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Publication Order of Georgetown Books

as Barbara Michaels
Ammie, Come Home (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shattered Silk (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stitches in Time (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Jacqueline Kirby Books

The Seventh Sinner (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Murders of Richard III (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Die for Love (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Naked Once More (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Vicky Bliss Books

The Camelot Caper (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Borrower of the Night (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Street of the Five Moons (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silhouette in Scarlet (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trojan Gold (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Train to Memphis (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Laughter of Dead Kings (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Note : Vicky doesn't appear in The CamelotCaper but it is within the same book universe.

Publication Order of Amelia Peabody Books

Crocodile on the Sandbank (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Curse of the Pharaohs (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mummy Case (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lion in the Valley (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Deeds of the Disturber (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Camel Died at Noon (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hippopotamus Pool (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seeing a Large Cat (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ape Who Guards the Balance (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Falcon at the Portal (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
He Shall Thunder in the Sky (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lord of the Silent (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Golden One (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Children of the Storm (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guardian of the Horizon (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Serpent on the Crown (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tomb of the Golden Bird (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
A River in the Sky (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amelia Peabody Omnibus (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Painted Queen (With: Joan Hess) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Amelia Peabody Books

Crocodile on the Sandbank(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Curse of the Pharaohs(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mummy Case(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lion in the Valley(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Deeds of the Disturber(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Camel Died at Noon(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hippopotamus Pool(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seeing a Large Cat(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ape Who Guards the Balance(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guardian of the Horizon(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
A River in the Sky(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Falcon at the Portal(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Painted Queen (With: Joan Hess)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
He Shall Thunder in the Sky(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lord of the Silent(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Golden One(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Children of the Storm(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Serpent on the Crown(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tomb of the Golden Bird(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amelia Peabody Omnibus(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Someone in the House Books

as Barbara Michaels
Someone in the House (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Rainbow (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Master of Blacktower (As: Barbara Michaels) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sons of the Wolf (As: Barbara Michaels) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jackal's Head (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prince of Darkness (As: Barbara Michaels) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dead Sea Cipher (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark on the Other Side (As: Barbara Michaels) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Night of Four Hundred Rabbits (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Crying Child (As: Barbara Michaels) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Greygallows (As: Barbara Michaels) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Witch (As: Barbara Michaels) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
House of Many Shadows (As: Barbara Michaels) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sea King's Daughter (As: Barbara Michaels) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Patriot's Dream (As: Barbara Michaels) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legend in Green Velvet (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Devil May Care (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wings of the Falcon (As: Barbara Michaels) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wait for What Will Come (As: Barbara Michaels) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summer of the Dragon (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Walker in Shadows (As: Barbara Michaels) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Love Talker (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wizard's Daughter (As: Barbara Michaels) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Copenhagen Connection (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Here I Stay (As: Barbara Michaels) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Grey Beginning (As:Barbara Michaels) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Be Buried in the Rain (As: Barbara Michaels) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Search the Shadows (As: Barbara Michaels) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Smoke and Mirrors (As: Barbara Michaels) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Into the Darkness (As: Barbara Michaels) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vanish with the Rose (As: Barbara Michaels) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Houses of Stone (As: Barbara Michaels) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dancing Floor (As: Barbara Michaels) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Other Worlds (As: Barbara Michaels) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Temples, Tombs & Hieroglyphs (By: Barbara Mertz) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Red Land, Black Land (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amelia Peabody's Egypt (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Malice Domestic Books

Malice Domestic 2 (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Malice Domestic 14 (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Each book is an anthology, with the listed author credited as the editor of the book.

Publication Order of Anthologies

Tales of the Uncanny(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Gothic Treasure Trove(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Malice Domestic 1(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Historical Whodunits(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Malice Domestic(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
AZ Murder Goes... Artful(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Elizabeth Peters was one of the pseudonyms of American author Barbara Mertz, which she used from 1968 until her death in 2013. She published a broad range of literature across a multitude of series including, but not limited to, her most famous work – the 19-book Amelia Peabody series. She was so invested in that series that the name of the titular character was drawn from the author’s two children. She was also responsible for the Vicky Bliss series, the Jacqueline Kirby series, and almost a dozen other works of fiction.

Born in a small town in Illinois in 1927, Barbara Metz spent much of her early life reading. She consumed such works of fiction as Mark Twain, Shakespeare, Dracula, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and many others. She claimed that being a compulsive reader helps being a writer, while it took her over a quarter of a century to realize that writing was her true calling and what she should have spent her life devoted to. She passed away at the age of 85 near her home in Frederick, Maryland.

