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The delightful seventh adventure for popular heroine Amelia Peabody. The 19th-century Egyptologist and her dashing husband, Emerson, return to Amarna, where they first fell in love. When Emerson is kidnapped, Amelia must rescue her husband, find the culprit, and save her marriage....

Title : The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog
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Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog Reviews

  • Pamela
    2019-05-04 11:25

    I love the Amelia Peabody mysteries. They play upon my love for strong female leads, Egyptology, romance, and a good mystery. I've had fun reading all of the books, but this one? Is probably my favorite sinceCrocodile on the Sandbank.Yet another enemy is after the Peabody-Emersons, this time to discover the way to the hidden Meroitic civilization they found in book 6,The Last Camel Died At Noon. Unfortunately, Emerson is kidnapped and subsequently loses his memory, and aside from trying to discover who is attempting to harm them, Amelia must now try to jog her husband's memory, which conveniently disappeared back to the time just before they met.While the amnesia plot device can be rather hackneyed, Peters uses it to revitalize the relationship between Amelia and Emerson. It is at the same time funny and frustrating, particularly for poor Amelia, who must put up with Emerson as he was before she... er, tamed him.The mystery itself was a delight. I found myself jumping back and forth between suspects, and when all was revealed at the end, I gasped out loud.Really, I can't recommend this series highly enough. It's become my mission in life to convert people to the Way of Amelia Peabody. In the last two weeks, I've converted three people. I'm building up good book karma, you see.

  • Cherie
    2019-05-27 09:40

    I rather liked this convoluted story. It took me a while to understand everything that happened at the end though. I thought the amnesia bit was amusing, but the constant brushes with death for the two Egyptologists is getting old. Parents do need a break sometimes, and it was nice to see Amelia and Emerson going off to Egypt by themselves. Previous to this book in the series, I have listened to them, so this was my first exposure to actually reading one.

  • Linniegayl
    2019-05-19 12:38

    This was my first re-read of the 7th entry in the Amelia Peabody series in audio. I didn't remember a lot of the details and thoroughly enjoyed this re-read. The book opens with the Emersons in England, trying to settle Nefret into English society. When Amelia and Emerson eventually head off to Egypt, Nefret (and of course Ramses) decide to stay in England with Walter and Evelyn. Amelia and Emerson encounter a host of troubles -- and crimes -- while in Egypt, from kidnappings, attempted kidnappings, murders, and numerous threats. All of the threats seem to relate to their last adventure and the wonders they discovered in The Last Camel Died at Noon.While Ramses and Nefret don't rejoin the Emersons physically, we learn through a series of amusing letters from Ramses that they too are facing a number of threats.This was absolutely delightful in audio, and I have no doubt but that I will listen to it again at some point.

