Night Train to Memphis (Vicky Bliss Series #5)

Night Train to Memphis (Vicky Bliss Series #5)

by Elizabeth Peters

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An assistant curator of Munich's National Museum, Vicky Bliss is no expert on Egypt, but she does have a Ph.D. in solving crimes. So when an intelligence agency offers her a luxury Nile cruise if she'll help solve a murder and stop a heist of Egyptian antiquities, all 5'11" of her takes the plunge. Vicky suspects the authorities really want her to lead them to her missing lover, the art thief and master of disguises she knows only as "Sir John Smythe." And right in the shadow of the Sphinx she spots him. . . with his new flame. Vicky is so furious at this romantic stab-in-the-back, not to mention the sudden arrival of her meddling boss, Herr Dr. Schmidt, that she may overlook a danger as old as the pharaohs and as unchanging. . . a criminal who hides behind a mask of charm while moving in for the kill.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455552641
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Series: Vicky Bliss Series , #5
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 141,030
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Elizabeth Peters was born and brough up in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Peters was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She is also the author, as Barbara Mertz, of Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt and Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt. She lives in western Maryland. Visit her website at:


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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Night Train to Memphis (Vicky Bliss Series #5) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
PassingGlimmer More than 1 year ago
I love the Vicky Bliss series. Whenever I need a light yet entertaining read, I turn to this series. There aren't many books out there that I can read over and over again, but the characters in this series are well crafted and the story has just the right amount of action, mystery and one of those so wrong, but oh so right love interests. The balance of history, mystery and comedy are just right. I just wish this one available for Nook. all the others in the series are.
MaggieCraig on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Any book by Elizabeth Peters is a treat. For me, she delivers in spades on intelligent suspense, engaging characters, a vivid background and sense of place, a subtle yet powerful sexual connection between the hero and heroine and a great sense of fun. Night Train to Memphis is one of my favourites of her substantial oeuvre.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like the previous mysteries in the series, this one starts with a good dose of humor and farce mixed into the intrigue. Somewhere in the middle the relationship between John and Vickie starts to become the focus of the story and gains an element of authenticity. I liked the change and felt like it was a satisfying development in the character development. The storyline was fun to read and had plenty of the twists and turns that Ms. Peters is known for.
Jinjifore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Night Train to Memphis is probably my favorite Vicky Bliss novel to date, which proves, I suppose, that the series just gets better as time goes on. I love the development of Vicky and John's relationship through all the books, and this one is just as fun and satisfying as the others. I'm not sure if there are any more books planned in this series, but if not I can happy with this book as a conclusion.
Katissima on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fifth and last (so far) in Elizabeth Peter's Vicky Bliss series. This installment sees Vicky talked into going on a Nile cruise posing as an expert in Egyptian supposedly to identify a thief who is planning to rob the Cairo Museum. Who else could it be but her erstwhile lover John Smythe? There are some excellent surprises in this book. I think it is the best of the Vicky Bliss series. I would highly recommend checking out the audio version narrated by Barbara Rosenblat to hear her doing Schmidt doing country and western songs. For Amelia Peabody fans, there are also some tie-ins with the Emersons.
LoveToRead1963 More than 1 year ago
I love all the Vicky Bliss books but I think this one is my favorite. Vicky and John are so much fun. If you haven't checked out this author, please do so.
jewelryladyFL More than 1 year ago
Well-written and very action-packed. Funny and yet intriguing. Would recommend it to all who love mysteries.
sarahconerty More than 1 year ago
Night Train To Memphis is classic Elizabeth Peters, with its elegant and literate narrative, and a slightly old-fashioned feel due to the complete lack of current pop culture references (the musical references are classical and American folk and bluegrass) and rather stodgy assortment of characters who all behave in a rather formal manner. But these factors create a cozy bubble of a setting, one that is timeless, refined and classic. I feel like I should be sipping tea or a glass of wine while reading. Vicky is an interesting character, in that she can be rather unsympathetic. She is aloof, and quite critical of her fellow passengers, even her friend and boss, Schmidt, who is as good-natured as they come. All characteristics she shares with her lover John, whose arrogance and perpetual demeanor of amused contempt make him quite unlikeable as well. Interesting for the heroine of a book. Soon Vicky learns of the murder of her porter, Ali, right after somebody tries to bean her with a flowerpot. As the cruise carries on, Vicky gets to know the passengers better and realizes the danger she's in as she figures out that John is either involved with some really bad partners, or there's another element at play. Either way she's targeted and vulnerable, and doesn't know who she can trust. Her former lover John is behaving cruelly and oddly towards her and his new young wife, and nothing is going as planned. Soon the cheerful Schmidt shows up, but is blessedly in the dark about the dangerous situation, and Vicky's stress increases as she worries about getting him out of the situation. As the players and the plot are revealed, the novel turns into a desperate race of survival as the identity of enemies and allies become clear. Truly an exciting second half! The mystery of the complicated plot was solved, and the characters became much more compelling as their true motives were revealed. Although this is the fifth book in this series, I had no trouble reading it as a standalone novel. The author made discreet but frequent references to Vicky and John's history and I never felt lost.
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CurtisH More than 1 year ago
Her books are compelling and they keep my attention. You won't be disappointed. Addition to being a great mystery book, it has a wonderful lobe story. I keep reading her books.
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This book didn't seem as good as her other Vicky Bliss series. It seemed like the main character, Vicky, didn't know what was going on or what to do a lot of the time. I still liked it though, but not as well as past books I have read in this series. I always enjoy Elizabeth Peters' (Barbara Mertz)writing.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a wonderful book that I truly enjoyed. It truly kept one wanting more and is a must read for all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one book I can listen to over and over again, because of the lively and entertaining performance of Kathleen Turner. She handles a variety of quirky personalities with ease, from an elderly German museum director, a sexy young Egyptian man, and a cynical English art forger, to the somewhat manic Vicky Bliss. This book is *reasonably * non-violent enough for a kid to listen to; my child really liked it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Far too many cliches, clever remarks. By the end of the third chapter, I was sick of 'like a' phrases. One can lose track of the story - which is already choppy. This books has everything but the kitchen sink, including some screwed up sequence of events. Just a tad short of Bulwar-Lytton award.