- Mass Market Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (Feb. 23 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061951668
- ISBN-13: 978-0061951664
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.7 x 19 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #343,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lord of the Silent: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense Mass Market Paperback – Feb 23 2010
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Amelia Peabody Emerson is the Mary Poppins of Egypt. Forthright, intrepid, and industrious, she brooks no nonsense from anyone and is armed with an apparently magical parasol. As the legions of fans of Elizabeth Peters's Edwardian archeological mystery series know, Amelia is also possessed of a swift temper, an incorrigible curiosity, and an uncanny proclivity for attracting trouble. But in 1915, with the world gripped by the madness of war, trouble is endemic. In an effort to prevent their son Ramses from being coerced into working for British intelligence (in the sort of endeavor that nearly got him killed a year earlier when he infiltrated a band of Egyptian nationalists and prevented a Turkish-backed uprising), Amelia and husband Emerson and the rest of their dizzyingly large entourage flee England for the reassuringly stoic splendor of their beloved Egyptian ruins.
So much for a quiet dig among the mastabas. With their usual luck, the family promptly finds itself inundated by would-be assassins and nosy journalists. Amelia quickly deduces that Ramses's undercover work is at the root of both threat and curiosity; more puzzling is the appearance of the odd corpse or two and a rash of stunningly efficient tomb robberies. When Ramses and his wife, Nefret, travel to Luxor to check on the security of some of their old excavations, they find an all-too-familiar irritant behind the robberies. It would be telling to reveal his identity, but fans of the series will soon figure it out, with the aid of a little suspension of disbelief. With Ramses and Nefret on one hand, and Amelia and Emerson on the other, engaged in "protecting" the other side from conflict and trouble, the novel unfolds in a merry chase of misdirection and miscommunication.
There is a comforting consistency to Peters's series. By now, all of the characters' quirks are etched in stone like so many well-worn hieroglyphs. Amelia's narrative has the familiarity of a treasured and oft-read letter from a slightly batty aunt. Even the miraculous return of (no, I really can't say), though perhaps intended as a radical plot twist, adheres to the most genteel of mystery traditions, à la Doyle and Christie. Innovation can be overrated; with Peters's flawless record of producing amusing, easily digested novels showing no signs of faltering, fans should devour this morsel--and wait impatiently for the next tasty installment. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
In Egypt, 1915, the redoubtable English archaeologist Amelia Peabody Emerson and her eccentric and closely knit group of family and friends are up to their old tricks. The Emersons may believe that they are merely engaging in another season of excavation, but legions of devoted readers know that Amelia's archaeological fervor has never stopped her from charging into another thrilling episode of crime-solving, dragging her husband and children enthusiastically along. Amelia's son, Ramses, and his new wife, Nefret, are trying to settle into their married life and find ways to build a more equal relationship with their overwhelming and irrepressibly adventurous parent. Amelia is worried, however, that an officious British army officer might try to recruit Ramses again as a spy (as in the previous book, 2000's He Shall Thunder in the Sky). To keep him out of the spymaster's clutches, she sends Ramses and Nefret off to Luxor to investigate a series of thefts from archaeological sites. As always in this series of uproarious Egyptological mysteries, plenty of strange doings are afoot in the desert, and readers will find all the delicious trappings of a vintage Peters extravaganza lost tombs, kidnappings, deadly attacks, mummies and sinister villains. (May 1)Forecast: Her large and faithful following will ensure that Peters, a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, once again reaches the lofty heights of the bestseller lists.
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However, when I read this book, I was left for much of the book with mixed feelings. Perhaps it was in part due to my expectations being so high beforehand--anything after that couldn't be as good as I had envisioned. I think it was also in part because of the last few books--particularly "He Shall Thunder in the Sky"--anything after that book would be positively anti-climactic. Major plot threads were resolved in it, Ramses got the girl (and Nefret got the boy), etc etc etc. So this new book was relatively free of the suspense and angst that had been so prevalant in the earlier books. David wasn't even in this book at all, and I did rather miss him. Also, there were some issues with Ramses going back to the previous book(s) that I feel could have been handled in a more interesting way--Ms Peters seemed to bring them up vaguely, almost as an aside, and then dealt them with much too easily.
However, it's still Elizabeth Peters, and it's still Amelia Peabody and Emerson and Ramses and Nefret, and the ending is exactly as you would expect and want, so while for most of the book something seemed to be missing (I admit, I'm a sucker for Ramses angst), it still made for an enjoyable read that I'm sure I'll bring out every once in a while to read again.
Now I wish it had. I'm writing this review a year later because it has taken me that long to finish the dull Lord of the Silent. I'd pick it up and start again every few months, but was so disappointed that I inevitably tossed it back on the shelf. It's only the upcoming release of the next book in the series that finally spurred me on to read it (and also the fact that Anne Perry has produced a great Pitt mystery after a few lackluster entries).
So why didn't I like it? Part of it was a nothing plot. But some past books in the series had slightly boring mysteries, and yet I never minded before because of how much I love these characters.
No, the problem can be summed up in one word -- Nefret. I always wanted her and Ramses to get together for his sake, but until Amelia was shoved to the background to flesh out R&N's relationship more fully, I never appreciated how uninteresting she is as a character. With Nefret taking center stage, there is much melodrama, and less of the self-aware, tongue in cheek quality that have always elevated Ramses' and Amelia's narratives.
Plus, I'm not a fan of having the family separated. More solidarity.