It was Sir Henry's intention to ensure that no tomb had been overlooked in the previous expedition. Scarcely had the men been at work for three days when their spades uncovered the first of a series of steps cut into the rock.
The Times gave the story a full column, on page three. The next dispatch to come to Luxor, however, rated front-page headlines. Sir Henry Baskerville was dead. He was found next morning stiff and stark in his bed. On his face was a look of ghastly horror. On his high brow, inscribed in what appeared to be dried blood, was a crudely drawn uraeus serpent, the symbol of the divine pharaoh.
Instead of digging up the treasures of a lost age, it appeared that Amelia and her friend Radcliffe were excavating a deadly curse.
©1981 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1990 Recorded Books LLC
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I don't know if it was my excitement to start my other book or spring fever but I really struggled through the last half of this book. I enjoyed the first book quite a bit, especially Ms. Peabody's personality and to hell with societies expectations but this one seemed much slower than the first. It probably could have been shorter and perhaps it was the supporting characters that made it less exciting than the first, but there it is. Still worth a read but just a bit lagging on and on and on.
I cannot even begin to say what a great job Barbara Rosenblat does as a narrator. She is to the Amelia Peabody series what Jonathan Cecil is to the Wodehouse books. Ms. Rosenblat brings the story - and its wonderful humor - to life and elevates an already great book to even further heights.
Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!
Having just finished Elizabeth Peters' first book (listen) with "Amelia Peabody," I was eager to read the second in her series. I can't say that I would not recommend it, but I will say that I did not enjoy it as much as her first. Some things were predictable, and some were just plain silly. Overall, however, Amelia does capture one's sensibilities with her wit, cleverness, and abililty to be the consummate heroine. This plot was a little weak, and, at times, became slow. But the work as a whole is charming and, as was her first book, a fun mystery, surrounded by egyptology, tomb explorations, lighthearted banter, and, of course detective work! So far as I can tell, having only read the two books, this is a series to be read when one is in the mood for light, entertaining, uncomplicated mysteries, to fill a time when one is not in the mood for serious, more thought-provoking and intense stories. As with her first book, I found that it might be best to read these books in chronological order, as there was some essential information about Amelia and her family that one shouldn't miss.
A historical fiction with a serving of humor and great imagination. The narrator made the story easy to follow and very enjoyable. The author set the scene and introduced the characters into the story very well. If you enjoy ancient Egyptian history you will very much enjoy this narrative.
As always, a plethora of colorful and distinctive characters populate this Peabody mystery, some of who become series-long favorites (you can guess who they are by who's not dead at the end). I think this is one of my favorites because it kept me guessing; I really was surprised at how well everything ultimately tied together. The sheer body count reminded me of Agatha Christie, and keeps things lively throughout. Just listened to it for the third time, of many more, I'm sure.
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Firstly, Barbara Rosenblatt must be the most talented narrator of them all! She brings this book to heights of delicious humor and characterization, from an alcoholic slaver mother deluded by grandeurs of purported past lives, to an eager German clerk, to a simpering, Delilah like widow,
an energetic,irrepressible Irish newspaper reporter, and more, not the least of which are Peabody and Emerson, wife and husband Egyptologists and professional excavators!
Elizabeth Peters manages to entwine a good story, inimitable characters, relationship humor, and
an enticing mystery all into one! This is my second book, and won't be my last.
I do recommend reading them in order; this being the second, where they are on hiatus from Egypt, their heart's love, in order to have their son, Ramses, preternaturally intelligent - well,if your daddy read you his field notes and histories of Egypt, your vocabulary might be extraordinary, too!
But, an opportunity arises to continue the work of an unfortunate lord, recently deceased. Emerson is importuned by the man's widow. Shall they? Shan't they? They can't resist, Ramses, now 4, must be left in England in order to have his still baby body protected from potential disease, but off mama and papa go, to continue the work, and be observers to one after another murder, each entertainingly different. which they must solve in addition to plumbing a
once wondrous tomb.
Love books, reading or listening, wine and quiet evenings by the fire. Mystery's, paranormal, history and biographies.
The Amelia Peabody books are all worth reading and Barbara Rosenblat makes them come alive. The mysteries of Egypt in the 1900's combined with the mysteries of an extraordinary woman. A fun series that I read several times before changing to the audible. Love it!
I couldn't finish it. Glacial pace. Confusing story line. I'm discovering that a high rating does not equate with a good book in my mind.
I enjoyed book 1 in the series so much, I was honestly worried about whether or not Book 2 could meet the incredible standard that Peters and Rosenblat have set. I needn't have worried. I just loved this book, and found myself sitting in my driveway sometimes, just to hear a little more. The dialogue is quick and clever, and Peter's choice of descriptive language left me smiling and even laughing out loud at some of the exchanges between Peabody and Emmerson. You will love this book... just make sure you listen to Book 1 first.
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