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Elizabeth Peters's unforgettable heroine Amelia Peabody makes her first appearance in this clever mystery. Amelia receives a rather large inheritance and decides to use it for travel. On her way through Rome to Egypt, she meets Evelyn Barton-Forbes, a young woman abandoned by her lover and left with no means of support. Amelia promptly takes Evelyn under her wing, insisting that the young lady accompany her to Egypt, where Amelia plans to indulge her passion for Egyptology. When Evelyn becomes the target of an aborted kidnapping and the focus of a series of suspicious accidents and mysterious visitations, Amelia becomes convinced of a plot to harm her young friend. Like any self-respecting sleuth, Amelia sets out to discover who is behind it all.
I can't wait for the next Peabody story... I really do think [Elizabeth Peters'] books are great entertainment. -- Angela Rippon A writer so popular that the public library has to keep her books under lock and key. Washington Post Book World Think Miss Marple with early feminist gloss crossed with Indiana Jones... accomplished entertainment. Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
A romance and not really a mystery. Also oddly anti Italian - which is candidly a little weird and off puttingPublished 15 months ago by J Morton
I had hoped for a good story (I like the title) but was disappointed because the heroine's character traits didn't hold together - unless she was support to have a multiple... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson are two of THE most delightful, intelligent and funny characters I have come across in a very long time! Read morePublished on March 24 2010
I absolutely adore this book! What a pleasure to be treated by an author who considers the reader an intelligent being; no lengthy explanations of concepts but the assumption that... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2008 by Marion Marchetto, author of The Bridgewater Chronicles
This book is our introduction to the world of Amelia Peabody and and her adventures in Egypt during the Victorian age. Ms. Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by S. Schwartz
This is the first installment of The Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. This is actually my second Amelia Peabody book, I first read The Lord of the Silent. Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by "lily71474"
Thoroughly enjoyable story. Well written. Well read. Treat yourself...you won't regret it.Published on June 2 2004 by Book Worm