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The legions of Amelia Peabody Emerson fans will be overjoyed with this 14th in the series (after 2001's Lord of the Silent), for they're getting two books in one. First, MWA Grandmaster Peters offers another amusing if wordy Egyptian archeology mystery, set in 1917 and replete with grave robbers, a murder, the discovery of a richly furnished tomb and a cast of thousands. Halfway through the book, this plot is annoyingly left dangling when the British recall the Emerson's brilliant son, Ramses, for an espionage assignment in Gaza, where he must determine if a newly powerful figure, Ismail Pasha, is really the Emerson family black sheep, Sethos, master criminal and secret agent. The redoubtable Amelia; her eccentric husband, Radcliffe; Ramses's adventurous wife, Nefret; and their faithful foreman, Selim, follow him in disguise. Captured by Sahin Pasha, head of the Turkish secret service, Ramses later escapes, fulfilling his mission with his family's help. Then it's back to Egypt, where the Emersons and their friends the Vandergelts solve the murder and subdue the villains. Radcliffe even ejects intrusive tourists from fragile archeological sites. Peters's books divide the mystery-reading public. With a Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago, she provides an authentic historical backdrop. However, her long-winded explanations and preposterous plots frustrate many. Those who enjoy romance and find the hubbub of the Emersons and their devoted entourage entertaining will forgive the faults.
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Amelia Peabody Emerson returns for another entry in a long-running series that never seems to run out of steam, and, as her journals (edited, of course) reveal, she hasn't changed a bit. She's still a witty, intelligent Egyptologist, a lady ahead of her time, whose aphorisms, fierce loyalty, and unusual parasol serve her well. On arriving in Luxor for a season of archaeological investigation, Amelia and her family discover that war (it's 1917) has taken its toll on their beloved Egypt. Before too long, the conflict intrudes on their plans and embroils them in an adventure, complete with double agents, Turkish spies, derring-do, and the ever-puzzling Sethos. At the same time, they must reckon with tomb robbers, killers, and antiquities fraud. Joining Amelia once again are her dashing, hot-tempered husband, Radcliffe Emerson, Father of Curses ("Curse it, Amelia"); brave, beloved son, Ramses; and Ramses' beautiful wife, Nefret; plus an assortment of cats, friends, and foes. Series fans will relish the underlying humor, which is particularly good here, and recognize the characters as old friends who continue to improve and delight with age. Stephanie Zvirin
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When you read the series, these characters become friends. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, you share in the adventures of Emerson and Amelia's family and this is a good one. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2013 by Liz Wiles
I have read quite a few of her books and this is the best one.It is a real page turner.The plot is just so exciting!!!Published on July 13 2004 by Morgan
Elizabeth Peters seems to be running out of steam with Amelia, Emerson, et. al. The series was once a really wonderful one. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Jim Mann
The Golden One is perhaps not as funny as the other novels, but I still thought it was defintely worth the buy. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2003 by Bookworm
Like all her books featuring Amanda Peabody (archeologist and egyptologist) this was a fun-filled book that was difficult to put down. Read morePublished on April 28 2003 by Frances C. Monroe
I have read all of the books in this series and have enjoyed every one of them. This was a good read except it was not as entertaining as some of the other books. Read morePublished on April 18 2003 by Amazon Customer
I am not sure how it is possible, since she is already so superb, but Ms. Peters just keeps getting better! Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2002
I am a huge fan of the Amelia Peabody books! This one was great, but it took awhie to get into it. The mystery was not as exciting as some of the others and there weren't many... Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2002