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General Information

Name:  Barbara Mertz  

Pen Name: Elizabeth Peters, Barbara Michaels

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1928

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Illinois Connection

Mertz grew up in small-town Illinois during the Depression. Her family moved to a Chicago suburb when she was in 4th grade. She attended Oak Park-River Forest High School and went to the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mertz wrote more than 35 mysteries under thename Elizabeth Peters, including her most popular series about a daring Victorian archaeologist namesd Amelia Peabody. She also wrote 29 suspense novels under the pen name Barbara Michaels, and under her own name, she wrote nonfiction books about ancient Egypt. In 1950, Mertz received her MA from the University of Chicago. She so loved archaeology and was drawn to Egyptology that she received her Ph.D in 1952 from the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Mertz married in 1950. After moving to Germany with her husband, she tried her hand at writing. She wrote two nonfiction books about Egypt under her name before having her first fiction book published, ''The Master of Blacktower'', under the Michael's name.Mertz passed on August 8, 2013 at her home in Frederick, Maryland.


Grandmaster Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mystery Writers of America, 1998

Selected Titles At Your Library

A river in the sky :
ISBN: 0061246263. OCLC Number: 419855581

William Morrow,. .

Amelia and Emerson follow an expedition searching for the vanished treasures of the Temple in Jerusalem. Besides suspecting the leader of the expedition of inept excavation practices, they believe him to be secretly working for German intelligence.

Amelia Peabody mysteries.
ISBN: 0061999210. OCLC Number: 1035372527

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The 1895-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Amelia Peabody, her dashing Egyptologist husband, Emerson, and their wild and precocious eight-year-old son, Ramses. The much-coveted burial chamber of the Black Pyramid in Dahshoor is theirs for the digging. But there is a great evil in the wind that roils the hot sands sweeping through the bustling streets and marketplaces of Cairo. The brazen moonlight abduction of Ramses?́?and an expedition subsequently cursed by misfortune and death?́?have alerted Amelia to the likely presence of her arch nemesis the Master Criminal, notorious looter of the living and the dead. But it is far more than ill-gotten riches that motivates the evil genius this time around. For now the most valuable and elusive prize of all is nearly in his grasp: the meddling lady archaeologist who has sworn to deliver him to justice ... Amelia Peabody!

Crocodile on the sandbank /
ISBN: 0445406518. OCLC Number: 1130123

Dodd, Mead,. .

32-year-old Victorian gentlewoman, Amelia Peabody receives a rather large inheritance and decides to use it for travel. On her way through Rome to Egypt, she meets a young woman abandoned by her lover and left with no means of support. Amelia promptly takes Evelyn under her wing, insisting that the young lady accompany her to Egypt, where Amelia plans to indulge her passion for Egyptology. When Evelyn becomes the target of an aborted kidnapping and the focus of a series of suspicious accidents, Amelia becomes convinced of a plot to harm her young friend. Like any self-respecting sleuth, Amelia sets out to discover who is behind it all.

Czarna tȩcza
ISBN: 8373372490. OCLC Number: 224029512

Prószyński i S-ka,. .

By the light of a gilded moon, a mysterious black rainbow framed the huddled towers of Grayhaven Manor, a vision of ominous beauty that seemed to warn Megan O'Neill of a darkness within. As the estate's new governess, her apprehensions were banished by the welcome of the Mandeville family. But Megan's growing obsession for her handsome employer blinds her to the terrifying truth of Grayhaven.

Czekaj nieubłagengo losu
ISBN: 8372555001. OCLC Number: 45014922

Prószyński i S-ka,. .

He shall thunder in the sky :
ISBN: 006195165X. OCLC Number: 43540556

W. Morrow,. .

Intrepid archaeologist/sleuth Amelia Peabody and her family, back in Egypt in 1914 for another season of archaeological excavation, become caught up in the political turmoil sweeping the country, and when an exquisite artifact from a Giza dig is found where it ought not be, Amelia realizes her villainous arch-nemesis Sethos is at work.

