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The Mummy Case: Amelia Peabody Mysteries, Book 3

The Mummy Case: Amelia Peabody Mysteries, Book 3

Written by Elizabeth Peters

Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat


The Mummy Case: Amelia Peabody Mysteries, Book 3

Written by Elizabeth Peters

Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

ratings:
4.5/5 (36 ratings)
Length:
12 hours
Released:
Aug 19, 2004
ISBN:
9781440781292
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Amelia investigates the death of a dealer in illegal antiquities which puts her in the path of the intriguing but deadly Master Criminal.
Released:
Aug 19, 2004
ISBN:
9781440781292
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago’s famed Oriental Institute. During her fifty-year career, she wrote more than seventy novels and three nonfiction books on Egypt. She received numerous writing awards and, in 2012, was given the first Amelia Peabody Award, created in her honor. She died in 2013, leaving a partially completed manuscript of The Painted Queen.


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  • (5/5)
    Love this series. Narration is fabulous and the story ha twists and turns
  • (4/5)
    Probably my favorite of the series. This tale clipped along nicely and at first I was worried that having a child in the series would turn it into a different type of feel, rest assured, Amelia's disspassionate attitude saves us from the doting attitude one might expect. Ramses is a great addition to the team. One to the next one!!
  • (3/5)
    Each book in this series gets better. Little Ramses is a great addition
  • (3/5)
    The "Amelia Peabody" mystery novels are very formulaic. I only began reading them because my mother enjoyed them so much. They're fine. Light reading, but not all that much of a mystery. This was the third book in the series. I'll continue to read them I'm sure.
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    Book three and the series shows no sign of flagging. Amelia takes her husband, son and her wonderful turn of phrase back to Egypt for some more archaeological shenanigans. The family have barely unpacked their cases before they are up to their necks in stolen antiquities, "Master Criminals" and suspicious missionaries. In spite of my initial doubts about the inclusion of Amelia and Emerson's uber-precocious son Ramses, he turns out to be a complete scene-stealer. The pacing of the story is, again, perfect and although the final reveal seems somewhat convoluted and the book then ends very abruptly, this is another fine quick read from Peters.
  • (3/5)
    Emerson and Amelia are given a fairly poor place to dig for their season in Egypt, bringing along their son Rameses (whose real name is Walter) who is a precocious child. An Irritating precocious child, who actually also irritates and entralls his mother, who didn't really have much to do with his earliest years. Amelia stumbles upon a dead antiques dealer and this leads Amelia down a minefield of bodies and danger.It's not a bad read but I seriously wanted to teach Rameses some manners. In some ways he distracted from the events of the story and got in the way of my enjoyment, in other ways he was a linchpin of the story and I could see where setting him up could be interesting later in the series.
  • (4/5)
    The incredibly precocious Ramses comes to the fore in this book, as he accompanies Amelia and Emerson on their latest dig. Ramses, accompanied by his Egyptian cat, Bastet (who featured in 'The Curse of the Pharaohs), has an insatiable curiosity which gets him into scrapes which inevitably lead to a bath. Ramses is truly his parents child, as inevitably, Amelia and Emerson get entangled in a murder. which the police believe is suicide, and an antiquities smuggling ring. As usual there is a cast of disreputable and sometimes hilarious characters, sadly the missionaries, who occupy a large section of the book aren't really funny or charming and this does cast a pall over the narrative. But at the centre of it all is Amelia who is as entertaining as ever with her perceptive wit, parasol and emergency remedies.
  • (4/5)
    Ramses takes his place as one of the major characters of this series in this third installment. His matter-of-fact adoption of a lion and the acquiescence of said action by his parents is a good example of the humor of the series. The Emersons do outrageously unconventional things but have such a good time that it makes for fun reading. Amelia is a curious mix of feminism and femininity - very enjoyable.
  • (4/5)
