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)
Barbara Rosenblat brings Amelia to life, a forceful, wry and observant character Barbara makes her leap off the page as if she were sitting beside you and speaking of her experiences in Egypt, making me wish she were real and I could spend time with her.
I really enjoyed the first book of the series, but this book, I just can't listen, I tried to listen for 1 hour but I can't go on...
The book is well read. And I absolutely adore the characters in thhis series.
I always smile a lot reading these books.
"une vie dediée aux livres"
Superstition, deception, far-sightedness.
The midnight meeting between Amelia and Arthur Baskerville
New traits in Amelia's and Radcliff's personalities.
Yes, when Amelia fears for Emerson's life and runs to the ancient tomb to help her husband.
Light and amusing as they may be, Amelia's adventures give us a good insight of Egypt's history. The mysteries are well built, and the constant irony is a subterraneous piece of advice - moderation in all aspects of life.
Barbara Rosenblat's performance adds facets to the already rich personalities of the various characters.
When the pastoral boredom of the English countryside becomes too onerous for them, the sleuthing archeologist duo of Emerson / Peabody once again head back to Egypt to solve a mystery while excavating a site or two in their inimitable, intrepid way.
Called back to fulfill a widow’s tribute to her deceased husband and per the instructions of his will by finishing the excavation he started, the E/P duet confer and decide to take on the project. The task seems simple as well as inviting but when the bodies keep piling up and there are a plethora of potential perpetrators, Emerson becomes increasingly vexed at his wife’s daring and persistent investigation into the crimes. He would like her to concentrate on cataloguing the dig; however when they become the target of the next murder attempt, he sees that the elimination of the dangerous murder or murders is a priority if they are to survive to complete their project.
The accuracy and vivid description of the setting, culture, tools, social system, as well as the vocabulary employed by each diverse Nationality place the ‘reader’ precisely in the middle of that point in time and country. If you enjoy Victorian Sleuthing Novels, as do I, you cannot miss this series!
As mentioned in the headline, this book kept me up until the wee hours. The narrator deserves more than equal credit (although how you could give 100% of the credit to the author AND to the narrator for this fine piece of work is still problematic) because she made the entire cast of diverse characters come to life! I have listened to the Susan O’Malley version (that I purchased in error) of one of the books in this series and Barbara Rosenblat is vastly superior. So much so that, while I continued on with the series, I went back and re-purchased that book by the better narrator.
Well worth the credit or the cash!
Yes, because book two develops the characters that appear in later stories and I would like to gain a bit more background of them. Also the story is gripping.
Emerson's antics at the Fantasia. Also their decision at the end to take Ramses with them in future.
I like the series, but have only had the later ones read and so I was looking forward to hear the earlier books to set the scene, so to speak, for the later ones. Often I find myself smiling. Laugh out loud - not yet.
Has Ms Rosenblatt recorded all the books in the series?
"My Dearest Peabody!" and her husband Radcliffe are again off on another excavation to preserve the antiquities of the ancient Egyptians while fighting off knives, poisons, visions in white and their own desperate care and love for each other - which creates dangerous situations as well. I cried and laughed - "He had a headache!!" And I thoroughly enjoyed this book - can't wait for more adventures!
If they haven't read one of these stories, it's a good read. Otherwise the story line is a little predictable.
Make the main character less perfect.
By using different voices, well doine!
Yes and don't know.
I already have.
I liked the Egyptian history. The characters were borning and predictable - I didn't enjoy the snobbery and the explosive temper. The child was too much.
Her performance is good -- it's just the written characters that I did not care for.
If Elizabeth Peters had more likable characters. it would be better, her stories are interesting.
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