In Elizabeth Peters‘ latest newsletter (PDF file), she says that she has a contract for another Amelia Peabody, once she finishes writing the Vicky Bliss book she’s currently working on *happy dance*
I’ve now read the first four Vicky Bliss books, and am trying to track down the fifth book “Night Train to Memphis”. Unfortunately, it seems to be out-of-print, though a UK publisher appears to be republishing the Vicky Bliss series, so fingers crossed that they’ll get round to it soon!
I didn’t really fall in love with the first couple of Vicky Bliss books – I think, on the whole, Ms Peters’ earlier books lack a certain something. I felt the same way when I read “Crocodile on the Sandbank”, the first book in the Amelia Peabody series. I’m not sure what’s missing, it’s quite hard to put it into words (that’ll be why I’m a reader, not a writer). It’s an emotional thing – I don’t feel the characters as strongly, I suppose. That’s the nearest I can get at the moment. They’re still good stories, but they’re not great ones, if that makes sense.
But I absolutely love her later books, and I read “Trojan Gold” (the fourth book, published in 1987) in a single sitting – obviously, it helps that I’m a sucker for romance. So now I want the fifth Vicky Bliss…