I've been keen to read the Amelia Peabody series for some time, and luckily I found this copy recently. It didn't disappoint!
I was aware of its popular classification as a "cozy" mystery, and I'm glad I was, since I was prepared for what I got from this. It wasn't too violent, not too taxing on the mind, a little predictable, with fun characters and some romance thrown into the mix. It was an easy read, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
I will caution anyone who gets this not to read the blurb on the back - especially the Publishers Weekly comment near the bottom, since that will tip something that happens late in the book. That was very poor show to put this on the book!
Here's a list
of the entire Amelia Peabody series, in reverse chronological order, from the ameliapeabody.com
I've just "discovered" Miss Amelia Peabody and had read another one of her adventures when I found this first book. It explains how she got interested in Egypt and how she met the irrasible Emerson. The action at first is a bit slow but picks up nicely towards the second half. I had just about figured out the plot when Miss Amelia makes the comment that "the plot seemed so obvious I felt a child ought to have detected it."
If you like history and Middle East stories, this is the series for you!
This, being the first in the series, sets the stage for the rest of the books. It gives us insight into the different lead characters: who they are, how they relate to each other and their strengths and weaknesses.
This book seemed to be better written than the second (which I'd read first). I hope that the writing stays at this level for the rest of the LONG series.
A woman âof a certain ageâ â past when she thought she'd ever marry, anyway â decides, when her father dies to travel and visit the lands she'd been studying about.
She rescues a young lady while in Rome. This young lady then becomes her traveling companion.
They travel on to Egypt, find archeologists studying a ruin there and stay to assist for a while. There is a âmummy come to lifeâ which threatens to eject them from their âdigâ. Mystery solved by the endâ¦ Read it to find out how.
I read this and found it mildly enjoyable but too predictable. I learned, some time after I had read it, that Peters wrote this as a parody of the romantic mystery genre. It's quite a popular series, I understand.
If Indiana Jones were female, a wife and mother who lived in Victorian times, he would be Amelia Peabody Jones.
An interesting funny mystery.