Barbara Mertz ( aka Barbara Michaels / Elizabeth Peters ) Passes Away at Age 85

Sad news from William Morrow this morning:

It is with great sadness we relay the news that our beloved author, Barbara Mertz, (a.k.a. Elizabeth Peters) passed away this morning at the age of 85.
Under her pseudonym as Barbara Michaels she has written twenty-nine novels of suspense. As Elizabeth Peters, she had produced more than 35 mystery-suspense novels, many of them set in Egypt and the Middle East, featuring the intrepid Amelia Peabody. Under her own name, she authored several nonfiction books about ancient Egypt, still in print today.

My Amelia Peabody reread soldiers on, but I'm a little depressed to know that Amelia's adventures are complete. Pith helmets off in respect to this pioneer of both the romance and mystery genres. 


  1. Sad, indeed, in light of your Amelia Peabody re-read. I've enjoyed your tweets about it. I've never read this series, but you've inspired to do so. Someday. The TBR pile. It grows.

    1. It is sad timing, but at least she was a prolific author. She wrote LOTS of books! I first read her romantic suspense books written as Barbara Michaels in high school. I didn't discover Elizabeth Peters until college, when I was taking a break from depressing literature overload. Hope you enjoy the Amelia series whenever the opportunity arises to read it :)