Thursday, October 4, 2007

The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters

First sentence:

"The events I am about to relate began on a December afternoon, when I had invited Lady Harold Carrington and certain of her friends to tea."


"The joys of home and hearth are about to drive Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody Emerson mad. While she and her husband, the renowned archaeologist Radcliffe Emerson, dutifully go about raising their young son Ramses, she dreams only of the dust and detritus of ancient civilizations. Providentially, a damsel in distress - coupled with a promising archaeological site - demands their immediate presence in Egypt.

The damsel is Lady Baskerville, and the site is a tomb in Luxor recently discovered by Sir Henry Baskerville - who promptly died under bizarre circumstances. The tabloids immediately scream "The Curse of the Pharaohs!"

Amelia and Radcliffe arrive to find the camp in disarray, the workers terrified, and a most eccentric group of guests. A ghost even appears. This is not at all what Amelia considers an atmosphere conducive to scientific discovery. Never one to deny others the benefit of her advice and example, the indomitable Victorian sets about bringing order to chaos and herself that much closer to danger. How Amelia triumphs over the forces of evil - and those who would stand between her and her beloved antiquities makes for a delightfully spirited adventure."

My thoughts:

This was a good historical mystery. I liked the interaction between Peabody and Emerson as they both try to solve the string of murders surrounding the archaeological dig. I look forward to reading third book in the series, The Mummy Case.

Date read: 10/2/2007
Book #: 88
Rating: 3* = good
Series: Amelia Peabody, #2
Genre: Mystery

ISBN-10: 0445406488
ISBN-13: 9780445406483
Publisher: Mysterious Press
Year: 1988
# of Pages: 285
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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