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"'Really,' I thought in mounting exasperation, 'there never was a household in which so many people felt free to offer their unsolicited opinions!'" This, of course, is the eminent Egyptologist and dedicated crime solver Amelia Peabody, setting the stage and the tone (an updated Oscar Wildean irony) for Elizabeth Peters's 11th book. And it's true that there are no shrinking violets in this particular household, from the redoubtable Amelia and her hot-tempered archaeologist husband Emerson (his native diggers call him the Father of Curses), to their dashing, unpredictable son Ramses (born Walter). Also, let's not forget their lovely ward, Nefret (rescued from a desert tribe several books back), and their butler, Gargery, "who wields a cudgel as handily as he carves a roast."
As she has so many times before, Peters presents us with this quaint--even campy--little group of people, plops them down in an exotic Egyptian setting, and then surprises us by involving them in a story of great strength and emotion.
It's 1911, and David Todros, a young Egyptian who has just married into the Peabody family, is suspected of dealing in forged antiquities, possibly to help support a rising nationalist movement. Amelia, Emerson, Ramses, and Nefret all take various actions to help David, and there are serious, dangerous consequences for everyone involved. Despite the melodramatic setting and the theatrical language, Peters's story is--as always--modern, believable, and exciting.
Other books in the Peabody series available in paperback are The Ape Who Guards the Balance, The Crocodile on the Sandbank, The Curse of the Pharaohs, and The Hippopotamus Pool. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fake artifacts, dead bodies, and a mysterious child demand Amelia Peabody's attention in her latest.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I have never liked the character of Nefret. I wish it had never been introduced to the Peabody series. I hope the future books are better than this one.Published on Oct. 14 2003
what an incredibly suspenseful cliffhanger! Couldn't stand the ending (though the rest of the story was great!) because of all of the loose ends. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2002 by Maggie
The amazing and bullheaded Amelia is back. But of even greater significance, so is her son Ramses and ward Nefret. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2002 by Jenny O.
While I've only read three of the Amelia Peabody Mystery's by Peters' (and totally enjoyed each one) this paticular book left me with a sour taste for the book series. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2002 by Mrs. Roper
I've read several other books written by Elizabeth Peters and have enjoyed them. But this book was not up to her usual standards. Read morePublished on June 26 2002 by Kathie Duvall
Like most of the other reviewers, I was entranced by the story in this book, happy for David and Lia, frustrated for Ramses and Nefret...but it held together very well. Ms. Read morePublished on March 12 2002 by Love Gems
I loved this book. This book has everything. It keeps you interested from the beginning to the end. It all starts with the Emerson's usual trip to Egypt. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2002 by A 12-year old reader
Unbelievable people, unbelievable situation, and unbelievable dialogue.Published on Nov. 10 2001 by bernie