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Barbara Michaels (1927–2013)

Autor/a de Crocodile on the Sandbank

106+ obres 66,647 Membres 1,473 Ressenyes 54 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Barbara Mertz was born on September 29, 1927 in Astoria, Illinois. She received a bachelor's degree in 1947, a master's degree in 1950 and doctorate in Egyptology in 1952 from the University of Chicago. She wrote a few books using her real name including Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs (1964), Red mostra'n més Land, Black Land (1966), and Two Thousand Years in Rome (1968). She also wrote under the pen names Barbara Michaels and Elizabeth Peters. She made her fiction debut, The Master of Blacktower, under the name Barbara Michaels in 1966. She wrote over two dozen novels using this pen name including Sons of the Wolf, Someone in the House, Vanish with the Rose, Dancing Floor, and Other Worlds. Her debut novel under the pen name Elizabeth Peters was The Jackal's Head in 1968. She also wrote the Amelia Peabody series and Vicky Bliss Mystery series using this name. She died on August 8, 2013 at the age of 85. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de Barbara Michaels

Crocodile on the Sandbank (1975) 4,514 exemplars
The Curse of the Pharaohs (1981) 2,679 exemplars
The Mummy Case (1985) 2,362 exemplars
The Last Camel Died at Noon (1991) 2,121 exemplars
Lion in the Valley (1986) 2,090 exemplars
The Deeds of the Disturber (1989) 2,081 exemplars
He Shall Thunder in the Sky (2000) 1,894 exemplars
The Ape Who Guards the Balance (1998) 1,873 exemplars
The Falcon at the Portal (1999) 1,843 exemplars
Seeing a Large Cat (1997) 1,806 exemplars
The Hippopotamus Pool (1996) 1,782 exemplars
The Golden One (2002) 1,751 exemplars
Lord of the Silent (2001) 1,700 exemplars
Children of the Storm (2003) 1,657 exemplars
Tomb of the Golden Bird (2006) 1,589 exemplars
Guardian of the Horizon (2004) 1,565 exemplars
The Serpent on the Crown (2005) 1,509 exemplars
Borrower of the Night (1973) 1,209 exemplars
Night Train to Memphis (1994) 1,097 exemplars
A River in the Sky (2010) 1,085 exemplars
Street of the Five Moons (1978) 1,003 exemplars
Trojan Gold (1987) 942 exemplars
Silhouette in Scarlet (1983) 893 exemplars
The Laughter of Dead Kings (2008) 851 exemplars
The Murders of Richard III (1974) 840 exemplars
Naked Once More (1989) 814 exemplars
The Camelot Caper (1969) 788 exemplars
The Seventh Sinner (1972) 727 exemplars
Legend in Green Velvet (1976) 668 exemplars
Die for Love (1984) 663 exemplars
The Copenhagen Connection (1982) 648 exemplars
Stitches in Time (1996) 629 exemplars
Devil May Care (1977) 624 exemplars
The Dead Sea Cipher (1970) 613 exemplars
Summer of the Dragon (1979) 613 exemplars
Ammie, Come Home (1968) 585 exemplars
Houses of Stone (1993) 582 exemplars
The Jackal's Head (1968) 573 exemplars
Vanish with the Rose (1992) 559 exemplars
Amelia Peabody's Egypt: A Compendium (2003) — Col·laborador; Editor; Pròleg — 545 exemplars
The Night of Four Hundred Rabbits (1971) 545 exemplars
The Dancing Floor (1997) 540 exemplars
Search the Shadows (1987) 524 exemplars
Shattered Silk (1986) 523 exemplars
The Love Talker (1980) 515 exemplars
Into the Darkness (1990) 499 exemplars
Be Buried in the Rain (1985) 476 exemplars
The Painted Queen (2017) 439 exemplars
House of Many Shadows (1974) 431 exemplars
Witch (1973) 425 exemplars
The Wizard's Daughter (1980) 414 exemplars
Smoke and Mirrors (1989) 407 exemplars
Patriot's Dream (1976) 399 exemplars
Greygallows (1972) 386 exemplars
Wait for What Will Come (1978) 383 exemplars
The Walker in Shadows (1979) 377 exemplars
Black Rainbow (1982) 371 exemplars
The Master of Blacktower (1966) 368 exemplars
Someone in the House (1981) 365 exemplars
Here I Stay (1983) 361 exemplars
The Sea King's Daughter (1975) 348 exemplars
Other Worlds (1999) 333 exemplars
The Crying Child (1971) 315 exemplars
Wings of the Falcon (1977) 308 exemplars
Sons of the Wolf (1967) 306 exemplars
The Dark on the Other Side (1970) 297 exemplars
The Grey Beginning (1984) 292 exemplars
Prince of Darkness (1969) 273 exemplars
Malice Domestic 1: An Anthology of Original Traditional Mystery Stories (1992) — Editor; Introducció — 181 exemplars
Mystery Stories (2018) 28 exemplars
Two Thousand Years in Rome (1968) 19 exemplars
Dark Duet (1983) 13 exemplars
King of Night-32dp: Tragedy FL (1990) 5 exemplars
Smoke and Mirrors (2022) 2 exemplars
Die Hand des Pharaos (2010) 1 exemplars
Dunkel der Erinnerung. Roman. (1991) 1 exemplars
The Dancing Floor 1 exemplars
The Walker in Shadows (2015) 1 exemplars
Verborgene Zuflucht (1996) 1 exemplars

