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The Curse of the Pharaohs Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 1988

3.9 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (Feb. 1 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0445406488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0445406483
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #600,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Elizabeth Peters was born and brought up in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Peters was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.

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Format: Paperback
Barbara Mertz is beloved as `Elizabeth Peters' and `Barbara Michaels'. She dreamed up the most compelling stories, series, and crafted them extremely well. Even when I thought the openers to "Vicky Bliss" and "Amelia Peabody" could hit the crux more quickly, their essential dynamics were enough to know I would be a fan. It has boded well that I'm no reader who stops at 100 pages, or an opening book. "Crocodile On The Sandbank" sat at a three-star plateau but "The Curse Of The Pharaohs", 1981, marched up to five. I loved it all the way along.

The introductory novel impressed me instantly with eloquent wit but stagnated. Above all, I found the villain and motive lame. Evelyn told a unique story but both romances occurred too late to uplift the story. Emerson was sour, which turns around in volume II. If he is terse, it is coupled with such humour that we don't mind; such as the admission that household staff who last a week, think nothing of him. Most often, he is presented as a courteous spouse who merely communicates as boldly as Amelia. Sweet nicknames make them a believable couple and we are additionally able to visualize them as parents. Their toddler, Walter `Ramses' is unconventional; with genius aptitude for speech, reading, and archaeology. They willingly put him first, because he is too young for Egypt but Emerson's ex-colleague seeks them after her husband died.

We reunite with some of the same workmen in Egypt and new personalities are worth meeting indeed! This time, there is a Baskerville manor with luxuries of home, allowing them to wash everyday and eat comfortably. As a reader recalling their previous sleeping bags inside empty tombs; I felt at ease on their behalf! Intrigue kept apace and there were interesting twists.
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These are fun books; the author is having fun with her characters and with us, her tongue firmly in her cheek. In fact, the characters are more interesting than the pseudo-creepy mystery. Everybody is a "character." Even if they are stereotypical, Peters really differentiates them in intriguing ways. And she waxes almost poetic in her description of Egyptian desert sunrises and sunsets-no one would be out in the sun at noon, right?
Readers who will especially enjoy the Amelia Peabody series are less those seeking a good mystery than a bit of eery suspense or those who (wish to) travel to Egypt or who enjoy history and archaeology. Peters scathes or satirizes Egyptology (in which she has a degree) as it was practiced a century ago by her contrasts between the deftly caricatured actual historical officials and her progressive protagonists. These novels will also appeal to readers who like novels of relationships and love conspiracies (which are dense and often unsuspected [hint, hint]), as well as gentle "modern" feminist sentiments in a Victorian romance, or light and quietly humorous writing. The mysteries are like an entertaining excuse to push her characters into incidents that reveal and develop them. It's also the rare series where child care is an issue (here the question of who stays with the baby), since we're beginning to see Amelia and Radcliffe's precocious child emerge in his obstreperous role through the early books of the series. This strong biographical flavor requires you to start at the beginning with CROCODILE.... (I once made the mistake of starting in the middle and gave up that try.)
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Knowing the new Mrs. Emerson's previous pragmatic and efficiently logical mind, it is fun & interesting to see how she reacts to familial bliss! And Mr. Emerson's reaction is even more delightful.
With the second story of Amelia and Radcliffe, we see them settling into their picture of family living in the country. We are introduced to their precocious & vastly entertaining son, nicknamed Ramses. Mr. Emerson has taken a post of teaching at a local university, and is becoming sadly bored. In the midst of a romantic interlude, recently widowed Mrs. Baskerville descends upon them in their sitting room and asks very manipulatively if Mr. Emerson would continue the excavation which her deceased husband would undoutedbly have wanted continued and finished to its completion. Amelia encourages Radcliffe to agree and the two are then off to Luxor, minus one Ramses, who stays in England with his doting aunt and uncle and frightened cousins. Hilarity, danger, mystery & mass confusion ensues. We meet a wide and varied cast in Egypt, renew our acquaintance with some familiar faces, and de-mask another cunning and wicked criminal.
Ms. Peters pens another entertaining tale, full of romance, mystery, comedy and surprises! If you enjoyed the witty "Crocodile on the Sandbank", you will adore this next story, the continuing tale written in Ms. Amelia Peabody-Emerson's uncompromising and forthright perspective.
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A wonderful sequel to Crocodile on the Sandbank! I loved that it opened in England - after all, the Emersons don't live in Egypt year-round, and the contrast to how much more fully alive they are once they reach Egypt is delicious. Immediately the wonderful equality between Emerson and Amelia is forefront as they debate a challenge to come to Egypt and take over a "cursed" excavation. Is the curse supernatural or simply nefarious?
While I miss Evelyn, there are lots of new characters whom I hope to see again - O'Connell the journalist is particularly fun, dodging Emerson's attacks and beating even Amelia with his sensationalism. I was so involved in the interactions among the characters I almost didn't care "whodunit" - but that denoument was completely satisfying. The friendly competition between Emerson and Amelia is a delight, and really helps keep the focus on the characters and locale rather than getting bogged down in the murder.
So glad there are more in the series!!!!
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