Although I personally did not enjoy this storyline as much as I have the others in this series, it wins five out of five stars because it is still a superlative work.
Egypt is not the only place that intrigue finds the Emersons! The team of Emerson and Peabody are summering, as they always do, in England and yet there is no respite for them from the crime and murder they always seem to attract in Egypt.
Bound to London because of a book deadline, Emerson tries to persuade Peabody that she should summer in a more salubrious setting with Walter and Evelyn. Amelia will not have it. A death has occurred at the British Museum; but was it of natural causes as the police seem to believe or of a more diabolical origin?
A great returning cast of characters and some new ones as well as the change of venue make this book a nice interlude for fans of Peters and Rosenblat.
This is the 5th book in the Amelia Peabody Series that I have listened to, and have never felt compelled to write a review. I do so now, because I am always so entertained on each and every book. I love the character, Amelia, as she writes in her journal and told in the first person by the VERY talented Barbara Rosenblat. Her voices for each of the characters is just great!
The writing is so funny. The sexual innuendo between Amelia and her husband is charming and amusing, as is the competitive nature between the spouses as they attempt to outwit the bad guys.
Of course Amelia. A progressive woman in the Victorian era who does it her way. Always strong, always opinionated and always ready to admit her errors (but never to her husband, just to you "dear reader").
But of course I love her blustering husband, as well, and their son Ramses is now coming into his own in assisting the crime solving duo.
Excellent! Don't know her background, but she must be a stage actress. She makes the story come alive.
Would recommend listening to them all starting with book 1. Each book is written as a serial and adds to the overall story line and relationship between Amelia and her husband.
Having read varied books from this series, I'm in the process of either reading (traditionally from print) or listening to each as core characters chronologically age and expand. Usually, I truly enjoy the blending of Victorian, British, and Egyptian customs tweeked by this unusually forward thinking family. Yet in this book ... Peabody is too egocentric and shows several influences of class distinction usually not part of her usual character. Still a fun read or listen, just slighlty different than the first four books.
This is my favorite Amelia Peabody adventure since I started reading the series. Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike any of them, but this one was particularly good.
Amelia was made to feel a bit insecure in this book, and the touch of humanity this condition lent her narrative reminded me of how dear she really is. When circumstances force her to examine her relationships with those she loves, she does not withdraw into self-centered fear or lash out on the nearest warm body. She remains constant and committed in her nagging and her affection, and swallows her pride to extend a helping hand to the deserved and undeserving alike. A remarkable woman, Peabody.
I was not at all happy with Ms.Rosenblat's reading.
It wasn't that she was bad.....it is more like she put too much effort into the reading of "Deeds of the Disturber". Elizabeth Peters' work just didn't need the heavy sighs or overwrought inflections Ms. Rosenblat put into the words. That being said, I could live with "Amelia" but the other characters just sounded awful.....I hate saying that but it is my feeling. I'm throwing my cds with Ms. Rosenblat of "Deeds of the Disturber" into the trash. I have bought the version with Susan O'Malley instead. No, she doesn't have a proper British accent. Surprisingly she doesn't need it. Rather Ms. O'Malley allows Ms. Peters words to illuminate the very Britishness of Amelia's soul as well as giving a voice to the masculine character in both Ramses and Emerson. She is terrific. She also pronounces Abdulah correctly!!