Street of the Five Moons

Street of the Five MoonsIt is popular is to adore Amelia Peabody I do penance with those, hoping to work my way to another as good asThe Curse Of The PharaohsI treat myself to Vicky Bliss sparsely This better series is short six to twenty of my less liked characters and setting Something fantastic about the realm of Vicky Bliss is that they are gothic mysteries mysterious, with an enchanting flavour of the past except that this came about naturally with time Each novel, exploring a different European country, was current starting in 1973 That is a lot familiar and authentic, than placing ourselves in 1800s Egypt, with an American authoress fabricating English dialogue additionally I appreciate historical fiction but prefer modern voices Forty years ago aren t so different and are infinitely relatable All we do is remove home computers and cellular telephones, which frankly demonstrates how resourceful we are without them Alas, my 4 year wait for the next Vicky novel, landed on a weak one Barbara took liberties with Street Of Five Moons , 1978, that compromised the mystery, its atmosphere, and believability.The interesting axis are a dead foreigner, a pristinely forged jewel, and the novel s mystical sounding title All three were dropped and there was nothing surreal about them A love interest whom I ve read continues in other novels, is a boor The brave, intelligent, calm Vicky whose fan I am, is present as is her humorous narration, addressing readers However this novel deflated into banal repartee The number of times Vicky could have contacted police, was as preposterous as the times she John achieved complicated escapes but villains kept apace A weak Vicky novel is, nonetheless, superior to most of Amelia s I look forward to treating myself to her anew She is an admirable heroine in any story. Ah yeah, now we re talkin With the second installment, Street of the Five Moons, the Vicky Bliss series starts getting its feet under it in no small part due to Vicky s infamous love interest John Smythe coming on camera.Those of you who are fans of these books know what I m talking about those of you who aren t, if you like the chemistry between Laura Holt and Remington Steele in the old series, Vicky and John will feel very, very familiar John is dashing, incorrigible, absolutely infuriating, and he charms my socks right off while he s busily charming Vicky against her better judgment.There may be places classically romantic than Rome in which this novel could have been set, but I m hard pressed to think of any of them It s a wonderful backdrop against which to stage breakings and enterings, priceless and stolen art objects, nighttime chases, kidnappings, crisscrossed communications, and the obligatory wounding of the aforementioned handsome, dashing, and infuriating hero This is classic Elizabeth Peters, and fun from the first word to the last Four stars. A fun read, a relatively fast read Vicky Bliss is quite delightful being resouceful, blonde, curvaceous and brainy appearances can be deceptive Loved the setting of the novel, the references to art and culture The highlight of the novel was the repartee between the ambiguous John and Vicky Some of their dialogue and snarky asides were priceless Written in a light hearted vein which I enjoyed A refreshing departure from my usual reading fare You often forget just how engaging some of these older novels are. A fun read and, quite frankly, a better starting place to the series than the first It s a touch dated written in the 70s , but Vicky s snark is delightful I do wish she wasn t quite so prone to relatively serious errors in judgment it undermines her supposed intelligence, even if she does cope well in extricating herself from the consequences Oh, and I really hope Sir John shows up in later books Which means I m actually looking forward to later books Huh A comfort read for me just plain fun. I m pretty much in the minority with this one As much as I love Elizabeth Peters s Amelia Peabody series, I just can t get into Vicky Bliss She s a blonde bimbo who uses her assets to her advantage while bitching about them than an intelligent investigator Supposedly she s an expert on art forgery yet in this one she s hot on the tail of jewelry forgers which she knows absolutely nothing about Will little to no evidence or even a case for that matter, Vicky yets off to Rome in search of an explanation for a dead body in Munich with a mysterious note in his pocket along with an excellent forged piece of jewelry.Vicky in spite of her intelligence, hasn t an ounce of common sense and blatantly leaves clues to her shenanigans and they is surprised when she is kidnapped Duh Sir John Smythe is caught up in the whole affair though Vicky has not clue as to his motives for rescuing her Sure he s charming but he s also an asshat at times using force than necessary and with a lady relatively speaking at that.At the end of the first book I thought I liked Vicky and was looking forward to reading further in the series since I hear it gets better Unfortunately, this book put the cabash on that thought Definitely not a series I will waste any further time on.On a side note..I listened to the audiobook narrated by Kathleen Turner What a mistake She read too fast, she put odd pauses in sentences, she mumbled and stumbled over words though her Italian and German were flawless I assume anyway I wonder if I would have enjoyed this had I read it myself but I m not masochist enough to try the next one. Vicky Bliss, A Brain With A Body Like A Centerfold, Often Has A Tough Time Getting People To Take Her Seriously But When It Comes To Medieval History, This Blonde Beauty Knows Her Stuff And She S A Master At Solving Mysteries That Would Turn The Art World Upside Down Vicky Gasped At The Sight Of The Exquisite Gold Pendant Her Boss At Munich S National Museum Held In His Hand The Charlemagne Talisman Replica, Along With A Note In Hieroglyphs, Was Found Sewn Into The Suit Pocket Of An Unidentified Man Found Dead In An Alley Vicky Vows To Find The Master Craftsman Who Created It It S A Daring Chase That Takes Her All The Way To Rome And Through The Dusty Antique Centers And Moonlit Streets Of The Most Romantic City In The World But Soon She S Trapped