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The Ape Who Guards the Balance begins in 1907 in England where Amelia is attending a suffragettes' rally outside the home of Mr. Geoffrey Romer of the House of Commons. It seems Romer is one of the few remaining private collectors of Egyptian antiquities, and a series of bizarre events at the protest soon embroil Amelia in grave personal danger. Suspecting that the Master Criminal, Sethos, is behind their problems, the Emerson Peabodys hasten to Egypt to continue their studies in the Valley of Kings where they soon acquire a papyrus of the Book of the Dead. As with past seasons, however, their archaeological expedition is interrupted. The murdered body of a woman is found in the Nile. Ramses, Radcliffe, and Amelia all have their theories as to the origin of the crime, but their own lives might soon be at stake if the cult of Thoth and their ancient book is, indeed, involved.
Other Peabody mysteries include Seeing a Large Cat, The Hippopotamus Pool, The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog, The Deeds of the Disturber, Lion in the Valley, The Curse of the Pharaohs, and Crocodile on the Sandbank. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I always eagerly await the next Amelia Peabody adventure, and this was worth the wait. Peters had plateaued for awhile, but her latest Amelia tales have recovered the charm and... Read morePublished on March 8 2004 by Anna Stanford
The Master Criminal, one of the best characters in the Amelia Peabody series, returns in The Ape Who Guards the Balance. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2004 by K. Turner
Fans of Amelia Peabody and her willful entourage will enjoy this addition to the series. As a stand-alone story it leaves much to be desired. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2001 by Diane Davis
I do not read many mystery novels - generally, I read the first and last five pages, to see the problem and its solution. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2001 by "momteacher"
I will admit, I don't read much fiction. Especially not modern fiction. But, being something of an Egyptology enthusiast (small wonder, since I am mother to one) I decided to give... Read morePublished on Dec 10 2000
Involving Amelia and her Egyptologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, their gifted son Ramses as well as David and Nefret, this novel begins in 1907 in England where Amelia attends a... Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2000 by Francesca Jourdan
Adventurous Egyptologist Amelia Peabody is embroiled in another affair of intrigue and homicide in Elizabeth Peters' "The Ape Who Guards the Balance. Read morePublished on May 5 2000 by Justin Anderson
Elizabeth Peters' "The Ape Who Guards the Balance" is an installment of her Amelia Peabody mysteries. It is set in England and later Luxor in the early 20th century. Read morePublished on May 2 2000 by Joe Quadres