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)
I really do love this series. This is my third time reading/listening to them. Even if you can decipher the ending somewhere in the middle, they are still a worthy listen just because the writing is highly enjoyable and the characters are fun. I do really like both the narrators I have heard.
I have said it before and I'll say it again- this series reminds me so much of the Alexia Tarabotti series, especially since the last in that series was set in Egypt. This is the second in the series. I liked the first but I loved this one! The story was interesting and the characters were so well written. My only complaint is that I missed Walter and Eleanor. Rosenblat does an amazing job. She truly is Amelia Peabody.
Writer has great sense of dry humor. Not the best book ever, but story line is interesting and the performance was over the top good. I went back and forth on 4 or 5 stars, but it was a delightful read and kept a smile on my face so I went with 5 stars for the pure entertainment value.
Because the narrator and book are a perfect coupling, this ranks up in the top 10%. I've never really been that curious about Egypt, and other than an occasional documentary, have steered clear of books focused on that geographical area. But Elizabeth Peters makes it accessible, believable and fun. The characters are quirky, the romance is appropriate for all ages and never uncomfortable, and the mystery's have twists, but don't make me so worrisome that I want to jump ahead. I like that, I'm old.
Barbara Rosenblat is perfect for the book. She has a marvelous range for both male & female, and young to old (very Rare) Outstanding performance
This is the second book in the series that I've listened to, and am surprised at how much I enjoy these books. I will be purchasing more from this series
The narrator saved this book. I would recommend to someone who likes Eqyptian tales.
Well rounded reader.
I think I've already seen it.
Yes Rosenblat is an amazing narrator! She brings the characters to life!
Yes all the twists and turns, and the interactions between husband &wife!
Amelia she brings her to life. I could picture her in my head.
I loved the whole book!!
Live life Joyfully!
Amelia, definitely the best character, sassy, fun and full of brains
Refer to answer above! Ramsey was a close second though!
She brings such life to the sharp wit and keeps the story pacey.
I did indeed, the mystery was full of twists and turns and kept me guessing!
I will be purchasing more of this delightful series.
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
After going back in time to find out how Emerson and Peabody met, I felt the need to find out if the next book in the series would introduce their son.
It did and what a delightful introduction it was! But while I loved the introduction, I was quite ready to return to Egypt and another mystery. A good one it is as the couple returns to open a tomb started by another who's death was mysterious...was it of natural causes or were the gods involved. The widow wants Emerson to carry on what her husband started. To do so requires him to leave his young family which he does not want to do...but he is so BORED in England. Peabody, who reads her husband well, and loves Egypt as much as he, makes sure they return to Egypt, a tomb, a great bunch of colorful characters, and a delightful mystery.
Yes, it's an amusing sequel to 'Crocodile on a Sandbank', which introduced us to the memorable and entertaining character, Amelia Peabody.
The characters and the language, the story is so-so.
I can't really say, though I like all of Amelia's conversations with Emerson.
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.
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