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The Mummy Case: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
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Feb. 14 2011 Amelia Peabody Mysteries (Book 3)

Radcliffe Emerson, the irascible husband of fellow archaeologist and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, has earned the nickname "Father of Curses"—and at Mazghunah he demonstrates why. Denied permission to dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor, he and Amelia are resigned to excavating mounds of rubble in the middle of nowhere. And there is nothing in the barren area worthy of their interest—until an antiquities dealer is murdered in his own shop. A second sighting of a sinister stranger from the crime scene, a mysterious scrap of papyrus, and a missing mummy case have all whetted Amelia's curiosity. But when the Emersons start digging for answers in an ancient tomb, events take a darker and deadlier turn—and there may be no surviving the very modern terrors their efforts reveal.

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"* 'I can't wait for the next Peabody story... I really do think [Elizabeth Peters'] books are great entertainment.' Angela Ripon * 'A writer so popular that the public library has to keep her books under lock and key.' Washington Post Book World * 'Think Miss Marple with early feminist gloss crossed with Indiana Jones... accomplished entertainment.' Guardian" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. She was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully entertaining! Oct. 2 2010
By Pierre Gauthier TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This novel is the third of the Amelia Peabody series and in my opinion the most enjoyable of the three.

In this episode, Ramses, the couple's son, though still very young, has developed his own personality and plays an important role.

The plot is expectedly quite unrealistic but the author's expertise as Egyptologist allows her to introduce a slew of details that provide a lot of verisimilitude.

What is truly original and amusing are the dialogues and descriptions by Amelia Peabody, the novel being written in the first person.

It provides exceptional entertainment and is warmly recommended, particularly of course to those with a special interest in ancient Egypt or archaeology.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Son of Egypt Jan. 2 2008
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Intrepid Egyptologist Amelia Peabody and her irrascible husband, who has been dubbed the "Father of Curses" by the Egyptian natives, once again set forth to uncover the treasures of the ancient pharoahs. This time they take along with them their young son nicknamed Ramses and John, a servant in their employ from England.

Relegated to digging in an area deemed 'not worthy' by husband Radcliff Emerson, they are soon in the midst of a complex situation wherein a band of antiquities thieves are being lead by a Master Criminal. As Amelia tries to do her detective work she is stymied by a host of suspects and conflicting clues and information. After she and Radcliffe are thrown into the thick blackness of an ancient burial chamber in the Black Pyramid without hope of rescue, they are left to wonder if they have indeed met their fate.

This reader found the plot confusing, as though it was searching for a way to untangle itself. The redeeming grace of this book is Ramses, who speaks with the vocabulary of a university professor with a lisp that makes him all the more endearing. The characters here are stronger than the plot and have earned this book four stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Love this series but not this book June 7 2004
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I'm a great supporter of the Amelia Peabody series but this one really bored me in the second half. The "mystery" was just dull and the secondary characters not interesting. I thought Curse of the Pharoahs was much better. I agree also that Ramses' "baby talk" was distracting. It gets three stars because as usual, the main characters are still hilarious and lovable. The first part of the book is great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The men in Amelia's life April 26 2004
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are giving her fits! First there is her handsome, brilliant husband, Radcliffe Emerson, the emminent Egyptologist who finds himself once again being dragged away from his work by Amelia's escapades. Then the mysterious Master Criminal again wrecks havoc in the lives of the Emersons and their friends. The most exasperating 'man' in Amelia's life, however, turns out to be her precocious son 'Ramses'. By the time most children are struggling with their ABCs Ramses can both speak and read several languages including Arabic and was well versed in the family vocation of Eqyptology.
The Emersons set out for another season digging for ancient Eqyptian artifacts but soon find themselves swept up by a series of more modern mysteries and adventures.
The most charming aspects of this series are the hilarious Emerson family. Amelia and her tendancy to overestimate her abilities, and Emerson and his tendancy to underestimate them, are both confounded by their son's talents to keep them both struggling to keep up.
Ramses has a speech impediment (affection?) that the author uses, I believe, to remind the reader that he is very young. The first few times it appears this device is rather cute but it does begin to wear thin after a time. He does outgrow it later in the series so bear with it for now. His precociousness brings a smile to anyone who can recall putting one over on an adult and bit of chagrin to any parent who has had a child put one over on them.
I love this series, particularly watching the characters grow and change with the times. The mysteries are intriguing, the action exciting and the comedy is delightful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Again, I Loved It Dec 7 2003
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This third book in the Amelia Peabody Emerson series is a great one. In it, the Peabody Emersons are once again headed to Egypt for the digging season. This time, however, they (and we) also get to me their son, called Ramses, as he also joins them. The mystery of this one is the usual mix of Egyptology, dastardly deeds, romance, and the indomitable Amelia. The addition of the talkative, often times know-it-all, adventurous Ramses is great; however, the ability of this child to know as much, if not more, than his parents is it hard to believe at time, but this is after all fiction. As usual, Ms. Peters leaves us with a better understanding of the beauty that is Egyptian history -- the woman knows her stuff. The great thing about this book is that there were times when I was actually on the edge of my seat, furiously reading the pages in order to find out what happened next. All in all, a great read and a lot of fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining story, with one big distraction Nov. 21 2003
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Generally speaking I've enjoyed the Amelia Peabody series, and I was fairly entertained by this one as well, with one major drawback: the character Ramses' dialog. His speech is baby talk (spelled phonetically) throughout the book, something I found extremely distracting for its saccharine sweetness. Unfortunately, Ramses is a prominent character, so his speech cannot be avoided easily.
Beyond the fact that the baby talk made the book difficult to read, I found it mildly insulting. I felt like the author didn't trust me to "get" the fact that Ramses is both very young and very intelligent, so the baby talk was there to continually remind me. I think Peters should have trusted her readers to pick up on Ramses' personality characteristics without having to be clubbed over the head with them every time the boy opened his mouth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm Hooked
To be honest, I was not a mystery fan until I was given a stack of Elizabeth Peters novels as a birthday present. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2003 by Shepen
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bungling, but Nevertheless, Entertaining Mess
The Mummy Case is a story that goes so many places all at the same instance! I so wanted Amelia and Radcliffe to give over their pride and just admit to each other who they... Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2002 by butterfly
5.0 out of 5 stars Amelia is back****meet catastrophically precocious Ramses
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Amelia is married now, but no less independent, or strong willed! The romance certainly isn't gone either. This mystery is generally very light. Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2002 by "lynkfri13"
2.0 out of 5 stars I hate to say this but...
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone! While I absolutely love the author's style and the setting, there is too much sex in this story...I didn't feel right reading it! Read more
Published on May 20 2002 by Aurelas
1.0 out of 5 stars your all going to hate me.
I love Elizabeth Peters, and this is one of my favourite Peabody/Emerson stories. I was bought the CD version of this read by Susan O Malley as a present. What a let down. Read more
Published on May 19 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Book #3 in Peters' Amelia Peabody series
Part of what makes me love this book--and the others in Peters' Amelia Peabody series--is that it's so delightfully uncategorizable. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters
This remains one of the funniest books I've ever read. It's probably my favorite Amelia Peabody (Next to Lion in the Valley}
Oh how I wish Peters hadn't let Amelia's son... Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2002 by Yvette
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