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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,641 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: May 2001 ISBN: 9781455177677
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Bestselling author Elizabeth Peters brings back nineteenth-century Egyptologist Amelia Peabody and her entourage in this delicious caper that digs up mystery in the shadow of the pyramids.

The last camel is dead, and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her dashing husband, Emerson, and her precocious son, Ramses, are in dire straits on the sun-scorched desert sands. Months before, back in cool, green England, Viscount Blacktower had approached them to find his son and his son’s new bride, who have been missing in war-torn Sudan for over a decade. An enigmatic message scrawled on papyrus and a cryptic map had been delivered to Blacktower, awakening his hope that the couple was still alive.

Neither Amelia nor Emerson believes the message is authentic, but the treasure map proves an irresistible temptation. Now, deep in Nubia’s vast wasteland, they discover too late how much treachery is afoot (and on camelback), and survival depends on Amelia’s solving a mystery as old as ancient Egypt and as timeless as greed and revenge.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “High adventure…wonderfully witty.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The plot twists and turns…it’s delicious…She has an antic sense of humor that glitters through her writing like mica through a rock…Are we having a good time? You bet!”

    Washington Times

  • “A delightful piece of fiction.” 

    San Diego Tribune

  • “If Indiana Jones were female, a wife and mother who lived in Victorian times, he would be Amelia Peabody Emerson, an archeologist whose extraordinary adventures are guaranteed entertainment.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Another interest-holding and humorously told Amelia Peabody Victorian suspense tale.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 2/13/2014

    " I am having a blast re-reading the Amelia Peabody mystery series. This is one of my favorites! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami | 2/10/2014

    " Fun to read but on the cheesy side. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 1/28/2014

    " Sometimes authors take risks with their characters and their chosen world. I was worried Elizabeth Peters had taken too big of a risk with broadening her field outside of her usual Nile valley, but this book has opened up the potential for so much more development for her characters and her plots for future books. This is a "lost world" sort of book as the Emersons stumble into a veritable paradise--with the usual dangers, threats, and despotic rulers trying to kill them. It's a wild ride and a delightful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiley | 1/25/2014

    " The absolute best book I have read in a very long time! "

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

    " Every so often I go off on an adventure with Amelia Peabody and her family, and I'm always glad. I sought this one out, and it was fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany Harvey | 1/18/2014

    " This one's a bit odd, considering it's part of a long mystery series. It doesn't follow the formula of the others; I wouldn't even call it a mystery. Though the plot is a bit darker, it still has the fun, light-hearted tone and over-the-top characterization of the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Callista | 1/18/2014

    " A neat twist on a classic theme from adventure lit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 1/2/2014

    " In this one, they find/are brought to a hidden land - only to then need to figure out how to leave. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/27/2013

    " I just love the Amelia Peabody series! It doesn't look like this installment is going to disappoint, either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rach | 12/11/2013

    " This one was a nice change in the story lines, dealing not with archeology exactly, but a lost society. Quite interesting and enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sparrowapril | 10/30/2013

    " I continue to think that this series may well have inspired the characters from The Mummy & The Mummy Returns movies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darcysmom | 9/16/2013

    " Amelia Peabody Emerson is one of my favorite characters. She does not disappoint in the book. Her acerbic wit makes me laugh on a regular basis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope | 9/2/2013

    " Another fun, if a bit melodramatic, episode in the adventures of Amelia Peabody Emerson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/30/2013

    " Another great book in the series, I'm not sure she made the fictional world as strong as it is in other books but it was still excellent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marita | 7/24/2013

    " The Emersons are in Sudan this season where they have barely made it to a secret city where the Egyptian culture is still alive!! When Amelia was invited to visit the Queen I knew I had read this book before. One of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renaissancegirl | 4/13/2013

    " Love it! A pivotal turning point in the series, essential fir thongs to yet come. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenbren13 | 1/15/2013

    " This was a little different than the other books in the series. I liked it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Moro | 9/11/2012

    " This book, for me, is were the series took a downward turn. I did not like the introduction of Nefret, and the plot was a departure from the usual archaeology driven story lines of the previous books in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 8/21/2012

    " The worst of the books I have read so far in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trude | 6/22/2012

    " Somehow reading the Peabody series I must have missed this one! Loved that it tells the story of how they met and rescued Nefret. Just so fun if you're a fan. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeri Strickland | 5/29/2012

    " I didn't enjoy this as much as some of the others in the series. However, I love the Amelia Peabody character. I'm sure, one by one, I'll download them and listen to them. Great books to listen to in the middle of the night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 5/12/2012

    " Favorite quote: "Talking only dries the throat, Mama," said my son. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 5/5/2012

    " Just fun - a definite guilty pleasure... great for summer reads. Continuing story of Peabody, Emerson and their son Ramses... another archaeological dig, more intrigue and mystery and of course... fun and silliness! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bekka | 1/27/2012

    " One of the best of the series, and the introduction of Nefret, another of the best characters in all of my readings! By this time in the series, Ramses has lost all his annoying qualities, and becomes a very funny and compelling character. Very, very well done! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheri | 11/20/2011

    " "Camel" is somewhat different than the other Amelia books, to date. There is far more swashbuckling going on! Plus, this one introduces a soon-to-be-important new character. Lots of fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Davie | 7/28/2011

    " This was an unexpected diversion in Egypt. Felt a bit Allan Quartermain-ish. I wonder what happens to the girl... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthiaj | 6/9/2011

    " An interesting story. I have decided that these are more "adventure" than mystery. OK as long as one knows what he/she is getting into. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Aldridge | 6/2/2011

    " Great book! I have read several of Elizabeth Peter's novels. A lot of fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 5/30/2011

    " The series about Amelia Peabody is delightful. A friend gave me this one to start me off and since then I have read all of them! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poppy Fields | 5/26/2011

    " One of my favorites from the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mindy | 4/30/2011

    " This story was bogged down with all sorts of names and dates and troop movements that just were painful to read. I don't mind some history, but this was not done well or as far as I could tell really relevant. Not her best. "

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

    " It is fun to go back through this series and remember the origins of so many of the beloved characters, in this case Nefret, and to realize that Ramses was dumbstruck by her from the first! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 2/20/2011

    " Oh--How I love Amelia's descriptions of her husband---and her independence in a time when that simply didn't exist for women. The characterization is just so much fun in these Amelea Peabody mysteries that it almost outshines the plots which are equally as much fun. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Butterflycager | 1/17/2011

    " While I loved the premise (late 19th century feminist archaeologist and her dashing husband go on digs and solve crimes), I found the dialogue cumbersome and I didn't care much for the characters, particularly the irritating precocious son, Ramses. I won't be reading any more of this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran | 1/11/2011

    " Every series must have some sort of Shangri La that is discovered and abandoned. Amelia and her family find a lost Egyptian civilization in conflict. After helping an ally to become king, they must not only flee but protect the secret of the hidden city. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/28/2010

    " Yet another delightful adventure of Amelia Peabody. I really liked the reference to Pirate of Penzance. It made me laugh out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaon | 12/13/2010

    " A new character added! Perhaps a love interest for Ramses in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 12/11/2010

    " This one might be my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 11/23/2010

    " I've read quite a few of these, the first one in the series and the most recent one. This is about 6 books in, it was very entertaining. Liked meeting characters in childhood that I'd only encountered as fully grown adults. Amelia and Emerson were delights, very funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 9/20/2010

    " Lots of fun. I forget how much I enjoy this series, and therefore haven't read most of the books yet. I'm going to have to remedy that right away. "

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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.