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on 17 August 2017
Love the book and would recommend it to anyone. Have bought the entire series and look forward to each one
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on 10 June 2001
Peters brings back Amelia & Emerson in the second volume of their adventures...again we are privileged to watch the Emersons in action...they abandon domesticity and young "Ramses" to rush to Egypt to help a damsel in distress...explain numerous unexplained deaths...debunk "the curse of the pharaohs"...and have a wonderful time doing it!!Amelia's passion for antiquities and pyramids as well as excavations puts us in the midst of a bizarre as well as entertaining cast of characters including a bluff rich american,a lord in disguise,a german with a formidable moustache,a veiled "woman in white" and much much more...as ever tombs and treasures muddy the waters...but Amelia's "detectival" instincts and ever-present parasol lead the way through an amazing maze of eygptology and good old human greed...Peters gift for creating lively multi-faceted characters is as ever entertaining as well as compulsive...of course Peters ability to follow the Emersons and their fascinating lives through Victorian England and Egypt including a pithy political history of the times is what makes this series of books so unlike run of the mill mysteries...for true fans following the chronological series is a MUST !!!!!!
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on 28 July 2017
This is a good yarn especially if you are interested in ancient Egyptian archeology. The only thing that annoyed me after about half into the book was Emerson's constant rudeness not only to all characters but to his wife even though they love each other. Amelia's habit of jumping to a number of varying conclusions I also found annoying and not always relevant to the story. If you get past those irritations it is a fairly good summer read.
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on 13 December 2012
In the second of the Amelia Peabody series, Peters takes her cues from Agatha Christie's archaeological/Egyptian stories: when Lord Baskerville uncovers a royal tomb in Luxor and then soon dies, rumours of the pharaoh's curse abound. Intrepid Amelia, never one to succumb to superstition, is determined to find the real culprit - and play cupid to a series of young lovers.

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.
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This book finds our heroine Amelia Peabody married to the archeologist she met in Crocodile on the Sandbank. They have made their home in England where they have put their first love (digging around in Egypt) on hold while they raise their son and Professor Emerson teaches archeology. But this life is not what they are suited for. When an opportunity presents itself to re-engage themselves in an expedition whose leader died (or perhaps murdered)they jump at the chance.

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.
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on 11 June 2003
The Victorianesque language slips from time to time, but this is grand rollicking adventure, full of in-jokes for those with a knowledge of Egyptology or of the history and literature of the period it deals with.
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.
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on 7 January 2007
Married to Emerson (very happily!) and with a young baby, Amelia thinks her excavating days are over. But when the widow of a dead archaeologist pleads with Emerson to come out to Egypt and investigate the 'curse' which is killing off the entire expedition team, Amelia is quick to leave the baby with Walter and Evelyn and get herself and her husband out of London.

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.
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on 23 February 2002
After reading "Crocodile on the Sandbank" I was concerned that I wouldn't enjoy this as much, but it's great fun. It whizzes through at a great pace, taking in the sights and sounds of Luxor, Egypt. Amelia remains unchanged after her marriage to Emerson and the birth of Rameses, and still insists on being flung head first into every crisis. The characters are well written and the whole story is a delight. Despite being able to work out who-dunnit early on I wanted to read on and theres a satisfactory conclusion
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on 16 June 2007
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.

In this book Amelia and Emerson must tackle a murderer at the excavation of an ancient Egyptian tomb.
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