To all those who said I should definitely read Elizabeth Peters‘ “Night Train to Memphis”, thank you! I read it last night, and now am impatiently waiting the next instalment in the Vicky Bliss series. I do think her later books are better than the earlier ones – there’s added depth in characters and relationships, IMO. This book had everything I was expecting – mystery and romance with a large dose of humour. And I’ve a soft spot for the Egyptian setting, thanks to Amelia Peabody. Despite the setting, I have to say that this was distinctly a Vicky Bliss story. If anything, it actually reminded me of Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot’s Orient adventures rather than the Peabody books.
However, this is driving me nuts – just what is the connection between the Tregarth family and the Peabody family? From the hints dropped, there’s a connection (actual relationship?) on John’s mother’s side. What he says about his great-granddad makes him sound very much like Emerson, and I can see his granddad being Ramses (sorry, can’t find the exact parts to quote now). Only how does that fit in with the overall timelines? Sigh. Does anyone have a definitive answer?
On a completely different note, I bought a book today. Only worth mentioning because it was an impulse buy in a bookstore, and I don’t do that many of those nowadays. Not in bookstores, anyway – online is another story 😉
I think I’m more organised with my purchases nowadays as I keep an eye on the new releases each month and take notes on what I want to get. Also, I’m consciously trying to make more ebook purchases these days, just because the paper version takes up space! This especially goes for authors I haven’t read before, because space is precious…
The book is Susan Grant‘s “The Star Princess”. I’ve read one of her books before – I think it was “Contact” – and wasn’t hugely impressed, but this sounds like a lighthearted futuristic romance, which was exactly what I’m in the mood for. Blurb:
Ilana Hamilton isn’t an adventurer like her pilot mother, or a diplomat like her do-right brother; she’s a brash, fun-loving filmmaker who’d rather work behind the camera than be a “Star Princess” in front of it. Heiress or not, she’s a perfectly normal, single woman…until Prince Ché Vedla crashes into her life.
With six months to choose a bride, the sexy royal wants to sow his wild oats. Ilana can’t blame him — but fall for the guy herself? Not a chance! Hotshot pilot or no, Ché is too stuffy, too arrogant, and too old-fashioned. But when he sweeps her off her feet Ilana sees stars, and the higher he takes her the more she loves to fly. Only her heart asks where she will land.
What was the last book you bought on impulse – purely from browsing and without any previous recs?