Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Borrower of the Night

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. The prize has called to art historian Vicky Bliss, drawing her and an arrogant male colleague into the forbidding citadel 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.

Although I've read Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series, I never got around to reading her Vicky Bliss books. And the sad thing was that I've had Borrower of the Night in my TBR pit for years.

Vicky Bliss is an art historian who travels to Bavaria in search of a wooden treasure. She's staying in a an old castle who has been converted to a hotel. And there is where she starts finding interesting facts about the artists' patron and his family.

The story flowed and found it a fast read. The characters were amazing, there was quite a variety of them, some more critical than others but overall a great cast. I found Vicky to be very likable. She's a modern version of Amelia Peabody in my opinion.

Not only did this book have one mystery, the search of the treasure, but there was also the mystery of who was causing the mysterious supernatural happenings in the hotel.

I'm looking forward to the next book.

Borrower of the Night by Elizabeth Peters (3.5/5) Mystery; Published: 1973; Series: # 1, Vicky Bliss; Books 2010 (66);

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