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For vibrant, lovely Jean Suttman, the fellowship to study in Rome was the culmination of all her dreams—until she undertook an innocent expedition to the ancient subterranean Temple of Mithra.From the moment she stepped into the pagan darkness and discovered the corpse of the repulsive Albert, one of her fellow students, she was afraid. Not even the comforting presence ofFor vibrant, lovely Jean Suttman, the fellowship to study in Rome was the culmination of all her dreams—until she undertook an innocent expedition to the ancient subterranean Temple of Mithra.From the moment she stepped into the pagan darkness and discovered the corpse of the repulsive Albert, one of her fellow students, she was afraid. Not even the comforting presence of the perceptive and practical Jacqueline Kirby could erase the fear which was nourished by one small accident after another. "Accidents" which come dreadfully close to killing her.Someone was stalking Jean, someone ruthless and determined. Before long she could see no chance of rescue from the every-present hope of escape...nothing except death......

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Number of Pages : 243 Pages
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The Seventh Sinner Reviews

  • Eric_W
    2019-07-12 22:42

    For some bizarre reason, I have ignored the many books of Elizabeth Peters despite consistently favorable reader reviews. Stupid move, because I really enjoyed this one, written several years ago and reissued. I listened to it on my Audible player while traveling, and it was a very enjoyable 6 hours. Apparently, Peters has become known for her Amelia Peabody series, Amelia being known for an acerbic wit and getting herself into and out of difficulties. Jacqueline Kirby must be a forerunner of Peabody even though she is not the central figure, she resolves the mystery using all the skills of that most formidable professions, the librarian. She's also amusingly condescendingly toward the academic seven who are all more than a little naive. In fact, it's her familiarity with the academic community and its peccadilloes. Dr. Scoville, father of Andy, one of the students could have been the prototype for another famous fictional archaeologist from Indiana. He could be the prototype for that later developed and more famous fictional archeologist. He is brilliant, handsome, sexy, and world famous for his daring exploits in pursuit of archeological treasures. Sound familiar, movie fans? The story is set in Rome and, while perhaps a little dated -- it was written in 1972 -- is very enjoyable nevertheless. It unfolds through the eyes of Jean Stuttman, one of seven -- a number that ostensibly has great significance to the murder - - art/archaeology students studying at Rome's famous Institute of Art and Archaeology. (Peters, trained as a classical archaeologist, has filled the book with all sorts of interesting details about Rome and its history and archaeology -- she also writes under the name Barbara Michaels.) While on a tour of some ancient rooms found underneath Rome, one of their members, Albert is brutally murdered. Jean discovers him barely alive and watches him scratch "VII" in the dirt (at the time Jean reports it only as the number seven. Its Roman numeral character becomes significant only later.) It's hard to write about this book, because Peters left so many clues pointing in all sorts of directions; it' not easy to avoid giving away the ending. Jacqueline becomes attached to the students by chance, and when she realizes that "accidents" that happen to Jean may be attempts to murder her, she surreptitiously begins to work with a police lieutenant to uncover the clever killer

  • Barbara ★
    2019-06-23 01:22

    I absolutely love Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series so I thought I'd give her earlier work a try what a mistake. There really wasn't a likable character among the bunch. Nope not even the main character, Jacqueline Kirby. Jacqueline is a librarian who sort of horns in on a group of college students working on projects to maintain their grants. The seven semi-friends meet every morning at the local cafe for coffee and feel compelled to include a disagreeable fellow who refuses to get lost. The book really starts when said fellow winds up dead at a party at one of the seven friends houses (to which he was not invited). Unfortunately I felt that the story itself and most of the characters were very bland and rather dull. There was too much history and/or religious background for my tastes that it almost eclipsed the mystery itself. I will admit that I figured out who the miscreant was but not the motive. All in all a good mystery but a terrible accounting. This isn't a series I would continue.

  • Morgan Dhu
    2019-06-21 22:26

    Elizabeth Peters's novel The Murders of Richard III impressed me as being just the thing for reading when in need of light entertainment and amusement. So I tried another book in the same series, The Seventh Sinner, to see if the impression held. And it did.Featuring librarian-sleuth Jacqueline Kirby again, this novel is set in Rome, among a small group of young research fellows and other advanced foreign students at an international institute for the study of art and architecture. Kirby herself is on a working vacation, improving her CV with an eye to an classics-related opening at her workplace back in the US. The historical hook here is the remarkable architectural history of Rome, with particular emphasis on the history of Christian buildings, from secret underground churches and catacombs dating back to the early days of Christianity in Rome, to the proliferation of churches devoted to the saints - which leads to a delightful sidedish of hagiographic tidbits.The murder mystery to be solved focuses on the eccentric theories of one of the young scholars of hagiocentric archeology, and in the process of solving it, Kirby leads us on a wild ride through the underbelly of academe.I think i'm going to enjoy the rest of Peters' oeuvre.