Houses of stone
ISBN: 0425143066. OCLC Number: 30763540

Berkley Books,. .

Professor Karen Holloway travels to Virginia to search for the grave of Ismene, the mysterious author of a battered 19th-century manuscript. But eerie, inexplicable coincidences make Karen wonder if Ismene is desperately trying to warn her from the grave.

Il caso del sarcofago scomparso :
ISBN: 8842914126. OCLC Number: 799564358

Nord,. .

Il flagello di Horus :
ISBN: 9788850226535. OCLC Number: 898579574

Editori associati,. .

Il mistero della città perduta :
ISBN: 9788842914990. OCLC Number: 799624380

Nord,. .

Il papiro insanguinato :
ISBN: 9788842916031. OCLC Number: 800013782

Nord,. .

Il segreto della tomba d'oro :
ISBN: 9788842915577. OCLC Number: 799974356

Nord,. .

Indagine nel museo egizio :
ISBN: 9788850218387. OCLC Number: 800060560

Editori associati,. .

La maledizione di Nefertiti :
ISBN: 9788842915003. OCLC Number: 799781695

Nord,. .

Lion in the valley
ISBN: 0812512421. OCLC Number: 82456318

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Naked once more
ISBN: 0446360325. OCLC Number: 22502296

Warner Books,. .

Kirby is chosen to write a sequel to a bestselling novel whose author disappeared seven years earlier. When she goes to the author's hometown she is plagued by accidents and becomes embroiled in murder, mystery and romance.

Night train to Memphis
ISBN: 0446602485. OCLC Number: 33954255

Warner Books,. .

Offered a luxury Nile cruise if she will solve a murder and stop a heist of Egyptian antiquities, assistant curator Vicky Bliss jumps at the chance and is horrified when her investigations also unveil her lover's infidelities--Publisher.

Other worlds
ISBN: 0061097497. OCLC Number: 39695483

HarperCollinsPublishers,. .

A conference of specialists on the occult is convened to analyze two 19th century ghost hauntings, one in Tennessee, the other in Connecticut. Attended by such experts as Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the conference attempts to arrive at an explanation. By the author of The Dancing Floor.

Patriot's dream
ISBN: 0396073379. OCLC Number: 2318303

Dodd, Mead,. .

A girl living in restored Williamsburg has dreams that seem to connect her with a man who lived two hundred years earlier.

Red land, black land :
ISBN: 9781607756255. OCLC Number: 295578546

Playaway Digital Audio :. .

An erudite and witty glimpse of the human side of ancient Egypt, this classic work is revised and updated for a new generation. Displaying the descriptive power, eye for detail, keen insight, and wit that have made her novels bestsellers, renowned Egyptologist Mertz transports us back thousands of years and immerses us in the sights, aromas, and sounds of day-to-day living in the legendary desert realm that was ancient Egypt. What did average Egyptians eat, drink, wear, gossip about, and aspire to? What were their amusements, their beliefs, their attitudes? Mertz ushers us into their homes, workplaces, temples, and palaces to show us the everyday worlds of the royal and commoner alike.

Shattered silk.
ISBN: 0553175998. OCLC Number: 21158744

Bantam,. .

Someone in the house
ISBN: 0708911153. OCLC Number: 59685575

Ulverscroft,. .

Szary brzask
ISBN: 8371804644. OCLC Number: 45094388

Prószyński i S-ka,. .

Taneczny krąg
ISBN: 837255725X. OCLC Number: 48562753

Prószyński i S-ka,. .

On a tour of English gardens Heather Tradescant, an amateur horticulturist from the U.S., pays a visit to the 17th century Troytan House. Owner Frank Karim invites her to stay so she can help beautify his grounds. For Heather it is the start of a romantic adventure with a good dose of witchcraft.

