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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (6 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845293916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845293918
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,418 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)

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The 1985-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her husband Emerson and their 8-year-old son Rameses. The much-coveted burial chamber in Dahshoor is theirs for the digging. Yet there is a great evil in the wind that caresses the hot sands sweeping through the bustling streets and marketplaces of Cairo.

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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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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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By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Jun. 2007
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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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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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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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By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Jun. 2007
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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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