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)
This series is a true delight. I have read all of the books, twice - but Barbara Rosenblat brings out every nuance and makes the audio books even more enjoyable. The characters come to life with her skillful narration. While these books are certainly full of suspense, they are so funny you will laugh out loud. As a bonus, Elizabeth Peters' PhD in Egyptology enables her to give credibility to her characters' adventures and lets her audience glimpse the Egypt that tourists do not see. Bet you can't listen to just one!
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
This is a fun entry in the series. Elizabeth Peters has a talent for creating characters who the reader cannot wait to encounter time after time! Fortunately, she usually obliges and brings back the good guys! And here we have many of our favorites returning.
Barbara Rosenblat has become THE voice of Amelia Peabody and company. Count me among fans who look forward to her narration as much as we look forward to the next Amelia!
Yes, Peabodyitus! I have it! I love this character. Years ago, I fell into Amelia's world by accident, and I've never wanted out. Elizabeth Peters has created a character that is warm, but strong, loving, but independent. I want to follow her family around always. Of course, I don't want her to catch me doing it, she might pop me with that umbrella!
I am thoroughly enjoying this series, referred to me by a dear friend. I highly recommend this series. I must admitt that the reader (Barbara Rosenblat) has truly made the series live. Also because i enjoy many "period" movies it is easy to place faces, in my minds eye, with each character due of course to the reading of Ms. Rosenblat. Therefore you will understand that when Ms. Rosenblat is not the reader it is a great disappointment. I am now on book 8 "The Hippopotamus Pool" and only one book was not the reader I am so endeared. But please donot allow this to discourage one from reading them all! Many many hours of enjoyment await you all, Robbin Wms
I highly recommend all the Amelia Peabody mysteries by Elizabeth. Peters because they are fun, exciting and oft times humorous.
I love all the characters but young Ramses is by far my favorite. He always has something to say and does so in as many words as possible and the trouble he gets into is amazing.
To put it simply....Barbara Rosenblat could read the phonebook and keep me entharalled!
For those that enjoy this Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peter; Book 4 is just as enjoyable as the others. Once again, it is a mixture of mystery and light romance and witty comedy.
I really enjoyed getting to know their seven year old son, Ramses. I also liked the rivalry I began to see between Amelia and her son.
The narrator, Barbara Rosenblat . . . awesome!
These books are wonderful! Everything about them is good: story, narration and especially writing style. Amelia Peabody? what a fantastic name and it sets the tone for the series so far. This is a great listen, cannot recommend it highly enough
I love all the language used by Ms Peters during her telling of the Peabody Saga. Authors today just do not talk in such a way! Romantic without being sickening sweet!
I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed this one, down to every last minor character, saints and sinners alike. The climax took me completely by surprise the first time I listened to it, and knowing what was coming made the second listen-through all the more entertaining. Fast-paced and action-packed (as historical murder mysteries go), I never got bored, and Ramses' visit to priest is one of my favorite episodes in the series. Super fun.
"A DELIGHTFUL LISTENING EXPERIENCE"
The Amelia Peabody Series is always good for light entertainment and worth revisiting from time to time.
Exchanges between Peabody and her precocious offspring.
Barbara Rosenblat's narration is exceptional. She captures the characters with great humour and versatility.
Victorian mystery laced with humour.
This was my first Peabody experience. Now I have gone back to Book 1 and am working my way through the series. A great way to share afternoons with a friend while drinking coffee !
"Good lighthearted entertainment"
Most enjoyable as have all of this series I have listened to so far, looking forward to the next
"Another Thrilling Installment!"
I really enjoyed listening to this further adventure of Peabody and Emerson (and Ramses, of course!); and as ever, Barbara Rosenblat's narration and voice characterisations are exemplary.
"another excellent listen"
Barbara Rosenblat triumphs again in her interpretation of this book she makes Amelia,Emerson and Ramses come to life
"Thoroughly enjoyable Egyptology whodunnit romp"
Elizabeth Peters' series of Egyptology/Whodunnit romps, starring the indomitable Amelia Peabody, have long been a favourite of mine... so when browsing for an audible title, was pleased to see many of these now available.
If you like a whodunit, have an interest in (or would like to find out a little about) Egyptology, like mild humour and enjoy a book without swearwords or sex scenes - these are great. Maybe not life-changing literary works, but highly 'enjoyable reads' (or listens). I first came across one of these (7 or 8 in the series?) when I grabbed it at an airport and then I had to read all the prior volumes when I got home and have been hooked ever since, especially as an undemanding holiday read.
In the past, have found some Audible books a let-down, due to poor narration - but Barbara Rosenblat is wonderful, Amelia sounds just as I'd imagined her, plus Barbara is cleverly able to bring to life a whole range range of characters, male and female, young and old, English, Egyptian and others.
And due to Ms Peters eschewing the use foul language ("Good Gad!" is about as bad as it gets!) and graphic sex, you can listen to these 'in public' with out fear of offending anyone - when listening to this while gardening this summer, my 80 year old neighbour called over the fence to ask (a) could I turn the volume up, she was following the story, too and (b) what was it, she was really enjoying it...another convert!
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