  • QNPoohBear
    2019-05-20 13:31

    Amelia and her dear sister-in-law Evelyn regret the romance has gone out of their lives, especially now their husbands are more interested in what they can learn from Nefret than anything else. Amelia hopes their upcoming expedition to Egypt will put the spark back in her relationship. This time Ramses as elected to stay at home and pursue an education (and to be with "HER" as he calls Nefret). Emerson has a new plan to return to their old dig sites and make a through study of each one. To do this, they would need a staff (including females!) and a permanent home. Though Amelia would rather excavate some place new, she sees the merit in Emerson's plan. She's also busy translating an Egyptian fairy tale "The Doomed Prince" and they've been asked by an old acquaintance of Emerson's to watch his cat Anubis while he's away. Abdullah fears the cat is a demon based on his name, but Emerson pooh-poohs the superstition. Unfortunately for Amelia, her instincts fail to warn her of impending danger. Before they really begin making a survey of past dig sites, mysterious events occur which place both Emersons in danger. When Amelia's beloved Emerson is abducted and hit on the head, Amelia vows to move heaven and hell to rescue him. Meanwhile, long letters from Ramses arrive detailing abduction attempts on himself and Nefret! Amelia has a lot to contend with but she will keep her family safe with her dying breath if she has to. This is the best adventure yet! Despite Amelia's protests at starting with a sensational opening, she does so anyway. My heart couldn't stop pounding and I stayed up long long past my bedtime to find out how it turned out. I almost skipped ahead but the endings are so long winded with too much explanation, I didn't want to ruin the adventure. This one really put me (and the characters) through the wringer of emotions. My heart broke for Amelia that she felt the romance had gone out of her relationship, then she faces the worst and I just felt so bad for her. I was with her every step of the way as she fought to save her family. Despite the sad overtones, there is still quite a bit of humor. The letters from Ramses are very funny (unintentionally on his part) and lighten up the plot a bit. I was completely surprised by some of the revelations at the end. I never saw some of them coming though I did suspect the identity of the villain. My only complaint about this book is that some of the archaeological explanations are too long. I was interested in the plot more than being educated (sorry Amelia). In this novel we are reacquainted with Cyrus Vandergelt, the American millionaire the Emerson-Peabodys met on an earlier expedition. I barely remembered him so it was a good reminder of who their allies are to stick him in the plot. His heart is as big as Texas and he's such a kind gentleman. Other new characters include Anubis, the cat. I'm not a cat person and I failed to be charmed by this hissing and ornery cat. Bastet seems like the sweetest kitty next to Anubis. His name is a clue to his personality, Anubis being the Egyptian devil-like creature. Then there's Bertha, a woman with a past who seeks refuge with Amelia and entourage. She's hard to figure out and I never really warmed up to her the way Amelia did. Then there's Vincey, an old acquaintance of Emerson's whom Emerson had reported for selling illegal antiquities. He wants to make amends and leave the past behind him but with a cat such as Anubis as his pet, I just didn't like him. Nefret also appears in this story, as told by Amelia and Ramses. She's a tough young lady who will always be unconventional but strong, like Amelia. I liked hearing about her adventures from Ramses.

  • Vivienne
    2019-04-29 17:52

    The events of The Last Camel Died at Noon continue to impact upon the Emerson family. The secret they uncovered has attracted the attention of various baddies and as the summary above discloses Emerson has lost his memory, which creates a romantic tension. Again this proved a very engaging story especially when Emerson loses his memory of the past 13 years! Would he ever remember Amelia? As I said to my friend, who is also a big fan of the series, I am quite invested in these characters and so was worried even though the continuation of the series should be reassuring. Still, this is part of the pleasure of this kind of romantic suspense. There were also a number of surprises along the way that I certainly did not see coming. This has been my audiobook in the car for some weeks and I also read the corresponding pages in the Kindle edition each week. As always Rosenblat does a wonderful job voicing Amelia and her delightful dry wit.

