Borrower of the Night: The First Vicky Bliss Mystery by Elizabeth Peters

By Elizabeth Peters

Meet paintings historian Vicky Bliss, She is as attractive as she is brainy--with unassailable braveness, insatiable interest, and an services in misplaced museum treasures that frequently leads her into the main harmful of situations.A lacking masterwork in wooden, the final production of a grasp carver who died within the violent tumult of the 16th century, will be hidden in a medieval German fort within the city of Rothenburg. The prize has known as to Vicky Bliss, drawing her and an conceited male colleague into the forbidding fort and its darkish secrets and techniques. however the treasure hunt quickly turns lethal. right here, the place the blood of the lengthy forgotten damned stains old stones, Vicky needs to face both perilous chances. both a robust supernatural evil inhabits this position. . .or an individual frighteningly genuine is keen to kill for what Vicky is set to discover.

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And there was nothing to prevent me from looking. I had reached that point in my meditations when we skidded into a gatepost, bounced off, and continued along a dark, tree-lined drive. We had arrived, only half an hour late. I was prepared to dislike Jacob Myers on sight, the way we always hate people who have more money than we do. He was bald and fat. His stomach hung out over his cummerbund. He came up to my chin. He had the mouth of a shark and the eyes of a poet. I felt an immediate rapport—with the shark, as well as the poet.

The chances are a thousand to one that it’s been destroyed. And even if it hasn’t—” Tony dropped the key. Turning, he grabbed me by the shoulders. He shook me. Then he kissed me. Then he shook me again. Taking unfair advantage of my temporary lack of breath, he said, “It’s all your fault. You got me into this, and by God, I’ll get myself out with no help from you. I can read your sneaky underhanded female mind. I know what you’re planning. Go ahead. I’ll beat you to it. ” 36 / Elizabeth Peters “Ah,” I said.

If he was more interested in picking my brains than pursuing my body, it made a restful change from my usual dates. He was a wonderful dancer, an epicure, a connoiseur of fine wines, and he spent money like water. He was also BORROWER OF THE NIGHT / 37 witty and amusing. Even his hints about sculpture were thrown out with a grin and a tongue in the cheek, and no expectation of success. But I knew that behind the grin and the charm lay a will of iron. He had announced his intentions of beating both of us to the treasure; and if he lacked Tony’s and my special knowledge, he had a lot of other things going for him.

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