Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Laughter of Dead Kings - Upcoming Release

Elizabeth Peters was one of the first authors I fell in love with. I first read her books under the pseudonym Barbara Michaels and then moved on to her Elizabeth Peters novels. Of the many books she wrote (and their are over 60 of them) the Vicky Bliss mysteries are some of my favorites.

It turns out that Ms. Peters is releasing one more Vicky Bliss mystery after 14 years. I am just tickled pink. I devoured these books when I was a teenager. I don't know what it was about her writing style, but it just clicked with me. The books were always narrated by the heroine, who seemed to have the right balance of humor and naïveté. Because it was from her point of view, the reader was never sure who the hero was until the end, when he inevitably came to her rescue. Her characters always seemed so believable and human. I just couldn't help but relate.

A few years ago I started reading her books all over again. I wanted to see if they would still have the magic that they once held for me all those years ago and sure enough they did. Needless to say, I am very excited about this new release Laughter of Dead Kings, out August 26th of next month. Here are the five books in the series and their reading order:

Also, I just want to point out that Ms. Peters is 81 years old and is still publishing books. Is that not amazing or what?! Her first book The Master of Blacktower was published in 1966. She has been publishing books for 42 years. I hereby salute Ms. Peters and recognize what a wonderful, talented writer she is.


Marg said...

I am reading this series at the moment. My next book will be Night Train to Memphis, then I will be looking forward to Laughter of Kings.

nath said...

Li has recently gushed about these books so I'll try to look for them :)

Would you like to review book no. 1? LOL :)

and wow, 81 years old... that's something :D

nath said...

ps. I didn't know she was Barbara Michaels!!

Katie(babs) said...

She's Barbara Michaels?! WOW! Michaels was one of the first romance authors I ever read. 81 years old and still writing! :D

Jill D. said...

Marg, I think you will really enjoy Night Train to Memphis. It is my favorite of the bunch.

Nath, I wasn't planning on doing a review for Borrower of the Night but I was thinking of doing a reread of Night Train to Memphis so maybe I will do a review of that one.

And I can't believe she is still writing. It is totally awesome!

Katie, Looks like we have similar tastes! She was one of the first authors I ever glommed. I think I was in the 9th grade when I my first book by her.