  • Rhonda
    2019-04-29 09:52

    I'm in the process of re-reading the entire Amelia Peabody series again, from start to finish in one go. They are still some of my favorite books. They must be read with tongue firmly inserted in cheek. It also helps to have an interest in and some knowledge of Colonial-era exploration narratives, fiction like that of H. Rider Haggard, Orientalist studies, the competitive acquisitive zeal of western museums at the turn of the century, and the "gentlemen archaeologists" of the 19th century who brought more treasure-hunting fever than academic and historical interest to their digs. That is to say nothing of the insight into early seeds and outbreaks of unrest in the Middle East that find their way into the middle and later novels in the series. Add to this impressive list of "ingredients" a dash of early feminism, British upperclass manners, interesting plots, and especially the academically sound Egyptian history from a legitimate scholar (Elizabeth Peters had a PhD in Egyptology from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago) and you have the very best in historical fiction, enclosed within adventurous and funny plots led by engaging and memorable characters who, though immensely more enlightened than many of their time, nonetheless remain realistic people OF their time, seeing the world through glasses tinted by their own culture and class. Though they attempt to rise above prejudice, they cannot quite entirely do so. Elizabeth Peters showed immense wisdom of the human condition in this aspect of her characterizations, reminding us all that we cannot even be aware of - much less remove - ALL of our preconceptions through which we see the world around us. Even the best of us - like Amelia - can continually peel back the layers of lenses through which we see the world. All these philosophical, aesthetic, academic, and historical reasons for loving the series are thus topped off with depth of characterization, imaginative storytelling, fast-paced plotting, excellent word-crafting, and an overall affectionate humor about the human condition - the whole coming together even better than the sum of its parts to make it one of my favorite series of all time. I might add that it's a series that I've read and re-read multiple times, something that I almost never do.To be fair, my one criticism about the series is that the non-chronological nature of the last few books gets a big confusing even to me, someone who's read them multiple times. They're still very enjoyable, but holding the timeline and chronology of events in my head is not always easy. I plan to tackle the compendium "Amelia Peabody's Egypt" soon to see how that clears things up. Nonetheless, I'm waiting with bated breath for the book Elizabeth Peters was finishing at the time of her death to be published. I think it would be a great tribute to her career to publish it posthumously.I have been really surprised when friends I've recommended the series to haven't been as enthusiastic as I am about Amelia Peabody. I think I can attribute that to the fact that my first go-round of the series was on audiobook and Barbara Rosenblat and Grace Conlin did such a marvelous job of giving the series the proper amount of irony and tongue-in-cheek humor and updated H. Rider Haggard-style adventure, that even today when I read the series I hear it in their voices in my head. If you are having trouble connecting, then, I recommend listening to at least the first several books on audiobook. It wouldn't hurt to do some quick Wikipedia research on Colonialism, Egyptology, Howard Carter, Wallace Budge, Orientalism, H. Rider Haggard, museum-sponsored archaeology of the latre 19th & early 20th centuries (especially the competitiveness between the British Museum & the Metropolitan Museum of Art(, WWI, pre-WWII espionage, dismantling of the Ottoman Empire... anything relating to history of the 19th century to early 20th century. All will add to your enjoyment of the novels as well as your appreciation for how deftly Elizabeth Peters wove history and real people throughout her fiction.

  • Barbara ★
    2019-05-22 12:43

    After finding the Lost City of Gold and returning to England with Neferet in The Deeds of the Disturber, Amelia and Emerson return to Egypt for a winter of excavation. Both Ramses and Neferet remain in England, leaving Emerson and Amelia a chance to get frisky without little eyes watching their every move. Well that was the plan anyway. Immediately upon reaching Cairo, Amelia and Emerson are besieged with attempts on one or the others life. When they are finally successful and Emerson is kidnapped, Amelia is beside herself with worry and with the help of Silas Vandergelt sets out to rescue Emerson. Of course she is successful but with a slight setback...Emerson has amnesia and cannot remember the last 13 years of his life - yes that is the time that he met and married Amelia. She sets out to help him remember their exciting courtship and life but of course, the attempts on their lives do no stop so it's another rousing adventure in merry old Egypt. I can't say enough about this series. It's simply wonderful entertainment! Amelia is one of those strong females who is definitely out of place in the 1800s; Emerson is bold, loud and given the time period, very romantically inclined; and Ramses is the funniest character of them all. Despite the danger, I laughed out loud at his epistles (letters to Dearest Mamma and Pappa).

  • Jamie Collins
    2019-05-11 11:49

    A really amusing Amelia Peabody adventure. It's worth reading just for Peabody's reaction to the letters from Ramses, who has been left behind in England for once, and not to Peabody's dismay. ("One may be determined to embrace martyrdom gracefully, but a day of reprieve is not to be sneezed at.") When danger threatens at home and abroad, Ramses threatens to rejoin his parents as soon as he has enough money for his fare, reciting an ominous running tally of his savings.If these books were a little more serious then I could be annoyed over Emerson's amnesia and Peabody's reaction when she finds out exactly when he regained his memory, but these are clearly meant to be a bit silly (Emerson is psychoanalyzed by a Dr. Schadenfreude) and they're quite fun to read.

  • Susan
    2019-05-09 12:54

    If I've learned anything about the Amelia Peabody books, it is that these are leisurely tales. Nothing is rushed and the story unfolds in it's own good time. That is fine. However this, in addition to the narrator's 'dramatic pauses', makes for a VERY long story.I was also mad that the author made me like one of the characters that wasn't really that character. If you've read the story, you know what I mean. And I don't think Ramses could be any more precocious. This came through loud and strong - and only from letter writing! I really don't like that character at all.Still, interesting enough. Will continue onto the next, after a little rest from these stories.

