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Third in What Turns Into a Terrific Series,
This review is from: The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody) (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.
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.