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The Curse of the Pharoahs [Audio Cassette]

Elizabeth Peters , Susan O'Malley
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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July 1 2000 Amelia Peabody Mysteries
Amelia Peabody and husband are recalled to Egypt, where word is that a newly discovered tomb casts curses on everyone. How Amelia triumphs over evil—and those who would stand between her and her beloved antiquities—makes for spirited adventure.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun #2 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I Love My Dear Peabody! Sept. 24 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Peabody and Emerson triumph again July 19 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Marched up to five stars.
Barbara Mertz is beloved as `Elizabeth Peters' and `Barbara Michaels'. She dreamed up the most compelling stories, series, and crafted them extremely well. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love about Amelia Peabody?
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 more
Published 10 months ago by BCReader
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Valley of Tombs
This book finds our heroine Amelia Peabody married to the archeologist she met in Crocodile on the Sandbank. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2008 by Marion Marchetto
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the First One
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 more
Published on June 1 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
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
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
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