Saturday, March 8, 2014

Borrower of the Night by Elizabeth Peters

This is the first book in the Vicky Bliss Mystery series.
I liked Vicky Bliss from the start and plan to read the rest of the series.
Somehow it is written in a Nancy Drew style mystery but I can't pinpoint why I was reminded of Nancy.
In this first book of the series, we meet art historian Vicky Bliss.  She is as beautiful as she is brainy--with unassailable courage, insatiable curiosity, and an expertise in lost museum treasures that will lead her into the most dangerous of situations.  The story takes us from Cleveland, OH to Germany. 

 A missing masterwork in wood, the last creation of a master carver who died in the violent tumult of the sixteenth century, may be hidden in a medieval German castle in the town of Rothenburg.  Vicky and her friend Tony are both history experts with several degrees, and throughout the book discuss the events of a Peasant rebellion in the time of the early Reformation so we can understand the significance of the historical clues to the disappearance of the last masterpiece of a Reformation artist. The prize has called to Vicky and Tony, and a bet between them take them into the forbidding citadel of Rothenburg and its dark secrets. But the treasure hunt soon turns deadly. Here, where the blood of the long forgotten damned stains ancient stones, Vicky must face two equally perilous possibilities. Either a powerful supernatural evil inhabits this place. . .or someone frighteningly real is willing to kill for what Vicky is determined to find.

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