Amelia Peabody is one of the good ones. She is a feminist, but totally loves her husband and child. She is a "busybody" but aren't all the good female investigators? In this one she and her husband are called to Egypt to investigate a recently discovered tomb - with a curse! Cats, kids, curses, killings.....this one has it all.
The book is a fun read, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I remember enjoying the first book in the Amelia Peabody series, "Crocodile on the Sandbank." I assume that the introduction of Amelia and Emerson's son, Ramses, just a toddler in this book, means the inclusion of a new character in the series. I guessed the murderer early in the book, so for those who enjoy trying to solve a mystery, you'll probably find this unsatisfying. Sections in this book also are a little too "romancy," which is not surprising considering Peters is also Barbara Michaels.
But, I do like the characters, so I'll no doubt continue on with this series.
Amelia Peabody is at it again! After the birth of her and Emersons son, Ramses and a 5 year hiatus from Egypt they jump at the chance to take over digging at a cursed tomb site. Death follows them, frustrating their work, spooking their workers and leading to both Peabody and Emerson nearly killing each other in the process!
Amelia and Emerson return to Egypt to explore a site where its previous archeologist died-was the cause the curse or was he murdered?
Very good book
One of my absolute favorites in high school and beyond. I read this book, and the others in the series, many, many times.
Second in the Amelia Peabody historical mystery series, I decided to give this a try by listening to it rather than reading, as I really didn't care for the first one that I read and someone in some group suggested I try listening to it. At first, it went well--this is actually the first audio book I've ever listened to, and I'd been concerned about not being able to concentrate on either the book or whatever else I was doing, but that part was fine. After the first half of the book (about 5 hours of listening time) I found myself just as annoyed with the overbearing, pompous Peabody's character and her frequent descriptions of her darling Emerson's superb physique (not to mention his snarling, nasty disposition!) as I had been when I read the other book in print form. I did finish it as I wanted to see if I'd guessed correctly as to who was the bad guy (I was) but the last couple of hours were almost torture. I couldn't even skim to the end! LOL So while I definitely will try more audio books in future, it will NOT be of this series. I'm done with it!
I thoroughly enjoy the background information Peters provides about Egypt, its people and culture.
I was surprised how entertaining this book was. It is a series of mysteries and you will fall in love with Amelia and her escapades. I don't tend to read mysteries but even I didn't guess how it would end! It's a simple read, easy on the mind.
This is the second in the series of about 19 Amelie Peabody mysteries. Amelia and her Egyptologist husband go for "the season" of digging in Egypt in the 1890's, while their infant son Ramses stays home with friends. Inevitably, bodies and suspicious people cross their paths. This is not your usual mystery, as it is written in 1890-style language of the indominable Peabody in her journal. Aside from being fun mysteries, these books are romances and views of family life of the era, and are very, very funny. We are reading them aloud at night, working our way through the series.
This is a quick little book to read and I enjoyed the dialogue between the characters. It is about Egyptologists working in the Pre-WWII era and the relationship between the husband and wife who are highly trained and highly intellectual. Each of these books are mysteries and enjoyable to read. Genny
I absolutely love Emerson and Peabody. Their adventures have garnered my interest in Egyptology and satisfied my thurst for adventure.
amelia peabody and radcliffe emerson heroic survivors of crocodile on the sandbank are called back to egypt by lady baskerville to complete the excavation of a recentlt discovered cursed tomb.
Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson are called back to Egypt, only to find themselves once again working to solve the mystery behind the deaths of more and more native workers, a missing heir, and Lord Baskerville's untimely death.
Very enjoyable, great characters and a fun read.
Second book in the Amelia Peabody series. Amelia and Radcliffe travel to Egypt. reluctantly leaving their young son Ramses in England. A renounced archeologist is dead, the tabloids scream "The Curse of the Pharaohs". How Amelian triumphs over the forces of evil--and hose who would stand between her and her beloved antiquitie--make for a delightfully spirited adventure.
