The Curse of the Pharaohs
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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 writer of over 50 books. She is internationally celebrated for her mystery stories (especially those featuring her indomitable Victorian heroine, Amelia Peabody). She earned her PhD in Egyptology from University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Named Grandmaster at the Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998, in 2003, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She lives in an historic farmhouse in Frederick, Maryland, with six cats and two dogs. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.)
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.
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!!!!
Most recent customer reviews
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). Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2013 by BCReader
This second novel of the Amelia Peabody series is unfortunately not quite as enjoyable as the first one. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2010 by Pierre Gauthier
This book finds our heroine Amelia Peabody married to the archeologist she met in Crocodile on the Sandbank. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2008 by Marion Marchetto, author of The Bridgewater Chronicles
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. Read morePublished on June 1 2004
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 morePublished on April 22 2004 by My Name
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 morePublished on April 22 2004
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
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 morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by Avid Reader