Lion in the Valley: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense Mass Market Paperback – Feb 22 2011
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"Bursting with surprises, a sheer delight." -- -- Publishers Weekly
"Peters really knows how to spin romance and adventure into a mystery." -- -- Philadelphia Inquirer
"Peters really knows how to spin romance and adventure into a mystery." -- Philadelphia Inquirer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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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Lion in the Valley is my second Elizabeth Peters’ novel, but it’s apparently the fourth in the series. Once again, the descriptions of Egypt are terrific, although there are fewer of them. The focus in this book is on the human drama happening around them rather than the work itself. The plot centers on the plight of Enid and Ramses’ rescuer, Donald. These two not only know one another but are agonizing over their unrequited love. A second man appears adamantly proclaiming his love for Enid, but his sincerity is questionable, which makes the plot very similar to Peters’ first book, Crocodile in the Sandbank.
The dialogue of the articulate and loquacious Ramses was so advanced it was unbelievable. I got used to it as I continued reading, but I still don’t buy that any eight-year-old, no matter how intelligent, would talk that way. Still, I doubt this will deter Amelia Peabody fans from this popular series.
The Emersons are finally excavating at the pyramids at Dahshoor, but even Amelia's love of pyramids can't distract her from the suspicious goings-on around her. Ramses is back -- and as talkative and perceptive as ever. The Emersons draw their usual cast of supporting characters around them, including the mysterious "Nemo," who saves Ramses from a kidnapping attempt, and the accused young woman.
Of course, it's only a matter of time before Amelia is proved right and she catches her man (or will she?). Perhaps not wanting to humiliate her main characters, Ms. Peters makes sure that no one is entirely wrong or entirely right in their guesses about the Master Criminal. The revelations in the end are truly entertaining -- just what I've come to expect from Amelia Peabody Emerson.
Amelia, Ramses and Emerson are fantastic characters. With such great writing and characters, the series never gets dull. "Lion in the Valley" is another great Amelia Peabody mystery.
I liked this book because Elizabeth Peters takes this ironic observation one step foreward by creating a nameless - well almost nameless, 'Master Criminal' - who in her usually unimaginative way, Amelia refers to simply as just that. But strange things are going on in Egypt - and there are a great many people hanging around the dig which Amelia, her husband Emerson, and their precocious 8-year-old son Ramses are working on. A great many people obviously in disguise - probably minions and tools of the Master Criminal. Clearly tsomething is afoot - but none of them can quite work out his diabolical plan might be until Amelia herself is abducted and her practical commonsense-nature is tested to the limit by the most romantically bizarre of crimes.
I loved the Mummy Case because we got to know Ramses who provided some leavening into the already hysterical antics of Amelia and Radcliffe. As he lisped about in the sand discovering priceless relics and running rings around his parents, the reader realized that he was going to be a great addition to the series. Here in Lion in the Valley, Ramses really comes into his own. Now 7, he is twice the trouble and twice the detective.
The plot hinges on the actions of the "Master Criminal"--a mastermind of devious and deadly plots who is organizing the grave robbers of Egypt into a formidable criminal underworld. We briefly met the MC in the Mummy Case, but here he takes center stage, pushing aside any hope of interest in the archaeological dig itself. By the end of the book Amelia and the MC have met...and it is hilarious.
If you like your mysteries with a laugh track then this is for you. Fans read them for Amelia and the 101 things she can do with waterproof matches--not for the labrynthine plots--and increasingly for Ramses as well.
Most recent customer reviews
I was disappointed in the third book in the series and almost didn't get the next one. I'm very glad I did! Lion in the Valley is the best Amelia Peabody so far. Read morePublished on June 11 2004
Recently I re-read this book, and I've got to say, I think it's one of my favorites. It's one of the simpler Amelia Peabodys, before the industrious family gets involved with... Read morePublished on May 14 2004
Amelia Peabody and husband Emerson were introduced in "Crocodile on the Sandbank," which is my favorite book. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by Shelley M. Abernathy
Lion in the Valley ranks, in my mind, as one of the best in the early Amelia Peabody Emerson novels. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by Avid Reader
Welcome (or welcome back) to the wonderful world of crime and archaeology that abounds in this series. Read morePublished on July 9 2001 by af
I never thought it would be work to read an Amelia Peabody mystery. Still, at the end of each chapter of Lion in the Valley, I found myself easily distracted. Read morePublished on May 4 2001 by Carol Peterson Hennekens
besides the cover and blurb on the back that sets up the mysterious mood, I just cannot recommend this book. The master criminal, or maybe just his name, made me snicker. Read morePublished on May 14 2000 by harvey dent