From the acclaimed author of The Last Camel Died at Noon comes the seventh delightful novel to star Peters' most popular heroine, the 19th-century Egyptologist Amelia Peabody. In her boldest, most brilliant escapade ever, Amelia's dashing husband Emerson is kidnapped. After a daring rescue, Amelia is horrified to discover that her husband has ...
From the acclaimed author of The Last Camel Died at Noon comes the seventh delightful novel to star Peters' most popular heroine, the 19th-century Egyptologist Amelia Peabody. In her boldest, most brilliant escapade ever, Amelia's dashing husband Emerson is kidnapped. After a daring rescue, Amelia is horrified to discover that her husband has amnesia--and remembers nothing of her, or of their marriage.
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Grateful for the chance to spend some quality time alone with her husband, Amelia Peabody doesn't really mind leaving their son Ramses and new ward Nefret behind when they travel to Egypt for the latest dig season. But a series of attempts on the children back in England as well as on the couple in Egypt, culminating in the abduction of Emerson and his subsequent loss of memory, turn the working vacation into a waking nightmare. Now Amelia must divide her attention between alarming reports from the "home front" and the necessity of devoting her every effort to convincing her husband --for the second time-- that they are truly meant to be.
Perhaps one of her most thorough investigations of the relationship between Amelia and Emerson, in The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog Peters has truly created a love story into which the adventure intrudes only with greatest presumption. Amnesia can often be a cheesy and contrived plot twist, but Peters has taken the tool and made it her own. She uses it to rekindle the passion that Amelia had begun to feel was dying out of her marriage, and does so with both humour and skill. The encroaching threat of the Master Criminal only adds greater urgency to Amelia's courtship of her own husband, and the resulting passion between the two is enough to remind not only Emerson, but readers too, of why the pair fell in love in the first place. A simply scrumptious read.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-01-24 Peters's romantic thriller, in which the indomitable Victorian archeologist Amelia Peabody searches for Nefertiti's tomb, offers surefire entertainment. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1992-07-27 Indomitable Amelia Peabody is nearly undone in the latest romantic thriller to feature this strong-minded Victorian archeologist and her husband, Radcliffe Emerson. Leaving in England their precocious son Ramses and Nefret, an orphan girl whom they rescued from an ancient Sudanese city in The Last Camel Died at Noon , Amelia and Emerson return to Egypt. Assorted kidnapping attempts, including one from Shepheard's hotel, suggest that someone, probably their archenemy (known as the Master Criminal), seeks to uncover the location of Nefret's lost city of gold. Amelia courageously rescues Emerson after he is abducted, only to find he has lost his memory, even of his love for her. In the company of wealthy American archeologist Cyrus Vandergelt, they proceed to a dig to search for Nefertiti's tomb, where Amelia tries to awaken Emerson's memory while hoping to disprove an ancient superstition that threatens death by snake, crocodile and dog. Amelia, beset by doubt but undaunted, is in top form as Peters supplies a surprise ending to cap her surefire entertainment. 50,000 first printing; author tour. (Oct.)
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