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.
The Amelia Peabody books may or may not be an acquired taste, personally I love them. They are set in Victorian times when there were still very strict rules of etiquette and polite behaviour was the norm. Although most of the books are set in Egypt, in the desert under very trying conditions and extremely hot weather the `English' way of life was still expected to be adhered to, sometimes with quite hilarious consequences.
Amelia Peabody is Elizabeth Peters' best loved and brilliant creation, a thoroughly Victorian feminist who takes the stuffy world of archaeology by storm with her no nonsense dress sense and forthright opinions.
Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson, an Egyptologist of some renown are planning for another season excavating in Egypt. The Great War is over and travel and transport are slowly getting back to normal after the chaos of the war years, although even that had not stopped them from going to their beloved Egypt.
The whole family are delighted that Ramses and Nefret have become parents and Amelia hopes that this year of all years is a little quieter, particular for Ramses who had as they say a busy war.
But Amelia is sadly mistaken, instead of being able to take on her role of the doting (but firm) grandmother, a new adversary, unlike any Amelia has encountered before forces their way into the group and plots a course that will put Amelia's beloved family in imminent danger . . .