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The Deeds of the Disturber: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 5 | [Elizabeth Peters]

The Deeds of the Disturber: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 5

After an adventurous season spent excavating at Dahshoor, and narrowly averting the clutches of the Master Criminal, Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson and her spouse prepare for a quiet summer in England. The social and domestic routine, though interrupted by the precocious escapades of their only child, Ramses, hardly seems much of a challenge for the indomitable Emersons.
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After an adventurous season spent excavating at Dahshoor, and narrowly averting the clutches of the Master Criminal, Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson and her spouse prepare for a quiet summer in England. The social and domestic routine, though interrupted by the precocious escapades of their only child, Ramses, hardly seems much of a challenge for the indomitable Emersons.

But, rest assured, dear reader...domesticity does not prevail. When a night watchman mysteriously dies in front of the mummy Lady Henutmehit in the Egyptian room of the British Museum, Amelia is on the scene with her trusty parasol, ready to do battle with the malignant mummy.

Despite the appearance of an ancient sem priest and cryptic notes in hieroglyphics, Amelia surmises that a less-ancient villain is at work, a villain with evil plans for select members of the British archeological community, including her beloved Emerson. Is the villain plotting Emerson's demise, or something even more sinister?

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©1988 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1993 Recorded Books, Inc.

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    Wende Orlando, FL, USA 03-30-05
    Wende Orlando, FL, USA 03-30-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Excellent Narrator"

    For fans of the Amelia Peabody series, I highly recommend Ms Rosenblat's narration. She provides Amelia with a lovely british accent and appropriate voices for the other various characters. From a gruff and husky Emerson to the high and childlike Ramses her narration is completely entertaining. As this is the 5th Amelia Peabody narration I have listened to, three by Ms Rosenblat, I have established a definite preference for her's.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    JGrace California 06-28-11
    JGrace California 06-28-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Always good for a laugh"

    Deeds of the Disturber??? Elizabeth Peters
    audio version performed by Barbara Rosenblat

    4 stars
    Deeds of the Disturber is the fifth book in Peter???s Amelia Peobody series. In this book, Amelia, her husband Radcliff Emerson and their precocious son Ramses have returned to England after a season of excavation and detection in Egypt. While Emerson sets about organizing his excavation notes and preparing for publication by the Oxford University Press, Amelia is burdened with the care of her obnoxious niece and nephew. The plot immediately thickens with the death of a night watchman and the desecration of a mummy at the British Museum. Investigating the crime takes Amelia, Emerson and the intrepid Ramses from the brothels and opium dens of Victorian London to Scotland Yard. The exciting climax occurs in the dark confines of the decaying, gothic Mauldy Manner.
    This book is a pastiche of detective fiction and a spoof of Victorian society dramas. I adore Amelia Peobody. More than that, I adore Barbara Rosenblat???s talented interpretation of this entertaining series. Every voice, every inflection and especially every accent she employs is perfect. Rosenblat???s rendition of the young Ramses is one of the funniest things I???ve ever heard. It is worth listening to for this line alone, ???Fortunately, I???ve brought along a little nitroglycerin.???

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robbin B. Williams USA 11-17-10 Member Since 2010

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    "the Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peters"

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra 08-07-06
    Alexandra 08-07-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Change of Pace"

    This Amelia Peabody book takes place mainly in England, rather than the adventurous Egypt. I was not sure I would enjoy it in a differnt locale, but the story was fast paced, exciting, and entertaining. Once again, Barbara Rosenblat lends excellent narration to the story. I have thoroughly enjoyed the British accent she uses with these characters. Much more so than the versions by Susan O'Mallay. Of books 1-6, this is by far my favorite.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Narberth, PA, USA 09-14-05
    Christine Narberth, PA, USA 09-14-05
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    "Deeds of the Disturber"

    I read the first of the Amelia Peabody series and really enjoyed it. Looked for another with Barbara Rosenblatt narrating since she got such excellent reviews and chose this one. I have to say that I was disappointed. Formulaic for sure. But the most irritating part was the "we have such a great sex life" and "Emerson gets my juices going" repetition. I wanted to say "All right, I've got it! You have a good sex life!". However, story was decent, narrator excellent. I am now reading an Amelia Peabody that is much later and the WONDERFUL sex life thing seems to have disappeared - so maybe it was just this book or books relatively early in the series.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Houston, Texas, United States 11-26-12
    Barbara Houston, Texas, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Intrigue finds the Emersons in England!"

    Although I personally did not enjoy this storyline as much as I have the others in this series, it wins five out of five stars because it is still a superlative work.

    Egypt is not the only place that intrigue finds the Emersons! The team of Emerson and Peabody are summering, as they always do, in England and yet there is no respite for them from the crime and murder they always seem to attract in Egypt.

    Bound to London because of a book deadline, Emerson tries to persuade Peabody that she should summer in a more salubrious setting with Walter and Evelyn. Amelia will not have it. A death has occurred at the British Museum; but was it of natural causes as the police seem to believe or of a more diabolical origin?

    A great returning cast of characters and some new ones as well as the change of venue make this book a nice interlude for fans of Peters and Rosenblat.

