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Seeing a Large Cat [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
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July 1 1998 Amelia Peabody Mysteries
According to an ancient Egyptian papyrus, dreaming of a large cat means good luck. And that's just what plucky archaeologist Amelia Peabody could use, as her growing family matures in the new century. When the excavation of an unknown tomb reveals a recent murder, the Peabody family must unearth an assassin who'd like to end their discoveries for good.

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Elizabeth Peters's books about Egyptologist Amelia Peabody are like longer, more literate versions of those letters some relatives send to keep people up to date on their family adventures. They're also lively feminist spoofs on the two-fisted Victorian adventure novels that inspired the Indiana Jones films. In this ninth book in the Peabody series, it's 1903, and Amelia and her clan--irascible husband Emerson, fearless son Ramses, gorgeous ward Nefret--are in Cairo, dealing with everything from mummies (both the ancient and more recent varieties) to affairs of the heart. Previous Peabody paperbacks include The Hippopotamus Pool and The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Amelia Peabody and family begin the 1903 "digging" season in Egypt with the usual anticipation. At least two pleas for help and a mysterious warning about a Valley of the Kings tomb, however, complicate life and lead to the expected dangerous adventure. Essential reading from a pro.
Copyright 1997 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 Great Book with some Flaws May 2 2000
By Vay Lu
Format:Mass Market Paperback
With a combination of an interesting cast of characters and a variety of plot twists, Elizabeth Peters' makes "Seeing A Large Cat" one entertaining mystery book recommendable to anyone with free time. This being my first experience with the Amelia Peabody series, I found the book easy to follow without having to worry about what occurred in the previous books of the series. This is in part due to the author's excellent job in developing the main characters. Throughout the book, we are constantly reminded of the personality of each character through their actions. Take the son, Ramses, for example. The mother, Amelia Peabody, is constantly reminiscing about Ramses' troublesome childhood while at the same time, admiring the person that Ramses has now matured into. This gives the reader a general history of the character of Ramses as well as a brief understanding of why Ramses is the type of man that he is. This leads us to share in the mother's admiration for the son's maturation. The character Ramses is also defined through his actions that are often deeds of heroism and integrity. Another aspect that makes this book so enjoyable was its constant twists in the plot. There were so many that I was constantly left wondering what would happen next as well as what was fact and what was fiction. The author's ability to develop so many subplots and at the same time attempt to tie it into the main plot was outstanding. This added to the awesome suspense of this book. The setting was also a factor in the success of this book. The cities that were mentioned in this book, such as Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, are often associated with the tombs and the dead pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed! July 6 2004
By A Customer
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I am a huge fan of the Amelia Peabody Series, but this is the last book I will read in it. I have to agree with the other negative reviews. This is the first one that didn't really seem like the good old reliable Peabody novel. I agree that Nefret is simply annoying and too much a focus of the book, to the detriment of developing Ramses. What happened to Ramses's great personality??? The "Manuscript H" added very little to the story or the characterizations. In fact it was boring: compare that to the hilarity of Ramses's letters in Snake, Crocodile and Dog! None of the spark and wit was there.
Ramses did't even seem like the same person. Emerson has been shunted to the background and rendered totally minor. The great humor of the previous books seems completely gone. I've always thought the only thing this series had going for it was the humor and the characterizations: without that, it just becomes kind of rote and dull.
In fact, this book was so lacking inthe usual Peabody charm that I seriously wonder if someone else wrote it, or Ms. Peters/Mertz just couldn't care less anymore.

Still the first 8 in the series are wonderful reads I will always cherish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Splendid new direction for a long-running series Jan. 21 2004
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The Peabody series rebounds after the uneven Hippopotamus Pool, but rather than returning to the tone of the pre-Nefret books, it takes off in a new direction. The "children"-- calculating Ramses, gutsy Nefret, and gentle David-- come into their own here, though sixteen-year old Ramses still, at times, seems older than his two comrades combined. Peters allows the readers access to the minds of these three through the device of "Manuscript H," which provides a welcome contrast to Amelia's familiar but none too reliable way of recounting events.
This volume has a smaller cast of characters than some of its predecessors; a handful of familiar faces is balanced by a handful of new ones, but the mystery benefits rather than suffers from this reduced cast. It's a unique case this time, with no pesky journalists needed to lend the events an air of exoticism. The juxaposition of a medium, her delusional client, a five-year-old disappearence and a highly unconventional mummy create a blend of a genuinely interesting plot and the characterization and dialogue at which Peters excels.
Darkness begins to creep into this once-lighthearted (in spite of all the murders) series, as foreshadowed conflict between the three children builds to premonitory images of doom at the novel's end. In other words, proceed directly to The Ape Who Guards the Balance if you want answers... though you may not like what you find.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun fluff Oct. 5 2000
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This is a fun, quick read...perfect for a plane ride or a lazy afternoon. It's a historic, aristocratic murder old-fashioned who-dunnit placed in Egypt at the beginning of the century, when archaeological discoveries were in their prime.
The main characters are a family of noted egyptologists well known not only for their famed discoveries (tombs, mummies, you know..) but for their spate of crime solving successes. Each family member has an over-the-top persona, and the dialog is hilarious due to both the aristocratic flair and the high-drama egos.
The mystery is fairly simplistic, but it's really more about the style than the substance. This novel is high-camp all the way, which makes for a fun, amusing read. There is an entire series of mysteries with this family/setting, but, honestly, one was enough for me. As goofy and fun as this one was, I certainly wasn't intrigued by the characters--as, clearly, the author intended me to be--I was, rather, amused and slightly annoyed with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peters does it again
E. Peters does it again - she's funny and savy and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Wonderful read - excellent addition to your library.
Published on July 31 2003 by Cheryl A. Pelletier
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't believe I finish this book
If you think that in this book you will read something interesting about the ancient Egypt, you are completely wrong, the main story of the book is the diary of Amelia Peabody, but... Read more
Published on March 13 2003 by Jorge Frid
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful find
This is the first book in the series that I read. What a wonderful enjoyment! I actually listened to the story on tape on my way to and from work and discovered that it was not... Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars begining of a series of 4!
i really liked Seeing a Large Cat... because Ramses got growed up!! This is really cool, because in all the previous books u kinda grow up with Ramses and your there with all his... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2002 by Leanna Wiley
2.0 out of 5 stars Amelia Peabody - Mystery solver???
This was my first and probably last Amelia Peabody mystery I shall read. Peabody is a nosy, verbose, upper class English Egyptologist famous for solving mysteries. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Fun
After reading some of the reviews for this book I am inclined to ask if they got it. This series has never been about hardcore mystery so much as mystery-lite with tons of... Read more
Published on April 3 2001 by Lisa
1.0 out of 5 stars Seeing a Large Cat
I finally finished this tedious and unimaginative "book." If there were a possibility to rate this lower, I would. Read more
Published on May 6 2000 by "pjthompson"
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Gad! Let's not move so slow!
An anonymous warning, a desperate plea for help from an old friend, and a mysterious attack on her son serve as the prelude for Amelia Peabody latest adventure in the deserts of... Read more
Published on May 2 2000 by David Edwards
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great.
This is the first of the novels by Elizabeth Peters that I have read and although I thought it was a great book, I feel that it will be the only one I read in a long time. Read more
Published on May 2 2000 by Tim Lin
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