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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 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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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bungling, but Nevertheless, Entertaining Mess Oct. 10 2002
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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 thought the culprit was & why, just so that I would know what was going on in this tangled story! I'll try not to reveal too much of the confusion, for that might betray who the final culprit(s) are.
This third installment of the Amelia Peabody-Emerson journals starts out w/Emerson trying to secure the excavation at Dahshoor. However M. de Morgan has already decided to excavate there himself & instead gives the Emersons the pathetic sight of Mazghunah. Unfortunately, in the activities preceding their move to Mazghunah, Peabody has a midnight excursion that leaves one antiquities dealer dead. However, earlier that same day, Amelia chanced to overhear a conversation he was having where mention was made of "The Master". Thus Amelia's detective instincts are vastly prickled and she is out to find this Master Criminal who seems to be in charge of the increase in illegal antiquities trade that has recently come about. What follows are more murders, more attempts at murder, more attempts at kidnapping, more ridiculous and hilarious Ramses' adventures, more attempts at Peabody and Emerson outsmarting the other and a whole new slew of interesting and bizarre characters.
When you read this story, you will finally find yourself out of the murk of the plot in the last chapter or two when the not so logical motive of the murderer is revealed (logical of course in the mentally challenged mind of the murderer) and everything that happened is explained. I write this review after having already read book four in this series, and i have to say, book four is a serious improvement from book 3.
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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. But we meet a character Amelia dubs "The Master Criminal"
-~(You'll want to meet him right from the start, just in case he sneaks into the later books, Careful, you may have a hard time spotting this master of disguise!)
:- )
``Emerson is as loveably irascible as ever, though he has a soft spot for one very special person, and surprisingly enough it's not Amelia
Young, "catastrophically precocious" Ramses, son of Amelia and Emerson, really is the star of this story. He is constantly adorably mischevious,getting into trouble, and coming up with some startling clues of his own.
Ramses is certainly believable as a well-meaning little boy, who attracts trouble (and dirt) like a magnet.
~~~~I recommend this book heartily as it is the one that got me hooked on the series.
*****Great fun-not a very deep mystery, but you really will be having too much fun to care!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book #3 in Peters' Amelia Peabody series March 6 2002
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Part of what makes me love this book--and the others in Peters' Amelia Peabody series--is that it's so delightfully uncategorizable. It's a mystery set in historical Egypt, but the time period is not, as one might expect, in the BC years; rather, the novel is set in the late 1800s. The main characters are a family of British Egyptologists (parents Radcliffe Emerson and Amelia Peabody Emerson and young son Ramses)--the parents of said family being based very loosely on historical figures (in Radcliffe's case, William Flinders Petrie and, I believe, in Amelia's case, Amelia Edwards).
Peters brings all kinds of historical characters into this series, intermingling them with her own characters and using them in her plots without shame. Into the series she brings names of real archaeologists, like William Petrie and Howard Carter. Seeing as how he's based on the guy, one might think that Radcliffe Emerson would, in the books, get along well with Petrie; in fact, Peters has made her character a rival with Petrie. The results are hilarious, with Peters shamelessly playing with real historical events, inserting her characters into those events, and creating her own version of real Egyptological events. She weaves tons and tons Egyptological facts in with her plots, and readers lap them up and ask for more, not even realising how much they must be learning about Egypt--not just ancient Egypt, but the political events and standing of Egypt in the last 1800s, and into the 20th century, including the role Egypt played in WWI.
This particular book in the series (book #3, in fact, in a series of 14) is a mystery set in the desert. The Emersons are excavating at Mazghunah, near Dahshoor (for those of you who know anything about Egypt!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully entertaining!
This novel is the third of the Amelia Peabody series and in my opinion the most enjoyable of the three. Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2010 by Pierre Gauthier
4.0 out of 5 stars Son of Egypt
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2008 by Marion Marchetto
3.0 out of 5 stars Love this series but not this book
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... Read more
Published on June 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Again, I Loved It
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. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2003 by Avid Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining story, with one big distraction
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2003 by Amy G. Rogers
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
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 19 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 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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