  • Lynne Tull
    2019-05-14 14:25

    This Amelia Peabody read like two books. One book was set in England and the other in Egypt. They were tied to each other by the mystery to be solved. Alert: Pay attention to the clues in England they might help you solve the mystery in Egypt. There are a lot of twists and turns that will keep you guessing. It was a very enjoyable book to read even all of the Egyptology that was thrown in to educate the reader.

  • Desertblues
    2019-05-16 13:40

    A bit old fashioned, for sure, but very nice to hear read on a long walk. This is the 2nd time that I hear this series.

  • C-shaw
    2019-05-24 17:25

    I'm a little disappointed in Ms. Peters. I have always loved the Amelia Peabody novels, but this one, though it started out likeable, became so convoluted and confusing that I struggled to finish it. Also while she has some discreet bodice-ripping references, in this book Amelia fairly slobbered over her husband of 16 or so years, too much to be realistic. The villain was a character with whom I wasn't previously familiar and his role didn't make a bit of sense to me. The morale is, I suppose, to read all this series in order and don't skip any.

  • Teri-K
    2019-05-21 16:37

    It not unusual for the first book or two in a series about a couple to be the best because the relationship is new and the reader has the fun of watching the couple get to know each other and fall in love. Though this series is not primarily about the romance, the relationship of Amelia and Emerson is definitely part of the fun. The author manages to keep it fun in all the books by not changing them too much once they marry. However, she does something pretty clever here - by giving Emerson amnesia she essentially takes us back to the beginning of their relationship and we see them get reacquainted. It was a nice idea that I thought was fun.The plot was another nice change from deadly mummies and such, though it takes place back in Egypt. It ties in quite a bit with previous books, so I wouldn't read this one first. Take them in order and you'll enjoy them a lot more. Sometimes I get tired of Ramses, so it was nice to have him confined to the written page for one book. :) Now I just have to decide if I want to go back and revisit how they really met or move ahead. I wasn't a huge fan of these books when they came out, I found reading Amelia I could only take her in small doses, but listening to her is a delight.

  • Virginia Jacobs
    2019-05-07 09:52

    I always find that the first hundred pages or so are the hardest to get through, and after that the Amelia Peabody books are rather amusing. In this book, Peabody and Emerson return to Egypt to hide some artifacts they discovered in their previous adventure, only to "discover" them again. Before you start thinking how un-Peabody/Emerson this sounds, you have to know that in their previous adventure, they swore not to mention where they had been. So they can't very well turn up with artifacts that indicate they've been somewhere they have to claim doesn't exist.So the plan is to hide them in a probably location, claim they found them this season, and then send them of to a museum, or whatever. But of course, plans go awry and the Peabody-Emerson party is randomly (or not so randomly) attacked, etc.This is all fine, but Peters never returns to the issue of the artifacts at all. So, presumably they're still in Peabody's possession, but it really is an incomplete plot thread. This book was entertaining, but not as well written as other Amelia Peabody adventures.

  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
    2019-05-20 11:47

    Wow this one kept me entranced the whole time! I thought I had it figured out but the ultimate twist with Sethos, I never guessed. So Im wondering, is Sethos really dead? I dont think so, which is why they probably bundled him away so quickly but who knows?? I wish I had the next installment right now so i could begin reading! : ) Peters just keeps getting better and better. Alot of serial authors, usually get complacent i think and all of their books start sounding the exact name but I think Peters does a remarkable job of changing it up. I understand she has to incorporate some background for stand alone readers but she really does a great job mixing it in different ways and places in each book so you dont feel like your reading the same thing over and over again. Carolyn Hart needs to take a lesson from Peters because every one of her books follows the exact same outline for every novel. Its so boring and tedious!!

