Elizabeth Peters

Barbara Louise Mertz (September 29, 1927 – August 8, 2013) was an American author who wrote under her own name, as well as under Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels. In 1952, she received a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. She also founded "Malice Domestic", a Washington-based organization for women mystery writers, "because she thought men were getting all the prizes." She received a number of award wins and nominations from the mystery community—her first when Trojan Gold was nominated for the 1988 Anthony Award in the "Best Novel" category; the following year, Naked Once More won the 1989 Agatha Award in the same category. Following this she earned a series of Agatha Award "Best Novel" nominations. Mertz was also the recipient of a number of grandmaster and lifetime achievement awards, including being named Grandmaster at the Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998; in 2003, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. In 2012 she was honored with the first Amelia Peabody Award at the Malice Domestic Convention; the award was named after the leading character in her long-running series.


“The joy of the Amelia books has always been their elegant sense of humor…Peters manages to satirize romantic thrillers while producing some of the finest in the genre.” —Entertainment Weekly

“No one is better at juggling torches while dancing on a high wire than Elizabeth Peters.” —Chicago Tribune

“[An] exceptional series…First-rate, densely packed action, fun, and atmosphere.” —Library Journal

“Between Amelia Peabody and Indiana Jones, it's Amelia—in wit and daring—by a landslide.” —The New York Times Book Review

“This author never fails to entertain.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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