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Seeing a Large Cat [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Peters
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31 Dec 1997
No villain is safe in 1903 Egypt as feisty archaeologist Amelia Peabody embarks on her ninth adventure.According to an ancient Egyptian papyrus, dreaming of a large cat means good luck. And that's just what Amelia Peabody could use, as her growing family matures in the new century. What's more, Amelia's dashing husband Emerson has received a mysterious warning not to enter the Valley of the Kings. To Emerson's annoyance, Amelia's meddling distracts her attention as she exposes a fraudulent spiritualist, saves a marriage, and plays matchmaker. But diabolical forces are at work when an unknown tomb reveals a shocking murder -- and the Peabody family dodges bullets from an assassin determined to put an end to their discoveries.


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (31 Dec 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446518344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446518345
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,032,605 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 Rippon * '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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for all Amelia fans 9 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I loved this book. It is the first time that we meet Ramses as an adult and see something of the character that he will become, especially bearing in mind the interaction with the other 'young people'. The story is typically intense, and is a jolly good read. In fact, with the development of her characters first glimpsed in this book, Peters has turned a new page in Amelia's chronicles and they just go on getting better from here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ninth Book in the Series 23 July 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.

Once again Amelia Peabody and her family return to their beloved Egypt. They are excited that they have a license to excavate a tomb in the spot that all archaeologists would love to dig, the Valley of the Kings. However they are not working on the exciting find of a new tomb but on clearing one that has already been opened. Emerson is approached by an American, Colonel Bellingham, to come to work for him, but Emerson works only for himself and is not slow in telling the Colonel this. To complicate matters the Colonel's daughter, Dolly needs someone to chaperone her and sets her sights on Ramses (in this book Ramses, Nefret and David are at the young adult stage).

The family is also passed a note warning them to stay away from a tomb that does not exist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ninth Book in the Amelia Peabody Series 25 Jun 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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.

Once again Amelia Peabody and her family return to their beloved Egypt. They are excited that they have a license to excavate a tomb in the spot that all archaeologists would love to dig, the Valley of the Kings. However they are not working on the exciting find of a new tomb but on clearing one that has already been opened. Emerson is approached by an American, Colonel Bellingham, to come to work for him, but Emerson works only for himself and is not slow in telling the Colonel this. To complicate matters the Colonel's daughter, Dolly needs someone to chaperone her and sets her sights on Ramses (in this book Ramses, Nefret and David are at the young adult stage).

The family is also passed a note warning them to stay away from a tomb that does not exist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 14 May 2014
By Wendy Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
This book takes us back to Egypt in 1903, with another cracking Amelia Peabody Murder Mystery. Previously I have reviewed another of Elizabeth Peters books, The Last Camel Died at Noon, in which there was a plethora of rather recalcitrant camels. In contrast, this book is riddled with cats. Now, please don't get the impression that this is a book about cats, as it is not, but they do feature rather heavily. For lovers of these books I have to forewarn you that the cat Bastet has been accompanied by Styx to the other side. Never fear, there is a replacement who is just as full of character.

So preliminaries over, what about the book. Amelia Peabody is an aristocratic Englishwoman who is married to an archeologist. She herself is not only an archeologist, but an amateur sleuth. Wherever, she goes she always manages to trip over a dead body. In this book she, her husband, and a large cast of family members discover a new tomb. Funnily enough there is a body inside. This leads to another jolly good jape, full of murder, intrigue and mysterious characters. All the characters are well represented and, of course, given the time and place, exotic. I could picture them perfectly. In many ways the characters are caricatures and larger than life, yet somehow realistic. A difficult trick to pull of but Elizabeth Peter's manages it.

The plot is excellent with a number of red herrings and side turns. This kept me reading, and turning just one more page. The sign of a good murder mystery. This is top notch book which I can highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say?
I can't stop reading Amelia and Emerson. I get so engrossed that I hear nobody talking to me. So enthralling
Published 5 months ago by lynne wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing
Amelia & family are back in Egypt excavating lesser known tombs but, as usual, their path is strewn with crime. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Elaine Tomasso
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I am mad about Egypt and its history and to have such wonderful characters and animals just makes its perfect. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pris
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A wonderful read as always.This book transported me away to Eygpt a really lovely way to spend a rainy day!
Published 10 months ago by G C BETTERIDGE
5.0 out of 5 stars My rating
One of my favourite authors and a very good read. I do not want to write any more words I have said enough.
Published 13 months ago by jj
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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 14 months ago by Florence Mary Kittley
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good Amelia Peabody
Just love these books, especially now they available on Kindle. Full of fun and adventure, working my way through the series.
Published 17 months ago by Mr. P. Mrs J. Dakin
5.0 out of 5 stars Amelia Peabody
And yet another great book, wished I had read them in order to start with, the stories all make more sense now,
Great series,
Published 19 months ago by Tricia A
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing a large cat
the book is an adventure story set in the early 20th century. The atmosphere of the British ruling classes in Egypt at that time is well portrayed. Read more
Published on 4 July 2012 by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars QUIRKY
ALLL THE AMELIA PEABODY BOOKS ARE ORIGINAL AND UNUSUAL. WHILST MAINTAINING YOUR INTEREST THEY WILL NOT CAUSE YOU TO LOSE SLEEP AND THEY LEAVE YOU FEELING CHEERFUL.
Published on 12 July 2011 by S. A. Jones
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