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And finally, we come to the end of our year in books with Street of the Five Moons by Elizabeth Peters, an American author with over fifty novels to her credit. Billed as 'A Vicky Bliss Murder Mystery' this appears to be the second in the series, but does not rely on the first having been read.
The Vicky Bliss in question is an art historian working at the National Museum in Munich. One day her boss, Professor Schmidt, shows her a remarkable copy of a well known piece of jewellery currently housed in their museum. This has been found in the possession of a dead man, along with a scrap of paper containing what appears to be coded information. Although not her area of expertise, Vicky is called upon to investigate further and finds herself in Rome, at the Street of the Five Moons; and in danger, not least from a mysterious Englishman.
This comes under the banner of 'soft crime' and is entertaining enough, but neither the plot nor the characters are particularly memorable for me. However, the author's work has many fans including, according to the cover, Angela Rippon.