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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Oct. 1 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446363383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446363389
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 3.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 18 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of the great traditions of adventure novels has been to take "civilized" people into hidden places where primitive people live a different way. In the process, readers learn a lot about themselves and the ways that "civilization" needs to be improved. Lost Horizons is one of the most famous of such stories. In an earlier time, H. Rider Haggard wrote his remarkable book, She, in this genre which seems to have been a direct inspiration for The Last Camel Died at Noon based on comments by the author in the acknowledgments and the book's story. But if you know "She," you will not necessarily be able to anticipate what happens in this story.
If you have read no other books in this series, I suggest that you move back to the beginning in The Crocodile on the Sandbank and read the four subsequent novels before reading this one. The books build on one another, and deserve sequential reading for the most pleasure and understanding.
Amelia Peabody, her husband Emerson and their son Ramses are among the most distinctive and entertaining characters to ever populate a historical mystery novel, and they are as delightful as possible in playing their assigned roles in The Last Camel Died at Noon.
The Emersons find themselves drawn to the Sudan in an unusual adventure. Progress by British troops has reopened such of the historical sites, and the Emersons race behind the sloppy Budge to record what they find there. While planning the trip, they are importuned to help search for the lost explorer, Willoughby Forth, and his new bride, who have not been seen since they left on a trip into the Sudan fourteen years earlier. While in the Sudan, the Emersons find evidence that perhaps it may be possible to find the Forths.
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By kallan on Sept. 25 2002
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Three and a half stars is what this really deserves, but it's not possible to give it that. This is a good fun read, made better than some of its recent predecessors by a reduced emphasis on how good Amelia thinks she is, a less annoying Ramses, and a stronger plot. Emerson is the same as ever, but I'm not complaining about that.
This is high melodrama and adventure, with plots and mysteries abounding as the Peabody-Emersons set off into the desert in search of a missing explorer and find themselves in the midst of a power struggle in a hidden kingdom. Really enjoyable and with a good setting, though I did think the ending fell a bit flat. Perhaps I should have read my Rider Haggard directly before reading "The Last Camel Died At Noon", to fully appreciate all the references and jokes?
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The Amelia Peabody series, of which this is the 6th, is one of my favorites in mystery fiction. By all means, if you haven't already done so, begin with the first book of the series, Crocodile on the Sandbank. This one, The Last Camel ..., is a little different from the previous five mysteries. This is an adventure story in the tradition of H. Rider Haggard, set in one of Earth's unexplored corners, the deserts of Sudan. Giving us a change of pace, as well as introducing a new character, who (I assume) will be important in succeeding volumes, this installment is not to be missed by Peabody fans. With regret, however, I felt that some of the touches that added to the delight of the previous volumes became a bit stale in this one, such as Amelia's admiration of Emerson's physique and her often repeated coy Victorian references to bedtime activities. At 10, Ramses seems hardly older than he was at a precocious seven. Even so, I can't wait to find out what happens next.
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This review concerns the unabridged audiobook of The Last Camel Died at Noon read by Susan O'Malley. I have read that book before and I am a fan of the Amelia Peadody-series which I have read completely. The books vary in quality but they are always enjoyable. The present title is one of the most unique stories - best explained as being a satirical citation of Henry Rider Haggards SHE. I also like audiobooks and last year I first heard a Peabody-novel narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. It was quite a treat. I wasn't able to get "The last Camel.." read by her then, but was content to order this unabridged version read by Susan O'Malley. However, it was the worst audiobook I ever listened to. ...I therefore recommend that if one ever want's to listen to an Elizabeth Peters audiobook than only if Barbara Rosenblat is the narrator. Anything else would be selfdeceit. Rosenblat even turns the weaker episodes into celebrations (all by Recordedbooks).
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The Last Camel Died at Noon is by far the worst book in the series. I am an avid fan of Amelia Peabody and her adventures, but this particular book drags... The only redeeming feature of this novel is that it introduces Nefret. To add to the boring story line, the pages of my book fell out of the binding while I was reading it the first time (I have never read it again...)
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By A Customer on Oct. 28 2001
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This is an excellent novel and quite probably the best in the Peabody series. It is well worth getting and reading. For those of us who enjoy following te Peabody series this is Amelia and family at their best. For those who aren't involved in serials but enjoy adventures, this one is a fine example not to be missed.
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