Temples, tombs, and hieroglyphs :
ISBN: 1860199100. OCLC Number: 44918472

P. Brockhampton Press,. .

The Copenhagen connection
ISBN: 0816134677. OCLC Number: 8827873

G.K. Hall,. .

The curse of the pharaohs /
ISBN: 0445406488. OCLC Number: 17465887

Mysterious Press,. .

The witty, indefatigable Amelia Peabody--now married to the woman-hating archaeologist Radcliffe Emerson--eludes the villains and solves three murders in this adventure set among the archaeological digs in the Valley of the Kings.

The dark on the other side
ISBN: 0396062458. OCLC Number: 103645

Dodd, Mead. .

The house whispered to her, and she thought she must be going mad. Was there no one to help her?

The Dead Sea cipher
ISBN: 0380731142. OCLC Number: 47350349

Avon Books,. .

Dinah van der Lyn, vacationing in Jerusalem, is pulled into a dangerous mystery when she hears angry voices through the wall of her hotel room, and a cry for help in English.

The golden one :
ISBN: 0380817152. OCLC Number: 51929262

Avon Books,. .

Revisiting Egypt in 1917 with her husband, son, and daughter-in-law, Egyptologist Amelia Peabody stumbles across a murdered body, a situation that is complicated by an assignment from British intelligence and her daughter-in-law's troubling secret.

The hippopotamus pool /
ISBN: 0446603988. OCLC Number: 32923807

Warner Books,. .

The 19th Century archeologists, Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson, arrive in Egypt with children to explore the site of Queen Tetisheri's tomb in Thebes. All goes well until their son, Ramses, is kidnaped. By the author of The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog.

The jackal's head
ISBN: 0380731177. OCLC Number: 50016923

Avon Books,. .

Althea Tomlinson came back to Egypt as just another tourist, showing the country to a spoiled seventeen year old. But what really drove her was a desire to discover the truth behind her father's disgrace and subsequent death.

The mummy case /
ISBN: 0061999202. OCLC Number: 713833708

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Disgusted when he is denied access to the pyramids of Dahshoor, Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerson, aided by his archaeologist wife Amelia Peabody, finds his curiosity piqued when an antiquities dealer is murdered and a mummy case disappears.

The sea king's daughter
ISBN: 0396072089. OCLC Number: 1622281

Dodd, Mead,. .

Her father, an archaeologist, had not seen her for 20 years. Suddenly he wanted her to work with him in Greece, where she was caught up in a sacrificial doom which seemed inescapable.

The serpent on the crown /
ISBN: 006059179X. OCLC Number: 57008254

William Morrow,. .

The Emersons learn of a mysterious death that has been attributed to a curse, a situation that enables Amelia Peabody and her family to enter the banned Valley of the Kings in order to return a stolen statue.

The snake, the crocodile, and the dog /
ISBN: 0446364789. OCLC Number: 25788415

Warner Books,. .

Amelia Peabody and her husband's lives are threatened when they embark for the pyramids of ancient Egypt.

The walker in shadows
ISBN: 0396077137. OCLC Number: 5101798

Dodd, Mead,. .

Mark Robbins falls head over heels in love with his new neighbor Kathy Friedrichs, but her father tells him to stay away and even their house which had sat empty for years seems to warn him off.

Tomb of the golden bird /
ISBN: 0060591811. OCLC Number: 69992465

PerfectBound,. .

The Emerson clan is a hairsbreadth away from unearthing the legendary site they've been searching for. But a sinister plot and a dark family secret stand in the way of their ultimate ambition and threaten to change things forever.

Trojan gold :
ISBN: 089621818X. OCLC Number: 15695648

Thorndike Press,. .

Tutaj zostanę
ISBN: 8370018483. OCLC Number: 751458020

Wydawnictwo ALFA,. .

ISBN: 0396068383. OCLC Number: 735646

Dodd, Mead. .

A divorcee buys a haunted house in the back country of Virginia and is drawn into the superstitions, fears and hatreds of the neighbors.