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Publisher's Summary

For the first time in more than a decade, New York Times best-selling Grand Master Elizabeth Peters brings beautiful, brainy Vicky Bliss back into the spotlight for one last investigation. But this time, the peerless art historian and sleuth will be detecting in Amelia Peabody territory, searching for solutions to more than one heinous offense in the ever-shifting sands of Egypt's mysterious Valley of the Kings. Who stole one of Egypt's most priceless treasures? That is the question that haunts the authorities after a distinguished British gentleman with an upper-crust accent cons his way past a security guard and escapes into the desert carrying a world-famous, one-of-a-kind historic relic. But the Egyptian authorities and Interpol believe they know the identity of the culprit. The brazen crime bears all the earmarks of the work of one "Sir John Smythe", the suave and dangerously charming international art thief who is, in fact, John Tregarth, the longtime significant other of Vicky Bliss. But John swears he is retired - not to mention innocent - and he vows to clear his name by hunting down the true criminal.
Vicky's faith in her man's integrity leaves her no choice but to take a hiatus from her position at a leading Munich museum and set out for the Middle East. Vicky's employer, the eminent Herr Doktor Anton Z. Schmidt, rotund gourmand and insatiable adventurer, decides to join the entourage.
But dark days and myriad dangers await them in this land of intriguing antiquity. Each uncovered clue seems to raise even more questions for the intrepid Vicky - the most troubling being, Where is John going during his increasingly frequent and unexplained absences?
The stakes are elevated considerably when a ransom note arrives, accompanied by a grisly memento intended to speed up negotiations - because now it appears that murder most foul has been added to the equation.
Don't miss any of the mysteries in the Vicky Bliss series.
©2008 MPM Manor, Inc. (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Loves To Read on 09-10-08

I love Vicki Bliss

The Vicki Bliss series has always been my favorite of Elizabeth Peter's work. I am so glad she revisited Vicki. The trip back has been wonderful. Look for the other titles, Borrower of the Night, Street of Five Moons, Silhouette in Scarlet, Night Train to Memphis, Trojan Gold. These earlier works are somewhat dated, but great stories all the same.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robin A. Gower on 11-22-12

An absolute hoot

Where does Laughter of Dead Kings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is not the "best" Elizabeth Peters novel in terms of complexity of character development or literary merit. It is, however, the funniest thing that she has ever written -- the author's ebullient satire of Vicky, Amelia and even herself. I loved the book, I love Vicky, I adore Amelia and embrace Mrs. Mertz, who deserves to have the most famous swordsman in Europe as her adoring admirer. This fast-moving farcical thriller will be celebrated most by the millions of fans of Vicky Bliss and Amelia Peabody, but it can be appreciated by anyone whose sense of adventure is as broad as her sense of the absurd.

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