Silhouette In Scarlet: A Vicky Bliss Mystery by Elizabeth Peters

By Elizabeth Peters

One excellent pink rose, a one-way price tag to Stockholm, and a cryptic "message" along with Latin phrases intrigue paintings historian Vicky Bliss -- as they have been accurately meant to do. appealing, really good and, as consistently, dangerously inquisitive, Vicky acknowledges the handiwork of her former lover, the bold jewel thief John Smythe. So she takes the bait, eagerly following Smythe's lead within the wish of discovering a misplaced treasure. however the path starts off at a worthwhile 5th century chalice so one can position Vicky on the mercy of a gang of ruthless criminals who've their eyes on a good extra invaluable prize. And the search threatens to show lethal on a distant island, the place a captive Vicky Bliss needs to lead an excavation into the far away previous -- and the place digging too deep for the reality may well dig her personal grave.

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When the clerk handed it over, he also gave me a small sheaf of messages. “There were several calls, Dr. Bliss. ” Leif had stood to one side like a little gent, pretending not to listen when I mentioned my room number. Curiosity got the better of him when he saw the messages. SILHOUETTE IN SCARLET / 47 “I hope nothing is wrong,” he said. I held the papers up so he could read them. “They’re all from Schmidt. ” “I know what he wants. It’s not important. Well…” I stuffed the notes in my purse and turned from the desk.

He knew where I was. He had seen me. No doubt he had also seen the label on my suitcase; he had eyes like a vulture’s. Leif might have been one of the “cousins,” checking to make sure that the woman he had seen at the airport carrying Dr. Victoria Bliss’s bags was the real Victoria Bliss and not a ringer. But that didn’t make sense either. If he was a policeman, he could inquire through official channels without inventing unimaginative names. If he was a policeman… I would have liked to believe that Bob and George were John and Leif.

That’s one,” I said encouragingly. ” Schmidt’s voice dripped with sarcasm. I really do have a lot of cousins. I could not recall one named George. “That’s two. ” Schmidt sounded genuinely puzzled. “He was different from the others, Vicky. ” A hideous qualm passed through me, surpassing in hideousness all the minor qualms I had felt in the course of the day. ” “You take me for an old fool? I told him I could not do that, and he was most gracious. Indeed, he was kind enough to approve. ” “Thanks, Papa Schmidt,” I said sincerely.

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