Her work was met with widespread praise throughout her career and she was the recipient of numerous awards. She was awarded a PhD in Egyptology in 1952, named Grand Master at the first Anthony Awards in 1986, and named Grand Master at the Edgar Awards in 1998. Some of the accolades attributed to her work include a nomination for “Best Novel” at the Anthony Awards in 1988; winning the 1989 Agatha Award for “Best Novel”; several “Best Novel” nominations at the Agatha Awards; the first Amelia Peabody Award in 2012. Noted literary critics have similarly heaped praise upon her work. Sarah Booth Conroy of the Washington Post described the Amelia Peabody series as the equivalent of consuming many alcoholic beverages as it was a guarantee that, in a time of sadness, good will always triumph over evil. Paul Theroux once said that in a straight fight between Amelia Peabody and Indiana Jones, Amelia would win in a landslide.

Her most famous and enduring work, the Amelia Peabody series, began in 1975 with the publication of the first novel in the series, Crocodile on the Sandbank. The series centres on the character of Amelia Peabody, a female Egyptologist, who inherits a large sum of money from her father and later decides to leave her home in England to travel the world. The series often takes a somewhat humorous stance on proceedings, often going so far as to be considered parody, as it makes light of the tropes of the period.

At the outset of the series the writing was entirely in the first-person perspective; they were depicted as the journals of Amelia Peabody. The latter novels in the series were interspersed with fragments from a third-person perspective. The success of the series led to its publication in English, French, German, Greek, and Japanese.

The first novel in the series, Crocodile on the Sandbank, is set in 1884 and introduces the unorthodox character of Amelia Peabody. At the age of thirty-two she inherits a fortune from her father and travels to Egypt in order to indulge in her one true passion: Egyptology. There, she encounters her future protégée, Evelyn Barton-Forbes, and the two depart on an adventure together of mystery, mummies, betrayal, and suspense. The author’s background in Egyptology adds credence to the story, setting, and characterization of the novel. There are mentions throughout of cultural items of the time, while the title of the novel is based on an ancient Egyptian text – “and a crocodile waiteth on the sandbank.”

The second novel in the series features a standalone story but is, once again, set in Egypt. Following the events of the preceding novel the titular character and her husband remain in England with a particular urge to return to their mutually adored Egypt. A stroke of good fortune strikes the couple as Lady Baskerville, certain that her husband died under suspicious circumstances, enlists them to travel to Egypt to complete the excavation started by her late husband. It is up to the Emerson to solve the mystery as tales of the supposed curse have spread through Egypt and no others dare enter the tomb in Luxor. The series would go on to chronicle the trials and tribulations of Amelia Peabody and her family: her husband, Emerson, and their son, Ramses.

While the Amelia Peabody series is her most famous and beloved work, Peters made a substantial contribution to literature. Her bibliography contains adventure, romance, history, elements of the supernatural, strong women, and other such timeless motifs. She was famed for the speed with which she wrote. This should come as no surprise as the Amelia Peabody series alone contains 19 novels. She once recounted how, upon the publication of her 50th book, she began losing count of her total number of novels

Her second series, The Vicky Bliss Mysteries, centres on the titular character of Vicky Bliss, an art history professor, who finds herself entangled in the world of international crime and subterfuge. The series is set in America, Germany, and Sweden, among other locales. It contains six official releases.

Her third and final series, Jacqueline Kirby, is a tale of a rather improvised detective. Her third and final series, Jacqueline Kirby, is a tale of a rather impromptu detective. The first novel in the series, Seventh Sinner, begins in Rome where Jacqueline Kirby is tasked with solving the mystery of the body lying in the Temple of Mithra. Though it was planned as a single novel, the portrayal of the titular Jacqueline generated such fanfare that Peters was almost forced to embark on yet another popular series, probably as a way to keep her fans drooling over her work.

While her work was adored and cherished the world over, none of her novels received film or television treatments. The author herself stated that, “In order to make a film or put on a public, for profit, theatrical performance based on the books, you must first obtain the rights from me.”

That has not, however, stopped fans from speculating on the would-be casting of the Amelia Peabody series.

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3 Responses to “Elizabeth Peters”

  1. Elizabeth G: 2 years ago

    I believe “Ammie Come Home” was made into a movie, “The Crying Child”, too.

  2. Leslie (eserafina42): 6 years ago

    Actually, Ammie Come Home was made into a movie called The House That Would Not Die, starring Barbara Stanwyck as Ruth and Richard Egan as Pat.

    • Susan: 3 years ago

      Annie Come Home was written under her Barbara Michaels, and this article is about her books written under Elizabeth Peters. However, you are right. It was a television movie, that was pretty good for someone who hadn’t read the book and been as invested in it as I was. I loved the book and the characters so much, I would read it over and over. It was my introduction to Barbara Michaels. I was about 14. It was 20 years later I learned about Elizabeth Peters. A friend of my husband told me about her second pseudonym and brought over a huge sack of her books. I was 9 months pregnant and read the books through labor (but they took it away at the hospital!) and after the birth. I was reading The Street of the Seven Rabbits.


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