Elizabeth Peters Books

Elizabeth Peters is the pseudonym of Barbara Louise Mertz born on September 29th, 1927 in Canton, Illinois. Peters went to the University of Chicago where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1947 and 1952 with a Ph.D. in Egyptology. The author primarily wrote suspense and mystery novels, but she also wrote two books about the ancient Egypt, books that have continuously been reprinted since first publication.

Order of Vicky Bliss Series

Order of Amelia Peabody Series

Order of Jacqueline Kirby Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Seventh Sinner 1972
2 The Murders of Richard III 1974
3 Die for Love 1984
4 Naked Once More 1989

Order of Georgetown Series

# Read Title Published
1 Ammie, Come Home 1968
2 Shattered Silk 1986
3 Stitches in Time 1995

Order of Someone in the House Series

# Read Title Published
1 Someone in the House 1981
2 Black Rainbow 1982

Order of Elizabeth Peters Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published
1 The Master of Blacktower 1966
2 Sons of the Wolf 1967
3 The Jackal's Head 1968
4 The Camelot Caper 1969
5 Prince of Darkness 1969
6 The Dead Sea Cipher 1970
7 The Dark on the Other Side 1970
8 The Night of Four Hundred Rabbits 1971
9 The Crying Child 1971
10 Greygallows 1972
11 Witch 1973
12 House of Many Shadows 1974
13 The Sea King's Daughter 1975
14 Patriot's Dream 1976
15 Legend in Green Velvet 1976
16 Devil May Care 1977
17 Wings of the Falcon 1977
18 Wait for What Will Come 1978
19 Summer of the Dragon 1979
20 The Walker in Shadows 1979
21 The Love Talker 1980
22 The Wizard's Daughter 1980
23 The Copenhagen Connection 1982
24 Here I Stay 1983
25 The Grey Beginning 1984
26 Be Buried in the Rain 1985
27 Search the Shadows 1987
28 Smoke and Mirrors 1989
29 Into the Darkness 1990
30 Vanish with the Rose 1992
31 Houses of Stone 1993
32 The Dancing Floor 1997
33 Other Worlds 1999

Order of Elizabeth Peters Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published
1 Temples, Tombs & Hieroglyphs 1964
2 Red Land, Black Land 1967
3 Amelia Peabody's Egypt 2003
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Peters had two children, Elizabeth and Peter Mertz, and became a published writer in 1964. Under the pen name Barbara Michaels, she wrote supernatural and gothic thrillers. The publisher chose that name since Mertz had already published a nonfiction novel about the ancient Egypt thus did not want the readers to confuse Mertz academic work with her novels.

Under the pen name Elizabeth Peters, the author published Amelia Peabody Historical Mystery series using a pen name drawn from her two children.

Before her demise, she was a part of Editorial Advisory Board of KMT, James Henry Breasted Circle of the University of Chicago, and Egypt Exploration Society.

Elizabeth Peters died at her home in Maryland on 8th August 2013 aged 85.

There are several fictions written by Barbara Mertz under the nom de plume Elizabeth Peters and include; Amelia Peabody series which contains a total of 19 books and the most recent one A River in the Sky released in 2010. Other series include the Vicky Bliss Mysteries, & Jacqueline Kirby series.


Elizabeth Peters received several awards and nominations for her distinguished work. For instance, Trojan Gold was listed for 1988 Anthony Award for the best novel prize. In 1989, Naked Once More was the winner of Agatha Award for best novel category and following this win, the author a series of Agatha Award nominations. In 2002, the author won the final Agatha Award for the best novel category for The Golden One and in 2004, Amelia Peabody Egypt: A Compendium was nominated for Edgar Award.

Peters was a recipient of numerous lifetime and grandmaster achievement awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award which she received at the Malice Domestic Convention. She was named Grandmaster at the 1986 Anthony Awards.


Aimee Come Home was adapted into a 1970 television film by the name The House that would not die starring the one famous actor Barbara Stanwyck featured as Ruth Bennet. Subsequently, in 1996 The Crying Child was adapted into a movie by the same name, the film features Finola Hughes, Mariel Hemingway, and George DelHoyo.


Elizabeth Peters is known for many great novels as well as series. However, these are the best two books by the New York Times bestselling author.

Crocodile on the Sandbank: This is the debut book in Amelia Peabody series, the events depicted in the novel takes place in 1884. Amelia Peabody, a 32-year old strong-willed spinster, decides to use her inheritance to indulge in what she loves most, Egyptology. Then On her route to Egypt she encounters a woman named Evelyn. The pair become great buddies and travel together encountering the adventures that the African desert country has to offer.

The Curse of the Pharaohs: Half a decade has passed since the events of the series opener novel Crocodile on the Sandbank. It is 1889, Amelia now 37 year, married to Radcliffe Emerson are have their first born child since the last book ended with the couple expecting their firstborn child.

Walter is the name of their child, named after Radcliffe brother; his personality matches that of his father. Parenthood has since kept the couple in England though longing to go back to England for their archeological work.

Lord Baskerville makes the headlines after claims that he has discovered a royal tomb in the Valley of the Kings. However, his sudden and mysterious death the night after which the tomb was broken into, and the disappearance of his partner working with him makes everyone think that there is a supernatural ancient curse at work.

Baskerville widow had worked with Radcliffe some years ago now requests him to take charge to retrieve her husband’s body. With heat finally building up, Amelia and her husband will soon discover that no all the mysteries that are of the past since the present is a mystery as well.

Amelia Peabody series is a well written, engaging and entertaining novel. Amelia is an excellent character, and the same applies to Emerson, her husband. If you love suspense and mystery novels, you will fall in love with Elizabeth Peter books.