from the stacks, isn't it? You're still reducing the number of books TBR.

Your comment helped me realize that I'd made a mistake in my post. Naked Once More is a Jacquelin Kirby mystery written by Peters, not a Vicky Bliss. So I haven't read any VB mysteries.

SuzieQ, I think these would be excellent books for listening. I really don't know why #4 didn't appeal as much to me. I've really enjoyed the others in the series, thoug.

The Traveller said...

I'm not doing so well on the stacks challenge, either! I just got a new one from the library - I couldn't resist it! And it is only one..

Booklogged said...

Traveller, Only one shows a great deal of restraint. Good for you!

Unknown said...

There are a few of the Amelia's that get a bit samey...but I've read them the new one and find the newest ones are very compeling and good mysteries. I'm not just reading them to find out what happens to the family, I want to know what they are going to do next! I think I miss the sense of humor that was in the first few. They were very funny, where the rest are more serious.