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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 Rosenblat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Amelia Peabody Mysteries Release Date: March 1992 ISBN: 9781440781292
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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.”

    AudioFile 

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia Jacobs | 2/8/2014

    " I have to say, I didn't enjoy this Amelia Peabody as much as others. Amelia is long-winded, and I felt like this book could have been edited down by 30 or 40 pages. Also, they mystery being solved in this book ended up being the result of two groups of evil-doers, and at one point a character was referenced that for the life of me I could neither place nor locate in the book. I'm not going to give up on the series or anything, because it really wasn't that bad; just that other works have been better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Fobert | 2/2/2014

    " I found this book very enjoyable and found myself chuckling at many passages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise Dubois | 1/21/2014

    " Loved Ramses in this book. couldn't figure out whodunnit until I read the solution - but it was an enjoyable book none the less. Looking forward to the next one. "

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

    " The master criminal (MC) one of my favorite character finally shows himself in this book! ALso fabulous reading by the narrator. I just love how she portrays Ramesis. It's so brilliant, she makes me want to smack Ramesis in annoyance LOL. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hristina | 1/11/2014

    " Probably 3.5 stars. Easy and very witty reading, I enjoyed it and would have read it quickly if I had more time. Totaly unpredictable and with nice twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Baczkowski | 1/5/2014

    " This was as well-written and entertaining as the first. I find the relationship between Amelia and Emerson to be endearing, and the character of Ramses quite amusing. Although the mystery plot in this book was slightly convoluted, it was never the less a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Sammis | 1/1/2014

    " Rosenblat's performance of Ramses makes him a tolerable character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 12/8/2013

    " Nice addition of the precocious Ramses but if he doesn't fix his speech impediment by the next book, I'll entomb him myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 10/10/2013

    " 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 Jordan Mierek | 9/10/2013

    " Very interesting, a trip to Egypt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 3/30/2013

    " Book 3 of the Amelia Peabody mystery series. I started it on January 22nd, 2013, and finished it 3 days later. I have one word to describe this book: AMAZING! I loved the elements of mystery and suspense. I will never get tired of this series. I give it 5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 3/19/2013

    " A little slow going at the beginning, but it picked up in the last third! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xerxes Anaximander Phoenixlight | 3/10/2013

    " I find Ramses very funny, haha. Love him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laina | 10/22/2012

    " I hadn't read this Peabody mystery yet... I LOVED it! I always do... :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alena Mcconaha | 7/23/2012

    " How much fun can sand and sun be with death just beyond the dune's rise? With Elizabeth Peters, a riot. I laughed and chuckled and caught my breath. The Peabody Mysteries are just such fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paigethelibrarian | 6/24/2012

    " A mystery set in the early days of archeological discovery in Egypt, it follows an unusual family who delight in mummies and ancient secrets. It is funny, interesting, and keeps you guessing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 6/15/2012

    " I don't really have time to write the review this glorious romp deserves - suffice it to say it is a slice of pure pleasure, and Peabody, Emerson, Ramses et al as voiced by Barbara Rosenblat are always welcome on my ipod. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 stitchnsnitch | 3/6/2012

    " I love that each of the books I've read so far in this series has been fantastic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 12/22/2011

    " One of my favorites, Ramses is at his British best and the story just rolls along...perfect! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmelina | 11/2/2011

    " This is the third book in the series and I loved reading the first one so much that I bought the entire series. I really enjoy the relationship between Amelia and Emerson and who wouldn't want Amelia with her handy umbrella on their side when trouble strikes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CatBookMom | 11/1/2011

    " This is much funnier than the first two mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 8/10/2011

    " Delightful, as are all the Amelia Peabody mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 7/29/2011

    " ramses, their son, is in Egypt with them, along with the cat from the previous book, Bastet. So far, so good! I liked it, although the twists and turns of the plot get away from me. I like the formulaic descriptions in "Edwardian English." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karisa | 5/10/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clifton | 4/17/2011

    " this is the best one so far. Her characters have more depth and the storyline is more riveting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 4/6/2011

    " Another enjoyable archaeological adventure with the indomitable Amelia Peabody, her husband Emerson and their wonderfully precocious son Ramses. And the fascinating cat Bastet.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 3/27/2011

    " Yet another fun book by Elizabeth Peters.Peabody and Emerson are joined by their son Ramses on their newest adventure. The mystery isn't that difficult, but the writing is just so fun and witty! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Incandragon | 3/12/2011

    " #3 in the series. I haven't found the 2nd one. Their brilliant, annoying son runs circles around them, as far as solving cases goes.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 3/9/2011

    " Love this whole series. Rereading and really enjoying the first books in the series. Perfect beach, vacation, airplane book.

    'De cat Bastet' is one of my favorite characters, such a sly feline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 1/22/2011

    " I listen to these books about once a year, just to listen to the voices Barbara Rosenblatt has created for the characters. "

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

    " The beauty of Elizabeth Peters writing is that you don't have to read the whole series. Each book is a complete story unto itself and can be appreciated if you want to read only one or two books in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deenbat | 12/15/2010

    " Fun! Started a bit slowly, but great fun anyway! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russamun82 | 12/15/2010

    " The poor Mummy Case. My favorite Character of the novels besides the main was in this book. Madame Beregaria! What a character! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy Marie | 9/30/2010

    " Cute series. I really like Amelia Peabody's character. This is the 3rd book of this series I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 9/25/2010

    " Where do I get an Emerson? "

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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-six AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.