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.
Another entertaining story from the archeological detectives. Barbara Rosenblat's narration is spot on and adds energy to all the characters.
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.
This is my favorite Amelia Peabody adventure since I started reading the series. Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike any of them, but this one was particularly good.
Amelia was made to feel a bit insecure in this book, and the touch of humanity this condition lent her narrative reminded me of how dear she really is. When circumstances force her to examine her relationships with those she loves, she does not withdraw into self-centered fear or lash out on the nearest warm body. She remains constant and committed in her nagging and her affection, and swallows her pride to extend a helping hand to the deserved and undeserving alike. A remarkable woman, Peabody.
I was not at all happy with Ms.Rosenblat's reading.
It wasn't that she was bad.....it is more like she put too much effort into the reading of "Deeds of the Disturber". Elizabeth Peters' work just didn't need the heavy sighs or overwrought inflections Ms. Rosenblat put into the words. That being said, I could live with "Amelia" but the other characters just sounded awful.....I hate saying that but it is my feeling. I'm throwing my cds with Ms. Rosenblat of "Deeds of the Disturber" into the trash. I have bought the version with Susan O'Malley instead. No, she doesn't have a proper British accent. Surprisingly she doesn't need it. Rather Ms. O'Malley allows Ms. Peters words to illuminate the very Britishness of Amelia's soul as well as giving a voice to the masculine character in both Ramses and Emerson. She is terrific. She also pronounces Abdulah correctly!!
"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.
"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.
"Great fun all round"
The story rattles on at a good pace, the narration is excellent, and a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
"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.
"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.
"Very Enjoyable! Superb Narrator"
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.
I have listened to several of this narrators books, and she is consistently superb throughout.
Please can you ensure that you have the full Amelia Peabody series available, from start to finish. Book 4 missing and others I think.
"Perfect Peabody and Excellent Emerson!"
Once again the Victorian super sleuths foil the evil doers! Brandishing their own exquisite justice with good humour. Bring on the next story in this esteem able series!
"Great reader, quite good fun"
There is plenty of humour, and the annoying kids add to the enjoyment.
The plot was rather facile and fairly derivative - probably deliberately so.
The reading is terrific all round!
"One of the best"
Although this book, unlike the others, is based in England it still has all the thrills of Amelia's other adventures
I really enjoyed it
Barbara Rosenblat is a wonderful narrator
"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.
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