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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,256 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Amelia Peabody Mysteries Release Date: March 2005 ISBN: 9780060840730
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The Emersons have returned to the Valley of the Kings in 1922 and Amelia Peabody and her family look forward to delving once more into the age-old mysteries buried in Egypt’s ever-shifting sands. But a widow’s strange story, and even stranger request, is about to plunge them into a storm of secrets, treachery, and murder.

The woman, a well-known author, has come bearing an ill-gotten treasure, a golden likeness of a forgotten king, which she claims is cursed. She insists it has taken the life of her husband and unless it is returned to the tomb from which it was stolen, more people will die.

Amelia and her clan resolve to uncover the secrets of the statue’s origins, setting off on a trail that twists and turns in directions they never anticipated and, perhaps, toward an old nemesis with unscrupulous new designs. But each step toward the truth seems to reveal another peril, suggesting to the intrepid Amelia that the curse is more than mere superstition. And its next victim might well be a beloved family member. Or Amelia Peabody herself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Peters lays out her scenes of romantic derring-do with such a lavish hand that it seems a bit nerdy to draw attention to the deeper pleasure of the rich scholarship involved in these archaeological mysteries.”

    New York Times

  • “Packs a harrowing emotional wallop.”

    Winston-Salem Journal

  • “Tomb excavations, mountain treks, brutal attacks, an abduction, an exorcism and murder keep the plot hopping. The author’s droll sense of humor and picture of a leisurely and less complicated age add to the appeal.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Audio Publisher’s Association “Audie” Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 2/20/2014

    " I never thought it would be possible to like book kids more than Ramses Emmerson - and then Carla and John David were born! And ohhhhh - the pinnacle of Egyptology looms as Tut draws ever nearer . . . I love these stories! "

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

    " The penultimate novel of the Amelia Peabody series. Very good. Reminiscent of the first couple of books, curses, attacks, and action from the beginning to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meregoddess Vitti Avila | 2/11/2014

    " Her style of writing is old fashioned as is the story line however the it was great fun as it explores the mysteries of Egypt...along the lines of the Agatha Christie genre but I loved this book and will be reading her other ones slowly in bed with a cup of chai. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherelyn Ernst | 2/2/2014

    " Peters' Amelia Peabody Egyptian archaeologist mysteries are always lots of fun although somewhat predictable. We were visiting The Valley of the Kings in Luxor while I was still reading it so it was a real treat! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William Alan Ritch | 1/31/2014

    " A little on the week side. It was a fun romp but I never felt there was much danger. Seems to be a set-up for the "last" book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mosunflower | 1/24/2014

    " Listened to this book on the drive to Phoenix. I loved the narrator, Barbara Rosenblat. The story had lots of eccentric characters and witty one-liners reminiscent of Maggie Smith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RachelAnne | 1/24/2014

    " While it isn't quite up to the standard of the very best entries in the series, I love Amelia and her family, and I find the insertion of a certain gold Amarna-period statue deliciously amusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/16/2014

    " Another excellent Peabody/Emerson mystery. "

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

    " Plot-wise, the secondary plot was leading up to the next novel. The primary plot was okay, but just. As always, there were some hysterical moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrieuoregon | 11/20/2013

    " Always enjoyable to travel to post WWI Egypt and see my friends! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 9/10/2013

    " I really enjoyed this one. I'm kind of glad we got past the war period which seemed to let the series down a bit. Back to the archaeology and the good mystery! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 7/9/2013

    " Not written the same. The story was brilliant, the plot and character's were excellent copies, but I would bet Elizabeth Peters had a ghost writers help with this one. So sad. My favorite series is quickly coming to an end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 6/3/2013

    " This was one of the better ones. I enjoyed it a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 3/24/2013

    " Another fun romp with Amelia Peabody and crew. A little predictable, but still a quick, fun read. The grandchildren are getting older... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 12/29/2012

    " It's always great fun to be back with Emerson and Peabody, Ramses and Nefret, and their cast of friends and foes. With voices supplied by the wonderful Barbara Rosenblatt, who can make Emerson's various growls and other sounds come to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janette | 10/4/2012

    " Wonderful as ever - I love Amelia! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa | 11/20/2011

    " I've read the whole series and have enjoyed them for an entertaining fast read. Unfortunately, this one fell flat. A friend loaned me the next one in the series so I'll give it a try and hope it's back to the level of the earlier books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Bragg | 10/11/2011

    " It's a mystery set in the early 1900s in Egypt, and all about archaeology. It's OK, not great, but I enjoy the Egyptian stuff. This is the third or fourth Amelia Peabody mystery I have read by Ms. Peters. Will I read more? Not sure... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriella | 10/2/2011

    " Another amusing Egyptian mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marita | 6/4/2011

    " Ho hum middle book in a long series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 5/19/2011

    " Rereading...October 2010. Still love it. Such a fun family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. It was good. Entertaining characters and well written dialogue. The story was long with not much happening though. "

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

    " 2nd villain darn near killed Amelia! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherelyn | 3/27/2011

    " Peters' Amelia Peabody Egyptian archaeologist mysteries are always lots of fun although somewhat predictable. We were visiting The Valley of the Kings in Luxor while I was still reading it so it was a real treat! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 3/6/2011

    " I am on a terrible Elizabeth Peters kick--I only have two books left in the series before I'm done with it, and then maybe I'll be able to read something by someone else! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/26/2011

    " Another fine outing for Amelia Peabody and her family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marita | 2/22/2011

    " Ho hum middle book in a long series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthiaj | 11/29/2010

    " A good yarn and was pleased with the way Peters tied it all together. The bad guys were a bit obvious, but that's OK every now and then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kira | 11/10/2010

    " i have no memory of the specifics of this amelia peabody book, but there's nothing wrong with that. they're all mostly the same, in the best way. if you like the one book, you will never be disappointed.

    incidentally, the reader on this was excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 9/28/2010

    " Vintage Amelia! Packed with action, mystery, humor, and fun. A delight to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/18/2010

    " Another potboiler, predictable plot, but light entertainment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 9/10/2010

    " Good as always to be back with the Emerson clan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William Alan | 8/20/2010

    " A little on the week side. It was a fun romp but I never felt there was much danger. Seems to be a set-up for the "last" book in the series. "

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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.