  • BJ Rose
    2019-05-02 15:28

    This installment of the Amelia Peabody/Emerson escapades was the best I've read so far - even better than the first one! Emerson is kidnapped and strongly 'interrogated' by one of their many enemies (when Amelia is trying to figure out who is behind it, she comes up with a list of 13 possible doers-of-the-dastardly-deed). Intrepid Amelia helps rescue him, only to discover that Emerson has **gasp** forgotten her and their 12-year marriage! I thought that part of the plot went on too long (and I personally would get a little paranoid about being wiped out of my loved one's memory so completely!), but I enjoyed the unfolding events too much to worry about that, especially since Amelia did enough worrying for everyone. I'm usually pretty good about figuring out most things, but I was taken by surprise more than once.

  • Audrey
    2019-05-06 17:47

    Emerson and Peabody are trying to keep the secret of where their foster daughter, Nefret was found. The Lost Oasis would be a treasure trove to scholars but if it was discovered it would destroy an ancient civilization. Unfortunately there are nefarious criminals who are suspicious that the Emersons have a map and are determined to get it. They kidnap Emerson, beat him up and drug him. When Peabody rescues him she discovers that he has lost his memory. In particular he has forgotten that she is his wife. Peabody is determined to woo him back and follows him into danger with archaeological digs and chasing down criminals. This is another excellent tale by Elizabeth Peters.

  • Sue
    2019-05-22 12:30

    I enjoyed this next installment in this series about the indomitable Amelia. She faces a difficult obstacle here when her beloved archaeologist husband, Emerson, receives a blow to the head and loses the last few years of his memory, including all the time of their marriage. She wades into the fray with her usual aplomb and wit as she tries to keep her husband alive through many dangers, restore his memory, and foil an evil enemy on their dig in Egypt. Great fun! The reader I listened to, Barbara Rosenblat, carries out the different characters with much animation and makes them seem very delightful.

  • RavenclawReadingRoom
    2019-05-20 10:29

    This is one of the few books in this series that I actually own, and therefore is one of the few books in the series where I was like "Hmmmmm, this plot line rings a bell. SOMEONE ISN'T WHO THEY SAY THEY ARE." But that was literally all I could remember. I managed to convince myself a few times that I knew what was going on, but it still kept me guessing until (almost) the end. There's plenty of chuckle-worthy moments along the way, especially where Ramses' letters are concerned, and it was fun to have the characters return to the place where everything started, however many books ago.

