From the book jacket: A hitherto lost journal of the indomitable Amelia Peabody has been
miraculously recovered: a chronicle from one of the "missing
years", 19071908, shedding new light on a remarkable family and an
unexpected terror. Ousted from their most recent archaeological dig and banned forever
from the Valley of the Kings, the Emersons are spending a quiet summer at
home in Kent, England, when a mysterious messenger arrives. Claiming to be
the teenage brother of their dear friend Tarek, prince of the mysterious
Lost Oasis, the charismatic herald brings troubling news of a strange
malady that has struck down Tarek's heir and conveys his brother's urgent
need for help only the Emersons can provide.
Comment: Long time readers will know that I have a soft spot for the Amelia Peabody series, especially the audio versions read by the very talented Barbara Rosenblat, who so ably brings Peters' tongue in cheek tales to life.
This book fills in a gap in the chronological record (between The Ape Who Guards The Balance and The Falcon at the Portal). As always Peters slops out great dollops of romance, derring-do and bravery, plus multiple deceptions, betrayals and disguises. There are a few tiny slipups in the plot (when you're filling in a year in the middle of a series that's probably inevitable) but I can forgive Elizabeth Peters almost anything!
The Amelia Peabody Series in publication order
Also: Amelia Peabody's Egypt: A Compendium (2003). A blurring of
historical fact and fiction that 'informs and enchants'.
Coming Soon: The Serpent on The Crown (to be released March 29th), set in 1922.
This review is from the March 16, 2005 issue of BookBrowse Recommends. Click here to go to this issue.
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