Elizabeth Peters (1927-2013) was one of the pseudonyms of American
writer Barbara Louise Mertz, whose New York
Times-bestselling Amelia Peabody mysteries are often set
against historical backdrops. In 1952, Peters earned a PhD in
Egyptology at the University of Chicago. She was named grand master
at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and by the Mystery Writers
of America in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement
Award at the Malice Domestic Convention.