My first and foremost favorite author died today. I am sad. I am a little depressed. I am going to read her first book, and possibly all the rest, again. I've lost track of how many times I've read her books, particularly the Barbara Michaels ones, and the non-Amelia Peabody, Elizabeth Peters ones. I love Amelia, but the other books keep me re-reading.
Barbara Merz, better known as Barbara Michaels and Elizabeth Peters, quickly replaced Mary Stewart for my favorite author. Mary Stewart will always have a place in my heart, but Barbara Merz was the author whose books I collected voraciously. I own almost every one of her books, and have read them all, of course.
She's my idol and will live on forever this way. I will continue to read her books over and over. My wish is that someday my books will sit along side hers (or at least nearby, because my last name is at the end of the alphabet) on a shelf.
May you rest in peace, Barbara Merz. I hope you're partying with the pharaohs.