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on 10 June 2001
Peters has achieved another high in her continuing saga of the colourful Peabody/Emerson family in this 7th volume...now not only the parents of 10 year old Ramses they have a 13 year old "Priestess Of Isis" to raise (see"The Last Camel Died At Noon" for Nefret's story)which leads to all kinds of complications...but they make it back to Egypt for a new season of digging...and a 2nd honeymoon sans children only to be caught up in the devilish doings of 2 separate groups of criminals...we meet the enigmatic "Master Criminal"again...but Amelia wielding her parasol is in good form,until fate deals her a blow that only a desperate application of her "detectival" abilities can mitigate...not to forget the old egyptian fairy tale that seems to be providing clues along the way...Peters intimate knowledge of Egyptology as well as talent for characterisation is what makes her protagonists as well as their side-kicks so fascinating and unforgettable...of course meeting up with familiar faces is always a pleasure...but the mix of archaeology/mystery/familial shenanigans/societal attitudes & political realities...is a special delight...add an enigmatic beauty,a large cat,tombs,treasure and you are well on the way to a fun-filled adventure...
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on 25 August 2002
This was the first Amelia Peabody Emerson book I read. Since then I have read the entire series several times and am well and truly hooked. They are such involving characters you easily get pulled into the family. You get to know them really well and in this story you become concerned with the dynamic duo and there future together, and of course Ramses adds the his usually comic aspect, and it has very good twist at the end. It has the best ending I have read in quite a while, but then that is usual for Elizabeth Peters. It is very good reading.
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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.

Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson have returned once again to Egypt for another season of excavation, but of course their archaeological efforts would not be the same without turning up another body and not the kind that have been dead for 2,000 years. When a body turns up in the actual tomb they are excavating Peabody is determined to uncover the killer at any cost.
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on 25 April 2014
In a way anything I say about this book in the Amelia Peabody series is likely to be somewhat similar to what I write about another. The stories vary from one to another but the staples are the same - the characters, the Egyptian landscape, the Victorian environment, and the presence of a mystery - a theft, a murder, a loss but always solved by either Amelia or her handsome husband or son. In a way one might say they are so similar that reading more than one or two of them can become boring, but I find the opposite is true. As a writer myself I am always studying the way that Ms Peters manages to create new stories for her cast to play out, and how it is that she manages to make them continually interesting. In a way I am sometimes reminded of the twenty books by Ellis Peters based around the character of a Medieval monk, Cadfael which she too managed to keep fresh and interesting to the very end of the series. I think it's a real gift and Ms Peters has it in spades - a body of work which many may regard as superficial and an 'easy' read, is actually a genuine work of thoughtful composition and imaginative creativity from a brilliant mind.
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on 18 July 2002
In this, the 7th Amelia Peabody novel, Amelia has to deal with the usual traumas of excavation in Egypt with grave-robbers and murderous attacks, but also with the emotional difficulties of Emerson having lost his memory, therefore not having any idea who she is! Not only this but she also has to keep this a secret from the press and her own son, and it's a race against time to prevent grave robbers from emptying a tomb full of treasures as rich as in Tut's tomb...another brilliant novel from Peters, and if you're a fan I'd advise you to read this one!
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Amelia and Emerson are in Egypt on their own and looking for a more settled way of excavation until Emerson is kidnapped and loses his memory after being rescued by Amelia. Another criminal is on their tail looking for the secret revealed in The Last Camel Died At Noon. These books are funny, clever, informative and action packed with several twists along the way and well worth a read.
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on 9 June 2013
Found the first Amelia Peabody by accident and now low the series. Well written and I had trouble putting each book down. Lost a couple of weekends as I had to read them and find out what happened next. Recommend these books to anyone who wants a gentle read with a puzzle at the heart of them.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 January 2007
... and the one where Amelia and Emerson go off for a second honeymoon in Egypt. It lost a star from me because of the minor role Ramses gets to play and he's my favourite Emerson! But the plot between Amelia and Emerson is great!
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on 11 September 2012
This is as good as the others in the series - I was delighted to see/read that although Ramses was not in Egypt with his parents, he kept me entertained with his missives to them.
Anne Forrest.
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on 23 June 2013
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.
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