A River in the Sky (Amelia Peabody, Bk 19)
A River in the Sky - Amelia Peabody, Bk 19 Author:Elizabeth Peters August 1910. Banned from the Valley of the Kings, Amelia Peabody and husband Emerson are persuaded to follow would-be archaeologist Major George Morley on an expedition to Palestine. Somewhere in this province of the corrupt, crumbling Ottoman Empire -- the Holy Land of three religions -- Morley is determined to unearth the legendary Ark of the ... more »Covenant.
At the request of British Intelligence, Emerson will be keeping an eye on the seemingly inept Morley, believed to be an agent of the Kaiser sent to stir up trouble in this politically volatile land. Amelia hopes to prevent a catastrophically unprofessional excavation from destroying priceless historical finds and sparking an armed protest by infuriated Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Meanwhile, Amelia's headstrong son, Ramses, working on a dig at Samaria, encounters an unusual party of travelers and makes a startling discovery -- information that he must pass along to his parents in Jerusalem . . . if he can get there alive.« less
Every book in Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody-Emerson series is wonderful. I kept hoping Peters would write more books about the period when Peabody-Emerson's son Ramses (brother of demons) was younger- they were so much fun to read and her frustration over what to warn Ramses NOT to do was so funny. This one has excavations, pre-WWI espionage, murder, to keep things going. If you never read Peters' series, try to find Crocodile on the Sandbank (lst in series) and you should get hooked.
As usual the family gets pulled into an exhibition when Ramses doesn't show up where he's requested at his mother's behest. They end up of all places in Palestine. This is before Ramses and Nefret are together, but when David and Lia are engaged I believe. As usual a good read.