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So much for a quiet dig among the mastabas. With their usual luck, the family promptly finds itself inundated by would-be assassins and nosy journalists. Amelia quickly deduces that Ramses's undercover work is at the root of both threat and curiosity; more puzzling is the appearance of the odd corpse or two and a rash of stunningly efficient tomb robberies. When Ramses and his wife, Nefret, travel to Luxor to check on the security of some of their old excavations, they find an all-too-familiar irritant behind the robberies. It would be telling to reveal his identity, but fans of the series will soon figure it out, with the aid of a little suspension of disbelief. With Ramses and Nefret on one hand, and Amelia and Emerson on the other, engaged in "protecting" the other side from conflict and trouble, the novel unfolds in a merry chase of misdirection and miscommunication.
There is a comforting consistency to Peters's series. By now, all of the characters' quirks are etched in stone like so many well-worn hieroglyphs. Amelia's narrative has the familiarity of a treasured and oft-read letter from a slightly batty aunt. Even the miraculous return of (no, I really can't say), though perhaps intended as a radical plot twist, adheres to the most genteel of mystery traditions, à la Doyle and Christie. Innovation can be overrated; with Peters's flawless record of producing amusing, easily digested novels showing no signs of faltering, fans should devour this morsel--and wait impatiently for the next tasty installment. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
As a long-time fan of Elizabeth Peters, I am happy to see that with this book, she returned to the time when the focus of the Amelia Peabody series is on Amelia and Emerson, rather... Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by G. Greene
Not my favorite but so important for establing the personalities of the characters (as well as the marriage of Ramses and Nefret. And it includes a fantastic surprise!Published on May 4 2004 by K. Turner
As I have stated in my reviews of other entries in this series, this is one of my top 3 series to read. I have truly enjoyed the adventures of Amelia Peabody and family. Read morePublished on May 8 2003 by Louis M. Perdue
This book is great how can you not love it when it features the "master criminal".Published on Dec 6 2002 by Amazon Customer
Please no more Ramses and Nefret! I adore the Amelia Peabody series but please can't we focus on the stars of the series--Amelia and Emerson. I find Ramses and Nefret dead bores. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2002
I should have known this book would be bad when the Amazon.com reviewer remarked that "Innovation can be overrated." The author has completely run out of ideas. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2002 by Silence Dogood
For years Ms. Peters has been thrilling us with tales of the Emersons, and this is a superb novel which continues the family tradition of 'another year, another body'. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2002
This book was definitely a helper in satisfying The Falcon at the portal and He Shall Thunder in the Sky. Finally Ramses and Nefret are married and grown up! And then (Surprise! Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2002 by Maggie