Monday, January 07, 2013

Teaser Tuesday 157: Elizabeth Peters

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!


Elizabeth Peters is the January featured author in the Cozy Mystery group at GoodReads. Since I had two of her books in Mount TBR, I decided to start off this year's reading with Ms. Peters.


Laurie finished the book. It told her little she did not know, except to reinforce her conviction that half the world was nuts. Not crazy, not stupid—just nuts. Ready to believe anything they wanted to believe and ignore all contradictory evidence.

(The Love Talker, pg 106)



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I was thunderstruck. But not by fear—no, never suppose for a moment that I was afraid! I was simply paralyzed by surprise. The figure stood utterly motionless. I could not even detect the rise and fall of its breast. It lifted an arm, then, in a gesture of unmistakable menace.

(Crocodile on the Sandbank, pg 54)





ABOUT THE BOOKS

The Love Talker  Don't let the title deter you, this was a good stand-alone mystery!

Laurie has finally returned to Idlewood, the beloved family home deep in the Maryland woods where she found comfort and peace as a lonely young girl. But things are very different now. There is no peace in Idlewood. The haunting sound of a distant piping breaks the stillness of a snowy winter's evening. Seemingly random events have begun to take on a sinister shape. And dotty old Great Aunt Lizzie is convinced that there are fairies about—and she has photographs to prove it. For Laurie, one fact is becoming disturbingly clear: there is definitely something out there in the woods—something fiendishly, cunningly, malevolently human—and the lives of her aging loved ones, as well as Laurie's own, are suddenly at serious risk.

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Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1)

Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her debut Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. On her way to Cairo, Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been abandoned by her scoundrel lover. Together the two women sail up the Nile to an archaeological site run by the Emerson brothers—the irascible but dashing Radcliffe and the amiable Walter. Soon their little party is increased by one—one mummy, that is, and a singularly lively example of the species. Strange visitations, suspicious accidents, and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn. Now Amelia finds herself up against an unknown enemy—and perilous forces that threaten to make her first Egyptian trip also her last . . .



23 comments:

Beth said...

Great teasers. Sounds like some great reads!Here is my teaser for this week.

tfwalsh said...

Ohhh, two very good teasers. I especially liked the first one.

Kara said...

I agree with the first one! :P Both are great though.

Here's my teaser: http://flowersofquiethappiness.blogspot.com/2013/01/teaser-tuesdays-jayber-crow.html

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I would definitely keep reading! These both sound very tempting.

Here's MY TUESDAY MEMES POST

Tim King said...

Thanks, Heather. I've not yet read any of Elizabeth Peters work, but these teasers make me want to check it out.

(BTW, here's mine.)

-TimK

kelley jensen said...

looks like you picked some good books to start the year with

Tribute Books Mama said...

They both sound good, enjoy!

http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2013/01/teaser-tuesday.html

Heather said...

Beth: Thank you, I enjoyed the first book and am already halfway through the second.

Heather said...

Thanks, Tania. I'm glad you liked both teasers. :)

Heather said...

Kara: There is a great deal of truth in that one, isn't there? Take, for instance, all the hype about the world coming to an end on December 21. Yeah, that happened. LOL

Heather said...

Laurel-Rain: Thank you, both had me wanting to read when I should have been doing other things. Like working. I confess, I snuck a few pages of "Crocodile" in at work. *G*

Heather said...

Kelley: Yes, I say I have started the year off with a couple of really good books this year.

Heather said...

Trib Book Mama: Thank you, I have been enjoying my introduction to Elizabeth Peters. I have already added the next couple of Amelia Peabody books to my list.

Tim King said...

Thanks, Heather. I've not yet read any of Elizabeth Peters work, but these teasers make me want to check it out.

(BTW, here's mine.)

-TimK

Heather said...

Thanks, Tim -- and thanks for visiting.

Nyx said...

Really love that first teaser. So true.

Here is my TT post.

-Nyx @ Unraveling Words

Heather said...

Thanks, Nyx! I'm glad people like that one as much as I do. :D

Kathy Martin said...

I thought I had read everything by Elizabeth Peters but The Love Talker doesn't seem at all familiar. I will have to try to track down a copy (since I really must read *everything* an author has written). Happy reading!

Shelley Munro said...

I liked both teasers. I've been meaning to read Elizabeth Peters for ages. I'm reading a Victorian mystery at present written by Tasha Alexander. I think you'd enjoy her too.

Heather said...

Kathy M: LOL...you know she also writes as Barbara Michaels...right? *grin*

Heather said...

Shelley: Some ladies in the Cozy Mystery group recommended Tasha Alexander to me a few months ago. I wrote her name/titles down, but keep forgetting to look for them. :-|

Yvonne said...

I've been wanting to read an Elizabeth Peters book and haven't yet. This looks really good.

Heather said...

Hi Yvonne! I hope you will giver Peters a try. I enjoyed both of these, and will definitely seek out more of her books.