The Serpent on the Crown: Book summary and reviews of The Serpent on the Crown by Elizabeth Peters

The Serpent on the Crown

By Elizabeth Peters

The Serpent on the Crown
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2005,
    512 pages.

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The Emersons have returned to the Valley of the Kings in 1922 where a widow's strange story -- and even stranger request -- is about to plunge them into a storm of secrets, treachery, superstition ... and murder.

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"[A]nother winner that you can't put down and yet don't want to see end,...the author's droll sense of humor and picture of a leisurely and less complicated age add to the appeal." - Publishers Weekly

"In-jokes for "Informed Readers" aside, this isn't Peters's best work, but is certainly a required purchase for any public library." - Library Journal

"Peabody's Victorian rhetoric can go over the top, but her likable family's fans will find much to enjoy in an adventure less convoluted than usual." - Kirkus Reviews

"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." - The New York Times

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Elizabeth Peters Author Biography

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Barbara G. Mertz studied at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, receiving an M.A. in 1950 and a Ph.D. in Egyptology in 1952. In 1950 she married Richard Mertz and had two children, Elizabeth and Peter. She was divorced in 1969. A past president of American Crime Writers League, she served on the Editorial Advisory Board of KMT, A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt. She was also a member of the Egypt Exploration Society and the James Henry Breasted Circle of the Oriental Institute. Under her own name she is the author of Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs, A Popular history of Ancient Egypt and Red Land, Black Land, Daily Life in Ancient Egypt.

Under her pseudonym Barbara Michaels, she wrote twenty nine novels of suspense. As Elizabeth Peters, she produced thirty seven mystery-...

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