  • The Library Ladies
    2019-04-29 14:30

    (Originally reviewed at we’re back for my first Amelia Peabody review of the year! After coming out on the top of my favorite reads list from 2016, I had high expectations for this book and this series. But, most comforting of all, even this far into the series, I had very few worries that I would not enjoy this book as much as I have the many that have come before it. Trust has been built, and I can now look forward to each next book in this series with very little trepidation.“The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog” opens with Amelia and Evelyn pining for the adventure and romance of the past. Neither is unhappy with their life, full as each is by family and profession, but both Amelia and Evelyn spend moments reminiscing for the romantic passions they remember pre-children. And from these honest and natural feelings, comes very unwanted results, at least for Amelia. After returning to Egypt for another season, Amelia is looking forward to a rare opportunity to work alone with Emerson, as Ramses has chosen to remain in England for…school (to moon over Nefret, more likely). But these simple plans are suddenly foiled when Emerson is kidnapped and, while escaping the experience with his life, loses his memories in the process, including the fact that he was ever married to a woman named Amelia Peabody.Generally, I am very suspicious of the whole amnesia plot tactic. This probably stems from being burned in early childhood by the egregious and completely unacceptable use of an amnesia story being thrown into my beloved “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” and essentially triggering the beginning of the end for the series as a whole. But I won’t go on another rant about that, though it’s is difficult to resist. However, here, Peters uses it as simply another foil to Amelia’s ever-lasting quest to simply get through an archeological season without murder and mystery.Having read the series up to this point over the last few years, it was interesting being thrown back in time, essentially, to the character that Emerson was pre-Amelia. I have to say, I’m not sure he deserved her, based on his behavior here! I haven’t re-read the original story, but I have to think that this version of the character was fairly true to how he was written then, and in one word, he’s kind of an ass. I have gotten accustomed to his gruffness and easy piques of anger always being balanced by his love and respect for Amelia. But without her influence or his desire to appease her sense of rightness, these quirks suddenly start overcoming the more appealing parts of his character. However, Amelia remains steadfast to winning him back throughout it all, even if we, the readers, want to smack him up the backside of the head (though she does employ similar tactics in her “wooing”).The mystery itself is quite a tangled web with many villains re-appearing from past books. Probably the most challenging part of the story was trying to remember these characters and keep their histories straight in my head. There is typically a large cast of characters in these books, but we’re often meeting them for the first time and thus given time to acquaint ourselves. Here, while brief introductions are given, a lot is left to the reader to fill in gaps. I feel like the suspects would have been better rounded out had these histories and motivations been a bit better documented, for those of us who don’t have an encyclopedic memory of the series as a whole.I also enjoyed the fact that the Nefret storyline wasn’t completely dropped in this book. Most of the previous books can be read as standalones, and that is true of this one as well, for the most part. But the adventures and outcomes of “The Last Camel Died at Noon” introduced lasting effects on the Emerson-Peabody family going forward. Not only do we have a new character whom we can only assume will be a major staple in the series in the future, but her sudden appearance and secret history would be largely commented on by society as a whole. On the more intimate character level, I loved Amelia’s struggles with adapting to being a mother figure for a daughter as well as a son, and her realization that their needs are very different. And on a larger story level, I appreciated the fact that the happenings of the previous book were paramount to the mystery we have here while still allowing the book to be read on its own. It is a tricky balance to maintain, but one that I feel Peters pulled off very effectively.While the amnesia storyline was handled for the most part very well, this book does highlight a trend for my views on the series as a whole. I understand that perhaps the author was concerned that the happy and stable relationship between Amelia and Emerson might come across as tired, book after book, and she felt compelled to throw wrenches into the work. But the two books were this tactic was more prominently used (this story with the amnesia, and “Deeds of the Distruber” where there is much confusion and distrust between the two) were both on the lower end of my ratings. I still very much enjoyed them, but I, at least, don’t need relationship drama from this series to remain interested and when it’s present, it doesn’t add much to the series as a whole.But, as I said, I still very much enjoyed it and am happily looking forward to the next!

  • Lori
    2019-05-16 12:39

    Might be my favorite of these novels since the first one. Returns to the location of the first novel, involves amnesia, and some interesting theories on how to deal with it. Love Ramses as an absentee character, as he is still very much present, even if not there.

  • Saskia
    2019-05-18 10:36

    And so my cozy mystery kick continues. I refuse to apologize--these are fun, fun books and a chapter a day is exactly what I need.

  • Michelle Johnson
    2019-05-14 17:25

    QUICK PITCH: Peabody and Emerson are at it again. VERDICT: This actually might be one of my faves...

  • Moonlily
    2019-05-04 09:48

    Le maître d'Anubis est le 7ème tome de la saga des Amelia Peabody, par Elizabeth Peters. Son vrai titre anglais est The Snake, The Crocodile and the Dog. Je tiens à le préciser car il me semble que le titre originel est plus approprié que celui qui a été choisi pour la traduction française... sans compter qu'il correspond à la page de couverture (d'où est étonnement absente Amelia).Lire un Amelia Peabody c'est comme plonger en pleine Égypte de l'époque. Tout est si fidèle à la réalité, si exacte historiquement et archéologiquement parlant. Je ne suis jamais déçue et c'est une vraie distraction. C'est donc, encore une fois et avec joie, que je m'immerge dans une nouvelle aventure de Peabody et de son mari Emerson !Dans ce roman, il est divertissant de les retrouver comme au début de leurs aventures, tous deux contre le mal. Pour autant, on sent l'évolution des personnages et de leur vie : tout n'est plus conte de fée (à leur manière), c'est pourquoi ils se posent de nombreuses questions sur eux-mêmes et sur leurs responsabilités en tant que tuteurs et en tant qu'archéologues. Le personnage d'Amelia apparait un peu plus mièvre que d'ordinaire dans ce livre, ce qui change un peu de la femme forte, libre et féministe qu'elle essaie toujours de montrer (pour une femme de son époque c'est assez novateur).Il y a de nombreux rebondissements tout au long de l'histoire, le style d'écriture très soutenue est plaisant, et le suspense est comme toujours au rendez-vous.J'avoue avoir manqué le personnage de Ramsès dans cette aventure, présent uniquement par les lettres qu'il envoie à ses parents, pourtant il est mon personnage favoris et ne manque jamais de faire rire (toutefois ce livre reste drôle, même sans lui).Un autre côté positif de cette série, c'est que chaque tome peut se lire indépendamment, le premier chapitre résumant toujours les aventures précédentes. Donc aucune excuse, vous pouvez lire n'importe lequel des tomes qui vous passe sous la main ! (mais je vous conseille fortement de les lire tous)