Getting an introduction to Ramses and his future attitudes and behaviors as Peabody and Emerson escape England to return to Egypt to solve another mystery. Great read
The first Amelia Peabody mystery. Amelia visits Egypt for the very first time. Author Elizabeth Peters has a degree in Egyptology from the University of Chicago Oriental Institute. She writes historically accurate and wonderfully entertaining mysteries!
The second in Elizabeth Peters' Egyptian mystery series. I read the first
one, The Crocodile on the Sandbank, in December, and while it wasn't my
favorite book ever, I liked it well enough to pick up the next one.
While I was disappointed by the first one ending in having Amelia, the
smart, independent Victorian heroine married and knocked up, I was
DELIGHTED that this one opens with her being rather overwhelmed and
unenthused by motherhood, not fitting into Ladies' Society at all, and
ready to leave the kid with someone else for an extended period and go
back to archaeology. Which, with her husband, she does.
Hired by a wealthy widow whose Egyptologist husband is rumored to have
been done in by a sinister ancient curse, Amelia's husband expects to
finish a momentuous excavation - but when more violence and disappearances
occur, it's time for more detective work than archaeology.
Peters is an Egyptologist herself, and it really shows in these books,
which is a big plus. However, the mysteries themselves, I'm finding, are
just a little bit too typical of the genre.
Radcliffe and Amelia Emerson return to Egypt in this second novel of the series, which was a fun read but not quite as good as the first book.
Even though I read book 8 by Elizabeth Peters I am glad I found this one and Book 8 didn't spoil this book. Really enjoy this writer.
The joys of home and hearth are about to drive Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody Emerson mad. While she and her husband, the renowned archeologist Radcliffe Emerson, dutifully go about raising their young son Ramses, she dreams only of the dust and detritus of ancient civilizations. Providentially, a damsel in distress..coupled with a promising archeological site..demands their immediate presence in Egypt.
The damsel is Lady Baskerville, and the site is a tomb in Luxor recently discovered by Sir Henry Baskerville..who promptly died under bizarre circumstances. The tabloids immediately scream "The Curse of the Pharaohs!"
Amelia and Radcliffe arrive to find the camp in disarray, the workers terrified, and a most eccentric group of guests. A ghost even aappears.
This is not at all what Amelia considers an atmosphere conducive to scientific discovery. Never one to deny others the benefit of her advice and example, the indomitable Victorian sets about bringing order to chaos and herself that much closer to danger. How Amelia triumps over the forces of evil..and those who would stand between her and her beloved antiquities..makes for a delightfully spirited adventure.
In this mystery, Emerson and Amelia return to Egypt at the request of a friend, the recently widowed Mrs. Baskerville. She knows Emerson from many years back and treats him with more affection that Emerson is wholey comfortable with. Mr. Baskerville died while excavating a tomb and left strict instructions that his work should continue in the event of his passing. However, a local reporter has spun the story up with a tale of a curse, causing the local workers to hesitate in assisting the Emersons in the dig.
Before you know it, other folks start dying, a one-eyed thief is trying to inspire the locals to rob the tomb, and a mysterious lady in white is roaming the area stirring up the fears of ghosts and efreets. Emerson takes more than 1 knock to the head and is nearly inadvertently shot by Amelia. He is also harassed by a deranged alcoholic woman who dresses in ancient Egyptian style and purports to have visions of her past lives in which Emerson was her lover. This adds greatly to the comedy of the book.
Meanwhile, Amelia is trying to unravel the mystery of the multiple deaths from the beginning. She also tries to play matchmaker between Mary, the aspiring artist, and her numerous suitors. At one point, she is nearly inadvertently poisoned by Emerson. Oops.
This was a good historical mystery. I liked the interaction between Peabody and Emerson as they both try to solve the string of murders surrounding the archaeological dig. I look forward to reading third book in the series, The Mummy Case.