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The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunits Volume 1 (1993) — Col·laborador — 560 exemplars
Christmas Stalkings (1991) — Col·laborador — 195 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Egyptian Whodunnits (2002) — Introducció; Col·laborador — 141 exemplars
Sisters in Crime (1990) — Col·laborador; Col·laborador — 126 exemplars
Into the Mummy's Tomb (2001) — Col·laborador — 109 exemplars
The Best of Sisters in Crime (1997) — Col·laborador; Col·laborador — 89 exemplars
Women on the Edge (1992) — Col·laborador — 60 exemplars
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1968 v04 (1968) — Col·laborador — 47 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Comic Crime (2002) — Col·laborador — 47 exemplars
AZ Murder Goes Artful (2000) — Col·laborador — 10 exemplars
The Realm of the Impossible (2017) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
Murder to Go (1993) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Summer of the Dragon | Why Murder? | Live Bait (1980) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
The Empty Copper Sea | Street of the Five Moons | Vortex (1978) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
The House That Would Not Die [1970 film] (2019) — Original novel — 4 exemplars
The Japanese Corpse | Wait for What Will Come | The Judas Goat (1978) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Nightmare Time | Gideon's Way | Lion in the Valley (1986) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
The Love Talker | Brimstone | The Boy Who Followed Ripley (1980) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Dinky Died | The Blessing Way | The Dead Sea Cipher (1970) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Hand of Fate | The Copenhagen Connection | The Faraway Drums (1981) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Maigret's Pickpocket | The Jackal's Head | Murder Most Fouled Up (1968) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
A Handy Death | Borrower of the Night | The Notch on the Knife (1973) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
The Mummy Case | The Cruise of a Deathtime | Last Judgement (1985) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Girl Watcher's Funeral | The Camelot Caper | The Deadly Isles (1969) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Trojan Gold | The Dead Room | Murder on a Mystery Tour (1987) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


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This is the thirteenth book in the Amelia Peabody series. It's nearly Christmas 1915 and the Emersons are in Egypt. Ramses, who has refused to do more work for British intelligence, is newly married. When one of the men from his earlier work attempts to murder him, he and Nefret are sent to Luxor to check out thefts of antiquities and, hopefully, get him out of danger while Amelia and Emerson try to find out who wants Ramses dead.

But Luxor is no safer for Ramses and Nefret. Rumors of the reappearance of the Master Criminal and further attempts on Ramses' life along with persistent rumors of a marvelous new find all keep Nefret and Ramses busy.

