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The Curse of The Pharaohs: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2 | [Elizabeth Peters]

The Curse of The Pharaohs: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2

One of the best-loved of mystery writers weaves another tale of intrigue featuring Amelia Peabody and her archaeologist husband Radcliffe. This time the willful and witty duo must catch a murderer at an excavation of an ancient Egyptian tomb in Luxor.
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Publisher's Summary

The joys of home and hearth are about to drive Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody Emerson mad. While she and her husband, the renowned archaeologist Radcliffe Emerson, dutifully go about raising their son Ramses, she dreams only of the dust and detritus of ancient civilizations. Providentially, a damsel in distress - coupled with a promising archaeological site - demands their immediate presence in Egypt. The damsel is Lady Baskerville, and the site is a tomb in Luxor recently discovered by Sir Henry Baskerville - who promptly died under bizarre circumstances. The tabloids immediately scream "The Curse of the Pharaohs!"

Amelia and Radcliffe arrive to find the camp in disarray, the workers terrified, and a most eccentric group of guests. A ghost even appears.

This is not at all what Amelia considers an atmosphere conductive to scientific discovery. Never one to deny others the benefit of her advice and example, the indomitable Victorian sets about bringing order to chaos and herself that much closer to danger. How Amelia triumphs over the forces of evil - and those who would stand between her and her beloved antiquities - make for a delightfully spirited adventure.

Don't miss the rest of the Amelia Peabody series.

©1981 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1999 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    KHatley 01-10-12
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    What did you love best about The Curse of The Pharaohs?

    I really enjoyed this installment of Peabody's escapades. I enjoy the convaluted reasoning that Peabody uses to conclude the adventures that seem to seek her out. The stilted English persona's are very entertaining and the narrator really brings the characters to life.


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    Anthony waterboro, ME, USA 06-19-09
    Anthony waterboro, ME, USA 06-19-09
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    "Better than the first one"

    Okay, the narrator stinks but the story was so much more cohesive. The first books plot was unravelled halfway through. This one was enchaning and gripping. Not the best book ever but pretty darn good!

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    Cynthia Lancaster, PA 05-04-06
    Cynthia Lancaster, PA 05-04-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Not one of Peters' best"

    I agree that this book is a rather stilted follow-up to Crocodile on the Sandbank, but it does introduce some characters who become important in later books so is probably worth a listen. The narrator is not as wonderful as Rosenblatt, but not quite as awful as some of the reviews suggest.

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    Lawrence Greensboro, NC, United States 12-21-04
    Lawrence Greensboro, NC, United States 12-21-04 Member Since 2003
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    "A vote FOR this narrator"

    Unlike some of the other reviewers, I quite enjoyed Ms. O'Malley's narration. She deftly managed voices for different accents and genders. Amelia and Radcliffe were delightfullty delivered. The voicing of the remaining characters ranged from inspired to perfectly adequate. Oh and the book was good too.

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    acecustomer 11-30-05
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    "Don't waste your time or money"

    British housewife dry attempts at humour. Where can I get my money back. Please save yourself the pain.

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