Elizabeth Peters Books

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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 Georgetown Series as Barbara Michaels

1Ammie Come Home 1968Description / Buy
2Shattered Silk 1986Description / Buy
3Stitches in Time 1995Description / Buy

Order of Jacqueline Kirby Series

1The Seventh Sinner 1972Description / Buy
2The Murders of Richard III 1974Description / Buy
3Die for Love 1984Description / Buy
4Naked Once More 1989Description / Buy

Order of Vicky Bliss Series

1Borrower of the Night 1973Description / Buy
2Street of the Five Moons 1978Description / Buy
3Silhouette in Scarlet 1983Description / Buy
4Trojan Gold 1987Description / Buy
5Night Train to Memphis 1994Description / Buy
6The Laughter of Dead Kings 2008Description / Buy

Order of Amelia Peabody Series

1Crocodile on the Sandbank 1975Description / Buy
2The Curse of the Pharaohs 1981Description / Buy
3The Mummy Case 1985Description / Buy
4Lion in the Valley 1986Description / Buy
5The Deeds of the Disturber 1988Description / Buy
6The Last Camel Died at Noon 1991Description / Buy
7The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog 1992Description / Buy
8The Hippopotamus Pool 1996Description / Buy
9Seeing a Large Cat 1997Description / Buy
10The Ape Who Guards the Balance 1998Description / Buy
11The Falcon at the Portal 1999Description / Buy
12He Shall Thunder in the Sky 2000Description / Buy
13Lord of the Silent 2001Description / Buy
14The Golden One 2002Description / Buy
15Children of the Storm 2003Description / Buy
16Guardian of the Horizon 2004Description / Buy
17The Serpent on the Crown 2005Description / Buy
18Tomb of the Golden Bird 2006Description / Buy
19A River in the Sky 2010Description / Buy
20The Painted Queen ( With: Joan Hess) 2014Description / Buy

Chronological Order of Amelia Peabody Series

1Crocodile on the Sandbank1975Description / Buy
2The Curse of the Pharaohs1981Description / Buy
3The Mummy Case1985Description / Buy
4Lion in the Valley1986Description / Buy
5The Deeds of the Disturber1988Description / Buy
6The Last Camel Died at Noon1991Description / Buy
7The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog1992Description / Buy
8The Hippopotamus Pool1996Description / Buy
9Seeing a Large Cat1997Description / Buy
10The Ape Who Guards the Balance1998Description / Buy
11Guardian of the Horizon2004Description / Buy
12A River in the Sky2010Description / Buy
13The Falcon at the Portal1999Description / Buy
14The Painted Queen ( With: Joan Hess)2014Description / Buy
15He Shall Thunder in the Sky2000Description / Buy
16Lord of the Silent2001Description / Buy
17The Golden One2002Description / Buy
18Children of the Storm2003Description / Buy
19The Serpent on the Crown2005Description / Buy
20Tomb of the Golden Bird2006Description / Buy

Order of Someone in the House Series as Barbara Michaels

1Someone in the House 1981Description / Buy
2Black Rainbow 1982Description / Buy

Order of Elizabeth Peters Standalone Novels

1The Jackal's Head 1968Description / Buy
2The Camelot Caper 1969Description / Buy
3The Dead Sea Cipher 1970Description / Buy
4The Night of Four Hundred Rabbits 1971Description / Buy
5Legend in Green Velvet 1976Description / Buy
6Devil May Care 1977Description / Buy
7Summer of the Dragon 1979Description / Buy
8The Love Talker 1980Description / Buy
9The Copenhagen Connection 1982Description / Buy

Order of Elizabeth Peters Non-Fiction Books

1Temples, Tombs & Hieroglyphs ( By: Barbara Mertz) 1964Description / Buy
2Red Land, Black Land 1967Description / Buy
3Amelia Peabody's Egypt 2003Description / Buy

Order of Malice Domestic Series

1Malice Domestic 1 1992Description / Buy
2Malice Domestic 2 ( By: Mary Higgins Clark) 1993Description / Buy
3Malice Domestic 5 ( By: Phyllis Whitney) 1996Description / Buy
4Malice Domestic 7 ( By: Sharyn McCrumb) 1998Description / Buy
5Malice Domstic 8 ( By: Margaret Maron) 1999Description / Buy
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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.

When Does The Next Elizabeth Peters book come out?

Elizabeth Peters doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Amelia Peabody's Egypt and was released on July, 25th 2017. It is the newest book in the Elizabeth Peters Non-Fiction Books.


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