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The Mummy Case: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 3 | [Elizabeth Peters]

The Mummy Case: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 3

The indomitable Amelia Peabody and her husband, known to many as "the Father of Curses", are into archaeology and mischief again. This third in the series brings the reader once more into Egypt and the shady world of black market antiquities. The winter excavation season has hardly yet begun when Amelia stumbles onto what looks suspiciously like a ring of thieves.
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The indomitable Amelia Peabody and her husband, known to many as "the Father of Curses", are into archaeology and mischief again. This third in the series brings the reader once more into Egypt and the shady world of black market antiquities. The winter excavation season has hardly yet begun when Amelia stumbles onto what looks suspiciously like a ring of thieves.

Amelia's not the type to take no for an answer, and pretty soon the Emerson family (Master Ramses, a prodigious young intellect is joining his parents for the first time) is tracking down a character known only as The Master Criminal. Or is the Master Criminal tracking them?

Don't miss the rest of the Amelia Peabody series.
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©1985 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC

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    HIII 10-23-13
    HIII 10-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Speaking of Mummies..."

    It is not Amelia's style of mothering that I admire but her acceptance of how she sees her role as Ramsey's mother, Amelia is just herself. Her interactions with others, even the cat, seem natural and believable. This is such a great series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Houston, Texas, United States 11-16-12
    Barbara Houston, Texas, United States 11-16-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Another Triumphant foray for the Dynamic Duo!"

    Amelia adores Pyramids; in fact she has quite the passion for them. So when Emerson announces that he has the intention to dig at Dahshur with “not one but five Pyramids”, in the swiftly approaching season, Amelia veritably swoons.

    As preparations are being made for the two of them to return to Egypt, a joyous announcement by Emerson’s brother Walter and his wife Evelyn of an impending addition to their own household causes Ramses to make his maiden foray into the Cradle of Civilization. Egypt has survived the Turks, European and American empiricisms and the systematic criminal ransacking of its ancient heritage but can it survive the precocious son of the Emerson’s?

    Beleaguered by various clergy, collectors of illicit antiquities, the Beau Monde and Egyptological dilettantes; Amelia and her brusque husband and partner, once again, become the focus of dreadful attentions. Further, there seems to be a dark force out there organizing the illegal trade of artifacts. A dark and deadly force.

    Non-stop suspense will have you guessing right up until the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi United States 07-09-12
    Heidi United States 07-09-12
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    "Really fun, Really funny, Really great read!"
    If you could sum up The Mummy Case in three words, what would they be?

    Egyptian Crime in 1909


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amelia - what a great character! I love her attitude and complex attractin to life.


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

    I have listed to three of audible books that Barbara has read. She is addictive - best voice EVER!


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

    She's smart, she's Funny, and Egypt is no match for her!


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    Rachel New Braunfels, TX, United States 08-24-08
    Rachel New Braunfels, TX, United States 08-24-08 Member Since 2007
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    "The Mummy Case"

    I'm enjoying the Amelia Peabody series, but this one dragged a bit. Maybe I need to listen to something else for awhile and come back to it. Amelia and Emerson are wonderful characters.

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    wookie's mom 01-28-15 Member Since 2012

    Old, tired member of the sandwich generation. Waiting to just get to heaven!!

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    "Ah, Amelia"

    A mother of the year candidate she is not, but a wonderful character in a book, by all means. I can't decide if their son is the more clever of the bunch or if he just really enjoys hearing himself talk. This is another good mystery that will leave you wanting more!

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    Tifa U.S. 11-06-14
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    "Incredibly well-read"
    If you could sum up The Mummy Case in three words, what would they be?

    Fabulous. Hilarious. Memorable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mummy Case?

    Anytime Ramses shows his "catastrophically precocious" charms, he makes me grin.


    Any additional comments?

    Elizabeth Peters is one of my favorite authors, and this is probably my favorite Amelia Peabody Emerson mystery, so I'm a bit biased. I've read the book so many times, I can quote particularly clever and funny sections. But, I never imagined the audiobook would be this amazing. Barbara Rosenblat is the perfect voice for this series, or rather, provides the most perfect voices for all the characters. It seems impossible that one person could become all the different characters, each accent distinct and exactly like I'd imagined them. This is one of the best read audiobooks I've ever heard, and I'll definitely be buying more narrated by Ms. Rosenblat. She's fabulous!

