In Memory

Barbara Mertz in her garden
Photo by Osmund Geier

“In the end the clouds will blow away
and the falcon will fly through the portal of the dawn.”
from The Falcon at the Portal

We thank you for your many condolence messages and fond memories sent to us since Barbara’s death.

Barbara Mertz (aka Elizabeth Peters & Barbara Michaels) died peacefully at home early in the morning of Aug. 8, 2013. She had put up a very tough battle against cancer for over a decade, in a style worthy of Amelia. She preferred not to be fussed over, and so did not make her illness public. She died as she had told everyone she wanted to: unexpectedly, in her sleep. Shortly before her death, she had written a line to be posted on this webpage: “At 85, Elizabeth Peters (aka Barbara Michaels) is enjoying her cats, her garden, lots of chocolate, and not nearly enough gin.”