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The Curse of the Pharaohs [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Feb. 1 1988 Amelia Peabody Mysteries
One of the best-loved of mystery writers weaves another tale of intrigue featuring Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe of Crocodile on the Sandbank. This time the willful and witty duo must catch a murderer at an excavation of an ancient Egyptian tomb.

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"* 'I can't wait for the next Peabody story... I really do think [Elizabeth Peters'] books are great entertainment.' Angela Ripon * '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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Marched up to five stars. May 23 2014
By Carolyn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Barbara Mertz is beloved as `Elizabeth Peters' and `Barbara Michaels'. She dreamed up the most compelling stories, series, and crafted them extremely well. Even when I thought the openers to "Vicky Bliss" and "Amelia Peabody" could hit the crux more quickly, their essential dynamics were enough to know I would be a fan. It has boded well that I'm no reader who stops at 100 pages, or an opening book. "Crocodile On The Sandbank" sat at a three-star plateau but "The Curse Of The Pharaohs", 1981, marched up to five. I loved it all the way along.

The introductory novel impressed me instantly with eloquent wit but stagnated. Above all, I found the villain and motive lame. Evelyn told a unique story but both romances occurred too late to uplift the story. Emerson was sour, which turns around in volume II. If he is terse, it is coupled with such humour that we don't mind; such as the admission that household staff who last a week, think nothing of him. Most often, he is presented as a courteous spouse who merely communicates as boldly as Amelia. Sweet nicknames make them a believable couple and we are additionally able to visualize them as parents. Their toddler, Walter `Ramses' is unconventional; with genius aptitude for speech, reading, and archaeology. They willingly put him first, because he is too young for Egypt but Emerson's ex-colleague seeks them after her husband died.

We reunite with some of the same workmen in Egypt and new personalities are worth meeting indeed! This time, there is a Baskerville manor with luxuries of home, allowing them to wash everyday and eat comfortably. As a reader recalling their previous sleeping bags inside empty tombs; I felt at ease on their behalf! Intrigue kept apace and there were interesting twists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love about Amelia Peabody? Nov. 3 2013
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I don't read many mystery books and probably don't have the interest in the mystery portion that many do (although it's fun to guess who the culprit may be). I enjoy the antics of Amelia, the camaraderie between herself and Emerson, the characters we meet in the book, the description of Egyptian life, culture & beliefs and the addition of a bit of Egyptian history. All mixed together for a fun, funny, delightful, mysterious and interesting read. Amelia is a hoot!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Valley of Tombs Jan. 2 2008
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This book finds our heroine Amelia Peabody married to the archeologist she met in Crocodile on the Sandbank. They have made their home in England where they have put their first love (digging around in Egypt) on hold while they raise their son and Professor Emerson teaches archeology. But this life is not what they are suited for. When an opportunity presents itself to re-engage themselves in an expedition whose leader died (or perhaps murdered)they jump at the chance.

As the Emersons set about to dispel the idea of the Curse of the Pharoahs (a trumped up idea) they meet with a plethora of strange characters, each a possible suspect in the death of Lord Baskerville who was the original archeologist. There is the tabloid writer, the brash American investor, the superstitious Egptian natives, two other archeologists who are assisting the Emerson team, a young woman and her mother (Madame Berengeria) who believes that she is the reincarnation of a high-ranking Egyptian queen and that Professor Emerson is her long-lost love. There is also the appearance of the white veiled figure who threatens the group during the nights and leaves danger in its wake.

All in all a captivating story for mystery fans. The plot moves along rapidly and it would behoove the reader to pay attention to the details as set forth in order to find the true culprit.

I would say this is a most satisfying story either as a summer read or one to curl up with by the fire.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light but confusing! Aug. 28 2010
By Pierre Gauthier TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This second novel of the Amelia Peabody series is unfortunately not quite as enjoyable as the first one.

The setting is still the 19th century Egyptian archeological milieu and there is still a good dose of humour throughout the book, but the convoluted plot is hard to follow and of course totally unrealistic. Secondary characters are rather stereotypical and one-dimensional: an Irish journalist, an American millionaire, a French nun, a German archaeologist, etc.

More care could have been taken in editing. Some elements, though amusing at first, become tediously repetitive. Such is the use of the window to enter their bedroom by the main characters. Also, specific expressions such as `time is of the essence' are repeated two or three times in a few pages for no plausible reason.

Someone looking for light entertainment with a touch of information on Antiquity will however consider this book worthwhile.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the First One June 1 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I just started on the Amelia Peabody books. Crocodile on the Sandbank I thought a little stilted and the writing a little dull, even though I loved the characters. The plot is lightweight but still entertaining. But I really thought this book was much much better: the writing was crisper, funnier, snappier. I find the relationship between Peabody and Emerson an updated version of Jane Eyre and Rochester--or the wonderful couple from Bronte's Villette. If you don't like that kind of interaction you won't like this. As a feminist I find nothing insulting or backwards about this portrayal. It is ironic and hilarious. The mystery is fully enjoyable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
Tedious and inane come to mind. It is written as a first person narrative consisting almost entirely of a stream of disparaging comments about everyone else written in a "catty"... Read more
Published on April 22 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Time
Dull and inane come to mind. Consists mostly of Peabody's artificially "catty" - sometimes racist - first-person remarks about everyone she meets (even the cat), fuzzy descriptions... Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by My Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction of Ramses
Another wonderful book in the Amelia Peabody series. It is especially good because it introduces Amelia's son, Ramses, a very clever child.
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by K. Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars Can Be Skipped
I give this book three stars simply because Ms. Peters writes such great characters, but the plot of this book seemed a rehash of Crocodile on the Sanbank. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2003 by Avid Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Abusive characters in a co-dependant relationship
Okay, am I the only one who found the (audio) version of this novel extremely irritating? I guess its just me, judging by all the positive comments about this book, but Amelia... Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by Serene Night
5.0 out of 5 stars Precisely Peabody!!
For those not familiar with this series you're in for a treat. Amelia Peabody is a proper Victorian woman who's married to a famous Egyptologist, but don't be fooled by her. Read more
Published on March 10 2003 by Judy A. Vannewkirk
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun #2
These are fun books; the author is having fun with her characters and with us, her tongue firmly in her cheek. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2003 by tertius3
3.0 out of 5 stars Great surprise
Only fools never change their mind. My first two meetings with Amelia Peabody were far from successful - to use an euphemism. Yet I decided to give Peters a third, a last try. Read more
Published on Dec 23 2002 by Xavier Lechard
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