Story: Trojan Gold
Author: Elizabeth Peters
Story URL: Amazon Link
Page count: 400 pages
Rating: Young Adult
Summary: A picture is worth a thousand words . . . but the photograph art historian Vicky Bliss has just received in the mail gives rise to a thousand questions instead. At first glance it appears to be the famous portrait of Frau Schliemann adorned in the gold of Troy. But closer study reveals the picture to be contemporary—which is odd since Vicky knows the Trojan gold vanished sometime around the end of World War Two. And if she needed further proof that something here is terribly amiss, a quick look at the blood-stained envelope the photo arrived in should do the trick.
Yet Vicky is not the only expert to receive this mysterious mailing. And the entire circle is gathering for a festive Bavarian Christmas—one, hopefully, to be made even more festive by the rediscovery of an ancient lost treasure. But the celebration could prove to be short—and bloody—courtesy of a very determined killer in their midst…
I didn’t like this one quite as much as I expected, as it felt like it dragged in a few parts, though it was still excellent. I did really like the ending to the book; both the way things were left between Elizabeth and John as well as the conclusion to the mystery. It was a great example of a writer avoiding falling into clichés. Very nicely done.