  • Carolyn F.
    2019-07-11 19:32

    Audiobook. I have the cassettes, not the CDs. I can't believe I'm categorizing this as a period piece since I was alive then but it is written in the 1970s and so does have dialogue from that time period, "Right on" and calling cops the "Fuzz". As I was alive during that time period, I can safely say no one in my impoverished, crime riddled neighborhood in the Bay Area of California called the police the "Fuzz". So, I'm thinking at the time she wrote this, Elizabeth Peters wanted to appear up to date on all of the current slang and that is why she threw it in. The story itself was okay. One of Jean's colleagues in a fellowship program in Rome is murdered and for some reason they're after Jean too. She gets help from Jacqueline, a librarian Jean literally ran into and became friends with. This friendship is very strange because it's like neither woman really wants it in the first place and they seem to get on each other's nerves. I've a couple of books under the author's pseudonym Barbara Michaels. The writing is very similar.

  • Nancy Bennett
    2019-07-08 20:25

    A little background:1. I absolutely love the Amelia Peabody series written by Elizabeth Peters. I have read the entire series, plus the extra book on Egypt. Just LOVE the series.2. Though middle-aged, I just became a librarian 3 years ago.Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to know where I am coming from. I was so excited when I stumbled upon the Jacqueline Kirby series ( it's not new, because first book was published in 1972.). A book about a librarian sleuth written by an author I thoroughly enjoy?! I went to the public library that night to check out the first in the series, "The Seventh Sinner".Okay. Though not original, I was fine with the portrayal of Jacqueline as the stereo-typical librarian; middle-aged (Hello!), hair in a tight bun, "glasses perched on her nose as she looks down on you" librarian. I wasn't bothered by the not unexpected reference to Marian the Librarian from "The Music Man". (Heck, I'm probably the only one in my library that thinks it's funny that our IT department named our network drive Marian.) Or by the continual allusions to her being sensible, though there is "more to her than meets the eye".But did Elizabeth Peters really just introduce us to Jacqueline by using the Porn Movie Librarian Stereo-type?!?!? You know the one; she's plain, dowdy, and uptight but as soon as she takes off her glasses and lets down her hair, she's in stilettos and fish-net stockings, her skirt is now 3 inches above the knee, her shirt shrunk 2 sizes and she looks like Cindy Crawford in an 80's Pepsi commercial. Trust me; I'm a librarian who wears glasses. When I take them off there is absolutely NO WAY you would mistake me for Cindy Crawford.But even that isn't the reason why I gave the book 2 stars. It was the Point-of-View. It's written from another character's POV and NOT Jacqueline's. All we get are snippets of how the other characters in the story perceive her -- and it is rarely flattering unless she has her hair loose or is in an "unexpectedly feminine" outfit. We have no chance of discovering more about how she thinks or operates; finding out what she is truly like in her multi-faceted personality; watch her develop and grow as a character. Why do I care about what Jean Suttman thinks when the series is about Jacqueline Kirby?I just could not get past this POV issue in order to enjoy the story. I was asked to invest in caring about characters that I don't think continue on into the next book while being denied the chance to really care about what happens to Jacqueline. Because I know what Elizabeth Peters is capable of in her story writing is the only reason I might give the 2nd book a chance. But then again I might not; there is only so much Porn Movie Librarian stereo-type references that I can deal with.

  • Laura Edwards
    2019-07-13 21:47

    More like a 2 1/2. Being a huge fan of Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series, I thought it'd be interesting to read a book in a series which pre-dated the Peabody books. One can definitely tell this is one of her first efforts. In the Amelia Peabody series, Ms. Peters' characters just come to life and are very three-dimensional. There is never a dull moment. The first installment of the Jacqueline Kirby series, however, is the exact opposite. We never get a sense of any of the characters, they are all fairly one-dimensional, and the narration is not even from Jacqueline's POV, but Jean, a character who probably will not even be in the next book. And while I think Ms. Peters was hoping to make Jacqueline seem mysterious, it didn't work for me. I just felt she was very one-dimensional and I didn't really care about her one way or the other. But the book is an important stepping stone in Ms. Peters career if it helped her evolve into the writer which produced such a wonderful series as Amelia Peabody. I'll probably only read the second Jacqueline Kirby book if I find it at a library sale or on a clearance shelf.

