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
"Peters really knows how to spin romance and adventure into a mystery." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
This narrator is great. She is so skilled at doing different voice and adds such entertainment to the stories. I often find myself laughing. Just pure fun and entertainment.
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.
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.
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
What great fun this series is turning out to be. As much as I enjoyed the first, the second is equal in enjoyment and interest. At first I was bothered by the narration of the voice of Emerson, but I'm accustomed to it now and the ability of the narrator to ease from one character to the other is uncanny. I am glad there are many more ahead for me in this series because I have grown to think of Amelia as an engaging companion.
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