    The Mummy Case is markedly darker than the preceding books. It is still light years from any kind of gothic thriller, but Peters seems to have shed some of the gauzy lightheartedness that characterized the earlier novels in favor of an earnest mystery. It may not be the most gracefully orchestrated mystery, but earnest nonetheless. She has also shed some of the previously slightly overbearing sense of homage to the pulp adventure novelettes and "penny dreadfuls" of yesteryear (and...yester-century?) in favor of a more mature and well-rounded style of novel. Amelia and her companions keep a strong continuity of personality in spite of the style shift, but now they experience (if fleetingly) real apprehension, real fear, and real distress as the events of the latest mystery unfold.I very much dislike the scenes of domesticity in the second novel in the series, The Pharaoh's Curse, but they have improved significantly here. I suspect this has a lot to do with the fact that Ramses has learned to shut his mouth once in a while, and has developed a bit of a personality beyond "obnoxious small child".Peters also seems to have finally committed herself to an ongoing Amelia Peabody series in this volume, as this is the first time I've seen her leave loose ends and foreshadow for a continuation of certain plot elements in the next book. Not that I'm complaining--tidy, self-contained episodic mysteries are good for casual readers who'd prefer to just pick up any random book in the series, but I suspect it would have gotten tiresome soon enough. I suppose this means that this volume indicates it's time to stop testing the waters and commit yourself! If you stick with Amelia the adventures are only going to get deeper and more involved from here on out. If you like her, that's a good thing. If you don't, perhaps it's time to bail.
  • (2/5)
    Who should read this book: If you are reading thru the Amelia Peabody series, as I am, this book is the third in the series and therefore should be read. The book can be read by anybody over 12 years of age as the only items that are objectionable are the occasional curse word. I personally did not care for this story very much. My main objection is there is much focus on the personality of the main characters - Amelia, Emerson and Ramses and not as much on the story itself. Additionally, her portrayal of Christian characters is decidely antagonistic. The authors clear disdain for people of faith clearly shows through. A key item in the plot are some 2nd and 3rd century gnostic texts which she utilizes to undermine Christian belief. As a University of Chicago trained Egyptologist (or perhaps because of it) she could have provided background regarding the historical context of the documents.In summation the mystery is week and thinnly developed, and her characters have grown a bit tiresome. If you like the characters more than the mystery then it is an okay read.
  • (4/5)
    Intrepid Egyptologist Amelia Peabody and her irrascible husband, who has been dubbed the "Father of Curses" by the Egyptian natives, once again set forth to uncover the treasures of the ancient pharoahs. This time they take along with them their young son nicknamed Ramses and John, a servant in their employ from England. Relegated to digging in an area deemed 'not worthy' by husband Radcliff Emerson, they are soon in the midst of a complex situation wherein a band of antiquities thieves are being lead by a Master Criminal. As Amelia tries to do her detective work she is stymied by a host of suspects and conflicting clues and information. After she and Radcliffe are thrown into the thick blackness of an ancient burial chamber in the Black Pyramid without hope of rescue, they are left to wonder if they have indeed met their fate. This reader found the plot confusing, as though it was searching for a way to untangle itself. The redeeming grace of this book is Ramses, who speaks with the vocabulary of a university professor with a lisp that makes him all the more endearing. The characters here are stronger than the plot and have earned this book four stars.
  • (4/5)
    This third book in the Amelia Peabody Egyptology series finds Amelia, her archaeologist husband Emerson and their precocious son Ramses back along the Nile.Emerson has promised Amelia a pyramid to study, but through his stubborness has failed to procure their desired site. While making preparations in Cairo, Amelia visits an artifacts dealer who later is murdered allowing. Amelia's art of detection energies go into overdrive and the story takes off with its missionary zealots, bat guano, disappearing mummy cases and another dead body. Elizabeth Peters delivers a good story once again.
  • (3/5)
    I had a harder time getting through this one. I don't know if it's because the writing is more refined later in the series, or if I had just reached my limit of Amelia Peabody books for the time being.