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Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Dec 2002
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
When Lady Baskerville's husband Sir Henry dies after discovering what may have been an undisturbed royal tomb in Luxor, she appeals to eminent archaeologist Radcliffe Emerson and his wife Amelia to take over the excavation. Amid rumours of a curse haunting all those involved with the dig, the intrepid couple proceeds to Egypt. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The blurb has got one of these wrong: it's not Sir Henry Baskerville who has died, but Lord Baskerville "of the Norfolk Baskervilles, not the Devonshire branch of the family" - that is, a distant cousin of Doyle's Sir Henry. He's not the only Sherlock Holmes character to be referenced - there's a Von Bork here, and a Charles Milverton, both very different people from their villainous namesakes but a joy for a Holmes fan to read about.
Anyway, these people inhabit a gloriously silly plot which has been uncharitably but not altogether unjustifiably compared to a Victorian-era Scooby Doo, with fake ghosts, a mummy's curse and a long-lost heir. Melodramatic? Yes. Implausible? Certainly. Tremendous fun? Undoubtedly.
This is another great Amelia read, though still not quite one of Peters' best. The introduction of Ramses is a delight (especially in view of his later developments in the series) and the affectionate bickering of Amelia and Emerson particularly well-done.
I love this series for its eccentric characters, witty writing and the sublime comedy of Amelia's voice - this is my second time around and I am enjoying it every bit as much as the first time.
As the Emersons set about to dispel the idea of the Curse of the Pharoahs (a trumped up idea) they meet with a plethora of strange characters, each a possible suspect in the death of Lord Baskerville who was the original archeologist. There is the tabloid writer, the brash American investor, the superstitious Egptian natives, two other archeologists who are assisting the Emerson team, a young woman and her mother (Madame Berengeria) who believes that she is the reincarnation of a high-ranking Egyptian queen and that Professor Emerson is her long-lost love. There is also the appearance of the white veiled figure who threatens the group during the nights and leaves danger in its wake.
All in all a captivating story for mystery fans. The plot moves along rapidly and it would behoove the reader to pay attention to the details as set forth in order to find the true culprit.
I would say this is a most satisfying story either as a summer read or one to curl up with by the fire.
Humourous pastiche, this will remind you of Agatha Christie at her most camp, but the wit of Amelia and the fascinating chemistry between her and Emerson is a winning formula. Great escapist read.