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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (20,693 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Amelia Peabody Mysteries Release Date: January 1975 ISBN: 9781436126489
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Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her first Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. On her way, Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been “ruined” and abandoned on the streets of Rome by her rascally lover. With a typical disregard for convention, Amelia promptly hires her fellow countrywoman as a companion and takes her to Cairo.

Eluding Evelyn’s former lover, who wants her back, and Evelyn’s cousin Lord Ellesmere, who wishes to marry her, the two women sail up the Nile to an archaeological site that is home to a rather lively mummy. Soon strange visitations, suspicious accidents, and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Peters’ unforgettable heroine Amelia Peabody makes her first appearance in this clever mystery.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “[Peters is] a writer so popular that the public library has to keep her books under lock and key.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Evokes all the passion and mystery of the ‘Golden Age of Egyptology’ with humor, intelligence and insight.”

    Ancient Egypt Magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Williams | 2/17/2014

    " A fun read; great character development, exotic locales, romance, mystery, and a spooky monster - who could ask for anything more? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystal | 2/15/2014

    " I really like this series. Amelia Peabody is smart, funny and sassy. What a great read when you are in the mood for something light. I agree with other reviews that the mystery becomes almost the secondary plot against the great characters of the story. I can't wait to read more from the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rene' Riddle | 2/12/2014

    " About halfway through this book I had decided that while I was enjoying it enough to finish reading it, I wasn't about to read any more Amelia Peabody "adventures". I read it on my kindle, and I was more than 30% through the book before anything interesting really happened. I don't consider that adventurous. A lot of traveling, and sight seeing, and meeting people, but nothing really HAPPENING. I prefer my books to move a little faster than that. Once the story finally picked up I enjoyed it more. I also enjoyed Amelia's sarcastic humor. (I heart sarcasm). While the ending of the story didn't surprise me, it was still well written especially with regards to the romantic story lines. I may yet pick up another Amelia Peabody mystery in the future...... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenalyn | 2/6/2014

    " I'm more than halfway through and I'm just so bored. Shouldn't a mystery be captivating? I have been forcing myself to read this, but now I'm moving on. I have too many other books waiting on my nightstand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 2/6/2014

    " This is one of my absolute favorite series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn Cole | 2/4/2014

    " The first Amelia Peabody book! I love the whole series--it's really a fun look at a really exciting historical period. You get really attached to the characters, so it's great that they appear in so many books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 1/25/2014

    " I like the spunky Amelia Peabody and will be reading the next book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth S | 1/19/2014

    " Egyptian Archeology, Victorian, with a little Bronte thrown in for good measure. Amelia Peabody is the bomb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/16/2014

    " This was the first Peabody book I read. They are fun, fast reads and I really enjoy all the Egyptian archaeology. I find the main characters can be long winded and tiring but tend to love them any ways "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 1/8/2014

    " Just got the first four of these from my library and loved the first one to bits. A delightful romp and Peabody is the perfect heroine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melody | 12/6/2013

    " It was OK. Not my thing, this. Veddy proper, veddy slow, veddy Mary Sue-ish. Amelia's got good lines but this mystery wasn't particularly mysterious and the romances were too too. The secondary characters were extra dull. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 11/23/2013

    " A delightful romp to Egypt and the archeological digs around the turn of the century. Now on to the next in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 11/17/2013

    " A fun little historical mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 8/21/2013

    " Ah-HA! This is where the adventure begins! While the series can be read in any order--in my humble opinion--it's was pure pleasure and satisfaction to read the beginning of the Amelia Peabody/Emerson saga. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah-Lambert Cook | 3/9/2013

    " Amelia Peabody, you had me at hello. This is a lot of fun and a good one to be read again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alissa | 12/26/2012

    " Quick easy read. Nothing amazing plot-wise but I did like the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelle | 12/6/2012

    " This was recommended by a fellow geek from Ravelry. It combines many of my favourite loves strong female lead, witty banter, sarcasm, Egyptology and Archaeology. This is a highly entertaining book and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tig | 12/2/2012

    " Love the archaeology and learning about Egypt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/11/2012

    " Barbara Rosenblatt brings the characters and the story to life. It was wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nose-in-a-book | 7/22/2012

    " Amelia is so lovable. She is gruff but on the inside her heart is huge. I found the mystery itself predictable and very easy to figure out, which would normally take away from a story but in this case didn't. You'll find yourself routing for the characters and laughing at Amelia's witty narration! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 4/13/2012

    " Fun, fast reading. A little too long and easy to figure out but still enjoyable. People can be such book snobs sometimes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey Tait | 3/3/2012

    " What a lovely book. It carried me into a lovely world of mystery and learning. The characters were well developed and likable. There are a number of other books that follow on from this and I would definitely consider reading those. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scu8a8uddy | 6/23/2011

    " It's an 'OK' read. I mainly enjoyed it because of the Egyptian references but as for the storyline...I could take it or leave it. I'll read another in the series but I'm not sure I'll become a Peabody fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marygrace | 6/13/2011

    " loved Amelia Peabody, another one of Lesley's audio gifts! Very entertaining listen for the work drive. I am hoping Lesley has book 2 for me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Frankham | 6/11/2011

    " The first (1975, but only published in England in 1999)of this wonderful series of Egypt archaeology crime adventures with the narrator, Amelia Peabody and her fierce husband, Radcliffe Emerson. Well-written, knowledgeable and fun - so much fun. Here a Mummy comes to life - or does it? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Writerhime | 5/22/2011

    " I've already read this book before, but I still love it and will probably read it again and again over the years, as well as the other books in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 5/17/2011

    " So far I love this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lacy | 5/14/2011

    " How have I not discovered this book before? What a gem! Adventure, mystery, romance, deception...and a fantastic, spunky female lead. I can't wait to read more in the series, but it will be hard to match my enthusiasm for the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mslogar | 5/13/2011

    " I LOVE this series and I LOVE the main character Amelia! A historical fictional mystery set in Egypt in the late 1800's...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nose-in-a-book | 4/29/2011

    " Amelia is so lovable. She is gruff but on the inside her heart is huge. I found the mystery itself predictable and very easy to figure out, which would normally take away from a story but in this case didn't. You'll find yourself routing for the characters and laughing at Amelia's witty narration! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/14/2011

    " I can't get enough of this series. Entertaining and a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillory | 4/13/2011

    " Witty and funny. I really loved this book for all it's wit and charm. I usually don't like mysteries, but this was had plenty of light-hearted moments to outweigh and overpower the suspenseful ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B.L. | 4/12/2011

    " Now, this is the kind of mystery I like! There's action, romance, history and sarcasm on almost every page. I absolutely loved it! I'm anxious to continue with the series, especially since the 9th installment is due out soon. Yay! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 4/12/2011

    " The first of 20+ Amelia Peabody adventures (all with more-or-less satisfying endings), these Victorian feminist archaelogical mystery adventures are right up my alley. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 4/7/2011

    " Snarky, humorous, characters in exotic Egypt. Peters tell a good story with all the detail of someone who really experienced a winter in a wadi mucking about with the details of a dig. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 May | 4/4/2011

    " Saw this on Melanies good reads and decided to read it myself. I laughed throughout. A delightful read, predictable but I didn't care. Fell in love with the witty, and irrascable characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 4/1/2011

    " Good gad! What a great heroine! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 3/27/2011

    " My favorite series,current favorite author. Love the indomitable Main character and the wit of the author. Found myself laughing out loud throughout the series. For a special treat, listen to it narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Peters

Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. She was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.

About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.