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Lion In The Valley: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
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Feb. 14 2011 Amelia Peabody

The 1895-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Amelia Peabody, her dashing Egyptologist husband, Emerson, and their wild and precocious eight-year-old son, Ramses. The much-coveted burial chamber of the Black Pyramid in Dahshoor is theirs for the digging. But there is a great evil in the wind that roils the hot sands sweeping through the bustling streets and marketplaces of Cairo. The brazen moonlight abduction of Ramses—and an expedition subsequently cursed by misfortune and death—have alerted Amelia to the likely presence of her arch nemesis the Master Criminal, notorious looter of the living and the dead. But it is far more than ill-gotten riches that motivates the evil genius this time around. For now the most valuable and elusive prize of all is nearly in his grasp: the meddling lady archaeologist who has sworn to deliver him to justice . . . Amelia Peabody!


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"Bursting with surprises, a sheer delight." -- -- Publishers Weekly

"Peters really knows how to spin romance and adventure into a mystery." -- -- Philadelphia Inquirer

"Peters really knows how to spin romance and adventure into a mystery." -- Philadelphia Inquirer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. She was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Similar Plot to the First Book Sept. 14 2013
By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Amelia and Emerson are back in Egypt for what they hope will be a productive and exciting season of excavation. The excitement comes, however, while they’re still in Cairo when their eight-year-old son Ramses is kidnapped on top of a pyramid at night. Happily, he’s quickly rescued by a man who Amelia immediately hires to be a guardian for the curious and precocious Ramses. Ramses penchant for trouble isn’t Amelia’s only worry. The murder of Prince Kalenischeff who had worked for Amelia’s nemesis, the Master Criminal, is murdered and the prime suspect is the young English woman, Enid, who’d been accompanying him. Amelia believes that all is not what it seems and that the Master Criminal is close by. She takes Enid under wing, a decision that threatens her family’s safety.

Lion in the Valley is my second Elizabeth Peters’ novel, but it’s apparently the fourth in the series. Once again, the descriptions of Egypt are terrific, although there are fewer of them. The focus in this book is on the human drama happening around them rather than the work itself. The plot centers on the plight of Enid and Ramses’ rescuer, Donald. These two not only know one another but are agonizing over their unrequited love. A second man appears adamantly proclaiming his love for Enid, but his sincerity is questionable, which makes the plot very similar to Peters’ first book, Crocodile in the Sandbank.

The dialogue of the articulate and loquacious Ramses was so advanced it was unbelievable. I got used to it as I continued reading, but I still don’t buy that any eight-year-old, no matter how intelligent, would talk that way. Still, I doubt this will deter Amelia Peabody fans from this popular series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Mummy Case June 11 2004
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I was disappointed in the third book in the series and almost didn't get the next one. I'm very glad I did! Lion in the Valley is the best Amelia Peabody so far. Finally, the "mystery" gets going and the supporting characters get interesting. The Master Criminal is hilarious. I really began to like Amelia a lot more in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peabody! May 14 2004
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Recently I re-read this book, and I've got to say, I think it's one of my favorites. It's one of the simpler Amelia Peabodys, before the industrious family gets involved with politics, war, and quite a number of characters.
While the Master Criminal had a minor role in "The Mummy Case" it's in this one that the Peabody-Emersons come face-to-face him, or rather, one of his many faces! When Amelia finally gets to talk to this genious of crime, he admits that he is in love with her! Hilarity ensues.
While I don't quite agree with the San Francisco Chronicle's review of this book: "A sexy romp", there IS more romance and less excavation in this book than the usual literature by Ms. Peters, so if you read the books for the in-depth look at Egyptology, you might skip this one, although I personally think it would be a mistake.
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Amelia Peabody and husband Emerson were introduced in "Crocodile on the Sandbank," which is my favorite book. The couple is as intrepid as Indiana Jones, and trouble finds them as easily as it does the film hero. This tome extends their Egyptian adventures, which continue in many subsequent volumes. I really enjoy the couple's (mis)adventures and recommend this, or any other book in the series, to readers of all ages and interests.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action from Page One Dec 8 2003
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Lion in the Valley ranks, in my mind, as one of the best in the early Amelia Peabody Emerson novels. In this one, Amelia and Emerson finally get the chance to dig at the Black Pyramid in Dahshoor -- and you know how Amelia loves those pyramids. This book brings backs the great characters of old and adds some very interesting new characters. "Nemo" was an especially interesting character (at least until we find out about his situation) and Ramses is as precocious a troublemaker as ever. This books ratchets up the tension between the Peabody Emerson and the Master Criminal, or M.C. for the sake of Emerson's bruised ego. These stories are written with fun and excitement in mind, and if you can accept the tongue-in-cheek nature of the plots, then you'll able to sit back and enjoy a rollicking ride.
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Welcome (or welcome back) to the wonderful world of crime and archaeology that abounds in this series. In The Lion In The Valley, we meet up with Amelia Peabody and her husband, Radcliffe Emerson as they set out once again for a dig in Egypt. Their son Ramses, a "catastrophically precocious" 8 year old with an eerie aptitude for languages both ancient and modern, accompanies them for only the 2nd time and promptly gets himself kidnapped. He is rescued almost immediately, but that isn't the end of their misfortune. Mishaps continue to plague their dig, and the hand of the Master Criminal once more appears to be present.
If you haven't read any of this series yet and you don't want to start all the way at the beginning, this is a good place to start. There's enough coverage of the past stories so you won't get lost without being repetitive for those who have read the 3 previous books. A great story with wonderful characters, I highly recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best in a great series
I never thought it would be work to read an Amelia Peabody mystery. Still, at the end of each chapter of Lion in the Valley, I found myself easily distracted. Read more
Published on May 4 2001 by Carol Peterson Hennekens
5.0 out of 5 stars More fun from Amelia Peabody Emerson and the Master Criminal
Amelia can't stop thinking about the "Master Criminal" after he escaped her and Emerson's clutches at the end of "The Mummy Case. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2001 by Kristin S.
4.0 out of 5 stars exceedingly tongue in cheek
Right from the supposed foreward of the book we are set up with the wonderfully ironic tone that Elizabeth Peters takes in her Amelia Peabody mysteries - this is the 4th in the... Read more
Published on Dec 27 2000 by A. Woodley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master Criminal Strikes Again
The Emerson family are an unholy trio: Radcliffe Emerson the prickly archaeologist, Amelia Peabody Emerson his officious wife and amateur sleuth, and Walter "Ramses"... Read more
Published on June 5 2000 by drdebs
3.0 out of 5 stars I love mysteries, but......
besides the cover and blurb on the back that sets up the mysterious mood, I just cannot recommend this book. The master criminal, or maybe just his name, made me snicker. Read more
Published on May 15 2000 by harvey dent
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST in the Amelia Peabody series!
A college friend of mine got me hooked on the Amelia Peabody books, and I have been addicted ever since. The Lion in the Valley is truly the best in the series (so far). Read more
Published on Dec 11 1999
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