A River in the Sky (Amelia Peabody) Paperback – 21 Apr 2011
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I really do think Elizabeth Peters' books are great entertainment. (Angela Rippon)
As full of riches as King Tut's tomb. (Denver Post)
Think Miss Marple with early feminist gloss crossed with Indiana Jones ... accomplished entertainment. (Guardian)
A writer so popular that the public library has to keep her books under lock and key. (Washington Post Book World)
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I was really looking forward to Emerson taking on the old testament but this is sadly a slow paced book which never really engages with any of the plot points that it sets up at the start. While Amelia is as spiky as ever, this novel lacks the levels and sub-plots that have made the earlier books in the series so wonderful, and also lacks emotional finesse, so that nothing new is discovered and nothing is ever really at stake.
The pacing is also deficient: Amelia doesn't even get to make one of her famous lists till p.279 of a 304 page narrative, a mark of the rambling story that feels like it's scene-setting until the end is suddenly upon us.
So if you're following the series then it's almost impossible not to read this, but this really isn't a good place to start for new readers. The earlier books are far richer, funnier, sometimes emotionally tense and just full of a kind of joie de vive that is conspicuously lacking here: I did enjoy this in a half-hearted kind of way, but the falling off in standards is everywhere.
Other reviewers are right, it's slow in pace & seems to have been an effort to create a decent plot. Amelia's narrative is not as witty as heretofore, (or maybe I've read too many & am a little jaded!)
Pleasant for bed time reading & I will finish it, but will not be quite so keen to seek out the next installment, sorry Ms Peters, you have served me so well!
I hope her next book will return to the digging up the past rather than dealing with her detective role as it is in her writing about archaeology where she excells.
There is no story to speak about, the jokes are tedious at best, there is no pace, no mystery...sorry but I would not recommend this book to anyone. If I could give it zero stars -that would be my choice.
Many crime novels, particularly when the series runs to so many books, can seem a bit formulaic, but that seems to matter less with the Amelia Peabody books than with others. The writing is excellent and very entertaining, as ever.
Ultimately, it may boil down to a matter of expectations. If you want to relax, have a grin and learn a bit along the way, then please choose this book. If one is after a historical tour-de-force, then perhaps 'Crime' isn't the right category to be looking in.
By the way, I would love there to be a book in which Emerson is left to his own devices. It could be a little too close to home, mind you.
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I have now read all 19 books and enjoyed them all enormously. Thank you so much for the pleasure you have given.Published 8 days ago by Kindle Customer Allison Forbes
A bit contrived. The original series was brilliant. This suffered from being a bit of a mix up of notes she had left,.Published 6 months ago by Thelma Douek
Another winner from Elizabeth Peters. Thoroughly enjoyed this whole series of books and was saddened to hear there would be no more Amelia books for me to read.Published 10 months ago by Beryl Boyle