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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,482 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Amelia Peabody Mysteries Release Date:
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New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Peters brings back beloved Egyptologist and amateur sleuth Amelia Peabody in an exciting tale set amid the ancient temples and simmering religious tensions of Palestine on the eve of World War I.

August 1910. Banned from the Valley of the Kings by the Antiquities Service, Amelia Peabody and her husband, Emerson, are relaxing at home in Kent, enjoying the tranquil beauty of summer. But adventure soon beckons when they are persuaded to follow would-be archaeologist Major George Morley on an expedition to Palestine, a province of the crumbling, corrupt Ottoman Empire and the Holy Land of three religions. Searching for the vanished treasures of the Temple in Jerusalem, Morley is determined to unearth the legendary Ark of the Covenant.

The skeptical Emerson wants no part of the scheme, until a request from the War Office and Buckingham Palace persuades him to reconsider. The Germans are increasing their influence in Palestine and British intelligence insists that Morley is an agent of the Kaiser, sent to stir up trouble in this politically volatile land. Emerson can’t believe that the seemingly inept Morley is a German spy, but could he be mistaken?

Determined to prevent a catastrophically unprofessional excavation that could destroy priceless historical artifacts—as well as cause an armed protest by infuriated Christians, Jews, and Muslims who view the Temple Mount, also known as the Dome of the Rock, as sacred—Amelia, Emerson, and company head to Palestine. Though it is not to her beloved Egypt, the trip to Jerusalem will also reunite her with her handsome and headstrong son, Ramses, who is working on a dig at Samaria, north of the holy city.

Before Ramses can meet his parents, however, he is distracted by an unusual party of travelers who have arrived in Samaria, including a female German archaeologist and a mysterious man of unknown nationality and past. Unfortunately, Ramses’ insatiable curiosity and his knack for trouble lead him to a startling discovery: information he must pass on to his parents in Jerusalem—if he can get there alive.

Once again the Peabody-Emerson clan must use all their skills and wiles to find the truth, prevent a bloody holy war, and save their son from the clutches of a nefarious enemy in this wonderfully engaging tale chock-full of thrills, mystery, and daring from the inimitable Elizabeth Peters.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Delightful…Once again MWA Grandmaster Peters uses vivid settings, sharp characterizations, and deft dialogue to transport the reader to another time and place.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Barbara Rosenblat’s unsurpassed performance scintillates once again. The many characters’ distinctive voices profoundly contrast in tonal range and quality while retaining a sensitive awareness of age, sex, culture, and nationality. Rosenblat never ceases to amaze…Flawless.”


  • “Audie Award winner Barbara Rosenblat adeptly portrays the various characters, excelling especially in the role of Amelia, whose strength of purpose she emphasizes with crisp, sure diction, and a commanding tone. Rosenblat further ensures listeners miss none of Peters’ literary humor. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “As always, the humor boosts the action and gives the intrigue an exciting edge.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patricia | 2/19/2014

    " This is the newest in the series but takes place chronologically earlier than several recent entries. Peabody and Emerson are in fine form and I liked it but found it less satisfactory that if it was a chronological continuation. However, placing the Emersons in Jerusalem instead of Egypt was an interesting diversion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Raymond | 2/9/2014

    " I was interested in the description of Port Said as that is the port from where I toured to Giza to enter one of the Pyramids last Thanksgiving! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anita Clenney Clenney | 2/1/2014

    " This book was as good this time as the last. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharon | 2/1/2014

    " Elizabeth Peters was entertaining as usual with a mystery set, no in Egypt, but in Jerusalem. Emerson, Peabody, Ramses, David, Nefret, Daoud, Selim and other minor characters were there in the good guys corner. Opposite them in the bad guys corner were a motley crew of thieves, rascals, opportunists, philanderers, spies and the downright evil ones. Set on the eve of WWI, the novel explores some of the reasons behind the looming war, although it primarily focuses on the tensions between the various religious groups in Jerusalem and the concerns with appropriate archeological procedure which leads to death, kidnapping, and espionage. An entrancing story, quick read, fun as always to read of the divergent, but harmonious (for the most part) characters. "

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