Elizabeth Peters aka Barbara Michaels aka Barbara Mertz
June 12, 2012
Prolific only begins to describe these three women – well, one woman actually. Born in 1927, Barbara Mertz has written over 70 novels and two nonfiction works on Egyptology. She needed three names to get all that writing done. Quantity and quality, her novels have won and been nominated numerous times for both the Agatha and Edgar awards for mystery writers.
She writes my favorite series under the pen name, Elizabeth Peters. It begins with a novel called, Crocodile on the Sandbank. In 1884, English gentlewoman, suffragist, confirmed spinster, and scholar, Amelia Peabody has just inherited her father’s fortune. She’s headed for Cairo - with a dear friend who’s just been jilted by her Italian lover – to indulge her passion for Egyptology. Little does Amelia know that murder, a homicidal mummy, and the love of her life lay in wait for her.
Nineteen Amelia Peabody mysteries later, we’ve shared incredible adventures and romance, grown to love Amelia’s family and friends and dread her foes, and learned a whole lot about the golden age of Egyptology.