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    Moonglotexas South Africa 09-14-14
    Moonglotexas South Africa 09-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Ramses and The Master Criminal!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Everything, the story is great and the narrator Sesome!


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I have always enjoyed Egyptology, this combined with mystery and humour makes this a wonderful series for me


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Marvellous! Loved having Ramses and looking forward to the next one!

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    Alexandra 06-22-14
    Alexandra 06-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the slower installments, has its moments"

    I got a bit confused during this one, perhaps because I found it a little too easy to tune it out. I also found the villains a tad boring and annoying. That said, it has some highlights, which for me include the lion, the Black Pyramid, and the head of the department of antiquities (not to mention Amelia's shining moment of maternalism). The slower parts are made bearable by the always incomparable narration of Barbara Rosenblat.

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    Share Faerber St. Louis, MO, US 05-15-14
    Share Faerber St. Louis, MO, US 05-15-14 Member Since 2015

    I am an artist and I love to listen to books while I work. Books have always been an important part of my life. Audible Rocks!

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    "my favorite of the series"

    Ramses, a precocious 7 year old, is the star of this book. I laughed out loud at his opinions, antics, and triumphs over his parents, egypt, criminals, and everything else.
    Lots of fun!

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    Lanna S. Seuret Sacramento, California 04-08-14
    Lanna S. Seuret Sacramento, California 04-08-14 Member Since 2014

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    "L'Enfant Terrible Unleashed"
    Any additional comments?

    Ramses Emerson, now a VERY precocious 4 years of age, is invited, along with a wholesome footman of the house to act as attendant, to accompany his parents, Amelia Peabody Emerson, and Radcliffe Emerson, to a new and exciting dig in Egypt, which, due
    to Emerson's (the father's appellation) carelessness, is not an excavation of a pyramid, but
    of a mere gravesite, full of scattered shards and a few bones. Quite disappointed is Peabody. Ramses, however, is exquisitely curious, and manages to keep himself marvelously entertained and occupied, whether it is filling in his classical Arabic with colloquialisms learned from the local workman, or discovering bits of Coptic papyri taken,
    with permission, from the other archeologist, a Frenchman, who has the rights to a nearby
    pyramidal excavation. He, Ramses, actually discovers the lost gospel of Thomas Didymus, which we know as one of the excised books of the Bible, but which Peabody
    actually discounts and criticizes! This brings up my own slight disappointment with this
    installment: I found her interaction and harshness with her son too often chilling. The
    characters of the father and mother, Emerson and Peabody, are revealed clearly in this
    story: Emerson is fair, but appreciative at the right times, and affectionate; Peabody, capable of compassion accompanied by correct action (see the first story), seems to be
    lacking in graciousness and gratitude for the intelligence and good will exemplified by her
    son, and sometimes is quite short - I feel unnecessarily so- and even disrespectful. Others may find this negligible,but, as the mother and father, distracted by lack of professional fulfillment, become interested and entangled in uncovered an illegal antiquities
    theft and deportation criminal ring, end up being rescued by their son when the criminals
    have dispatched them by tossing them into a hidden burial chamber awash with slimy mud
    and scummy water 13 feet below the only opening, I felt her lack of simple manners
    acutely.

    Ms. Rosenblatt's narration is outstanding; the characters, as usual, are numerous and
    deliciously different,the humour in evidence ,the danger just right, the courage to overcome admirable, but the story this time left me a little wanting.

    I may skip Number 4, which also deals with this criminal ring, and see what Number 5
    has to offer.

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    "Brilliant portrayal of Amelia Peabody"

    As an avid reader of Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody novels, I looked forward with anticipation to listening to The Mummy Case. I was not dissapointed. The brilliance & understated humour of the original novel was enhanced by the superb reading, and I found myself doing more ironing than usual so I could listen to the book. A great pity more of the Amelia Peabody novels are not availible on audible.

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