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?
©1988 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1993 Recorded Books, Inc.
The performer did great with the voices, but her very audible and frequent swallowing was very distracting. It almost made me stop listening to the book all together.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent! Don't know her background, but she must be a stage actress. She makes the story come alive.
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.
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.
"Another great one in the series"
I just love the Amelia Peabody series. The narrator, Barbara Rosenbat, is absolutely brilliant. This stories is one of my favourites.
Great characters and great reading . Swashbuckling adventure with wit and humour. Narration just what it should be. Well done to all
"Another great read."
This is indeed another great read rating is excellent as usual I thoroughly enjoyed the setting London is change from Egypt's and was kept guessing until the final moment of who dunnit!
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