When the pastoral boredom of the English countryside becomes too onerous for them, the sleuthing archeologist duo of Emerson / Peabody once again head back to Egypt to solve a mystery while excavating a site or two in their inimitable, intrepid way.
Called back to fulfill a widow’s tribute to her deceased husband and per the instructions of his will by finishing the excavation he started, the E/P duet confer and decide to take on the project. The task seems simple as well as inviting but when the bodies keep piling up and there are a plethora of potential perpetrators, Emerson becomes increasingly vexed at his wife’s daring and persistent investigation into the crimes. He would like her to concentrate on cataloguing the dig; however when they become the target of the next murder attempt, he sees that the elimination of the dangerous murder or murders is a priority if they are to survive to complete their project.
The accuracy and vivid description of the setting, culture, tools, social system, as well as the vocabulary employed by each diverse Nationality place the ‘reader’ precisely in the middle of that point in time and country. If you enjoy Victorian Sleuthing Novels, as do I, you cannot miss this series!
As mentioned in the headline, this book kept me up until the wee hours. The narrator deserves more than equal credit (although how you could give 100% of the credit to the author AND to the narrator for this fine piece of work is still problematic) because she made the entire cast of diverse characters come to life! I have listened to the Susan O’Malley version (that I purchased in error) of one of the books in this series and Barbara Rosenblat is vastly superior. So much so that, while I continued on with the series, I went back and re-purchased that book by the better narrator.
Well worth the credit or the cash!
Yes, because book two develops the characters that appear in later stories and I would like to gain a bit more background of them. Also the story is gripping.
Emerson's antics at the Fantasia. Also their decision at the end to take Ramses with them in future.
I like the series, but have only had the later ones read and so I was looking forward to hear the earlier books to set the scene, so to speak, for the later ones. Often I find myself smiling. Laugh out loud - not yet.
Has Ms Rosenblatt recorded all the books in the series?
"My Dearest Peabody!" and her husband Radcliffe are again off on another excavation to preserve the antiquities of the ancient Egyptians while fighting off knives, poisons, visions in white and their own desperate care and love for each other - which creates dangerous situations as well. I cried and laughed - "He had a headache!!" And I thoroughly enjoyed this book - can't wait for more adventures!
If they haven't read one of these stories, it's a good read. Otherwise the story line is a little predictable.
Make the main character less perfect.
By using different voices, well doine!
Yes and don't know.
I already have.
I liked the Egyptian history. The characters were borning and predictable - I didn't enjoy the snobbery and the explosive temper. The child was too much.
Her performance is good -- it's just the written characters that I did not care for.
If Elizabeth Peters had more likable characters. it would be better, her stories are interesting.
Elizabeth Peters is a wonderful author. Amelia Peabody is an unforgettable character.
Amelia and Emerson, sigh.
No, but she read beautifully.
The audio version is always different because you hear the characters the way someone else interprets them. The reader for this series is GREAT! I love to read the Amelia Peabody books but listening to them has been a pleasure.
There are always twists and turns in Ms. Peters' stories and surprises, too. She knows how to keep you involved with the story.
Barbara Rosenblat is very good as Amelia, but she does a pretty good Ramses, also.
I have read other books by Elizabeth Peters and I like her style. I read "A Crocodile on the Sandbank" first and went on to read the Vicky Bliss series but I've never gotten all the Amelia Peabody books. I working to fix that shortcoming, now, with Audible Books.
So, I've read this book several times before, and it was always one of my least favorites of the early Peabody books for some reason. But listening to it on audiobook sort of made it all fresh and new, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I remember ever enjoying my crumpled old paperback, even though some of the voices sort of annoyed me. I forgot how many recurring characters are introduced in this book--Cyrus Vandergelt, and Kevin O'Connell, and Ramses, and Karl Von Bork, and, of course, the cat Bastet. And I forgot about the Emersons' musings about Tutankhamen's tomb at the end of the book--ho ho! I finished the whole thing in two days and definitely plan on revisiting the rest in audiobook form as well. Yay!
This is one of my favorite books so far.
The villian wasn't revealed until the very end, I hate to know who done it after the first few chapters.
I loved her interpretation of the relationship between the Emersons.
Yes, I listened to this book every chance I got.