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Deeds Of The Disturber: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
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Feb. 14 2011 Amelia Peabody Mysteries (Book 5)

Can fear kill? There are those who believe so—but Amelia Peabody is skeptical. A respected Egyptologist and amateur sleuth, Amelia has foiled felonious schemes from Victoria's England to the Middle East. And she doubts that it was a Nineteenth-Dynasty mummy's curse that caused the death of a night watchman in the British Museum. The corpse was found sprawled in the mummy's shadow, a look of terror frozen on the guard's face. What—or who—killed the unfortunate man is a mystery that seems too intriguingly delicious for Amelia to pass up, especially now that she, her dashing archaeologist husband, Emerson, and their precocious son, Ramses, are back on Britain's shores. But a contemporary curse can be as lethal as one centuries old—and the foggy London thoroughfares can be as treacherous as the narrow, twisting alleyways of Cairo after dark—when a perpetrator of evil deeds sets his murderous sights on his relentless pursuer . . . Amelia Peabody!


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Peters (Barbara Michaels) regales thriller fans with the fifth tale about spunky Amelia Peabody, her ardent spouse Emerson and their small son Walter, "Ramses," a genius who sorely tries his parents. In the new story, the family is home in England from their archeological dig in Egypt and deep in another mystery. Determined Victorian feminist Peabody refuses to be intimidated by a phenomenon reported at the British Museum, where a sem priest is supposedly working a curse in revenge for the desecration of an ancient mummy. The priest's supernatural figure is momentarily glimpsed at the exhibit, before a murderer strikes. Disobeying Emerson, of course, Peabody lays her life on the line and unmasks the decidedly human villain. There are several intriguing new characters in this mystery, including nasty types who persecute Ramses, creating unexpectedly tender moments between mother and child. But the spotlight shines brightest on Peabody and Emerson, a couple evenly matched as hot-blooded lovers and professional partners. This is one of grandmaster Peters/Michaels best.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fifth in the exceptional series that begins with Crocodile on the Sandbank , this adventure catches irascible archaeologist Amelia Peabody in London between digs. A mysterious death in front of a "cursed" mummy case in the British Museum piques Amelia's curiosity, and a subsequent connected murder engages her perspicacious intervention completely. Dangerously precocious son Ramses (at times disguised) and formidably handsome husband Emerson (at times stubbornly obtuse) contribute to the usual mayhem. First-rate, densely packed action, fun, and atmosphere. REK
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not As Good As The Other Books Dec 7 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Deeds of the Disturber finds the Peabody Emersons returning home to England so that Emerson can finish his book, but it's not long before they are embroiled in yet another mystery. The mystery here is interesting enough, but Amelia and Emerson belong in the hot sands of Egypt, not foggy, damp London. The book shines a light on the character of O'Connell, a wily, Irish (if not a bit stereotypical) newspaperman and introduces us to the newspaperwoman Miss Minton. Both are great characters that drive the plot. There is also the introduction of a woman from Emerson's past, which creates an interesting subplot of jealousy for Amelia. Also introduced in this book are Amelia's nephew and niece: Percy and "dear" Violet. Both are necessary, but extremely obnoxious, characters that bedevil Ramses and reduce him in the eyes of his parents. This whole storyline is the main reason I've lowered my rating to 4 stars. Amelia's treatment of her only son borders on abuse and it just spoils an otherwise good book. Don't let that stop you from reading The Deeds of the Disturber, though. The mystery is good, and different, and you'll find yourself well invested in the plot and characters - even the annoying characters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid, but not inspiring July 2 2002
By kallan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I found this a solid read, but not one of the best Amelia Peabody books I have read. The characters are as lively and entertaining as ever - though I can't stand Ramses - and it's always nice to catch up with the next installment of their lives. The Deeds of the Disturber was particularly well written, and I think it was an improvement on Lion in the Valley in that respect. I just didn't think that the plot of The Deeds of the Disturber matched up to some of the other books in the series.
Amelia and her husband, Emerson, return home after another season of archeological exploration in Egypt. The plan is to stay in London, so Emerson can consult the resources of the British Museum to finish his book. Yet there are mysterious goings-on at the Museum, all focused upon a mummy whose curse has already claimed one life - or is it just journalistic hyperbole? Through their connections to the archeological and Egyptian communities, Amelia and Emerson find themselves drawn into the mystery. Matters become stranger and stranger, leading to a highly melodramatic conclusion. Set against this is a tiresome sub-plot involving their son Ramses and his two little wretches of cousins, Percy and "dear little Violet" - really, how obtuse can two parents be?
