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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.

About the Author

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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Amelia can't stop thinking about the "Master Criminal" after he escaped her and Emerson's clutches at the end of "The Mummy Case." So, when a minor character from The Mummy Case is killed and a young woman is blamed for his murder, Amelia knows the Master Criminal is responsible -- she just has to prove it.
The Emersons are finally excavating at the pyramids at Dahshoor, but even Amelia's love of pyramids can't distract her from the suspicious goings-on around her. Ramses is back -- and as talkative and perceptive as ever. The Emersons draw their usual cast of supporting characters around them, including the mysterious "Nemo," who saves Ramses from a kidnapping attempt, and the accused young woman.
Of course, it's only a matter of time before Amelia is proved right and she catches her man (or will she?). Perhaps not wanting to humiliate her main characters, Ms. Peters makes sure that no one is entirely wrong or entirely right in their guesses about the Master Criminal. The revelations in the end are truly entertaining -- just what I've come to expect from Amelia Peabody Emerson.
Amelia, Ramses and Emerson are fantastic characters. With such great writing and characters, the series never gets dull. "Lion in the Valley" is another great Amelia Peabody mystery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars exceedingly tongue in cheek Dec 27 2000
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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 series so far I think. Although we know these are fictional characters the foreward treats them as real mentioning that 'certain names have been changed to protect the identity of individuals' - and almost makes the priceless observation that "It would be a serious error to assume that [Amelia Peabody] was equally accurate in reporting [other people's] conversations with her, for, like her distinguished husband, she has a tendency to attribute to other people opinions of her own." ...and she does of course - and Peters uses this to great advantage for we often see actions greatly at variance to the confident dominance of Amelia's prosaic narration which makes for a very comic time indeed.
I liked this book because Elizabeth Peters takes this ironic observation one step foreward by creating a nameless - well almost nameless, 'Master Criminal' - who in her usually unimaginative way, Amelia refers to simply as just that. But strange things are going on in Egypt - and there are a great many people hanging around the dig which Amelia, her husband Emerson, and their precocious 8-year-old son Ramses are working on. A great many people obviously in disguise - probably minions and tools of the Master Criminal. Clearly tsomething is afoot - but none of them can quite work out his diabolical plan might be until Amelia herself is abducted and her practical commonsense-nature is tested to the limit by the most romantically bizarre of crimes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Master Criminal Strikes Again June 5 2000
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The Emerson family are an unholy trio: Radcliffe Emerson the prickly archaeologist, Amelia Peabody Emerson his officious wife and amateur sleuth, and Walter "Ramses" Peabody Emerson, their 7 year old son who reads lots of sensational fiction and is writing his own Egyptian grammar. In the days of modern air travel they would be the family you hated to have any where near you on the plane; in turn of the century Cairo, you wouldn't have wanted to get near them either! For wherever they go, murder, mayhem, and the Master Criminal cannot be far behind.
I loved the Mummy Case because we got to know Ramses who provided some leavening into the already hysterical antics of Amelia and Radcliffe. As he lisped about in the sand discovering priceless relics and running rings around his parents, the reader realized that he was going to be a great addition to the series. Here in Lion in the Valley, Ramses really comes into his own. Now 7, he is twice the trouble and twice the detective.
The plot hinges on the actions of the "Master Criminal"--a mastermind of devious and deadly plots who is organizing the grave robbers of Egypt into a formidable criminal underworld. We briefly met the MC in the Mummy Case, but here he takes center stage, pushing aside any hope of interest in the archaeological dig itself. By the end of the book Amelia and the MC have met...and it is hilarious.
If you like your mysteries with a laugh track then this is for you. Fans read them for Amelia and the 101 things she can do with waterproof matches--not for the labrynthine plots--and increasingly for Ramses as well.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Similar Plot to the First Book
Amelia and Emerson are back in Egypt for what they hope will be a productive and exciting season of excavation. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Debra Purdy Kong
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Mummy Case
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. Read more
Published on June 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Peabody!
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... Read more
Published on May 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Amelia Peabody-the Female Version of Indiana Jones
Amelia Peabody and husband Emerson were introduced in "Crocodile on the Sandbank," which is my favorite book. Read more
Published on April 6 2004 by Shelley M. Abernathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Action from Page One
Lion in the Valley ranks, in my mind, as one of the best in the early Amelia Peabody Emerson novels. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2003 by Avid Reader
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
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 14 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 10 1999
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