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    Susan Warners Bay, Australia 11-20-12
    Susan Warners Bay, Australia 11-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Lights your day with great storytelling /narration"
    Where does The Deeds of the Disturber rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For a lighthearted series character development and story telling is both enthralling and enchanting.Quite a different series to most.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful narration. She brings the characters to life and into your heart.


    Any additional comments?

    A fantastic series....Far removed from the modern day stresses-a wonderful trip into a bygone era.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sonja München, Germany 08-29-12
    Sonja München, Germany 08-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Amelia Peabody and her family in high spirits!"
    What did you love best about The Deeds of the Disturber?

    The story takes place in Great Britain and features highborn families, an archeologist and his wonderful family and not so wonderful relatives in a funny and highly entertaining chase for a vicious murderer disguised as an ancient Egyptian priest.
    Ramses Emerson is emerging as a skilled investigator, Amelia herself is caught in the throngs of jealousy and Emerson is his usual irascible self.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Deeds of the Disturber?

    Ramses disguises himself as a girl and finds that girls are more inhibiting than playing a street urchin.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Her performances always are a rare delight. Her work on the British accent could be improved at times.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Amelia Peabody Emerson succumbs to jealousy. Everyone can relate to this!


    Any additional comments?

    A must for any Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Rosenblat enthusiast!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Locke United States 07-30-12
    Dale Locke United States 07-30-12

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    "Absolutely entertaining!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the 5th book in the Amelia Peabody Series that I have listened to, and have never felt compelled to write a review. I do so now, because I am always so entertained on each and every book. I love the character, Amelia, as she writes in her journal and told in the first person by the VERY talented Barbara Rosenblat. Her voices for each of the characters is just great!

    The writing is so funny. The sexual innuendo between Amelia and her husband is charming and amusing, as is the competitive nature between the spouses as they attempt to outwit the bad guys.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course Amelia. A progressive woman in the Victorian era who does it her way. Always strong, always opinionated and always ready to admit her errors (but never to her husband, just to you "dear reader").

    But of course I love her blustering husband, as well, and their son Ramses is now coming into his own in assisting the crime solving duo.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent! Don't know her background, but she must be a stage actress. She makes the story come alive.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend listening to them all starting with book 1. Each book is written as a serial and adds to the overall story line and relationship between Amelia and her husband.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Chattanooga, TN, United States 09-27-11
    J. Chattanooga, TN, United States 09-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Peabody!!"

    Having read varied books from this series, I'm in the process of either reading (traditionally from print) or listening to each as core characters chronologically age and expand. Usually, I truly enjoy the blending of Victorian, British, and Egyptian customs tweeked by this unusually forward thinking family. Yet in this book ... Peabody is too egocentric and shows several influences of class distinction usually not part of her usual character. Still a fun read or listen, just slighlty different than the first four books.

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  • Stephanie
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    8/18/07
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    "The Emersons in London"

    Even away from her beloved Egypt Amelia manages to practice her 'detectival skills'. Encountering murder, mayhem and mummies, not to mention decadent aristocrats, an opium den and a possible rival for Emerson's affections ... Amelia merely grips her parasol tighter and deals with them all. Emerson growls, the police are baffled, journalists are everywhere and Ramses has his own problems coping with his revolting cousins. However, this doesn't stop him donning disguises, joining forces with the butler and of course, saving the day. As usual, Barbara Rosenblat lends her own inimitable style and has you laughing out loud. Elizabeth Peters manages to take every mystery and romantic cliche and turn them on their heads - taking us on a wonderfully erudite and entertaining romp through the streets of Victorian London with characters we want to meet again and again.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jill
    Hove, E Sussex, United Kingdom
    5/11/07
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    "witty, fun and gloriously read!"

    Am I right in thinking Barbara Rosenblat is American? You'd never know it - she does the voices impeccably: Victorian posh , Cockney, Irish, Arabic, male, female, children's ....They are great fun, these Amelia Peabody books, with a satisfying amount of erudition and background research underlying the sparky narrative. The formidable, parasol-wielding heroine is frequently forced to yield to erotic and tender impulses when dealing with her wily husband and precocious son, two more excellent comic creations.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    10/27/07
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    "Great fun all round"

    The story rattles on at a good pace, the narration is excellent, and a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "The Deeds of the Disturber"

    This was something of a surprise, being set in England this time. A good story read by a great narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    Penzance, United Kingdom
    2/7/09
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    "Tremendous fun and so authentic sounding"

    If Amelia Peabody could speak she would sound just like Barbara Rosenblatt! She really brings this book (and all the other Peabody books) to life. A wonderful listen which brings out the humour in the original.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ligs
    Claix, France
    9/18/13
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    "Very Enjoyable! Superb Narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Narrator was excellent as usual, truly one of the best narrators I have heard giving life and character to everyone she reads.

    This book was based in England, a nice change from Egypt and I enjoyed the plot and the way the story developed. A certain amount of 'willing suspension of disbelief' is required with all Amelia Peabody books, but the language is rich, intelligent and rewarding and the characters both interesting and portrayed with a sense of humour. A very enjoyable listen.

    However, such a pity that Audible does not have book 4 of this series available in their listings as it is referred to frequently in this and subsequent books in the series.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to several of this narrators books, and she is consistently superb throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    Please can you ensure that you have the full Amelia Peabody series available, from start to finish. Book 4 missing and others I think.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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