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Lion in the Valley: An Amelia Peabody Mystery [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Peters
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Aug 1986
An expedition cursed by misfortune and death has alerted Egyptologist Amelia Peabody to the presence of her arch-enemy, the Master Criminal. And his is now a personal quest for the most valuable and elusive prize of all: vengeance on the meddling lady archaeologist with the parasol who has sworn to deliver him to justice...Amelia!
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Product details

  • Hardcover: 508 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Lrg edition (Aug 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896217302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896217300
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,444,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Elizabeth Peters is a prolific and successful novelist with over fifty novels to her credit. She is internationally renowned for her mystery stories, especially those featuring indomitable heroine Amelia Peabody. She lives in a historic farmhouse in Frederick, Maryland, with six cats and two dogs. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A throughly entertaining novel. 27 Feb 2002
By Laura
Format:Paperback
This is, so far, my favourite Amelia Peabody novel. It combines all the well loved elements of the previous books and more. Many of the characters verge on being immortal , the parody sections are spot on and even though it is never completely serious in style or deals with as many serious issues as the later books, it still manages to convey real sentiments and the description suceeds in creating some very atmospheric moments. It is also a very humourous book, with some memorable one-liners and events.
There are also plenty of plot twists and it has an great storyline in general. This novel will appeal greatly to existing fans and well as making new ones.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Amelia Peabody mystery 23 Nov 2003
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the 4th book in the series and so far, for me, the most enjoyable. They mystery is second only to the fun characters, Amelia had some cracking lines in this one, I love how she never realises when people are laughing at her, and her heart is always in the right place. Now Rameses has stopped lisping I like him a lot better, but I'm certainly glad he's not my child! All in all, a nice bit of brain candy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This is the second Amelia Peabody Emerson mystery I have read and it has not disappointed me in the slightest. The story has good pace, has credibility and has a good mixture of characters from the pioneering Emersons to the rich and idle aristocrats.
Peters' descriptions of sounds, sights and smells are almost tangible. The vocabulary is rich and challenging and any translations from Arabic are once only, and unlike many books, she assumes that the reader is able to retain information.
This book is the 4th volume of Amelia's memoirs, and one can only assume that there must be a wave of fear in Egypt each year when the Emersons descend to carry out their archaeological digs as all sorts of foul deeds, murders, attempted murders and kidnapping occurs. However, don't think that this book humourless, parts of the book were amusing.
Overall, I found this more entertaining than the benchmark who-dunnit of Agatha Christie and I really can't wait to get cracking with the other Amelia Peabody titles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me. 7 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
I didn't like this story at all. It's just like a comic strip made up of words, read so fast that my brain had a job keeping up. Amelia Peabody should be Amelia Busybody. As for mystery, I couldn't listen to the story any longer because it was obvious the villain would either be caught or else live to fight another day. The son was too clever for comfort. His parents too clever for me. The craft of the writer is obviously good and she is very knowledgeable. The sex scenes were silly and yucky. However I did laugh at the bit where husband put his feet on the floor and the donkey could have walked through because husband's legs were so long.
I do not mean to put anyone off this story, it just isn't for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fourth Book in the Series 18 Jun 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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.

Yet again the lives of Amelia's son Rameses and her husband Emerson rest in her hands. Her prowess as an amateur sleuth is needed when her son is abducted in the dead of night and an expedition haunted by misfortune and death, have alerted her to her arch enemy who has sworn vengeance on Amelia who is determined to bring him to justice as quickly as possible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fourth Book in the Series 18 Jun 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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.

Yet again the lives of Amelia's son Rameses and her husband Emerson rest in her hands. Her prowess as an amateur sleuth is needed when her son is abducted in the dead of night and an expedition haunted by misfortune and death, have alerted her to her arch enemy who has sworn vengeance on Amelia who is determined to bring him to justice as quickly as possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read them all intrigue danger x laughter!
Published 14 days ago by sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Mr TREV Faulkner
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Story
Like all the stories in this series that I have listened to so far great fun and the characgterisations are brilliant.
Published 4 months ago by W R Chadd
3.0 out of 5 stars A different experience as for me the narrators voice is wrong for the...
I love the Amelia Peabody series and have read quite a few. Recently I have been listening to them through Audible and really like the narrator used. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Miss V E Priestley
4.0 out of 5 stars Lion in the Valley
As ever, a very entertaining read. I enjoy all the Egyptian information and I'm sure Ms Peters goes for authenticity. Let's face it, few of us are in a position to check!
Published 12 months ago by Ellice Ashdown
4.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed this book -extremely entertaining!
All of Elizabeth Peters books are good light reading .Entertaining, gripping in as much that you don't want to put it down !
Published 14 months ago by Diana Hillman
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
I absolutely adored this series.
Once you have read one you have to read them all.
She is an amazing fiesty character
Published 17 months ago by Florence Mary Kittley
3.0 out of 5 stars Audio Book
Elizabeth Peters stories are great, but the narrator for this production is poor. The Emerson's are English.....not American. It was disappointing and a shame.
Published 21 months ago by Pen
5.0 out of 5 stars Lion In The Valley
Hadn't read this book for some years, but enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Amelia Peabody has to be one of the great fictional characters. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Dorothy V. Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Lion in the valley has been my forth one and it is gorgeous, a intriguing puzzle elegantly written.

Ramses is an adorable person. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by Sonia
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