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The Hippopotamus Pool [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
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June 1 1997 Amelia Peabody Mysteries
A masked stranger offers to reveal an Egyptian queen's lost tomb...and Amelia Peabody and her irascible archeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, are intrigued, to say the least. When the guide mysteriously disappears before he tells his secret, the husband-and-wife team sail to Thebes to follow his trail, helped-and hampered-by their teenage son, Ramses, and beautiful ward, Nefret. But before the sands of time shift very far, all will be risking their lives foiling murderers, kidnappers, grave robbers, and ancient curses. And the Hippopotamus Pool? It's a legend of war and wits that Amelia is translating, one that alerts her to a hippo of a different type-a nefarious, overweight art dealer who may become her next archenemy!

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A menacing cloud hangs over the eighth adventure of 19th-century archeologists Amelia Peabody and her husband, Radcliffe Emerson (seen before in The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog). Unfortunately, the cloud rains suspense only in the book's final quarter, long after the warning of a dire threat has paled. In Cairo, Amelia and Emerson are visited by a mysterious man who shows them a scarab ring and claims that it is the symbol of the High Priest of Queen Tetisheri, whom he has sworn to protect. He offers to lead them to her tomb, thereby passing his "sacred duty" onto Emerson. But after the man acts as if he's poisoned and then vanishes, the couple dismiss his words. They are soon reminded of his visit when a notorious antiquities dealer, whom they liken to a hippopotamus because of his girth, warns them to watch whom they trust. With their preteen son, Ramses, and their ward, Nefret, the family travels to western Thebes in search of Tetisheri's tomb. There, after a series of minor mishaps, Ramses is abducted, requiring Amelia and Emerson to begin what seems a nearly impossible task to get him back. The melodramatic 19th-century writing style studded with Amelia's sly wit makes this series unique to the subgenre of historical mysteries. Major ad/promo.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A masked stranger pinpoints the location of an Egyptian queen's lost tomb for Amelia and husband Emerson and then disappears. The pair set off in search of queen Tetisheri's tomb, encountering all the usual amusing situations, disguises, villains, and murderers. A necessary purchase.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rames and Nefret Jan. 24 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
With The Hippopotamus Pool, the Amelia Peabody series continues to improve as her son (Ramses)and ward (Nefret)hit their teenage years.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A fizzer Jan. 17 2003
By kallan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book started off so well . . . and then died. Peters so indulges herself by packing "The Hippopotamus Pool" full of almost every character of significance who has previously appeared, and then some new ones, that the focus is too diffused for proper plot development, let alone character development. And what does Peters do with the characters? Walter and Evelyn are wrecked; Cyrus and Kevin have nothing to do; after showing signs of improvement Ramses has gone downhill again; and Nefret has to be one of the most singularly boring characters I have ever come across. Sir Edward (how can a younger son have that title?) and Miss Marmaduke are afterthoughts, and David was pretty well unnecessary. Amelia is back to insufferable, so thank heavens Emerson was his usual self in this book.
Whenever the plot of "The Hippopotamus Pool" showed signs of picking up, things would go flat again. The Emersons are contacted by a mysterious stranger . . . and nothing happens. They travel to Luxor . . . and nothing happens. They discover the tomb . . . and nothing happens. Between her (I think increasingly odd) determination to have no discovery made by the Emersons impact on the real history of Egyptology and her desire to flesh out what is less and less a mystery series than a family saga, Peters in this book loses the sense of direction and fun that characterised previous books in this series. And as for the ending . . . No-one could possibly have figured it out, and that violates the unofficial contract between mystery writer and mystery reader.
So why the two stars? The journey did have its good points. It wasn't till I'd finished that I realised I felt cheated by this book.
And what...is the Hippopotamus Pool anyway? Am I missing something?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Peters has done it again! July 14 2002
Format:Hardcover
I bow to thee ms. peters! this novel is another one of my faves. The whole gang is outstanding.
Finally we find out that lil Ramses is not perfect and gets himself captured by a very obese villian. This book introduces David, Abdullah's grandson, an abused artist working for a man who sells fake antiquities.
Amelia and Emerson are their usual self, with witty repartee, romance and love for egypt. One of my favorite parts of the book was when Emerson asks Amelia to dance. and if y'all are as devoted as i am to the series, then u know how much he sacrificed to dance!
Kevin O'Connell shows his little jurnalistic face, again. YIPPEE! i just love that red-haired Irishman...