  • Robin
    2019-06-27 21:30

    The plot and a couple of the characters stood out as real people but Jacqueline Kirby, this series' sleuth was not one of them. I was most of the time repelled by her. She's a little like the Wizard of Oz bringing about a final resolution to problems, and occasionally being maternally protective without an iota of grace, but we never get a peak behind the curtain. We learn she is free of obligations and her apparent goal is to fully indulge her freedom in any way that entertains her, and with a parade of men who catch her fancy, but never do we see more than that. You can't say it's a midlife crisis. It is more about a woman who has for too long had to say no to herself and now she absolutely won't say no to a ruthless degree. She is heady with the freedom, but her measure of well-spent time seems, at least where people are concerned, what will entertain her the most in the most unique and idiosyncratic way. I admit though that I did not guess who did it until 2/3 of the way through (late for me), and the why was a surprise I never saw coming.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-06-21 17:37

    Jaqueline Kirby is introduced in this novel and she is somewhat of a cipher. She is kept in the background and all the other characters are better drawn. This is one the first of Peters published books in the mystery genre and it was a little un even. But I do like the location ,the history and the interesting trips into catacombs, old churches as a search for a murderer spreads out . A very unlikeable character is murdered leaving a written clue of seven in the dust beside his body. We get to learn about seven saints, seven churches, seven hills of Rome and more. The liberal use of google images really added to the enjoyment of the book.

  • Lynne Tull
    2019-07-18 00:35

    This is the first book of the Jacqueline Kirby series although not shown as such above...I think I have found my next mystery writer. Thanks to a GR friend for recommending Elizabeth Peters. I am not sure why this mystery is classified as fiction. The book could be non-fiction with the amount of ancient Roman history that Ms. Peters wove around her mystery. The mystery was almost secondary, but she presented it in such a way that I didn't mind at all. Jacqueline Kirby is a librarian and is the detective of this series. Of course, I am partial to librarians so that probably accounts for me liking the story in spite of all of the history details.

  • Robin
    2019-07-17 21:47

    This was an enjoyable read, although I didn't like it as much as the first Elizabeth Peters mystery I read a week or so ago, The Murders of Richard III. I'm glad I read that first, as my impression of the author was initially better than it would have been if I'd read this one first.I'm excited to have found a new mystery author with a plethora of books for me to dip into.On a random note: I read of a 119 pound girl being described in this book as "chubby," although the extra weight was distributed nicely, she says. Very weird! :)

  • Sonya
    2019-07-07 01:32

    This one was not as good as Peter's Amelia Peabody stories. One of the main characters, Jacqueline, was strange and the narrator was not the best choice for the story. However, the setting of ancient Rome gave it the historical/archaeological feel that Peters tends to have in her stories. Also, the idea of the main characters as modern scholars studying various aspects of the ancient city was interesting, but I felt that the listener/reader would have understood the ending of the story better if he/she had once been a graduate student too.

  • April
    2019-07-11 20:18

    I loved the scholarly atmosphere of this one. I was a bit disappointed to discover that I must have read this once way back when - I didn't even remember whodunit (though I put the clues together much quicker than usual, presumably because I unconsciously remember who the perpetrator was) but I did remember the seven students and their gathering. Regardless, it was a fun and quick little mystery.

  • Rebecca
    2019-07-23 00:23

    Yes, another Elizabeth Peter's series. This one is the first in the Jacqueline Kirby mystery series. Jacqueline is a querky American librarian who falls into hillarious mysteries. How could you not adore her adventures???

  • Amy
    2019-07-19 21:24

    First, I'm a long-time Elizabeth Peters fan. However, I was very disappointed during reading and after finishing this book. I've read all the Amelia Peabody books and many of the Vicky Bliss ones, and this isn't remotely up to the standards of either of those series. The storyline was not "tight" or engaging and, honestly, seemed rather trite. Though I enjoyed the descriptions of Rome, those were the only real highlights of the book for me. The characters came across as contrived, and the main character didn't draw me in and make me want to follow her in another book. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

  • Lucy Takeda
    2019-07-22 19:20

    A group of seven students are studying in Rome. They meet a fascinating woman that rather adopts them who is a librarian. They spend quite a bit of their time visiting catacombs and churches---when suddenly a disliked tag along is murdered. It is listed by the police as a suicide, but Jean and Jake don't believe that.A bit more of a romance than I usually read, but pretty good. I'd actually give it a 3.5.

  • Patricia
    2019-07-16 18:22

    I discovered Elizabeth Peters years ago when I fell in love with her Amelia Peabody series. When I saw this earlier book at the library, I thought I would enjoy it as well but I was wrong. This story did not hold my attention at all. I found it slow and there was not a single character that I liked. This one was just not for me.

  • Barb Cencich
    2019-07-05 00:44

    This is the first non-Amelia Peabody book of Elizabeth Peters that I have read (listened to) and I really enjoyed it.

  • Lynda
    2019-07-05 17:35

    Nothing can compare to Amelia P. Emerson, so it was a little disappointing. The POV was weird, since Jacqueline Kirby is supposed to be the main character?

