If You Like….

If you like Elizabeth Peters’ Vicky Bliss books, you’ll probably also like…

— Kasey Michaels’ Maggie series, starting with Maggie Needs an Alibi. Michaels’ Saint Just has more than a little in common with Peters’ “Sir” John Smythe.

— Donna Andrews’ Murder with Peacocks, largely because the narrator’s voice reminds me a lot of Vicky’s.

— Peters’ own The Camelot Caper, the beginning of Sir John’s chequered career.

— Helena Dela’s The Count, set, like so many of the Vicky books, in Germany, and with a suitably snarky first person narratrix.

I feel like there are very obvious things I’m leaving out… and I’ll kick myself when I remember. Any other ideas?

Many thanks to Alexandra for the “if you like” request!

As a side note, some of you may have noticed that Eloise owes a great deal to Vicky… and Sir John definitely left his mark on Lord Vaughn.


  1. Alexa J on August 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for running this “If You Like…” entry! I’m a huge fan of the Vicky Bliss books and look forward to seeing the recommendations.

    On a side note, thank you to everyone who suggested A Countess Below Stairs. Love it!

  2. Joanne M. on August 30, 2011 at 10:06 am

    A few authors of mystery series that come to mind are:

    Dorothy Sayers
    Jacqueline Winspear (Maisie Dobbs)
    Rhys Bowen (Royal Spyness series)

  3. Veronika on August 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I agree with Dorothy Sayers; I find there’s a lot of similarity between John and Peter Wimsey (blond, nervy, witty, cleverer-than-they-appear heros)

    Also maybe PG Wodehouse’s Leave it to Psmith? It’s not really a mystery, so much as a comedy, but there are madcap adventures, lots of secrets, and a superior hero who is not perhaps as aristocratic as he appears

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