Nefret is showing promise as a member of the Emersons. She and Ramses seem to never get along, but Amelia and I can see how much they love each other, in more than a brother-sister way.
if u havent read any of the books before hippopotamus pool, i suggest u do, or else u dont get that joy of growing up w/ Ramses... or, heck, Amelia and Radcliffe!
I can't wait for "Seeing a Large Cat"... i hear Ramses is 16 and "to die for"
Blessed Be!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amelia dips her toe into the Hippopotamus Pool... Aug. 11 2000
By drdebs
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In contrast with many of the reviewers, I really liked this book! Elizabeth Peters Peabody mysteries are not the standard, straight-up mysteries many of us read too often. Instead they are tongue in cheek tributes to the sensational adventure-mysteries of the early 20th century. More humorous than mysterious, if you like the unflappable Amelia Peabody, her irascible husband Radcliffe Emerson, their terrifying child "Ramses," the intriguing Nefret and their entire retinue then you will keep coming back for more.
In this mystery Amelia, husband Radcliffe, Ramses, and Nefret make their annual sojourn to Egypt for the archaeological season. Once in Luxor their archaeological plans and the machinations of the tomb-robbers and thieves of Egypt collide at the newly discovered tomb of Queen Tetisheri. The Emersons' excavation of Tetisheri's tomb is strikingly similar to real-life archaeologist Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, but of course that is not the point. The point is who will get to the royal coffin first: the Emersons? or the criminal world of Egypt?
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4.0 out of 5 stars the plot thickens... May 2 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading this book, I wasn't sure if I had read a story about Amelia Peabody or about Dr. Indiana Jones! Amelia Peabody and her archaeologist husband Radcliffe Emerson are in Thebes and are looking for the tomb of Tetisheri. Before they were in Thebes, which in Cairo, a mysterious man encountered the couple and spoke all about reincarnation. He also claimed to know the exact location of the tomb in Thebes. Before the couple can take him up on the offer, he vanishes. A similar interaction occurs again, when they meet an antiquities dealer, who because of his physical characteristics resembles a hippopotamus. This dealer warns the couple to be wary of who they trust in their journey. Just shortly after this happens, they couple lose their son Ramses and must search for him. Eventually, the good guys win and the bad guys lose. This book is filled with plot turns and twists and is very heavy on a diabolical villain with his own motives. Some parts of the book seemed to involve explaining practically every part of the plot, which could get confusing sometimes. It was a very good book overall. The book provided a great clue like fashion of revealing the next twist in the plot. This made it quite a page-turner. Peters really does have a great knack from creating amazing pharaoh related mysteries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Half mystery, half Egytology
Elizabeth Peters' "The Hippopotamus Pool" offers an exciting adventure and an archaeology lesson for the careful reader. Read more
Published on May 2 2000 by "idontevenwantastupidnickname"
4.0 out of 5 stars Hippo Pool
Elizabeth Peters writes an intriguing mystery novel that has its fair share of villains, heroes, and twisting plots. The novel begins powerfully but loses its energy near the end. Read more
Published on May 2 2000 by "l-sanchez"
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hippopotamus Pool
Elizabeth Peters writes an intriguing mystery novel that has its fair share of villains, heroes, and twisting plots. The novel begins powerfully but loses its energy near the end. Read more
Published on May 2 2000 by "l-sanchez"
2.0 out of 5 stars The Hippopotamus Pool takes a dive
Elizabeth Peters combines mystery, romance, and Egyptian history to produce a passably entertaining novel if you find you have time on your hands. Read more
Published on May 2 2000 by Denise
2.0 out of 5 stars The Hippopotamus Pool
Recommended by a professor, I expected The Hippopotamus Pool by Elizabeth Peters to be a great mystery novel, however the book turned out to be rather monotonous. Read more
Published on May 2 2000 by Paul Harper
1.0 out of 5 stars Hippopotamus Pool: Dissapointing
The novel "Hippopotamus Pool" written by Elizabeth Peters involves a family of Archeologists who travel through Egypt in search of the tomb of an ancient Egyptian queen who lived... Read more
Published on May 2 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars Sinking in The Hippopotamus Pool
"The Hippopotamus Pool" by Elizabeth Peters is a mystery novel that includes the normal twists of murderers, kidnappers and robbers. Read more
Published on May 1 2000 by Eli Engle
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book...maybe
Looking at the other reviews for this book, you may want to question what I am about write (previously wrote if you're are reading this now, which you are). Read more
Published on May 1 2000
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