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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,469 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Susan O’Malley Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Amelia Peabody Mysteries Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781455176519
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Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody Emerson and her archaeologist husband are busy raising their young son; yet Amelia dreams only of the dust and detritus of ancient civilizations. Happily, circumstances are about to demand their immediate presence in Egypt. Sir Henry Baskerville had just discovered a tomb in Luxor when he promptly died under bizarre circumstances. The tabloids scream of “the Curse of the Pharaohs!”

Amelia and her husband arrive to find the camp in disarray and the workers terrified. A ghost even appears. It is not at all what Amelia considers an atmosphere conducive to scientific discovery. Thus the indomitable Victorian sets about bringing order to chaos—and herself close to danger. How Amelia triumphs over evil and those who would stand between her and her beloved antiquities makes for a delightfully spirited adventure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Grand views of Egyptian antiquities…a sparkling series.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “One of the best [in the series]…A fun book.”

    USA Today

  • “The doughtiest, smartest, most appealing female protagonist in mystery fiction.”

    Aaron Elkins, author of Make No Bones

  • “[A] delicious mystery-adventure…Peters is at her giddy best here, complete with solid archaeological backgrounds, independent-spirited heroine, and inexhaustible high spirits. So, for mystery-comedy fans: an all-frills period charmer.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris Hansen | 2/20/2014

    " Mystery wasn't as interesting as the first book, but enjoyed the antics surrounding the Emerson's relationship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie John | 2/2/2014

    " aaahhh!! Ramses came into my life...I love him to pieces!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marita | 2/1/2014

    " Amusing, enjoyed the early marriage banter and competiveness. The who did it was too easy to guess even for Amelia and Emerson, this was more of how and why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/28/2014

    " I picked up this book for about $0.20 at a used book sale, after re-reading "The Murders of Richard III" by Peters. I got way more then my money's worth. This sparked a furor in me to find and read all of the Amelia Peabody mysteries and other books by the author. It's a delightful combination of historical fiction and mystery with a whole lot of really enjoyable characters. Great summer read, or anytime really, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/24/2014

    " I thought this book started out a little slow and didn't pick up until right at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 1/14/2014

    " The characters in Elizabeth Peters books are just wonderful. Each character has a tenacious and colorful personality which adds true vigor & vitality to each & every story by this author. LOVE THEM. If you like Indiana Jones, you will LOVE these books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tabitha | 1/12/2014

    " This was an entertaining mystery with plenty of twists to keep me guessing. It did strike me as rather verbose. My guess is they may be less wordy further into the series as it has continued quite some time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rochelle | 1/11/2014

    " I don't know what makes these books better - the delightfully well-written characters or the excellent narration. Either way, they're enjoyable to listen to. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenn | 1/10/2014

    " Historical mystery. Very character driven. Witty, strong female narrator. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 1/7/2014

    " Revisiting Amelia & Co is wonderful, especially on audio with Barbara Rosenblatt's narration. This 2nd in the series introduces several characters who reappear later including Cyrus, Bastet & Kevin, and stars one of my favorite villains and murder methods. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 1/2/2014

    " This second book in the Amelia Peabody series is another nice read. The mystery is unexceptional, but the writing is smooth and Amelia's attitude is great fun. I'm looking forward to little Ramses joining Amelia & Emerson on their next adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 12/26/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A light-hearted puzzle delivered with dry wit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Pate | 12/4/2013

    " always enjoy these books. ready for the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pegi Dorothy | 11/29/2013

    " I have found a new book series to read from start to finish. Peabody!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russamun82 | 11/3/2013

    " A wonderful follow-up to Crocodile on the Sandbank "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/17/2013

    " Second entry in Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series, which again sees the Victorian archaeologist - now married, and with a young kid - again back in Egypt, and again faced with a (seemingly) supernatural foe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vi | 2/25/2013

    " I absolutely ADORE this series. I think there are 18 books in this series and I want to read all of them. :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darin | 11/30/2012

    " Just not quite as good as the first book. I hope the next one is better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dian | 6/10/2012

    " ditto (a crocodile on the sandbank "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerensa | 6/2/2012

    " I had a harder time keeping track of the characters in this book - it was not as interesting to me in terms of Egyptian archaeology or mystery. Even the romance/wars between Amelia and her husband was a little off. I think I will go back to reading some of the more recent works by Peters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pdarnold | 1/18/2012

    " Another fun adventure with Amelia Peabody. Once again I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanine | 12/31/2011

    " I'm loving this series. I like the dynamic relationship between Emerson and Peabody although I think Ramses is a bit obnoxious. Bastet adds to the flavor of the book and the setting - how can you go wrong with Egyptology as the background! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 9/7/2011

    " I've heard this a million times via audiobook on road trips. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clifton Toliver | 8/21/2011

    " I think it is a well written book with a great storyline. I liked it much better than the first one because she had a better handle on the characters which is to be expected. One again a great plot and memorable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Artfulori | 5/14/2011

    " Just love the narrator on this one, she does the voices so well and the main character, Amelia Peabody is just a joy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saralee | 5/4/2011

    " The books just get better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carine | 4/17/2011

    " Very good, keeps you reading. I love her humour too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clifton | 3/29/2011

    " I think it is a well written book with a great storyline. I liked it much better than the first one because she had a better handle on the characters which is to be expected. One again a great plot and memorable characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yorky | 3/28/2011

    " I really enjoy these books the author has created very likeable majn characters and has a very dry sense of humour that comes accross really well in the writing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 3/8/2011

    " Good fun, although I think the best prose involves Ramses .... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 2/27/2011

    " Mystery wasn't as interesting as the first book, but enjoyed the antics surrounding the Emerson's relationship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrol | 1/26/2011

    " The second book in the Amelia Peabody series. We visited the Valley of the Kings shortly after I finished this and much of the geography rings true. It's an amusing, quick read.... "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Peters

Elizabeth Peters (1927–2013) was born and brought up in Illinois. She earned her PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago’s famed Oriental Institute and went on to become a New York Times bestselling author whose novels were often set against historical backdrops. Peters was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998. She also wrote books under the names Barbara Mertz and Barbara Michaels.

About the Narrator

Susan O’Malley (a.k.a. Bernadette Dunne) is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.