  • Westley
    2019-07-13 22:18

    A old Elizabeth Peters I'd somehow missed. So sorry to no longer have Ms Peters among us.

  • Annie Valdes
    2019-07-09 22:37

    fun read with a bit of Roman church tour /lives of the saints tossed in. small number of protagonists, all who could be the murderer

  • Heather
    2019-07-07 21:29

    This book reminded me so much of some friends in grad school. Without the murder, of course!

  • Gabriel
    2019-06-27 21:47

    I did enojoy it, though I was hoping for a bit more from this author's first Jacqueline Kirby book. I can't say her character really grabbed me and made me want to read more.

  • T. Rhodes
    2019-06-27 17:25

    Jacqueline Kirby is a librarian. What more can I say?

  • Randall Hunt
    2019-07-02 23:34

    Didn't like the characters, didn't like the protagonist, didn't like the conclusion.

  • Katherine Spivey
    2019-07-10 00:19

    An excellent character - I wish Elizabeth Peters had written more.

  • Liz
    2019-06-22 01:35

    Not a lot to recommend it.

  • Carolann Dayton
    2019-07-01 20:19

    The main character is great. The story is a bit difficult to follow due to the setting, Rome, and the amount of anthropoly.

  • Catherine Thompson
    2019-07-13 17:30

    Jacqueline Kirby meets Jean and Michael at the university library in Rome. Jean and Michael are students studying in the city on grants; Michael is an art student, while Jean is studying art history. They introduce her to the rest of their group, named the Seven Sinners by Andy Scoville, an archaeology student and son of famous archaeologist Sam Scoville. During a tour of some of the city's famous catacombs, a young man, Albert, is killed. Jean discovers him as he lies dying; Albert leaves her a clue to his killer's identity--or is it? Then Jean begins to have some very peculiar accidents. Jacqueline takes it upon herself to find out what's going on.I've read some of Peters' Amelia Peabody books and enjoyed them, so I thought I'd give one of her Jacqueline Kirby books a try. I found it sadly dated (it was published in the early 1970s). Apart from that, it's a fairly standard amateur-sleuth mystery, except that its point-of-view isn't that of the sleuth (in this case Jacqueline) but of the witness and would-be victim, Jean. Jean is cast as a sort of Watson to Jacqueline's Holmes, in order to keep the reader utterly in the dark. The plot is fairly laid out; I'll admit to having my suspicions as to the killer's identity about two-thirds of the way through, but I wasn't sure until the reveal at the end, which is always good.I might read another of the series, but I can't say that I'll seek it out.

  • Debra Anne
    2019-07-07 20:28

    I read this as a teen, and recently as an adult. As a teen I was captivated by the mystery among students in faraway Rome, and found the older character Jaqueline Kirby very interesting and cool, and I could see her very clearly based on the author's description of her appearance and idiosyncrasies. I was stunned by the conclusion of the book, and one sentence regarding a certain betrayal stayed with me for years more or less intact. "As he condemned his daughter for betraying his son." The main character of the book, Jean, however, is completely forgettable. This is odd because the story revolves around her and is told mostly from her perspective. I forgot Jean after I read the book and when I met her again as an adult reader, I found it strange that the main character is either poorly drawn or very dull. I couldn't decide which. The real main character is Jaqueline Kirby, the adult in the group, but I suppose it wouldn't be a young adult book if told from her perspective. Not that I think it should be told from Kirby's perspective -- she is more interesting when viewed from outside herself. Still, despite the dull pretty Jean who just floats along getting clobbered in the head and stalked and rescued, the book is enjoyable because her friends are interesting, vital and real, and as each is a suspect, it makes for a tidy little mystery read.

  • Jeff
    2019-07-17 18:23

    Can I just say that I have read a LOT of Elizabeth Peters books and I have loved every one of them. I think that the part I like the most about her books are her characters. The main characters are all eccentric academic types that happen to solve mysteries for a hobby. The women are all strong willed, intelligent, and hopelessly fearless. At least they never allow their fear to rule them. The interaction of the characters is always entertaining and you really get into the their dialog. I must warn those of you who don’t like language that there is some in these books. But if you don’t mind or can look past it and aren’t threatened by strong female characters then you will really enjoy these books. This story is no exception. The book follows one of Elizabeth's recurring characters, Jacqueline Kirby. Jacqueline is middle-aged, beautiful, and most importantly intelligent. She has two children in college and is working in a library in Rome when she literally runs into a group of seven students (actually they run into her) who are fellows at the some institution. It soon becomes apparent that murder is afoot and that one of the seven sinners (the unofficial name of their club) is a murderer. Jacqueline must figure out the mystery before one of her young friends becomes the next victim.