I hadn't heard of the Amelia Peabody series before it popped up in an audible sale, but after reading the description, I decided to take a chance on it. I am so glad that I did! It's a wonderfully fun mystery, simultaneously maintaining the Victorian primness of the era it's set in, while the title character insists on taking her own liberties in society (within reason, of course).
I am not extremely well-studied in archaeology, but from my brief forays into the subject (via several anthropology classes in college) the technical aspects of the archeological digs seem to be accurate enough, at least, accurate enough to be believable and sensible.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the tension between Amelia and Emerson, and thought that the way that they discovered the secret of the mummy, as well as any feelings that resulted from the entire affair, to be well in line with the Victorian literature that Peters is tipping her glass to.
It's definitely light reading, there's no deep chills or thrills here. It feels like it'll be a series of mysteries more in line with MURDER SHE WROTE or ROSEMARY & THYME. (Or even MONK or PSYCH.)
Here's what you need to ask yourself:
Do you like pushy, audacious ladies who wish they didn't have to wear bustles?
Do you like supposedly proper english gentlemen behaving boorishly?
Do you like it when the aforementioned ladies leave said gentlemen sputtering in rage with a few carefully chosen remarks?
Do you like it when all the characters stop in the middle of the day for a cup of tea, even in the middle of an egyptian archeological dig site?
Then give it a go!
I don't know. I found the story very slow and boring and didn't even finish it.
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After a few heavier stories, I was looking for an enjoyable, engaging book that provided light entertainment. At first, I wasn't sure if this book would hold my attention, but pretty quickly, it drew me in with the great narration and dry humor. I wasn't disappointed at all!
While I enjoyed the author's work, I want to buy more in the series so that I can hear more of Rosenblat's narration! There wasn't a specific character that stood out; I enjoyed them all!
Yes, I already have. It's funny, and a romantic mystery, and wonderfully written and narrated.
I am not much of a mystery reader, but saw this on sale and took a chance. Loved it so much that I purchased the next title in the series and cannot wait to listen!
The main character (Amelia) reminds me of Katherine Hepburn in several of her movies. She is a strong minded, strong willed woman of independent means in a time when it was not so acceptable for women to be so.
This is my first listen by Barbara Rosenblant, but I purchased the second title as much for her performance as the writing.
I bought this book on one of the Audible sales after reading the reviews and was not disappointed! What a fun book and the main character was delightful - just a great interesting woman. The narration was superb and made a likable character even more so. Hoping for some other books from both this author and this narrator!
It could not be better. Barbara Rosenblat was born to read this series and between the accents and complexity of characters, it is certainly not an easy one. I have listened to it several times.
I absolutely adore the characters in this book. So well done..
The characters. Amelia Peabody cracks me up with her self confidence and opinions of which she has many.
. No, have not listened to any others.
I laughed out loud many times. I love the dry British humor.
I love this book! The writing, and especially the character Amelia Peabody remind me so much of another favorite character, Tish, created by Mary Roberts Rinehart. I listen to this book - and its sisters in the series - EVERY year. Never tire of Elizabeth Peters' Peabody; like visiting with a dear friend.
I like the thorough, accurate and detailed descriptions of Egypt of the time period, as well as the social mores affecting Amelia Peabody and the other characters.
Listening to Barbara Rosenblat read this book launched her to the tied No. 1 spot of narrators in my list of favorites (Jim Dale is the other No. 1). I've even begun listening to other series simply because Barbara Rosenblat is the narrator.
I have all the books in this series, and often check to see if Elizabeth Peters is publishing a new "Peabody" for me to read.
The book is an old favorite of mine, so it was fun to listen to it. The narrator did a very good job.
The way she altered her voice for the characters.
Loved the moment when Peabody and Emerson were trapped in the cave.
I really enjoyed listening to this book, which is a favorite of mine. Amelia Peabody is a wonderful character. The narrator did a good job, although the voices/accents were not necessarily what I expected. Overall, this is a great find.
What a truly delightful mystery! Amelia Peabody is a most entertaining protagonist. This is one of the most enjoyable books I have read for some time! I'm looking forward to reading the entire series.
Barbara Rosenblat, again outdoes herself with this wonderful narration! She made the story even better, if that was possible!