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Lord Of The Silent: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
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Feb. 12 2010 Amelia Peabody Mysteries

“Irresistible….Amelia is still a joy.”
 —New York Times Book Review

 

The intrepid archeologist Amelia Peabody and her fearless family, the Emersons, are back in Egypt, and something very nasty is afoot in Lord of the SilentNew York Times bestselling Grandmaster Elizabeth Peters’s sparkling adventure with more riddles than the Sphinx and more close calls and stunning escapes than  an Indiana Jones movie. Reviewers are simply agog over Lord of the Silent, calling it, “Wonderfully entertaining” (Washington Times), “Deeply satisfying”  (Entertainment Weekly), and in the words of the Toronto Globe and Mail, “The hype is true. This is Peters’s best book.”


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Amelia Peabody Emerson is the Mary Poppins of Egypt. Forthright, intrepid, and industrious, she brooks no nonsense from anyone and is armed with an apparently magical parasol. As the legions of fans of Elizabeth Peters's Edwardian archeological mystery series know, Amelia is also possessed of a swift temper, an incorrigible curiosity, and an uncanny proclivity for attracting trouble. But in 1915, with the world gripped by the madness of war, trouble is endemic. In an effort to prevent their son Ramses from being coerced into working for British intelligence (in the sort of endeavor that nearly got him killed a year earlier when he infiltrated a band of Egyptian nationalists and prevented a Turkish-backed uprising), Amelia and husband Emerson and the rest of their dizzyingly large entourage flee England for the reassuringly stoic splendor of their beloved Egyptian ruins.

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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In Egypt, 1915, the redoubtable English archaeologist Amelia Peabody Emerson and her eccentric and closely knit group of family and friends are up to their old tricks. The Emersons may believe that they are merely engaging in another season of excavation, but legions of devoted readers know that Amelia's archaeological fervor has never stopped her from charging into another thrilling episode of crime-solving, dragging her husband and children enthusiastically along. Amelia's son, Ramses, and his new wife, Nefret, are trying to settle into their married life and find ways to build a more equal relationship with their overwhelming and irrepressibly adventurous parent. Amelia is worried, however, that an officious British army officer might try to recruit Ramses again as a spy (as in the previous book, 2000's He Shall Thunder in the Sky). To keep him out of the spymaster's clutches, she sends Ramses and Nefret off to Luxor to investigate a series of thefts from archaeological sites. As always in this series of uproarious Egyptological mysteries, plenty of strange doings are afoot in the desert, and readers will find all the delicious trappings of a vintage Peters extravaganza lost tombs, kidnappings, deadly attacks, mummies and sinister villains. (May 1)Forecast: Her large and faithful following will ensure that Peters, a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, once again reaches the lofty heights of the bestseller lists.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Return to the Past with Style July 13 2004
Format:Hardcover
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 than on Ramses and Nefret and others (which is not to say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed these characters and their romances and adventures as well). While I can understand the necessity of aging the characters in such a long series, I personally am not ready to see Amelia and Emerson consigned to the old archeologists' home, where they are merely subsidiary foils for the rest of the cast.
This is a much better book than her previous one, wherein the plot was lost in a maze of uninteresting characters. Thanks to the device of finding lost papers of the "missing years," Amelia and Emerson go back in time to return to the Lost Oasis, one of the most intriguing and satisfying adventures of the series.
In short, Amelia is back in full force. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Always a fantastic series to read May 4 2004
Format:Hardcover
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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not So Much Action May 8 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. This book, at least for me, was a change of pace in that there is quite a bit less action in it than previous books; I think Amelia uses her umbrella as a weapon only once throughout the entire book. And, there is less, in fact hardly any, attention paid to the excavation work being done. Having said that, there is still plenty to interest the reader as always. Approximately half of the book is devoted solely to Ramses and Nefret which was nice for a change and the mystery is intriguing as always. Just a couple more books in this series to read and then I will have wait for the annual publication of the next one and the next and the next....
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites in the series Dec 7 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is great how can you not love it when it features the "master criminal".
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Silent Nov. 10 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Amelia and Emerson have one of the best written love stories I have ever read. I love the first books through the Snake, Crocodile and the Dog, but the later books are too full of characters and too much focus on Rameses and Nefret. Amelia and Emerson are too much the background characters forced to do nothing but wring their hands and endlessly speculate on what Ramses and Nefret are doing. However, even in the later books the plots are riveting and it's difficult to figure out who the bad guys are. I wish the "editor" would discover those missing Amelia Journals she keeps mentioning so we can return to the early days of their adventures with their wonderful bickering and witty humor that makes me laugh out loud.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No suspense Sept. 2 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. There is not much plot to speak of. Much of the book consists of characters ruminating about things that happened in prior books. More than half the book concerns Ramses and Nefret - absolutely perfect, gorgeous, intelligent, plucky, devoted, and totally boring. They belong in a romance novel. The only suspense here was wondering if I would bother finishing the book. The only mystery was why I bought it. The first couple of books in this series were good - stick to them and skip this one.
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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'. Ramses and Nefret, the second generation, continue to fascinate, but Amelia is center-stage also as she and the indefatigable Radcliffe try to discover who is raiding their tombs in Luxor, and who in Cairo wants Ramses dead. Lots of old acquaintances pop up along the way to lend a hand, or pose a threat. For avid followers of the series, this is one they will not want to miss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helped to Satisfy! Aug. 30 2002
By Maggie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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!) a member of the family shows up again and an nuisance becomes a friend. This book is a tribute to Peter's skill at keeping a story going. I never got bored and towards the end could not put it down. I can't wait to read The Golden One! I would most definitely recommend this book for anyone! But make sure that you've read the rest of the series first, otherwise you'll be very confused!
It was altogether another trivial trip through Egypt with the Emersons.
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