Jane Reads noticed I am a big fan of Elizabeth Peters and asked me a great question about this. What if anything does my tango mystery Dead on Her Feet heroine, Antonia Blakeley, have in common with Elizabeth Peters’ egyptologist detective, Amelia Peabody? I hadn’t thought about it but it turns out they have many faults – I mean wonderful qualities – in common! Read my guest blog on Jane Reads here.
Elizabeth Peters (Barbara Mertz), if you don’t know, wrote an absolutely charming mystery series set in turn of the (last) century Egypt. Mertz was a bona fide egyptologist so the settings are always accurate and compelling. And Amelia Peabody is one of my top 13 favorite female sleuths. I highly recommend this series. Here is a great photo of Mertz on location, as it were:
I am very sorry to tell you that Mertz died last year but to give you a sense of her, this is from her website: “Shortly before her death, she had written a line to be posted on this webpage: “At 85, Elizabeth Peters … is enjoying her cats, her garden, lots of chocolate, and not nearly enough gin.” ”
Substitute a good glass of Syrah and I’m in.
So please check out Jane Reads. And sign up for my email list and I’ll send you a link to Female Sleuths Behaving Badly where you can read a little more about what makes Amelia Peabody so special, and discover 12 of my other favorite, feisty, unpredictable, and stylish women detective heroines!
P.S. Here are the remaining dates for my Goddess Fish blog tour. I’m trying to make each one different! And don’t forget to enter to win a $30 gift card.
November 6: Musings and Ramblings
November 13: A. Literary Mafia
November 20: Beer, Books and More
November 27: Zee Monodee – Author’s Corner
December 4: Unabridged Andra’s
December 11: Long and Short Reviews
December 18: Welcome to My World of Dreams