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on 27 December 2000
This is the first of Peabody's adventures in which Rameses plays a vital role. Here, we learn how Peabody and Emerson first encountered the Master Criminal, how the Lion came to Chalfont, and how Rameses began his career as an excavator. To me this book works on several levels; with the conflict between religions and cultures, the animal rights theme (courtesy of Rameses) and the introduction of the Master Criminal weaving in and out of the narrative in a manner that makes the story truly three-dee. Rameses is now about five years old and his doting Papa is now willing to risk the dangers of Egypt. John the Footman, comes along to keep an eye on the alarmingly accident prone lad, but fails to prevent Rameses from conducting his own excavations and investigations alongside his Mama and Papa. In the end, however, it is Rameses' talent for languages that solves the case.
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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.

These books are a delight for the reader. Anyone who has not read any of them should start right now. They whisk you back to the days of gentile living. Where everything stops for tea and of course it would be unthinkable for the men not to dress for dinner.

This book is the third in the series and the story takes Amelia to the pyramids at Mazghunah. On their arrival it looks to Emerson and Amelia that the barren area is of little or no interest, but then a murder in Cairo soon persuades the pair otherwise.
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on 17 July 2009
I love the Amelia Peabody books, and have managed to purchase all 18 of them as I can re-read them at any time. They tell the story of Amelia Peabody, her husband Emerson, and son, Ramses. They have all sorts of adventures as Archaeologists in the Egypt of the late 19 C to the early 20's. Elizabeth Peters very cleverly brings Egypt and its people to life and creates the most marvellous characters. They are all so ludicrously believable, mostly because you want to believe in them. If you like the idea of Ancient Egypt, enjoy mysteries and have a wry sense of humour, I thoroughly recommend these books as being the best way of passing pleasurable time.
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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.

These books are a delight for the reader. Anyone who has not read any of them should start right now. They whisk you back to the days of gentile living. Where everything stops for tea and of course it would be unthinkable for the men not to dress for dinner.

This book is the third in the series and the story takes Amelia to the pyramids at Mazghunah. On their arrival it looks to Emerson and Amelia that the barren area is of little or no interest, but then a murder in Cairo soon persuades the pair otherwise.
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on 16 October 2012
`The Mummy Case' by Elizabeth Peters (aka Barbara Mertz) is the third in her Amelia Peabody mysteries. I first read it over twenty years ago and subsequently read several others. I have just re-read `The Mummy Case'. It features an Egyptologist, Radcliffe Emerson, his long-suffering wife. Amelia Emerson nee Peabody and their infant prodigy, Walter (aka Ramses)
Firstly the title is brilliant, the best of the whole series. The style is appropriate for that of the autobiography of a late-Victorian woman (as it claims to be). Here's an example:
`As I watched them ride away, the girl a modest distance behind the two men, such indignation flooded my being that I stamped my foot - a frustrating gesture in that region, since the sand snuffled the sound.'
Unlike some of the other reviewers I find the interchange between 5-year-old Ramses and his long suffering parents engaging. Here's an example: (Ramses wants to take a baby lion, he's acquired, for a walk)
`He stood holding the leash, his grave eyes fixed on my face. "I would like to say, Mama, dat I am fully cognizant of your support and forbearance regarding de lion. I will endeavor to find some way of proving my gratitude."
"Please don't," I exclaimed. "I appreciate your remarks, Ramses, but you can best express your gratitude by being a good little boy and obeying your mama's orders."
"Yes, Mama. Good night, Mama. God night, John. Good night, de cat , Bastet. Good night, Papa,"
"Good night, my dearest boy," Emerson replied. "Sleep well."'
Radcliffe Emerson in many ways is the `baby' of the family and his tantrums become tiresome. Here's an example.
`Emerson was cursing in Arabic, and I felt sure the boy was making mental notes of "da colloquial speech".
Emerson's rolling eyes focused on his son's fascinated face. With a mighty effort he controlled his wrath. He allowed himself the final solace of kicking the door closed. A stream of plaster added itself to the heap already on the floor.'
The plot is more intricate than the reader might guess, which MAY be a plus. However, the multiplicity of burglaries, certain athletic exertions and some abilities to be lost - and found, stretch the patience of the reader.
So the book is very good but there are flaws so it's worth only four stars. The final charge is that it's part of a series which becomes repetitive - unfair I know!
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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.

These books are a delight for the reader. Anyone who has not read any of them should start right now. They whisk you back to the days of gentile living. Where everything stops for tea and of course it would be unthinkable for the men not to dress for dinner.

This book is the third in the series and the story takes Amelia to the pyramids at Mazghunah. On their arrival it looks to Emerson and Amelia that the barren area is of little or no interest, but then a murder in Cairo soon persuades the pair otherwise.
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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.

These books are a delight for the reader. Anyone who has not read any of them should start right now. They whisk you back to the days of gentile living. Where everything stops for tea and of course it would be unthinkable for the men not to dress for dinner.

This book is the third in the series and the story takes Amelia to the pyramids at Mazghunah. On their arrival it looks to Emerson and Amelia that the barren area is of little or no interest, but then a murder in Cairo soon persuades the pair otherwise.
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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.

These books are a delight for the reader. Anyone who has not read any of them should start right now. They whisk you back to the days of gentile living. Where everything stops for tea and of course it would be unthinkable for the men not to dress for dinner.

This book is the third in the series and the story takes Amelia to the pyramids at Mazghunah. On their arrival it looks to Emerson and Amelia that the barren area is of little or no interest, but then a murder in Cairo soon persuades the pair otherwise.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 January 2007
This third of the Amelia Peabody mysteries establishes itself in the shape which the later books follow. The ever-intrepid Amelia, parasol at the ready, gives the lie to the idea that all Victorian ladies were constantly swooning. With her large and brash archaeologist husband, her troublesome young son Ramses, and the start of what will become a veritable menagerie, our heroes find themselves tangled in a complex case of missing mummy cases, strange papyri, and a dastardly Master Criminal.

I love this series – while it has all the hallmarks of a ‘cosy’, the writing is far more literate than is usual in the genre, and the Egyptology is always both accurate and central to the book. Peters has huge fun in these books but they also say things about academic archaeology, about the status of women, and about the relationships that tie people together.

This can certainly be read as a stand-alone, but it’s worth starting at the beginning of the series (Crocodile on the Sandbank, Curse of the Pharoahs) to establish the groundwork. This is one of my favourite of the early Peabody series before the second generation of Ramses, David and Nefret come to the fore. And anyone who is half in love with the older Ramses of the later books will find this portrait of his seven-year-old self both hysterically funny and also poignant.
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on 1 February 2013
I have several recordings of the Amelia Peabody Mysteries narrated by the marvellous Barbara Rosenblat. I was quite hesitant about buying a recording by someone else. I was right to be doubtful. Susan O'Malley just does not come close. Amelia with an American accent! There are no 'voices' that is to say you can't 'hear' Emerson and all the other individual voices which Barbara Rosenblat uses. If you love Amelia Peabody and if you want to be transported then please chose a recording by Ms. Rosenblat. This is dire!
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