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The Curse of the Pharaohs Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 1988

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Feb. 1 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0445406488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0445406483
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #411,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't wait for the next Peabody story... I really do think [Elizabeth Peters'] books are great entertainment. -- Angela Rippon A writer so popular that the public library has to keep her books under lock and key. Washington Post Book World Think Miss Marple with early feminist gloss crossed with Indiana Jones... accomplished entertainment. Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Elizabeth Peters is a prolific and successful novelist with over fifty novels to her credit. She is internationally renowned for her mystery stories, especially those featuring indomitable heroine Amelia Peabody. She lives in a historic farmhouse in Frederick, Maryland, with six cats and two dogs. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By tertius3 on Feb. 13 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
These are fun books; the author is having fun with her characters and with us, her tongue firmly in her cheek. In fact, the characters are more interesting than the pseudo-creepy mystery. Everybody is a "character." Even if they are stereotypical, Peters really differentiates them in intriguing ways. And she waxes almost poetic in her description of Egyptian desert sunrises and sunsets-no one would be out in the sun at noon, right?
Readers who will especially enjoy the Amelia Peabody series are less those seeking a good mystery than a bit of eery suspense or those who (wish to) travel to Egypt or who enjoy history and archaeology. Peters scathes or satirizes Egyptology (in which she has a degree) as it was practiced a century ago by her contrasts between the deftly caricatured actual historical officials and her progressive protagonists. These novels will also appeal to readers who like novels of relationships and love conspiracies (which are dense and often unsuspected [hint, hint]), as well as gentle "modern" feminist sentiments in a Victorian romance, or light and quietly humorous writing. The mysteries are like an entertaining excuse to push her characters into incidents that reveal and develop them. It's also the rare series where child care is an issue (here the question of who stays with the baby), since we're beginning to see Amelia and Radcliffe's precocious child emerge in his obstreperous role through the early books of the series. This strong biographical flavor requires you to start at the beginning with CROCODILE.... (I once made the mistake of starting in the middle and gave up that try.)
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Knowing the new Mrs. Emerson's previous pragmatic and efficiently logical mind, it is fun & interesting to see how she reacts to familial bliss! And Mr. Emerson's reaction is even more delightful.
With the second story of Amelia and Radcliffe, we see them settling into their picture of family living in the country. We are introduced to their precocious & vastly entertaining son, nicknamed Ramses. Mr. Emerson has taken a post of teaching at a local university, and is becoming sadly bored. In the midst of a romantic interlude, recently widowed Mrs. Baskerville descends upon them in their sitting room and asks very manipulatively if Mr. Emerson would continue the excavation which her deceased husband would undoutedbly have wanted continued and finished to its completion. Amelia encourages Radcliffe to agree and the two are then off to Luxor, minus one Ramses, who stays in England with his doting aunt and uncle and frightened cousins. Hilarity, danger, mystery & mass confusion ensues. We meet a wide and varied cast in Egypt, renew our acquaintance with some familiar faces, and de-mask another cunning and wicked criminal.
Ms. Peters pens another entertaining tale, full of romance, mystery, comedy and surprises! If you enjoyed the witty "Crocodile on the Sandbank", you will adore this next story, the continuing tale written in Ms. Amelia Peabody-Emerson's uncompromising and forthright perspective.
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A wonderful sequel to Crocodile on the Sandbank! I loved that it opened in England - after all, the Emersons don't live in Egypt year-round, and the contrast to how much more fully alive they are once they reach Egypt is delicious. Immediately the wonderful equality between Emerson and Amelia is forefront as they debate a challenge to come to Egypt and take over a "cursed" excavation. Is the curse supernatural or simply nefarious?
While I miss Evelyn, there are lots of new characters whom I hope to see again - O'Connell the journalist is particularly fun, dodging Emerson's attacks and beating even Amelia with his sensationalism. I was so involved in the interactions among the characters I almost didn't care "whodunit" - but that denoument was completely satisfying. The friendly competition between Emerson and Amelia is a delight, and really helps keep the focus on the characters and locale rather than getting bogged down in the murder.
So glad there are more in the series!!!!
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Having postponed being completely enamored with Elizabeth Peters for as long as humanly possible, I've just recently started to read her Amelia Peabody series.
This being the second book in the series I found it a bit more traditional in the mystery genre than the first that I have read.
The cast of characters comes straight out of Agatha Christie with its masquerading nobility, craven widows, the begrudgingly accepted American, the poor young lovers, and the rejected social climber. Yet, despite the fact that this book is more of a traditional cozy than her last, Amelia's enjoyable and matter of fact narraration and the unusual setting of the excavation of a Pharoah's tomb breath life into the tired genre.
Likewise, Peters draws heavily from her previous book. Amelia's efforts to take Mary Berengeria under her wing and manage her romantic affairs were too reminiscent of her relationship to Eveleyn in _The Crocodile and the Sandbank_. (Although the ending was a nice surprise.) Also, the element of the curse of the Pharoah seems standard Egyptian ghost story fare much like the living mummy that appeared in the first book. Hopefully, in her later editions Peters gains enough confidence to stray from these constants in anything to do with Egypt.
Despite these flaws, I can't help but give this book five stars. Peters is amazing at what she does. In every paragraph she writes you can tell she is having fun -- and in her fun we find enjoyment as well. She loves her protagonist and due to the first person narrative, Peters often toys with her giving her readers the impression that Amelia might not know as much as she lets on.
You've got to love a mystery where neither of the sleuths actually solve the crime as a result of their own deduction.
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