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The Jackal's Head [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
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Oct. 15 1988
Althea Tomlinson came back to Egypt as just another tourist, showing the country to a spoiled seventeen year old. That's what she told herself, anyway. Really, though, what drove her was a desire to discover the truth behind her father's disgrace and subsequent death.

That she knew something was unquestionable. But what? Finding out would clear her father's name, certainly. It could also lead to Althea's death...because the secret is centuries old-as old as the treasure of Nefertiti.

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"Elizabeth Peters is truly great!"--San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Barbara Mertz, who is Barbara Michaels and Elizabeth Peters, holds a Ph.D. in Egyptology from the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Her first published works were nonfiction books on Egypt. Her first novel, also her first Barbara Michaels novel, was The Master of Blacktower, a mystery. Barbara Michaels writes thriller and mysteries, many with supernatural elements, including The Grey Beginning and Here I Stay.

Elizabeth Peters writes primarily mystery/suspense, most notably the Amelia Peabody, Vicky Bliss, and Jacqueline Kirby titles. Books under the Peters name include: The Copenhagen Connection, The Jackal's Head, Die For Love, The Ape Who Guards the Balance, Trojan Gold, and Lord of the Silence.

Barbara Mertz has been President of the American Crime Writers League and a member of the Board of Governors of The American Research Center in Egypt. She has been named a Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Maryland.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Before Peters hit her stride Aug. 6 2001
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I didn't realize when I bought this book that it was first published back in 1968. I'm not a Peters expert, but this must be one of her very early works, before she honed her craft. It is short and would be even shorter if it didn't fall back on annoying misunderstandings among the characters to maintain the tension. I didn't find the characters to be appealing, and the book lacks the wit and verve of her later works. Personally, I don't think this measures up to the Peabody books, although I notice several other reviewers differ. What can I say? I'm right and they're wrong, naturally.
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A truly fantastic book, full of suspense and wit. Tommy is one Peters' toughest heroines yet. She is not the stereotypical wimpering female who sits and waits for impending doom. She is stubborn and clever enough to find her way out of precarious situations (like being trapped in a tomb). The thing about Elizabeth Peters' novels that leaves me hungry for more is her technique of weaving historical fact into her stories. I always close one of her books feeling a satisfying feeling of having gained knowledge.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Full of excitement and suspense Sept. 3 1998
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The Jackal's Head is an extremely entertaining mystery set in Egypt. I read this right after I finished The Ape Who Guards the Balance, the latest in the Amelia Peabody series; The Jackal's Head has some of the same settings, and it's interesting to see what these places looked like 60 years later. (This book was published in 1968; the newest Amelia takes place in 1907.)
In "The Jackal's Head", the heroine, Althea "Tommy" Tomlinson, returns to Egypt after ten years to learn the secret behind her father's death. The mystery is tied to what may be one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever. But I don't want to give too much away!
Readers who enjoyed this book might want to go on and read Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series. I completely disagree with the reviewer who said this series was formulaic and boring. As much as I enjoyed The Jackal's Head, I love the Amelia series even more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A toothy, satisfying Egyptian mystery July 18 1998
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This is Peters at her best. She gives us strong and likeable characters and an interesting mystery, set against a background of modern and ancient Egypt. This novel was her first, before she conceived of the formulaic and boring series that's a takeoff on the life of an early egyptologist, Amelia Edwards. Here, in The Jackal's Head, we have Peters writing as she should -- and earning her reputation. Don't miss this one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Full of excitement and suspense Sept. 3 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The Jackal's Head is an extremely entertaining mystery set in Egypt. I read this right after I finished The Ape Who Guards the Balance, the latest in the Amelia Peabody series; The Jackal's Head has some of the same settings, and it's interesting to see what these places looked like 60 years later. (This book was published in 1968; the newest Amelia takes place in 1907.)
In "The Jackal's Head", the heroine, Althea "Tommy" Tomlinson, returns to Egypt after ten years to learn the secret behind her father's death. The mystery is tied to what may be one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever. But I don't want to give too much away!
Readers who enjoyed this book might want to go on and read Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series. I completely disagree with the reviewer who said this series was formulaic and boring. As much as I enjoyed The Jackal's Head, I love the Amelia series even more.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks to Ms. Peters, I have this desire to visit Egypt. July 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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A truly fantastic book, full of suspense and wit. Tommy is one Peters' toughest heroines yet. She is not the stereotypical wimpering female who sits and waits for impending doom. She is stubborn and clever enough to find her way out of precarious situations (like being trapped in a tomb). The thing about Elizabeth Peters' novels that leaves me hungry for more is her technique of weaving historical fact into her stories. I always close one of her books feeling a satisfying feeling of having gained knowledge.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Storytelling Master!! April 1 2008
By Liz in Maine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Another great piece of work from Elizabeth Peters. She is a truly a master of storytelling. She will suck you in at the beginning and you will not be able to put this down unitl you are done!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pathetically unbelievable character Sept. 24 2012
By ethen1964 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I like Elizabeth Peter's works and I thought I would enjoy this earlier work. The story surrounds Tommy the protagonist and her interactions John the man who is responsible for her fathers death all in the back drop of modern Egypt. What I really disliked about this story is how the heroin lacks any emotion or impulse to avenge her father's death. The guy is clearly a creep and not even remorseful. She knew this man was the cause yet she seems almost friendly towards him at times. I read the first few chapters then skipped to the last few of the story just to finish the book. It was that bad.
3.0 out of 5 stars Jackal's Head June 9 2014
By Kris48 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Althea Tomlinson's dad was an Egyptologist who was forced out under suspicion of antiquity smuggling. She sneaks back to Egypt, hiding as a tourist babysitting a spoiled 17 year old girl. She wants to prove her father was framed, but doesn't realize what a tangled web she's stepped into.

I love Peters. Her characters are always so 3D. This one isn't one of her best. It's still a good read, a decent romance, and a cool little mystery. It's just not one of her best ones. Two of my favorites are Summer of the Dragon and The Walker in Shadows (as Barbara Michaels). Those two are so good, I have extra copies. (And may have to get more, I reread them so often.)

To get a taste of what Peters can do, read the ones I mentioned. They're a perfect example of why people love her later books. Devil May Care is similar, with that wonderful quirkiness in it. It's why she has a whole shelf in my house. Darn it!!
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