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The Laughter of Dead Kings

A Vicky Bliss Novel of Suspense

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“A royal treat….Welcome back, Vicky Bliss!...For readers new to Vicky’s sassy and distinctively smart stories, The Laughter of Dead Kings will mark the start of a beautiful friendship.”

— Tribune
New York Times bestselling Grand Master Elizabeth Peters—author of the thrilling fictional exploits of archaeologist Amelia Peabody in the Land of the Pharaohs—brings back beautiful, brainy art expert and sometime sleuth Vicky Bliss for one last adventure in The Laughter of Dead Kings. The incomparable Peters sends Vicky and her colorful entourage racing across modern-day Egypt to investigate the brazen theft of one the ancient desert land’s most priceless treasures. Smart, funny, evocative, and suspenseful, The Laughter of Dead Kings is a fond and fitting farewell to the ever-delightful Vicky…and a superior mystery fit for a King Tutankhamen.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 07, 2008 – Fans of bestseller Peters's Vicky Bliss series will welcome her solid sixth suspense novel to feature the plucky art historian, last seen in Night Train to Memphis (1994). In Munich, where Vicky is an assistant curator at the city's National Museum, she and her longtime love, John Tregarth (formerly Sir John Smythe, notorious art thief), are shocked when their friend Feisal, the “Inspector of Antiquities for all Upper Egypt,” arrives unexpectedly and informs them that King Tut's mummy has been stolen from its tomb in the Valley of the Kings and that John is the prime suspect. Vicky and company, including her inquisitive boss, set off on a whirlwind quest beginning in Europe and ending in the Egyptian desert to clear John's name and recover the famous corpse. In compensation for a slower pace than in earlier books, Peters offers vivid descriptions of Egyptian landmarks, which will resonate with readers of the MWA Grand Master's beloved Amelia Peabody historical series.

Customer Reviews

Laughter of Dead Kings

I loved the Amelia Peabody series but this book is sure no Amelia. They dash from here to there while making witty remarks to each other. Too light and cutesy. I have learned nothing new about Egypt as I did with the Amelia books.

Colleen a loyal reader

I read the Amelia Peabody series first and fell madly in love with the characters. I have just read the Laughter of the Kings in the Vicky Bliss series and feel that I will enjoy this series and the connections to the Emerson. The writing is so clear that images can form in the mind that I feel as if I am there looking across time.

The Laughter of Dead Kings
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Oct 13, 2009
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
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