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A River in the Sky: A Novel (Amelia Peabody)

A River in the Sky: A Novel (Amelia Peabody) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Peters
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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"Once again, MWA Grandmaster Peters uses vivid settings, sharp characterizations, and deft dialogue to transport the reader to another time and place."--Publishers Weekly


"Once again, MWA Grandmaster Peters uses vivid settings, sharp characterizations, and deft dialogue to transport the reader to another time and place."--Publishers Weekly

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 454 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061246263
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (6 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003D20RSC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,285,028 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Roman Clodia TOP 50 REVIEWER
Set in 1910, this is another of the books that skips back in time (like Guardian of the Horizon (Amelia Peabody Murder Mystery)) and is set immediately after that book and before the fateful Falcon at the Portals (Amelia Peabody Murder Mystery). With war with Germany on the horizon, the Emersons are drawn into the pre-war machinations in the middle east. Ramses has taken himself off to Samaria to put some space between him and Nefret, while the older Emersons are drawn into British pre-war intelligence - but, as usual, nothing goes quite to plan.

I was really looking forward to Emerson taking on the old testament but this is sadly a slow paced book which never really engages with any of the plot points that it sets up at the start. While Amelia is as spiky as ever, this novel lacks the levels and sub-plots that have made the earlier books in the series so wonderful, and also lacks emotional finesse, so that nothing new is discovered and nothing is ever really at stake.

The pacing is also deficient: Amelia doesn't even get to make one of her famous lists till p.279 of a 304 page narrative, a mark of the rambling story that feels like it's scene-setting until the end is suddenly upon us.

So if you're following the series then it's almost impossible not to read this, but this really isn't a good place to start for new readers. The earlier books are far richer, funnier, sometimes emotionally tense and just full of a kind of joie de vive that is conspicuously lacking here: I did enjoy this in a half-hearted kind of way, but the falling off in standards is everywhere.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Anticipation not fulfilled 22 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed the Peabody journals for years, even seeking out titles in New York that I couldn't get easily in UK, but......for the first time I have put this story down half finished.
Other reviewers are right, it's slow in pace & seems to have been an effort to create a decent plot. Amelia's narrative is not as witty as heretofore, (or maybe I've read too many & am a little jaded!)
Pleasant for bed time reading & I will finish it, but will not be quite so keen to seek out the next installment, sorry Ms Peters, you have served me so well!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A River in the Sky 20 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is number nineteen in a series of books by Elizabeth Peters about an archaeologist Amelia Peabody and her family. The first eighteen books detail their escapades in Egypt where their lives as archaeologists are carefully intertwined with ancient Egyptian finds and modern detective fiction, as Elizabeth Peters blends real Egyptologists with fictional people. This book number nineteen in the series has Amelia Peabody in Israel where she is involved more in detection than in archaeology.
I hope her next book will return to the digging up the past rather than dealing with her detective role as it is in her writing about archaeology where she excells.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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As a long standing fan of Amelia Peabody and E.Peters I have to admit the terrible truth... I gave up after about 20 pages! Such a boring, contrived, uninteresting book I have not had in my hands for a very long time.
There is no story to speak about, the jokes are tedious at best, there is no pace, no mystery...sorry but I would not recommend this book to anyone. If I could give it zero stars -that would be my choice.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant 25 May 2010
Pleasant. Not a bad thing at all, in my view. All of the Amelia Peabody novels are pleasant and that is sometimes all that one wants. This book was quite gripping too. It also had the advantage of taking a step back in time to when the Emerson 'clan' was not as large. It felt like that created fewer distractions and added depth to the characterisation.

Many crime novels, particularly when the series runs to so many books, can seem a bit formulaic, but that seems to matter less with the Amelia Peabody books than with others. The writing is excellent and very entertaining, as ever.

Ultimately, it may boil down to a matter of expectations. If you want to relax, have a grin and learn a bit along the way, then please choose this book. If one is after a historical tour-de-force, then perhaps 'Crime' isn't the right category to be looking in.

By the way, I would love there to be a book in which Emerson is left to his own devices. It could be a little too close to home, mind you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing read 23 July 2011
By Chibi
I am a huge Peabody fan and bought the book in great anticipation, which explains the great feeling of disappointment. The plot is as shallow as described by other fellow readers, with the writer starting off so slowly I dropped off to sleep the first 8 chapters, and then providing half-hearted conclusions to all subplots too quickly in too few words, leaving me open-mouthed with disbelief and sadly, relief, when I reached the final page. Most importantly, the narrative lacks the dry humor which I had greatly enjoyed in the Peabody series. Perhaps the time has come, as the unfortunate practice has been in the industry, for a ghost writer to write instead of E.Peters herself?
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A River in the Sky 4 Jun 2010
not as good as her others. It was quite shallow and did not have much of a plot line, the impression I have received is that she has run out of ideas for Amelia & Emerson, they were not as dreadful as they usually are.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read
Love these books but found this more bitty and confusing. However this did not really spoil my enjoyment of this fascinating family.
Published 24 days ago by Mary Medcalf
5.0 out of 5 stars A River in the Sky
Have read all of this authoresses Amelia Peabody books, they are excellent entertainment, amusing, historically interesting,
she is the best as far as I am concerned, would... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Joyce City
3.0 out of 5 stars Shallow
This is not a bad book but in comparison with most of the series it is rather lacklustre. There is only one strand to the plot rather than the many we are used to and it is pretty... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Elaine Tomasso
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a great book. Read them all
It's just a great book. You must read the whole series. It's funny and moving as well interesting. Worth buying.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. S. J. Nunn
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
I am mad about Egypt and its history and to have such wonderful characters and animals just makes its perfect. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Priscilla S. Dicketts
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of the genre
This book fills in some of the missing years from the Peabody saga. Elizabeth Peters manages to take us back without any slips of continuity - that I spotted.
Published 11 months ago by bigreader
5.0 out of 5 stars book
I always enjoy books written by this author and this book
is no exception. Once you have read one of her books
You have to read them all.
Published 12 months ago by Florence Mary Kittley
3.0 out of 5 stars not quite as gripping as others in the series
It was difficult to get my head round this book. I twas not as absorbing as some of her others in the series and as it was out of chronological order it was hard to place what was... Read more
Published 13 months ago by homeland89
4.0 out of 5 stars Slowing down in the express train that is Amelia Peabody
I love the series, I adore Amelia Peabody but she's running out of steam in what is rapidly becoming a petrol-driven world. Read more
Published 14 months ago by M Poole
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
It was a bit strange to return to a series I first read a number of years ago - and read this book which is new but takes place mid-series. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Escapist reader
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