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4.00004421221865 out of 54.00004421221865 out of 54.00004421221865 out of 54.00004421221865 out of 54.00004421221865 out of 5 4.00 (7,464 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 1981 ISBN: 9781436126465
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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

  • “Amelia is rather like Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes, and Miss Marple all rolled into one.”

    Washington Post Book World

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

    USA Today

  • “If Indiana Jones were female, a wife, and a mother who lived in Victorian times, he would be Amelia Peabody Emerson.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 2/19/2014

    " #2 for Amelia Peabody (and her growing entourage). Think of Lord Carnarvon... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrol | 2/18/2014

    " 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.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Castele | 2/15/2014

    " I absolutely love this series. These would make great films. Amelia is a heroine for all times, and the victorian banter is delightful. Think Jane Austin with much more chutzpah! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Crosby | 2/14/2014

    " Like most Amelia Peobody novels, the joy of the tale is in the details. The fascinating mixture of Egyptology, historical setting, bizzare and amusing characters, and mystery make these novels unique. Peters has admitted that she did not initially plan on a series. Published six years after the first adventure, this second book introduces many regulars, including the young Ramese, Cyrus Vandergelt, Bastet (the cat), and Kevin O'Connell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayna Smith | 1/22/2014

    " The second book in the Amelia Peabody Mystery series. Amelia and her husband Radcliffe return to Egypt to uncover a new tomb. The previous archaeologist is dead and his wife wants to continue the excavation despite the threat of the mummy's curse. Are the deaths the result of a real curse? Can Amelia solve the mysterious deaths before Radcliffe is targeted as the next victim? A fantastic series! The witty humor and suspense are totally enjoyable. Agatha Christie fans will love Amelia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K.C. Rivers | 1/12/2014

    " Another wonderful mystery by Elizabeth Peters! I absolutely loved the relationship between Emerson and Amelia. It was so fun to see their ups and downs as a married couple, how they complimented and aggravated each other almost simultaneously. The mystery was truly a mystery until the end and the characters were all entertaining. I can't wait to see what adventures lie in store for Ms. Amelia in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 1/9/2014

    " Amelia Peabody mysteries are among my favorite. Amelia is a woman who is ahead of her era in regards to what she does and where she goes. It is easier to get the continuity if the series is read in order but I started with The Hippotamus Pool and wasn't confused. I then started at the beginning and kept going. I still have several to "catch up" on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca McKinnon | 1/6/2014

    " There were some parts in this book that cracked me up. I laughed so hard I had to keep putting a sleeping baby down to avoid waking her up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rissi | 1/1/2014

    " Ms Peters is still getting her characters set in number 2 of this fine series of archaeologists and mystery in late 1800s Egypt. I laughed, and I didn't figure the mystery out exactly. I liked it,but not as much as I have enjoyed the 3 or 4 of her later books in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 12/27/2013

    " Great cozy mystery. Amelia is a hilarious narrator for this Victorian tale. Looks like young Ramses will figure in the next book which should add another layer of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 12/23/2013

    " Another installment in the Peabody series. Not as good as the first, but still solid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 11/19/2013

    " After listening to the first book I felt eager to hear more of what happened in the adventures of Peabody and Emerson . . so, I checked this one next and found it quite entertaining. More of book 1, but still enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russamun82 | 11/10/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trisha | 8/10/2013

    " My sisters said that the books in this series just keep getting better and better. This is so true!! I really enjoyed book #2! I listened to book #1 and book #2 on CD and laughed and laughed!! I get so caught up in the mystery and am dying to get to the end to figure it all out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jessmaggie | 5/23/2013

    " This was an enjoyable read - Amelia's narration is always full of wit, sophistication and spunk. It wasn't quite as enthralling as the first installment but was still a light, cozy mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 12/28/2012

    " Amelia and Emerson never disappoint. Great interaction between two single minded people who love each other. They are way advanced beyond the confines of the turn of the Century mores. Lots of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 12/26/2012

    " One of the early books from this series I had missed. Enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vi | 7/28/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Cash | 6/23/2012

    " The same clever, witty writing style is back and as enjoyable as ever, though the story line is a bit weak overall. Still though, the great characters and laugh-out-loud writing style makes this a very fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Petersen | 2/21/2012

    " It was a little difficult for me to stay interested in this book. I'm not really even sure what the curse was. I want to try to keep reading this series - this is the second book. The first book kept my attention a little better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonja | 12/27/2011

    " Another hilarious Amelia Peabody mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed the history as well as the relationship between Amelia and Emerson. Already have the next in the series teed up. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli | 12/4/2011

    " I listened to this so I missed a few parts of the story. It is a light mystery that takes place in Egypt during the early 20th Century. I enjoy the archealogy parts of the story but I do find parts of the book boring and dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 stitchnsnitch | 11/20/2011

    " This next book in the Amelia Peabody series didn't disappoint. I love that (Radcliffe) Emerson has some mystery-solving capabilities as well. ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 11/3/2011

    " I love Amelia Peabody! I think she's an engaging character who takes charge no matter how topsy-turvy the situation she's in. She finds the most proper, logical, and in a word, British, way to handle the oddest of scenarios, and she gives a candid narrative of every detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheridan | 5/24/2011

    " I am enjoying this series and have ordered the next two books from the library. I like the characters and these books are just an enjoyable read. "

  • 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! "

  • 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. "

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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

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.