Join our plucky Victorian Egyptologist , together with her devastatingly handsome and brilliant husband Radcliffe, in another exciting escapade The irascible husband of Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody is living up to his reputation as 'The Father of Curses'. Denied permission to dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor, Emerson is awarded instead the ...
Join our plucky Victorian Egyptologist , together with her devastatingly handsome and brilliant husband Radcliffe, in another exciting escapade The irascible husband of Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody is living up to his reputation as 'The Father of Curses'. Denied permission to dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor, Emerson is awarded instead the 'pyramids' of Mazghunah - countless mounds of rubble in the middle of nowhere. Nothing in this barren spot seems of any interest but then a murder in Cairo changes all of that. The dead man was an antiques dealer, killed in his shop, so when a sinister-looking Egyptian spotted at the crime scene turns up in Mazghunah, Amelia can't resist following his trail. At the same time she has to keep an eagle eye on her wayward son Rameses and his elegant and calculating cat and look into the mysterious disappearance of a mummy case...
Loved this book! Great murder mystery to keep one guessing until the end. What a dynamic twist!
To list a few things I enjoy so much from this series...
* The husband and wife "tension" between Emerson and Amelia is hilarious to watch.
* The random tidbits about the Bible thrown in, sometimes satirically, which add a bit of character to Christianity, I must say.
* The ever-so-smart son, Ramses, who is just such a cutie.
* The Victorian archaeological setting in Egypt is divine.
Beautiful story! Can't wait for the next book.
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
Who says three's a crowd?
When her husband's high-handed petition to excavate the Dahshoor Pyramids is denied, Amelia Peabody convinces him they must resign themselves to the paltry bits of rubble allotted them. Emerson is not called the "Father of Curses" for nothing and puts up an impressive fuss, but he has little choice in the matter and it seems they will have an uneventful season . . . until the grisly murder of an antiquities dealer suggests something sinister is going on very near their little dig site. As if this isn't enough to worry about, Amelia also has to keep her alarmingly precocious son, Ramses, from rushing headlong into danger, making for a unique sort of family outing indeed.
It is fortunate that Ramses's affected speech impediment is not intended to be endearing, otherwise one might be tempted to get annoyed. However, the tactic is designed purely to annoy his Mama, so readers may find themselves even more in sympathy with Amelia than usual. The plot itself is refreshingly rich in detail, and readers will never feel that it lags or rushes. Peters offers a breathtaking depiction of Egypt in the late nineteenth century, but more than that she has created a truly unique and enjoyable family. Amelia and Emerson share a charmingly healthy relationship, and the good lady's discreet references to their "exertions" only add to the reader's enjoyment of the couple. With Ramses and his beloved cat Bastet rounding out the collection, it's small wonder that adventure and excitement seem to follow the Emersons wherever they go.
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