Amelia Peabody

19 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,134 ratings

The Ape Who Guards the Balance Publisher's Summary

All hail the jubilant return of the redoubtable Amelia Peabody! The prospects for the 1907 archaeological season in Egypt seem fairly dull to Amelia Peabody. Her adored husband, Professor Radcliff Emerson, has been ignominiously demoted to examining only the most boring tombs in the Valley of the Kings, mere leftovers really, but they are determined to make the most of a bad situation.

This year, however, the legendary land of the pharaohs will yield more than priceless artifacts, for the desert guards even deeper mysteries that are wrapped in greed - and sealed in murder.

he purchase of a mint condition papyrus of the Famed Book of the Dead, a collection of magical spells and prayers designed to ward off the perils of the underworld, soon has Amelia calling on all her remarkable skills of detection and deduction to untangle a web woven of criminals and cults, stolen treasures, and fallen women - all the while under the unblinking eye of Sethos, the charismatic yet elusive Master Criminal.

Once again, Elizabeth Peters demonstrates the brilliance and wit that have ensured her place in the exclusive pantheon of America's greatest mystery writers.

©1999 Elizabeth Peters; (P)2009 Phoenix
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  • Book 1

    Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1 audiobook cover art
    • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • By: Elizabeth Peters
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  • Book 2

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    • The Curse of the Pharaohs: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2

    • By: Elizabeth Peters
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  • Book 3

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  • Book 4

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  • Book 5

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    • The Deeds of the Disturber: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 5

    • By: Elizabeth Peters
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  • Book 6

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  • Book 7

    The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 7 audiobook cover art
    • The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 7

    • By: Elizabeth Peters
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  • Book 8

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  • Book 9

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  • Book 10

    • The Ape Who Guards the Balance

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 10
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Samantha Eggar
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    The prospects for the 1907 archaeological season in Egypt seem fairly dull to Amelia Peabody. Her adored husband, Professor Radcliff Emerson, has been ignominiously demoted to examining only the most boring tombs in the Valley of the Kings, but they are determined to make the most of a bad situation. This year, however, the legendary land of the pharaohs will yield more than priceless artifacts, for the desert guards even deeper mysteries that are wrapped in greed - and sealed in murder.

    Regular price: $17.50

  • Book 11

    • The Falcon at the Portal

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 11
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Samantha Eggar
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    A newly discovered pyramid, Egypt's rising nationalist movement, and family complications confront the brilliant Amelia Peabody in her latest encounter with crime. Edwardian England's most dashing and daring archaeologist, Amelia must clear the name of her beloved niece's new husband while solving a series of mysterious murders - and dodging bullets at the same time!

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Do NOT buy this version!!

    • By SB on 02-21-14

    Regular price: $17.50

  • Book 12

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    • He Shall Thunder in the Sky: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 12

    • By: Elizabeth Peters
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  • Book 13

    • Lord of the Silent

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 13
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 364
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 208
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211

    Undeterred by world war and enemy submarines, Amelia Peabody, grandmaster Elizabeth Peters' indomitable archaeologist-sleuth, once again sets sail for Egypt, where ghosts of an ancient past and specters of a present-day evil hover silently over an inscrutable land.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Unabridged is unacceptable

    • By Nancy on 12-17-06

    Regular price: $18.24

  • Book 14

    • The Golden One

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 14
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 329
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191

    New York Times best-selling Grand Master Elizabeth Peters is at her stylish and suspenseful best in a richly woven tale of greed, treachery, and murder set against the tumultuous backdrop of wartime intrigue.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The Golden One

    • By Suzanne on 05-29-05

    Regular price: $10.26

  • Book 15

    • Children of the Storm

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 15
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 293
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 176
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176

    The Great War has ended at last. Archaeologist Amelia Peabody and her husband, Emerson, the distinguished Egyptologist, no longer fear for the life of their daring son, Ramses, now free from his dangerous wartime obligations to British Intelligence. Delightful new additions to the growing Emerson family and new wonders waiting to be discovered beneath the shifting Egyptian sands mark a time of new beginnings in Luxor.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Abriged to Incomprehensibility

    • By Competition Rider on 05-23-06

    Regular price: $21.67

  • Book 16

    • Guardian of the Horizon

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 16
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    A lost journal of Amelia Peabody has been miraculously recovered: a chronicle from one of the "missing years", 1907-1908, shedding light on an already exceptional career...and an unexpected terror. Ousted from their most recent archaeological dig and banned forever from the Valley of the Kings, the Emersons are spending a quiet summer at home in Kent, England, when a mysterious messenger arrives.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Perplexed

    • By Shaneka S. on 05-09-16

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  • Book 17

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    • The Serpent on the Crown: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 17

    • By: Elizabeth Peters
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  • Book 18

    • Tomb of the Golden Bird

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 18
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Convinced that the tomb of the little-known King Tutankhamen lies somewhere in the Valley of the Kings, eminent Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerson and his intrepid wife, Amelia Peabody, seem to have hit a wall. Having been banned forever from the East Valley, Emerson, against Amelia's advice, has tried desperately to persuade Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter to relinquish their digging rights.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extraordinary

    • By Cynthia on 09-13-07

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  • Book 19

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    • Elfshadow

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