The Mummy Case: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense Mass Market Paperback – Feb 22 2011
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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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Oh how I wish Peters hadn't let Amelia's son Ramses grow up so quickly. In later books, his character(while interesting) has evolved into the standardized tall, dark and handsome leading man beloved of all historical mystery writers. But oh, what a fiendishly (not to mention, hysterically funny) atrocious little boy he is in these early books. I love his lisp! I love the way Peters sets his longwinded conversations with the lisp in tact. If you read them aloud, they're even funnier. What a deranged little genius. And speaking of deranged, what about his father, the most famous archeologist of his or any other time, Radcliffe Emerson? I love Amelia, I really do, but one of the main reasons I read and reread these books, is the inspired lunacy of her husband. Whenever I'm depressed, I pick up The Mummy Case or one of the other early Peabodys and I'm sent back to turn of the century Egypt and the intrepid Amelia and her zany family. DON'T
read these for the mysteries, although there certainly is one in every book, instead read these for the ingenious characters and the inspired lunacy of plot. This is satire in its best form. Fun. Fun. Fun.
I'm wondering if Elizabeth Peters now regrets setting these books in 'real' time. I believe she should've held on to the earlier years of the Emersons a bit longer. I'm also wondering why this wonderful series hasn't been snapped up by Hollywood.
If I could, I'd option them myself.
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!).Read more ›
You are also reacquainted with Radcliffe Emerson(her husband, intellectual equal, and true partner). Their son, Walter Peabody Emerson (known as Ramses) comes along with them on the dig where he acquires a highly intelligent Egyptian brindled cat whom he promptly names Bastet after the Egyptian cat goddess. Ramses is extremely precocious, very funny, singularly stubborn, and always trying to find the loophole in his parents' edicts. He is a great contribution to the cast. We still get to see the great relationship between Emerson and Peabody (as they affectionately refer to each other) as well as their interaction with Ramses.
Amelia doesn't seem like a very demonstrative mother, but her love for her son is there. She's the kind of person who takes for granted that her family knows she loves them and prefers to show it through actions instead of words. (In the latest couple of additions to this series, we see her affection come out into the open more.)
Once again, Peters provides an intriguing mystery along with more great information on the early days of Egyptian archaeology and Ancient Egyptian culture. I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I got lost a couple of times and had to go back and trace some of the story elements more than once in order to follow what was going on with the mystery. However, that does not mean this wasn't a great book.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
The five-star scale is unsatisfactory and should change to ten. I give three but this novel is superior to others that have received that designation from me. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Carolyn
This novel is the third of the Amelia Peabody series and in my opinion the most enjoyable of the three. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2010 by Pierre Gauthier
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 morePublished on Jan. 2 2008 by Marion Marchetto, author of The Bridgewater Chronicles
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 morePublished on June 7 2004
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... Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by Jeanne Tassotto
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 morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by Avid Reader
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 morePublished on Nov. 21 2003 by Amy G. Rogers