But Amelia, accompanied by her quixotic husband Emerson and Ramses, their elusive son, feels an awful, nameless foreboding as she stands upon the decks of the ship that bears them across waters of the Mediterranean towards Egypt.
Perhaps it has something to do with what transpired the last time they investigated the ruins of the Black Pyramid. On that infamous occasion they came face-to-face with Sethos, that chameleon-like villain otherwise known as The Master Criminal. While successful in depriving this "genius of crime" of his ill-gotten treasure, they were thwarted in their attempts to capture him. He escaped into the night like a wily serpent, revenge embroidered upon his countenance.
It is inevitable that The Master Criminal should come face-to-face with the inimitable Amelia Peabody again, but this time it is not antiquities he is after, but Amelia herself!
©1986 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC
"Bursting with surprises, a sheer delight" (Publishers Weekly)
"Peters really knows how to spin romance and adventure into a mystery." (Philadelphia Enquirer)
Amelia & Co. do more detecting than digging, as usual, when the Master Criminal shows up again -- but this time, he's not after artifacts. The treasure he wants is ... human. With Barbara Rosenblatt doing her usual fantastic job, we're transported to arid Egypt in the midst of the Emerson clan, and the action never stops.
Interesting introduction to one of the best scoundrels to plague the Emersons.
Barbara Rosenblatt is excellent, as usual in this series but you must continue with the next books to get the full benefit of Ms Rosenblatt's ability to round out new personalities.
This is a romp and you must appreciate the tongue-in-cheek humor of the author to fully enjoy this terrific series.
Yes, I probably will, but not until I have heard all of them first.
Not on the edge of my seat, but the plot is a page turner - if you can have that from a cd.I have listed to so many now that I feel that the stories are almost more of a biography of the Peabody Emerson family than simply murder/thrillers. That does not mean they are not great stories, because they are - and delight of delight - I have many more to go.
I think she actually adds another dimension to the great Elizabeth Peters stories. I am continually amazed at the variety of voices she brings to her reading to make the stories more than real. In fact I have wondered if she was not the only reader - but I know she is.Listening to her read, and I've heard her read several, makes me feel I almost know the characters because she has breathed extra life into them. She is a most gifted woman (somewhat like Peabody herself!)
I'm not sure what 'tag line' means.However what a brilliant BBC series these stories would make - there would be almost endless series. Fabulous scenery in Egypt with pyramids and so on as background. Back in the UK at the turn of the century and up to the 1920s - It would be a real winner.
I listen to these stories as I drive - the miles fly by!
I greatly enjoy Barbara Rosenblat's readings of the Amelia Peabody series. I think she does a good job with timing of the often subtle humor.
I enjoy the stories themselves for the mystery that keeps me listening and the subtle humor of the characters.
The father of all curses and the mother of wee Ramses are off to Egypt for another season of hunting the mummies and the master criminal.Ramses is with them once again, and his folks have to deal with his exceeding curiosity and precociousness,, amongst other things. I listened to this with my husband, and parts of it had us really laughing out loud. This was definitely the most fun I have had, listening to an Amelia Peabody mystery.
Barbara Rosenblat gives her best performance, and that is counting all the Anna Pigeon and Goldie Schultz novels I have had the pleasure of listening to. Her performance alone makes this title worth its price, but add Peters' engaging characters and involving mystery, and "Lion in the Valley," adds up to a download well worth your one credit. As gruff as Emerson is, and as outspoken as Amelia is, how they will ever get through Ramses' childhood, let alone his years of puberty, is the real mystery to me...when he is already feeling the effects of the female form, at the tender age of eight!!!! The mysteries involving secret identities, innumerable characters in disguise, and of course, the identity, the seemingly mystical abilities and the evil plans of the master criminal, are their own subplots...and all of it is so much fun!! If you liked the other Amelia Peabody installments, I think you will like this one even more!
Avid book lover and listener. Nuff said for this purpose.
After awhile you bet. I usually only read a book, or listen, once. With this dynamite duo though 2nd time I hear more of the details. Rosenblat brings Amelia to life in a way that is not only entertaining but can almost make it believable.
With Ramses (Amelia and Emerson's prodigal son), one has to stay on the edge to know what he's up to. Since I really like Egyptian archaeology the plots reveal actual artifacts that one has to pay attention to so not to miss them! And we don't want anything happen to our Ms Peabody (aka Amelia).
In a word, Everything! She----is----Amelia Peabody. I know when each character is "speaking" and she also has Emerson and Ramses voices to perfection.
England's aristocracy unveiled! And then some.
If you've never tried one of Peters' novels about Amelia Peabody do yourself an auditory favor and download one___all My genre is Stevem King, Koontz, Books like Polar Star and Girl With a Horners Neat (?)...etc but my wife is English so I gave it a try for her and loved/love every minute of her books! You can't go wrong unless you just don't enjoy real entertainment. Rosenblat is the female counter part of the most believed Frank Muller when telling a story with all the nuiances... Such a treat.
Yes. Barbara Rosenblatt makes the characters come alive. She takes a fun melodramatic, historical fiction and makes it even more fun.
All the characters are at their feistiest.
She is always good. I first heard her do Mrs. Polifax mysteries and was amazed that she could do men, women, and many different accents.
Once again, very fun to experience this story again on audio, but in this case, I definitely still prefer the print version, mainly because the voice Barbara Rosenblat uses for Sethos is awful. At least in my opinion. Ah, well. Other than that, totally enjoyable though!
Again, I must be the exception here but I really am disappointed in Rosenblat's narration. Amelia would never be so lethargic in her delivery. Emerson does not sound like the perfect physical specimen Amelia frequently refers to, but more of a pompous windbag. Having listened to both Susan O'Malley and Barabara Rosenblatt I'd take O'Malley's missing accent anytime.
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