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Book Discussion: Cozy, Borrowers of the Night

I read Borrower of the Night by Elizabeth Peters many, many moons ago. I LOVED it and the series remained one of my favorites for years–including now. April, the fabulous Dragon Reader, is just getting around to reading it for the first time. So we’re going to do a buddy read. I’ll re-read and she’s listening to it on audio on her way to work. We’ll discuss our thoughts as we go along.

Will it hold up for me all these years later?

Will April like it at all?

I maintain that Elizabeth Peters is one of the founders of cozy writing and good mysteries. It’s quite possible that Elizabeth Peters influenced my writing.

We’ll see what April thinks!

Any of you who have read it, feel free to join in with comments. Any of you who haven’t read it, but would like to, grab the book and join in the fun!!! It was on sale a while back, so check your Kindle. You may have picked up the cheap copy. If not, make a library run. It’s popular so your library should have it!!!

Meet art historian Vicky Bliss, She is as beautiful as she is brainy–with unassailable courage, insatiable curiosity, and an expertise in lost museum treasures that often leads her into the most dangerous of situations.

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 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.

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Posted: June 10, 2012
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  1. I really like Elizabeth Peters’ book and I also like her Barbara Michaels books as well. This one is one of my favorites, too.

    Comment by Lynn Delage — June 6, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

  2. So far, I remember almost NOTHING about the story–but the characters have already grabbed me. The silly banter and back/forth competition…keeps the pace moving.

    Comment by Maria — June 6, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

  3. I enjoyed the Barbara Michaels’ books also. I wish some of them had been series. Many of those books left me with a sense of wanting to know what happened next!!!

    Comment by Maria — June 6, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

  4. Ok! I got through the first several chapters on my commute to and from work today.

    First impressions: I grinned the whole way to work – great voice (not necesarily of the voice actress but the voice of the character created by the words). I like Vicky so far.


    I’ve only gotten so far as her trip to Germany and finding out both Tony and George have made it there before her. I’m very interested to find out if the Drachenstein heir that looks so much like her ancestor will have anything to do with the rest of the story.

    Eager to continue! Although I will say that the digital version I have is not terribly good, perhaps it was recorded from another media and never optimized for digital rendering. Regardless, my commute is fun these days!

    Comment by April — June 6, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

  5. Still zany–I think we’ll have disguises playing a part any page now. We’ve got a seance coming up, skulking about in dark hallways, ghosts–the works!

    Comment by Maria — June 7, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

  6. No disguises as of yet but we’re just about to get to the seance and we’ve seen a ghost already – fun stuff! I’m still enjoying Vicky’s voice very much – she’s so very disdainful but playful about it and is unabashedly having fun with the ‘competition’ between the treasure hunters. The actress reading this version is doing a wonderful job and she has a great voice too.

    I have an inkling that Herr Schmidt is very much not what he seems and the dragon lady, the grafin, definitely has her secrets.

    Comment by April — June 7, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

  7. You can TOTALLY sense that the grafin is setting them up for a fall, can’t you? At least that is my interpretation at this point. Veeeery suspicious. Wonderful characters. She creates the most wonderful characters!

    Comment by Maria — June 7, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

  8. Oh yes, she’s definitely up to something. Can’t quite figure what it might be yet though.

    Comment by April — June 8, 2012 @ 8:34 am

  9. Definitely held up for me–and just makes me long for the days when I had a whole new series of wonderful books to read. This series is a rare and wonderful find. I love the characters, the wit, the banter…the mystery and the FUN. Sigh. Now I’m not going to be able to find anything this good for ages, I just KNOW it.

    Comment by Maria — June 8, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

  10. I read out Elizabeth Peters’ books many years ago. She remains one of my favorite authors. Maybe it is time to revisit them. It isn’t possible that I remember any plots.

    Comment by LeAnn — June 9, 2012 @ 10:20 am

  11. LeAnn, I would never have suspected you of being a Elizabeth Peters fan! She really is awesome. Have you read her Amelia Peabody series too? You might also like Anne George. There’s some similarities to the styles. Or the Mrs. Polifax books (Dorothy Gilman is the author).

    I enjoyed the re-read a lot.

    Comment by Maria — June 9, 2012 @ 11:07 am

  12. I’m still enjoying it – now with mysterious armor attacks!

    Comment by April — June 9, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

  13. I am now completely confused. I don’t really have a good idea of who the true culprit(s) is(are). I’ve got hunches but that is all thy are.

    I am anxious enough to want to urge them on – ‘You don’t need to sleep! Go find the shrine and figure out what the heck is going on!’

    I’m thinking that is the halmark of a good story!

    Comment by April — June 13, 2012 @ 10:16 am

  14. Ha! I just complained in my latest review that the author didn’t let the character EVER sleep or eat!!!

    Comment by Maria — June 13, 2012 @ 10:23 am

  15. I know. I’m so contrary. I want them to sleep but I also want them to get to work on solving the mystery!

    Comment by April — June 13, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

  16. Ok, this is crazy. Poison just complicates the whole thing! I want a gold frog too…

    Comment by April — June 14, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

  17. The poison is one of the few things I remembered! The frog sounds really ugly.

    Comment by Maria — June 14, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

  18. Well, it is made of gold so it can be as ugly as it wants…

    So, finished the story and thoroughly enjoyed it. There were some really implausible bits but as I said to Maria, you have to expect some implausibility in cozies – it is the nature of the beast.

    In any case, I enjoyed the story and listening to it in the car on my commute – it made the commute much nicer. I think I’ll continue the practice.

    Thanks for reading along with…oh wait…thanks for racing through the book ahead of me Maria!

    Comment by April — June 16, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

  19. It’s not my fault you read so slowly!!! But I did enjoy the book and the discussion. The one thing that stuck out that I didn’t remember from before:


    When they “find” the object they’ve been looking for…they never truly reveal where it was found. That part is glossed over. I couldn’t believe such an important detail was just glossed over.

    End Spoiler

    But truly the key to these stories is the great characters and the fun adventures. I’ll be re-reading the others in the near future!

    Comment by Maria — June 16, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

  20. I’ve already added the series to my TBR.

    Comment by April — June 17, 2012 @ 8:18 am

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