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Publisher's Summary

When the body of a night watchman is found sprawled in the shadow of a rare 19th-Dynasty mummy case, panic ensues. For no one doubts that the guard's untimely demise is the work of an ancient Egyptian curse. No one, that is, except that tart-tongued Victorian Egyptologist, Amelia Peabody, whose remarkable talent for criminal investigation has frustrated villains from London to Cairo.

Now fresh from her daring exploits in exotic Egypt, Amelia, her sexy archaeologist husband, Emerson, and their catastrophically precocious son, Ramses, have returned to their native England just in time to get wrapped up in the intrigue. It's a mystery worthy of Amelia's superior sleuthing, but can she elude the vile clutches of the real perpetrator long enough to uncover his identity...or is she destined to wind up as his next victim?

Don't miss the rest of the Amelia Peabody series.
©1988 Elizabeth Peters (P)1999 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A postitive treat! Even more hysterically funny than her last." (Marion Zimmer Bradley, author of The Mists of Avalon)

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    4 out of 5 stars

Kept this Amelia Peabody fan happy!

Each book gets better. You are more invested in the characters with every book. If you haven't read the rest of the series WAIT. Start at the beginning with Crocodile in the Sandbank. You'll appreciate this one more if you do. Loved it!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Narrator

I wasn't paying attention when I put this in my cart and accidentally purchased this version instead of the one narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. I have to say, I really prefer Ms. Rosenblat's voice for this series. I gave up and bought the other version.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Ms. Narrator

I have listened to five of the books in this series- one after another - and I find the narrator to be just fine. I think this is a matter of personal preference. Try one and make your own judgement. The reader does make the characters come to life, in my humble opinion.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Wadie
  • Santa Ana, CA, United States
  • 03-03-08

Wonderful!!

I want to marry Ramses when he grows up! What a great character! I totally love the voice done by Susan O'Malley. She is my favorite narrator for the Amelia Peabody series. She may not have a heavy English accent but the books are so full of fun and and occasional foolishness the narration voice NEEDS to be less rather than more. I'm hoping for more Amelia done by Susan!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Disturber of

This is a reasonably well written thriller set in foggy old London. A married couple, both eminent Egyptologists, return home from an expedition in Egypt to become involved in a mystery concerning a specific 19th dynasty mummy in the Egyptian exhibits at the British Museum.

The story is fast paced and scientifically accurate in most aspects, though the usual amount of "writers' latitude" has been employed.

Unfortunately this otherwise enjoyable books is ruined by an absolutely awful reading. Ms O'Malley, who has clearly never taken an elocution lesson in her life, gives no credence to the English location of most of the story. Not only does she not speak English, but her American is poorly enunciated and her pronunciations of most words are inappropriate (for example, every "t" becomes "d" and every "ing" is "in'"). Add to this a voice than can only be described as annoying and you may readily recognise that her performance makes this book almost unlistenable. What a pity!

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed in narrator

I am revisiting the Amelia Peabody series and I have been disappointed that some of the Audible books are no longer narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt. Please make her recordings available! Susan O’Malley just doesn’t compare.

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Comedic mystery novel did not work for me. Boring!

Sorry to say that I could not sustain interest in this book. I read the first third and put it aside. My attention was not captured, I found the characters implausible and unpleasant, and the plot unbelievable. I realized that I would rather clean cupboards or do the laundry than read any further. I have enjoyed Rhys Bowen books and can recommend that series instead for comedic mystery lovers.

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Like story But

I like the story but I wish Susan O'Malley was not the performer. She could not make a distinct voice for each character.

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love the Emerson-Peabody clan

listening to Ramsey's grow up and the love/respect Amelia and Radcliff share is a thoroughly enjoyable experience

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Dreadful rendition of a usually wonderful author.

Having strong characters portrayed as simpering Americans pravtically ruined the story. Only the "voice" of Ramses was tolerable.