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The job was six hundred miles away from home and that made it perfect. It didn't even matter that Hank Hunnicutt had a reputation as a kook; he was, D.J. Abbott thought, merely eccentric. After all, didn't he surround himself with every self-proclaimed practitioner of the occult arts who came his way?

So, a thousand a month, all expenses, the opportunity to spend some time on an Arizona ranch...it was everything a young graduate student trying to prove herself might want. And it was...until Hank suffered an accident, then disappeared.

Suddenly, the guests were eyeing each other - and D.J. - with fear and suspicion. Only the person responsible knew what was going on, and when D.J. got too close to uncovering the truth, she discovered that some of the games being played by the people at the ranch have a deadly intent. And that she might just be the intended...

(P)1997 by Elizabeth Peters; ©1979 by Elizabeth Peters

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Top Notch

Summer of the Dragon is a terrific early Elizabeth Peters mystery/romance. It doesn't feature any of her popular recurring characters, but stands on its own very nicely. It is funny from beginning to end. The heroine is very likeable. Like so many Peters stories, this one does a great job of dealing with interesting and believable archaeological/anthropological topics in a very accessible way. The quick-moving and enjoyable dialogue combined with the heroine's down-to-earth voice make everything easy to follow and very fun. Also, this reader does a wonderful job (but for mixing up a word or two in a briefly confusing but not really disruptive way); I thought she really captured the characters without overdoing it. Be prepared that some elements of the story are a bit dated (for example, our heroine gets some flack for being a "feminist," apparently because she is pursuing a Ph.D. and a job) but after all the book was written in 1979.

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Entertaining, but poorly read

The story is entertaining enough - a typical Elizabeth Peters, with a heroine who is gutsy and outspoken (bordering on rude, even), a love interest, and interesting archaeological detail. However, the reader is annoying. She seems to be trying for a 1940s, Humphrey Bogart kind of noir effect, which doesn't make sense for the book. If you are a real Elizabeth Peters fan, you can probably overlook the reader's odd inflection and choice of emphasis. Otherwise, you might want to give this one a miss.

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She does not disappoint!

Fun, informative, just a tad dated....but it was written in the 70's. This was a fun romp through the hot southwest of the US. I enjoyed all the characters, especially Hank. Ms Peters books are where I go when I want to listen and laugh and care about how everything turns out.....no tears allowed!

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Ruined for me by the reader

I hate to criticize readers - it seems like a very difficult job. But Ms. Conlin just ruined this book for me. The first issue is not her fault, it's the fault of whoever cast her for this book. The main character is supposed to be a young person on a summer job during her university studies. The voice is that of a middle aged woman. But what gets me like fingernails scratching on a chalkboard are her weird idiosyncracies such as adding an endless chain of vowels to the end of words. Me becomes meeeeeee, be is beeeeeeee, and that might be OK if she uses it to mark one of the characters but the ALL talk like that. I was hoping I might get used to it but halfway through the book it's just more annoying than ever. She even does it to words that she has to mispronounce in order to do it. Repartee is pronounced repartay but in her rendition it becomes reparteeeeeeeee. Aaaaaah I can't take this anymore I can't finish listening, even though the story is amusing.
But regarding the story - very dated. I guess this was written in the 70s? Trigger warning, some racial remarks and jokes that just are not OK anymore today, not terrible but startling. And again, if the reader were younger or had a younger voice, slang of that era such as "right on" might not sound so bizarre.

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better than peabody

I think Peters early books are better than the Peabody series.

this is '70s era Arizona. she had obviously been to Arizona and out to the Flagstaff area, although I questioned the detail of it being 94° in Phoenix in June. maybe she meant early morning.

some people might find the women's lib thread annoying. actually we didn't talk like that even though it was an issue. the archaeological thread was a nice touch although in some points strained.

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always good and entertaining

Elizabeth Peters is always good. Never a dull moment, characters are great...
love her.
the narrator is very good as well.

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This book was okay. Peter's. has done better.

I liked the book. I think what I had a problem with was the narration. I thought most of the characters were pretty flat. Even DJ.

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Story good, book okay

The book was written in 1979 so you need to be prepared for the cultural differences. That being said, it is a good mystery with a lot of surprises & snappy dialogue. I was a little disappointed in the narration. It was sometimes hard to tell the difference between the characters by voice and the accents were a little baffling for the specific characters. Some animal voices in the background when in the veterinary area would have added greatly to the atmosphere. This has been one of my favorite of Elizabeth Peter's books since shortly after it was written so it will always be an enjoyable experience to listen to it.

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  • 11-07-15

Arizona

EP is my favorite author. The book is set where I grew up and it's quite accurately described. Makes me a little home sick whenever I listen to it. I love this story

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Look Elsewhere

I bought this book because I so enjoy Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series. However, what I got was a plot, which you get to it five hours into the book, that was weak, and the only interesting action happened two hours before the novel completed. All else was uninteresting dialogue and a woman talking nonstop about eating. The narrator made an banal novel worse by her monotone, expressionless reading. If you are looking for a good read, look elsewhere. If I had bought this book first, I would never have read her other series.

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