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The Last Camel Died at Noon [Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
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July 6 2006 Amelia Peabody Murder Mystery
Join our plucky Victorian Egyptologist, together with her devastatingly handsome and brilliant husband Radcliffe, in another exciting escapade. This time, Amelia and her dashing husband Emerson set off for a promising archaeological site in the Sudan, only to be unwillingly drawn into the search for an African explorer and his young bride who went missing twelve years back. They survive the rigours of the desert, the death of their camels, and the perfidy of their guides, only to find themselves taken prisoner in a lost city and civilisation. Amelia and Emerson must bravely continue making archaeological finds while doing their best to rescue the innocent...and themselves.

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If Indiana Jones were female, a wife and mother who lived in Victorian times, he would be Amelia Peabody Emerson, an archeologist whose extraordinary adventures are guaranteed entertainment. This time Amelia, her handsome, fearless husband, Radcliffe, and their precocious 11-year-old son, Ramses, are in the Sudan, searching for archeologist Willoughby Forth, who disappeared 14 years earlier with his new wife. Rescued in the desert after every camel in their caravan dies, the Emersons are taken to a lost city where ancient Egyptian customs have been carried into modern times. There, entangled in two half-brothers' battle for the throne, Amelia and family fight for the freedom of the slave class while ferreting out the fate of Forth and his bride, and arranging to escape with their lives. Peters ( The Deeds of the Disturber ), who also writes as Barbara Michaels, laces her usual intricate plotting with Amelia's commonsense approach to hygiene and manners, and coyly delicate references to vigorously enjoyed connubial pleasures. Combining a fierce affection for her family with indefatigable independence, stalwart Amelia proves once again an immensely likable heroine. 35,000 first printing; Mystery Guild selection; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA-- Another interest-holding and humorously told Amelia Peabody Victorian suspense tale. It's absurd to believe that an archaeologist missing for years is still alive, but the mysterious plea for help, written on ancient papyrus, appeals to this Egyptologist and her husband. Traveling across the desert in search of Willoughby Forth and his bride is a danger that increases as the camels die and native porters flee with the supplies. YAs who relish a good mystery and detailed storytelling will enjoy this one. The foreign settings of Egypt, Sudan, and England add to the pleasure. --Linda Vretos, West Springfield High School, Springfield, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful Look at a Hidden Kingdom June 18 2004
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Back on form Sept. 25 2002
By kallan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Adventure in the Desert June 27 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars I truly wasted my ...on this CD June 3 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Worst Book in the Series Dec 1 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars This is pure adventure in its best form. Oct. 28 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Enter Nefret...
In this engaging mystery Amelia Peabody Emerson, her husband Radcliffe, and their son "Ramses" journey once more to Egypt in search of artifacts and adventure, armed with... Read more
Published on June 17 2000 by drdebs
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Before Seeing A Large Cat
Elizabeth Peters really outdoes herself with this novel, which continues the Amelia series and has all the hallmarks readers have come to expect--Ramses doing his best to bring... Read more
Published on May 1 2000 by Jocelyn L. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous story that keeps the reader's attention
This is one of my favorite Amelia Peabody mysteries. This is the book that brings the beginning of a whole new aspect to the series. Read more
Published on March 17 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Amelia Peabody soars
This has to be said to be my favorite Peabody mystery so far. This tale is pure adventure, and never fails to surprise or dissapoint. I could not put it down. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2000 by Amanda Goodwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth your time!
This is an excellent book, both hilarious and thought-provoking. In the beginning, I found her character's references to the Arabic myths (? Read more
Published on Sept. 12 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed
I liked this book because there was never a dull moment. I really liked all the twists and turns admist the setting of the Nubian desert. Read more
Published on June 30 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Amelia Peabody is like a mature Indiana Jones.
This book is about what you fantasize about at work. It's too incredulous to be true but that is the charm of it. Read more
Published on April 1 1999
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