The Camelot Caper

The Camelot Caper

by Elizabeth Peters

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For Jessica Tregarth, an unexpected invitation to visit her grandfather in England is a wonderful surprise—an opportunity to open doors to a family past that has always been closed to her. But sinister acts greet her arrival. A stranger tries to steal her luggage and later accosts her in Salisbury Cathedral. Mysterious villains pursue her through Cornwall, their motives and intentions unknown. Jessica's only clue is an antique heirloom she possesses, an ancient ring that bears the Tregarth family crest. And her only ally is handsome gothic novelist David Randall—her self-proclaimed protector—who appears from seemingly out of nowhere to help her in her desperate attempt to solve a five-hundred-year-old puzzle. For something from out of the cloudy mists of Arthurian lore has come back to plague a frightened American abroad. And a remarkable truth about a fabled king and a medieval treasure could ultimately make Jess Tregarth very rich . . . or very dead.

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ISBN-13: 9780062119711
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 801,449
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago’s famed Oriental Institute. During her fifty-year career, she wrote more than seventy novels and three nonfiction books on Egypt. She received numerous writing awards and, in 2012, was given the first Amelia Peabody Award, created in her honor. She died in 2013, leaving a partially completed manuscript of The Painted Queen.


A farm in rural Maryland

Date of Birth:

September 29, 1927

Place of Birth:

Canton, Illinois


M.A., Ph.D. in Egyptology, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1952

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Camelot Caper 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Stewartry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Caper" was an excellent choice for the title: that's exactly what this is: an adventure with a romantic edge, danger around every corner but handled with a light touch, a tale of an unsuspecting female dropped into the midst of intrigue that would have served Alfred Hitchcock well. The writing is quick and clear, smart and fun and funny; the characters are fun and different, with enough depth to make this very enjoyable; the story is fun and improbable and attention-grabbing, and deals intelligently with the Arthurian elements. As always, the author's deep knowledge of archaeology and its surrounds forms a solid base for a frothy story. The short version: the book is great lightweight fun.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a quick and fun read. Ms. Peters often writes tongue in cheek and that is part of the charm here. There is romance, but it is hinted at, not spelled out explicitly. Overall an enjoyable escape.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Peters pays tribute to the Gothic novel in this light read. Upon her arrival in England, American tourist Jessica Tregarth is pursued by villains for an unknown reason. Tall, dark, and handsome David Randall comes to her aid and together they flit across the south of England, trying to escape Jessica's pursuers while figuring out the reason for her pursuit. If you've ever seen the sights in England's south, or hope to visit them some day, you might enjoy reading about Jessica's adventures there. This book doesn't demand much from the reader. It would be a good book to curl up with on a "snow day".
susanamper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The daughter of a British man who left home 25 years earlier with a strange ring has returned to England at the bequest of her grandfather bringing the ring with her. She is chased by two comical yet deadly men who seem intent on stopping her from reaching her grandfather. She heads toward Cornwall with the aid of mystery writer David Randall. Along the way they makes stops at some famous cathedrals. Nice details on the cathedrals and some fun with the lore of King Arthur.
VictorianScholar More than 1 year ago
The premise for this story had me giggling all the way through with book-nerdish delight. It's a Gothic novel about a heroine who, when we first meet her, is reading a Gothic novel, and her companion in her adventure is a Gothic romance novelist. The story has a lot of fun with its self awareness. It's a fun story if you're in the mood for the genre.
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KrisPA More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Elizabeth Peters and have been reading her books for years. This one is okay. Since it was originally published in the 60s, sometimes it feels outdated. But the plot is not bad and I liked the characters. It's not one of her better books though and is ultimately kind of silly. If you want to read Elizabeth Peters (who also writes under the name Barbara Michaels), I suggest the following books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my most fav. books ever. I love the relationship between Susan and David, they are soooo funny. It deals a lot with Camelot, so if you aren't interested in it, you probably shouldn't read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was funny and fairly well put together. At the beginning I was slightly skeptical of the way the heroine Jess Tregarth reacts to things, but it gets much better once David Randall arrives, along with his sense of humor, one-liners, and British accent. Somebody said that the villian in this (Cousin John Tregarth) is actually Sir John Smythe from the Vicky Bliss series. I don't know. They are somewhat alike. Good book overall.