Despite their vows to each other, both sets of Emersons are keeping secrets from the other and each are convinced that this is keeping the other pair safe. For example, the younger Emersons are aware that the Master Criminal who supposedly died in Amelia's arms after a heroic action is actually still alive and rebuilding his criminal enterprise in Luxor.

It isn't until both sets of Emersons reunite in Luxor that the mysteries are solved.

I enjoyed this episode which seems weighted to the younger Emersons' viewpoint and provided a lot of action including the Master Criminal. I am becoming quite a fan of the Master Criminal. The plot was twisty as is the case when the subject matter includes spies and thieves and political activities.
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kmartin802 | Hi ha 22 ressenyes més | Nov 26, 2023 |
With memories of having enjoyed a novel by this author many moons ago, though unable to remember which, I anticipated a good page turning read. In one sense, that is what it is. Heather Tradescant is on a touring holiday of England following the death of her father (and mother, but her father was her real parent for various reasons) with whom she had anticipated visiting famous gardens. Both shared a love of gardening and, to some extent, the history of gardens, mainly centred around the two John Tradescants who lived in the seventeenth century (and from whom, her father believed, they descended).

Denied access to a major goal, Troytan House, which had a garden which John Tradescant (the Elder I think) had designed, Heather finds her own way in, which turns out to lie through an overgrown maze. While there, she has a panic attack and so reels to the feet of Jordan Karim, son of the house's owner, rather bedraggled, scratched and with a twisted ankle. When Franklin Karim, Jordan's father, learns her name (and has it checked up by his factotum Sean to make sure she isn't a lying reporter), he invites her to stay and help him find where the garden that Tradescant designed used to be. Frank, as he prefers to be called, is a rich man and generally gets his own way with a manner part charm and part bullying. He is very insulting to his son, and eventually the reason for his behaviour is disclosed.

One element which intrigued me was the references to the famous seventeenth century Pendle Witch Trial and the various victims of the beliefs of that day. There is an attempt to tie it in with modern day (the book was published in 1997) Wicca and other New Age beliefs, and one character, Jennet, has a major role in this, but it isn't really followed through and I did wonder why any of this was in the book at all.

A lot of the story centres around Helen's relationships with the various men at the house - not only Frank, Jordan and Sean, but also Giles, son of the former owner and terribly, terribly nice but terribly put upon by a selfish wife and awful bratty son. There is a hint of romance between her and Giles and her and Sean, although Jordan keeps her at arm's length with his distant attitude which descends at times into hostility. Meanwhile, I appreciated that Helen is a tough cookie, physically fit - she does quite a lot of climbing ladders etc - and brave, and also quite blunt, plus she is constantly lectured or teased about her weight and the amount of food she puts away. So not a simpering violet. In the course of the story it becomes clear that someone is trying to do her harm, and suspicion falls mainly upon Jennet and the housekeeper Doreen.

One point I liked in the novel was that, unlike a lot of books with a romance theme, there were no steamy bedroom scenes. The only scenes set in the bedroom were completely unromantic, and the interactions with some of the men in the story never went beyond a kiss or two. That made a nice change!

However, I had a few problems with it, apart from its not following through on the witchy/supernatural element. Detailed descriptions of food menus are not that interesting, and do occur a lot. Also there is quite a bit of repetition, with various people going with Helen to see the access point where she got into the grounds etc. It was pleasing to see that the author had at least done her research about the history of the witchcraft trials - for example, one character tells another that witches were hung in England, not burned - but some of the Americanisms were a little throwing when spoken by characters who were not meant to be American. It was fine for Heather, whose first person viewpoint narrates the whole story, to refer to 'pants' instead of trousers, and 'sidewalk' instead of pavement etc, and given that the Karims are apparently American also, not a problem when they spoke in a similar way, but I wasn't sure if Sean was also American until much later in the story. But Doreen used one or two American expressions and she is definitely meant to be English. This would have been far less common in 1997 than today.