  • Tori
    2019-05-09 09:31

    A friend who recently returned from an archeological tour of Egypt loaned me this book. I had never heard of this series, but evidently there are about 20 books! this isn't the first of the series, but I was told I didn't need to start at the beginning. I guess each story is about Amelia Peabody - a female archeologist in the early 1900's. She is married to another archeologist - Emerson - and they have a son named Ramses. In this book, Emerson is kidnapped........and it is very involved. The mystery was ok, but it just seemed to go on and on. I got very tired of Amelia. And the writing. I had thought perhaps it would be a fun series to read, but one book was enough for me. I think I'll go back to my Chet and Bernie mysteries by Spencer Quinn for a light, quick read. And I have to say - I am amazed at what good reviews this series got! I guess it just wasn't my cup of tea.

  • Patty
    2019-05-10 15:33

    Amelia and Emerson take us on a trip down memory lane visiting places and people from previous stories. Or you could say they take us on a trip down loss of memory lane since the premise of #7 in the series is that Emerson is suffering from amnesia and doesn't know that he's married to Peabody. This is admittedly a cheap literary trick but we do have some fun with it, especially if you appreciate it when Emerson and Amelia fight. I actually don't appreciate it. Nonetheless, there is some of that understated but definitely strong undercurrent of sexual tension. My favorite part is whenever Ramses is in the scene. Unfortunately, he doesn't accompany them to Egypt this time. Fortunately, however, he does send some rather long letters and those letters are absolutely the best and funniest parts of the story.

  • Liralen
    2019-05-27 09:27

    I really enjoyed this while reading much of the Amelia Peabody series with my son. The whole series is loquacious, delicious, and romantic with a Victorian take through it. The archeology is solid and the storylines and mysteries are intriguing and well-presented with all the clues right there, and it's fun to put them together with the characters. And the characters, all of them, are amazing. This one in particular rekindles the romance between Amelia and her husband through the harrowing loss of Professor Emerson's memory when he gets kidnapped by someone trying to find out a secret both of them know. While solving the mystery of who it is who trying to hard to get them to talk, Amelia and Emerson get reacquainted again...

  • Marty Greenwell
    2019-05-09 17:33

    I had never heard of the Amelia Peabody series before. About a female archaeologist who is ahead of her time being strong and resistant. She is surrounded by other strong characters, mainly men, who are typically sexist and protective of their "little woman". The author appears to be British but is not. The prose is very formal, not unreadable, and makes you appreciate the English language. The cast of characters are eccentric, seemingly rich and all step out to be exceptional. Some "mystery" or "adventure" main characters have a light, wonderful side but also a dark one. Not Amelia or her husband Emerson. They save the day, day after day.

  • Susan Palmer
    2019-05-24 13:25

    The Best of the Series So FarI love it when Amelia loses her mind in defense of those she loves, and the deepening of the relationship with Abdullah was a welcome enhancement to the backdrop that the Egyptian fellahin sometimes seem to be in these books. But the best was the depiction of Cyrus Vandergelt, just enough off of the original to make you wonder at his sudden youth (and lack of a goatee) but never enough to make you suppose ... spoiler alert! I would love to know how Mertz did that.

  • Abbie
    2019-05-17 15:28

    So...the criminal catalyst in this one is little more than a plot device to get our characters into a convoluted predicament, but I DON'T CARE! This entry in the series has one of the craziest plots, but it is perfectly suited to the characters and great melodramatic fun.