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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,610 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Amelia Peabody Mysteries Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9780060842833
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A new year, 1917, is dawning, and the Great War that ravages the world shows no sign of abating. Answering the siren call of Egypt once more, Amelia Peabody and her husband and son, Ramses, arrive at their home in Luxor to learn of a new royal tomb ransacked by thieves. Soon, a more disturbing outrage concerns the archaeologists: the freshly and savagely slain corpse of a thief defiling the ancient burial site.

Besieged by the British and defended by formidable Turkish and German forces, the fortified seaport of Gaza guards the gateway to the Holy Land. Answering a call he cannot refuse from British military intelligence, Ramses must journey to this ancient, fabled city to undertake a mission as personal as it is perilous. Death will surely be his lot if he is caught or exposed. Meanwhile, Ramses's wife, Nefret, guards a secret of her own...

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lots of action and hilarity…[This] is a good one.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Fans will relish the underlying humor, which is particularly good here, and recognize the characters as old friends who continue to improve and delight with age.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Novel in 2002

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen Jones | 2/20/2014

    " Perfectly delightful, as are all the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan Pugh | 2/18/2014

    " A new year, 1917 is dawning and the Great War that ravages the world shows no sign of abating. Answering the siren call of Egypt once more, Amelia Peabody and her family arrive at their home in Luxor to learn of a new royal tomb ransacked by thieves. Soon an even more disturbing outrage concerns the intrepid clan of archaeologists: the freshly and savagely slain corpse of a thief defiling the ancient burial site. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Drybrough | 2/18/2014

    " this was the first book i read from this author and after i was a fan of the series "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 2/15/2014

    " Not as entertaining as most of her books. This took a long time to get to any excitement. It did end pretty well, but very predictably. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moose | 2/7/2014

    " Now I remember why I lost interest when there were years between new books. Oh, Emersons, your lives so crazy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Castele | 1/12/2014

    " I absolutely love this series. These would make great films. Amelia is a heroine for all times, and the archeological setting is delightful. Mummies, sarcophogus, curses, male/female role posturing....Mystery, humor, romance, these books have it all! "

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

    " 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. "

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

    " #14 for Amelia. The first time I read this one, I wasn't as enamored, but there is really a lot of history and politics that are fascinating, as well as lots of adventure in the desert, which one can't help loving. Also, the reference in the title was not lost on me... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 11/9/2013

    " I cannot get enough of the Amelia Peabody mysteries. The Emersons are, quite simply, my favorite family in literature. I adore the audiobooks, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. As narrators go, it doesn't get better than Rosenblat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celia Powell | 11/5/2013

    " Another excellent Peabody, Emmerson and their extended familes book - there's a war on, and Ramses must do some undercover work for the goverment. Lots of details, lots of sub-plots, a little over-blown, as usual - but great fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer | 11/1/2013

    " This is just an excellent book. I loved and laughed through the whole book. It's like reading a letter from family. I also liked how they journeyed somewhere else in addition to England and Egypt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 6/7/2013

    " Fun! Actually listened to it on audiobooks while driving to Ohio from Tybee. Great narration - good, clean, smart fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/1/2013

    " Entertaining, but rather too much time spent nattering over luncheon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 1/6/2013

    " Her other ones- the earlier ones- were better. Still, a fun romp through the pyramids! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana Suddreth | 12/19/2012

    " Just as fun as all the rest! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tania | 11/18/2012

    " #14 in the series. This is where I stopped enjoying it so much "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dacia | 8/10/2012

    " I liked this one. There were 3 different stories in this book, but it was constantly entertaining. We get to revisit Ramses under cover personality, and see he and Nefret as a couple. Sethos also makes a grand appearance. All in all, it was terrific. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthiaj | 7/16/2012

    " I thought this one was a bit slow. Perhaps because she is trying to get through the "war years" or just trying to tide things over for awhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 4/7/2012

    " This book was so chock-full of plot she had to split it into three sections. It definitely felt interrupted, but I liked all three divisions. Another winner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki Tremper | 4/6/2012

    " Another favorite series. I love the voice, especially, and the setting and plots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Sabo-pedersen | 2/15/2012

    " Read completely out of order, this was the first book I've read of this series (after randomly finding it at a thrift store) and I can't wait to read the others! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 2/1/2012

    " I do love Amelia Peabody books. I think this gets an extra star though cause the actress that read this book was just fantastic. There is a lot of dialogue in the book and I always knew who was talking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrisanne | 10/2/2011

    " Not her best, but picking up from the slump she went into... I really wish I could give it 3 1/2 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 9/20/2011

    " These books are all too similar for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 8/17/2011

    " She was "The Golden One, Horos, Goddess of Nuturing, of Fragrance". I love this as the theme for the book. Note the depiction of Horos on the cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 4/28/2011

    " Perfectly delightful, as are all the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 4/21/2011

    " This is the culmination of Peters' Amelia Peabody series. Sadly, she might be retiring. But what better way to put the series to bed than by embroiling Amelia, et al., in a mystery surrounding the discovery of King Tut's tomb? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " long but crammed with good plot "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nsitterley | 2/24/2011

    " one of my favorites of her collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 2/19/2011

    " She was "The Golden One, Horos, Goddess of Nuturing, of Fragrance". I love this as the theme for the book. Note the depiction of Horos on the cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/5/2011

    " Fun! Actually listened to it on audiobooks while driving to Ohio from Tybee. Great narration - good, clean, smart fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 12/20/2010

    " The family is increasing which bodes ill for everyone's peaceful future although a tremendous find is awaiting them under the Egyptian desert. Ramses is under siege by military intelligence to perform just one more job for them---a rescue of their uncle. And Nefret harbors a secret of her own.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrieuoregon | 10/24/2010

    " Fun and exciting entry. Made me look forward to the next one very much. So happy about the baby! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dalepat | 10/12/2010

    " It is always interesting to explore Egypt with Amelia Peabody and her family. There is always a bit of a mystery to be solves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 9/23/2010

    " I do love Amelia Peabody books. I think this gets an extra star though cause the actress that read this book was just fantastic. There is a lot of dialogue in the book and I always knew who was talking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Alan | 8/20/2010

    " This is really three stories in one, lightly intertwined. The book is even sectioned into threes. It's fun - but not as good as the earlier WWI one. I like the second part best which has a lot more interaction with Sethos. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nacha | 8/17/2010

    " ends with a nice cliffhanger, not sure if I like that, and really the entire book reads like a prelude to the next one, so i'll ave to hurry and start reading again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthiaj | 8/7/2010

    " I thought this one was a bit slow. Perhaps because she is trying to get through the "war years" or just trying to tide things over for awhile. "

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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.