Bestselling author Elizabeth Peters brings back nineteenth-century Egyptologist Amelia Peabody and her entourage in this delicious caper that digs up mystery in the shadow of the pyramids.
The last camel is dead, and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her dashing husband, Emerson, and her precocious son, Ramses, are in dire straits on the sun-scorched desert sands. Months before, back in cool, green England, Viscount Blacktower had approached them to find his son and his son’s new bride, who have been missing in war-torn Sudan for over a decade. An enigmatic message scrawled on papyrus and a cryptic map had been delivered to Blacktower, awakening his hope that the couple was still alive.
Neither Amelia nor Emerson believes the message is authentic, but the treasure map proves an irresistible temptation. Now, deep in Nubia’s vast wasteland, they discover too late how much treachery is afoot (and on camelback), and survival depends on Amelia’s solving a mystery as old as ancient Egypt and as timeless as greed and revenge.
A Blackstone Audio production.
Genius Author, Chipmunk Narrator...
This is one of my favorite Amelia Peabody mysteries. Peters out does herself with this admitted tribute to the wild, gothic novels popular in Mrs. Emerson's time. However, the narrator's voice is very high and squeaky, like she had been taking helium before recording. She often sounds mechanical, with poor inflection. She makes minimal effort to lower her voice for male characters. For a truly masterful narration, keep to audiobooks narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. Her Emerson and Amelia voices are flawless.
I have always loved this book. Thankfully Susan O'Malley reads it instead of (totally overblown & irritating) Barbara Rosenblat.
Where is Barbara Rosenblat?
The book is fabulous, one of the best of the series. But Oh! the reader! If I'd never heard Barbara Rosenblat read the Amelia Peabody Emerson series, I might have been able to grit my teeth through Susan O'Malley's version. Please, please, please! Do it over with Barbara Rosenblat!!!! Buy the actual book, because it's a great read and a pivotal one in the series. Then, pick up the audio versions with the next entry, "The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog".