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Publisher's Summary

Amelia Peabody, archaeologist and woman extraordinaire, should have greeted the approaching excavation with transports of joy. Nothing in the world could compare with exploring the muddy, musty corridors of some bat-infested pyramid. And at Dahshoor, to which she was headed, there existed some particularly fine specimens.

But Amelia, accompanied by her quixotic husband Emerson and Ramses, their elusive son, feels an awful, nameless foreboding as she stands upon the decks of the ship that bears them across waters of the Mediterranean towards Egypt.

Perhaps it has something to do with what transpired the last time they investigated the ruins of the Black Pyramid. On that infamous occasion they came face-to-face with Sethos, that chameleon-like villain otherwise known as The Master Criminal. While successful in depriving this "genius of crime" of his ill-gotten treasure, they were thwarted in their attempts to capture him. He escaped into the night like a wily serpent, revenge embroidered upon his countenance.

It is inevitable that The Master Criminal should come face-to-face with the inimitable Amelia Peabody again, but this time it is not antiquities he is after, but Amelia herself!

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©1986 Elizabeth Peters (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Bursting with surprises, a sheer delight" (Publishers Weekly) "Peters really knows how to spin romance and adventure into a mystery." (Philadelphia Enquirer)

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Great Elizabeth Peters s great

Love this series and this is one of the best where Amelia and family seem to hit there stride

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A Favorite in the Series

I really enjoy the stories with young Ramses, and Barbara Rosenblatt does a wonderful job interpreting his precocious character. As a listener, I love him, if he was a real life child, well, I'd be glad he wasn't mine. :-)

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Adventure and Humor

I had many laugh out loud moments in this story. The narrator has brought the characters to life in a brilliant way that keep you listening even after you have pulled into the garage and turned the engine off.

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Great story, Amazing Narrator

I love these stories. The by play between Peabody and Emerson can't help but make you laugh and I find the storylines both engaging and entertaining. You can almost picture what it would be like to meet the characters. Both individually and collectively they are a force to be reckoned with!

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Barbara does it again!

I love the Amelia Peabody series, and Barbara Rosenblat brings it to life. The great and subtle nuances in the voices of each character are lovely to hear. It is as if one is listening to radio theater. The depth and breadth she breathes into each character is utterly compelling, and I could listen to this series over and over (and have). Highly recommended!

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Fabulous as always!

great story and wonderful narration. Amelia is an old friend. it was a pleasure to visit with her and the family. loved the voice for Sethos.

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Love the Peabody-Emersons!

Amelia & Co. do more detecting than digging, as usual, when the Master Criminal shows up again -- but this time, he's not after artifacts. The treasure he wants is ... human. With Barbara Rosenblatt doing her usual fantastic job, we're transported to arid Egypt in the midst of the Emerson clan, and the action never stops.

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Fun Jaunt Through the Egyptian Desert

Interesting introduction to one of the best scoundrels to plague the Emersons.
Barbara Rosenblatt is excellent, as usual in this series but you must continue with the next books to get the full benefit of Ms Rosenblatt's ability to round out new personalities.
This is a romp and you must appreciate the tongue-in-cheek humor of the author to fully enjoy this terrific series.

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Peters and Rosenblat have produced another winner.

Would you listen to Lion in the Valley again? Why?

Yes, I probably will, but not until I have heard all of them first.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not on the edge of my seat, but the plot is a page turner - if you can have that from a cd.I have listed to so many now that I feel that the stories are almost more of a biography of the Peabody Emerson family than simply murder/thrillers. That does not mean they are not great stories, because they are - and delight of delight - I have many more to go.

What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think she actually adds another dimension to the great Elizabeth Peters stories. I am continually amazed at the variety of voices she brings to her reading to make the stories more than real. In fact I have wondered if she was not the only reader - but I know she is.Listening to her read, and I've heard her read several, makes me feel I almost know the characters because she has breathed extra life into them. She is a most gifted woman (somewhat like Peabody herself!)

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

I'm not sure what 'tag line' means.However what a brilliant BBC series these stories would make - there would be almost endless series. Fabulous scenery in Egypt with pyramids and so on as background. Back in the UK at the turn of the century and up to the 1920s - It would be a real winner.

Any additional comments?

I listen to these stories as I drive - the miles fly by!

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Entertaining

Always enjoy the Amelia Peabody books. An entertaining listen. Vivid charaters and a good reader.