Peters makes an atmospheric setting out of the murk of London, and Amelia moves through society both high and low with her usual panache. The return of Kevin O'Connell, journalist extraordinaire, was particularly welcome, and Miss Minton makes a good addition to the cast of recurring characters. There are a number of very funny scenes in The Deeds of the Disturber, and we do learn more about our favourite characters, but the mystery plot does not really add up to anything and is not, in the end, particularly interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A suspensful change of setting July 20 2001
By A Customer
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This book was indeed a nice change of setting. I'm working my way through the series in order, and after Lion in the Valley (which I enjoyed) I was nevertheless a little tired of sand, Egypt, superstitious villagers, and all that. But Deeds of the Disturber's setting (London) and new characters (including Peabody's--um--"delightful" niece and nephew) really perked up this entry. Also, I found this a significantly darker book than its predecessors--it's never really gloom and doom (this is an Amelia Peabody mystery, after all!) but there's a sense of tragedy around several of the characters that seems more real and more sad than in the previous books. Too, Ramses continues to be the most disastrously endearing child in fiction. I also was pleased to see that, after the events at the end of Lion of the Valley, the tables are turned a bit in this novel.
Speaking of Lion of the Valley--in that novel I found Peabody to be insufferably, arrogantly smug. The author, I think, got rather carried away in that one (Peabody is smug, Emerson is angry, Ramses is long-winded, end of story). In Deeds of the Disturber, the characterization is much better: Peabody, especially, is back to her highly intelligent but essentially admirable self.
My only real complaint about this book is that "de cat Bastet" is present so briefly!
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By drdebs
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In a nice change of pace, Elizabeth Peters makes England the setting for her fifth novel in the Amelia Peabody Emerson series. Set at the turn of the century, Peters has a great eye for period detail, a good knowledge of Egyptology and Egypt, and a marvelous sense of humour.
In this mystery the action is centered around a mummy and a murder victim--both in the British Museum. Radcliffe Emerson is furiously working on his manuscript (under deadline), Ramses is struggling to maintain his composure with two young cousins who are staying for a visit, and Amelia is (as always) writing an academic paper, struggling to control her son, and alternately fending off and succumbing to her husbands amorous advances. However, the whole family soon gets involved in trying to find out more about the mysterious mummy and the Egyptian priest who appears and disappears with alarming frequency.
I found this mystery a nice change of pace with its different setting and different cast of characters. I particularly liked the introduction of a wonderful butler named Gargery, who relishes every opportunity to get involved in the Emerson family's many escapades. If you're going to England in the near future and the British Museum is on your list of sights to see, be sure to take this book along. I think that you will enjoy seeing how little the interior of that august institution has changed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
So far this has been my favorite in the series. It is thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end. Some of the most hilarious exchanges between Peabody and Emerson yet. Read more
Published on June 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Peters is wonderful!
It has been a while since I read this book, but I read almost everything that Elizabeth Peters writes. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2003 by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars One of MPM's best
The Deeds of the Disturber is one of the best books in the Amelia Peabody series. Not only is it absolutely hilarious, it marks the debut of a pivotal character (Percy Peabody)... Read more
Published on April 22 2002 by A S Green
3.0 out of 5 stars Pure fun with poor subplot
As in the other Peabody mysteries this is less about the mystery than about madcap action and humorous hyperbole. Peters does it well. Read more
Published on March 21 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeds of the Disturber
Wow! this book takes me back! The Emersons are so much younger in this book. I almost forgot that I even read this. I loved Ramses when he was a child! Read more
Published on July 20 2001 by M. Kolias
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeds of the Disturber
Wow! this book takes me back! The Emersons are so much younger in this book. I almost forgot that I even read this. I loved Ramses when he was a child! Read more
Published on July 20 2001 by M. Kolias
2.0 out of 5 stars Awfully disappointing...
I bought several Peabody mysteries based on wildly enthusistic reviews on this site. To say I was disappointed is putting it mildly. Read more
Published on June 1 2001 by P. C..S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Cheers for the Polymath Peabody!
Elizabeth Peters is a raconteur of the finest order. She has a gift for crafting outrageous, hyperbolic characters who speak in sesquipedalian sentences and still remain... Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2001 by "momteacher"
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and chilling adventure for the family
Back in London, the acclaimed British Egyptologists and sleuths, heroine Amelia Peabody and husband Radcliffe Emerson, attempt to solve a case involving the famous mummy's curse,... Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2000 by Francesca Jourdan
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