In A Treacherous Game Of Intrigue That Could Cost Her Life Or Her Heart Vicky Bliss, A Brain With A Body Like A Centerfold, Often Has A Tough Time Getting People To Take Her Seriously But When It Comes To Medieval History, This Blonde Beauty Knows Her Stuff And She S A Master At Solving Mysteries That Would Turn The Art World Upside Down Vicky Gasped At The Sight Of The Exquisite Gold Pendant Her Boss At Munich S National Museum Held In His Hand The Charlemagne Talisman Replica, Along With A Note In Hieroglyphs, Was Found Sewn Into The Suit Pocket Of An Unidentified Man Found Dead In An Alley Vicky Vows To Find The Master Craftsman Who Created It It S A Daring Chase That Takes Her All The Way To Rome And Through The Dusty Antique Centers And Moonlit Streets Of The Most Romantic City In The World But Soon She S Trapped In A Treacherous Game Of Intrigue That Could Cost Her Life Or Her Heart Vicky Bliss, A Brain With A Body Like A Centerfold, Often Has A Tough Time Getting People To Take Her Seriously But When It Comes To Medieval History, This Blonde Beauty Knows Her Stuff And She S A Master At Solving Mysteries That Would Turn The Art World Upside Down Vicky Gasped At The Sight Of The Exquisite Gold Pendant Her Boss At Munich S National Museum Held In His Hand The Charlemagne Talisman Replica, Along With A Note In Hieroglyphs, Was Found Sewn Into The Suit Pocket Of An Unidentified Man Found Dead In An Alley Vicky Vows To Find The Master Craftsman Who Created It It S A Daring Chase That Takes Her All The Way To Rome And Through The Dusty Antique Centers And Moonlit Streets Of The Most Romantic City In The World But Soon She S Trapped In A Treacherous Game Of Intrigue That Could Cost Her Life Or Her Heart 3.5 stars.So, here s the thing There was a kidnapping I wish I hated kidnapping plots less I really do But they annoy me a lot in 95% of cases This was not entirely an exception.It was better done than a lot of them are It wasn t hateful.But but view spoiler Okay, I get it, or really, I get them And by them, I mean the two things that I m assuming this book series is supposed to be based on.1 Vicky Bliss is a nosy adventurying protagonist But instead of being your omnicompetent nosy adventurying protagonist, that is able to do a triple backflip out of any awkward situation and somehow land on her feet, Vicky Bliss is impetuatous and impulsive and often runs into a situation like a bull in a china shop, not considering all of the ramifications until two minutes too late Thus making her super relatable and awesome Because she is not your cookie cutter, super perfect protagonist Making her complete lack of consideration of her own safety ALL OKAY DId I mention that she was impetuous and impulsive, reacts to goading and loves a good adventure 2 John Smythe is a bit of a jerk With a questionable moral code And motives that are not always clear But underneath it all he has a heart of gold And he is super charming And really, who are we to judge his questionable ethics He is SO CHARMING And the snark with Vicky is such fun They are so well matched And what woman doesn t secretly love a bit of a bad boy This is really going to make it seem like I don t like the book I do like the book It really is fun.It s just that, well, even if Vicky doesn t always think things through first, I do find that she shows a ridiculous lack of concern for her own well being, particularly given that the events of Book 1 in the series happened not that long ago, and the sort of behaviour she displayed in it almost got her killed I just think that even if book 1 gave you a serious taste for adventure, it would have also given you a healthy respect for the danger as well A compulsion to investigate is understandable, but I found it stretching credulity than a little that after being KIDNAPPED she would go back to the location of her kidnapping as a guest, without taking even rudimentary safety procedures and I do not count scheduled phone calls to her scatter brained crazy boss in that category.And I m not sold on John Smythe The banter is fun I love the banter between him and Vicky a lot But I do not let the jerk face characters off the hook simply because they are charming He rescues her from kidnapping by knocking her out cold He threatens, he goads, he tries to manipulate I don t know The two of them are charming, but I don t know I ll grant that he s a million times better than that dead weight Tony, from book 1 But I m not entirely sure I like Smythe all that much, even if he does shine by comparison hide spoiler I decided to give this series another shot after not really liking Borrower of the Night all that much Thisreally did not do anything to change my opinion Although several people commented that the introduction of John Smythe or Smythe, really improved things vastly, I didn t really find that to be the case John is actually described on the basis that he looks like Peter Wimsey, but cough Sir, you are no Peter Wimsey And Vicky is not Harriet Which, admittedly, is in general hardly a fair basis for comparison if anyone could whip up characters as awesome as Dorothy L Sayers , well, I d have even things I d want to read than I already do But Peters evokes the comparison herself, and then does not look favorable in light of it The mystery failed to surprise or engage me, the various bits of alliance switching were both predictable and lame, and the patina of spooky stuff was not even as freaky as an especially weak episode of Supernatural Sadly, I m afraid this just isn t an author who works for me. Full review at Smoke Mirrors I have a very good friend who is also a reader and I think she will enjoy this one much than I did I would almost classify this as chick lit, a term I rarely use and basically dislike Goodreads does classify it as mystery, fiction, and romance This was an okay read for me, but very shallow characterization Lots of action It doesn t leave me with a desire to read in this series Unless I hit a reading slump and just want something rather mindless to help jump start the brain a bit.

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • Street of the Five Moons
  • Elizabeth Peters
  • English
  • 15 April 2018
  • 9780812512441

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