The 1985-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her dashing husband Emerson and their precocious eight-year-old son Rameses. The much-coveted burial chamber in Dahshoor is theirs for the digging. Yet there is a great evil in the wind that caresses the hot sands sweeping through the bustling streets and ...
The 1985-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her dashing husband Emerson and their precocious eight-year-old son Rameses. The much-coveted burial chamber in Dahshoor is theirs for the digging. Yet there is a great evil in the wind that caresses the hot sands sweeping through the bustling streets and marketplaces of Cairo. An expedition cursed by misfortune and the daring moonlit abduction of Rameses alerts Amelia to the presence of her arch-enemy, the Master Criminal. And his is now a personal quest for the most valuable and elusive prize of all: vengeance on the meddling lady archaeologist with the parasol who has sworn to deliver him to justice...Amelia Peabody herself!
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Amelia and Emerson are back in Egypt for another season of excavation and archaeology. However, as the odds deem, murder strikes... yet again! Fear of the Master Criminal which Amelia is so sure of deepens the plot. The threat seems to be approaching closer...
I have to say... Ramses, the couple's son, is probably my favorite character, with all his innocence, brilliance and sneakiness. He could talk your ear off on topics you've never even heard of! So lovable though.
This was yet another great book from Elizabeth Peters. Adults with a sense of humor and a sense of wonder for adventure will enjoy it!
Jun 1, 2012
Not Barbara Rosenblat
The book is wonderful, and the audio recording is acceptable. However, Barbara Rosenblat already made a fantastic recording of this book, using different voices, which truly captured the characters
Jul 15, 2007
A family to fall in love with!
There's never a dull moment when you're an Emerson. Hardly has the family set foot in Egypt than are they beset by any number of problems, not the least of which is a daring attempt made to abduct their eight-year-old son, Ramses. His timely rescue provides a new friend and suspect in the series of suspicious incidents that follow, but it's not long before Amelia's attention is diverted by the reappearance of their old foe, the Master Criminal- and this time, he's not taking no for an answer!
Peters shows her talent not only for description and historical accuracy, but also for handling various divergent plotlines as well as characters both old and new. The character of the delightful little Ramses is given further development and has thankfully grown out of the irksome speech defect evidenced in the previous book. The re-emergence of the Master Criminal is given the added intrigue of his fascination with Amelia herself, leading to a predictably overblown (and yet still somehow appealing!) reaction from Emerson, to say nothing of giving the reader hope that Amelia's arch-nemesis may put in another appearance in the not-too-distant future!
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