I also wasn't sure why the Karims were meant to be of Eastern extraction originally: there was one reference to them not being practicing Muslims, and their portrayal was of wealthy American industrialist types. Like the witchcraft angle, it seemed a bit pointless. One element I found quite predictable, concerned whom Heather would eventually end up with, because it is a common trope that the man with whom she spent the novel arguing had to be the one even if he didn't seem an attractive character. I did wonder if a certain nice person would turn out to be the villain: although I ended up wide of the mark, I think it might have been more effective somehow.

One point that was surprising, given the author's preface in which she says that only the Lancashire witch trial characters are real and everyone else is a figment of her imagination, is that the two John Tradescants really existed as I have since discovered from articles such as this one -

Finally, the title of the novel is a complete red herring. Although the Dancing Floor is mentioned a few times, and Jennet eventually explains its purpose, she also says it is in another location entirely. So I couldn't see the reason for using it. The focal place in the story is the overgrown maze so perhaps 'The Labyrinth' would have been more appropriate, especially as the history of labyrinths and garden mazes is an important thread in the story.

Given mixed feelings about this novel - enjoyed the exploits of Helen, was intrigued by the witchcraft angle but disappointed it didn't go anywhere, found it a bit repetitive in places and found the resolution of the romance subplot entirely predictable - I am awarding this a 3 star rating.
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kitsune_reader | Hi ha 9 ressenyes més | Nov 23, 2023 |
This episode of the Amelia Peabody series is set in 1914. While most of World War I is occurring in Europe, Egypt is not completely spared. In fact, the Turks are eager to bring invasion forces across the Suez Canal and take over Egypt. They are hoping to foment revolution among the young Egyptian radicals to create chaos before their invasion.

Ramses, despite his outward persona as a pacifist uninvolved in war efforts, is acting as an agent of the police to prevent the Turkish invasion and preserve many of his friends among those eager for Egyptian independence. David, supposedly sent to India for his role with the Egyptian nationalists, is undercover in Egypt too.

Ferreting out the spies and preventing the large-scale shipments of arms to reach the potential insurrectionists keeps both Ramses and David busy. Once Amelia and Emerson become aware of Ramses' work, they are eager - perhaps too eager - to help. But all agree that Nefret can't be told of Ramses' investigative work. She has proven to be too impulsive to be trusted with those secrets.

With many potential spies working in Egypt, all of the Emersons are busy trying to find out who is working to betray the British forces and encourage the Turks. Among the suspects are a merry widow with designs on any wealthy man, a Scottish major with a precocious daughter, and a smarmy French count. Oh, and cousin Percy is very active in Egypt too. For some reason, he is trying to make up his differences with the Emersons and being his usual smarmy self. Ramses fears that Nefret will be drawn in by his supposed charm. And the Master Criminal seems to have his hand in things too.

This was an excellent episode in the series. I loved the information about Egypt during World War I. I loved that Ramses and Nefret finally resolved their differences. I loved the intense emotion in this episode from fears for Ramses and the loss of Cousin Johnny in battle to Amelia finally being able to state that she loves her son.
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kmartin802 | Hi ha 27 ressenyes més | Nov 21, 2023 |
This episode was begun by Peters before her death and finished by her friend and fellow author Joan Hess.

It's 1912 and the Peabody/Emerson clan has two problems to solve. One has to do with an exquisite bust of Nefertiti and the many forged copies of it floating around Cairo. The other problem has to do with semi-incompetent assassins with monocles who are chasing after Amelia and Ramses.

The missing bust problem brings in potential German goals of disrupting the Egyptian government so that Egypt can be conquered by Germany. There are drugs and drugged archaeologists and a hirsute missionary who is trying to convince the Copts to start a revolution. Ramses and David spend a lot of time in Cairo trying to chase down the original Nefertiti and running afoul of the German embassy.

Meanwhile, Amelia is supposed to be under close supervision to thwart any more assassination attempts while they are digging at Amarna, but she's her usual intrepid and headstrong self and gets into and out of many dangerous situations.

This was an other excellent episode in an engaging historical mystery series.
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kmartin802 | Hi ha 18 ressenyes més | Nov 15, 2023 |



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