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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,472 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Barbara Rosenbla Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Amelia Peabody Mysteries Release Date:
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Radcliffe Emerson, the irascible husband of fellow archaeologist Amelia Peabody, has earned the nickname “Father of Curses” and in Mazghunah he demonstrates why. Denied permission to dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor, he and Amelia are resigned to excavating mounds of rubble in the middle of nowhere. But before long Amelia, Emerson, and their precocious son, Ramses, find themselves entangled in the Mummy Case.

In Cairo, before setting out to the site, Amelia visits an antiquities dealer to inquire about some papyri for her brother-in-law, Walter. At the dealer’s shop she interrupts a mysterious-sounding conversation. And then, even more alarmingly, the dealer attempts to refuse to sell her a scrap of papyrus Ramses discovers in the back room. When the dealer is found dead in his shop just a day later, Amelia becomes convinced that foul play is at hand, a suspicion that is further confirmed when she catches sight of the sinister stranger from the crime scene at her own excavation site.

But it takes more than Amelia’s keen instincts to convince Emerson of dastardly deeds. When Ramses’ scrap of papyrus is stolen from their camp, and a neighboring tourist is relieved of an entire mummy, Emerson concedes that they may be facing something more ominous than a simple grave robber. Aided (to their dismay) by Ramses and his preternaturally intelligent cat, Bastet, Amelia and Emerson turn their detective skills to investigating the neighboring suspects, including a trio of missionaries, a widowed German baroness, and even the head of the Department of Antiquities. But when the Emersons start digging for answers in an ancient tomb, events take a darker and deadlier turn and there may be no surviving the very modern terrors their efforts reveal.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Mummy Case should have you rolling in the Nile with laughter.”

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “A complex plot filled with intrigue and nail-biting suspense, one that takes the reader on a ride that steadily builds to a brilliant climax of long-kept secrets revealed.” 

    Washington Post Book World 

  • “[Elizabeth Peters] scores again with a riotously witty, tense, and cunningly constructed tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rosenblat’s power for character interpretation has grown with each book in this amusing series. This is the best one yet.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Donna | 2/16/2014

    " I am going through this series on audiobook. This is the third one. In this one, Ramses is an (unbelievable) genius of a five year old and accompanies Amelia and Emerson on the season's dig in Egypt. I didn't like his character at first because the precociousness just seemed so ridiculous, but he grew on me over the course of the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Haley | 2/16/2014

    " If you are going to read it, don't. If you already did, I'm sorry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karisa | 2/9/2014

    " This was the best one yet! I love her little boy, Ramses. =) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Grace | 2/8/2014

    " Amelia, Emerson, and their son Ramses head off to Egypt with the hopes of digging at Dahshur. Instead, they end up at Mazghunah. There they find evangelical missionaries, a bunch of rubble, and a mystery involving the illegal antiquities trade. These are enjoyable mysteries, but the precocious Ramses was a bit annoying. "

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