The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. Really, I can't recommend this series highly enough. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. They must be read with tongue firmly inserted in cheek. Here, while brief introductions are given, a lot is left to the reader to fill in gaps. Trust has been built, and I can now look forward to each next book in this series with very little trepidation. 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.
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. A beautifully exotic slave woman, an enigmatic Siamese cat, and a den of conspirators unite to snatch away Amelia's happiness unless she reveals a secret she cannot ethically, morally, or in any other way disclose. I found myself jumping back and forth between suspects, and when all was revealed at the end, I gasped out loud. Now an old married couple, Amelia longs for the early days of their courtship. All of the threats seem to relate to their last adventure and the wonders they discovered in The Last Camel Died at Noon. 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. Nonetheless, I'm waiting with bated breath for the book Elizabeth Peters was finishing at the time of her death to be published.
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. Mertz was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998. Sometimes I get tired of Ramses, so it was nice to have him confined to the written page for one book. I didn't remember a lot of the details and thoroughly enjoyed this re-read. Immediately upon reaching Cairo, Amelia and Emerson are besieged with attempts on one or the others life. I was also mad that the author made me like one of the characters that wasn't really that character.
Elizabeth Peters uses her knowledge of Egyptology to write these wonderful mysteries that are detailed in historical facts. Their very predictability keep me coming back. Here, while brief introductions are given, a lot is left to the reader to fill in gaps. Which, I will admit, sometimes get a bit much. Think Miss Marple with early feminist gloss crossed with Indiana Jones. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man — loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. Lo and behold, Emerson is kidnapped and when he is finally found he has amnesia and has no memory of ever meeting Amelia - much less marrying her! Dare one hope for less self-indulgence and a stricter discipline in number eight? Now, both past and future are in jeopardy as Amelia attempts to locate Emerson's attackers; prevent his disclosure of an important artifact relating to Nefret's security; and renew feelings in him that appear as remote as a Pharaoah's tomb.
Without the precocious young Ramses, but he still managed to make his presence know through long and ridiculously fabulous letters. For some reason I found this book more than a little confusing. Now, in the seventh mystery in the series, the Emerson-Peabodys are traveling up the Nile once again to encounter their most deadly adversary, the Master Criminal, who is back at his sinister best. Also, it seems to me that Peters must be tired with her formulae a bit because she's starting to shake it up a little. But their return would threaten not only their marriage, but their very lives with perils as chilling as a mummy'scurse.
So they can't very well turn up with artifacts that indicate they've been somewhere they have to claim doesn't exist. I have read and re-read them all. When Amelia and Emerson eventually head off to Egypt, Nefret and of course Ramses decide to stay in England with Walter and Evelyn. 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. But returned damaged and broken. They play upon my love for strong female leads, Egyptology, romance, and a good mystery. I have been really surprised when friends I've recommended the series to haven't been as enthusiastic as I am about Amelia Peabody.
Unfortunately there are nefarious criminals who are suspicious that the Emersons have a map and are determined to get it. It is an interesting situation but of course she rises to it with her usual style. Later, she would wonder why no sense of foreboding struck her as she retold the story of the king's favorite son who had been warned that he would die from the snake, the crocodile, or the dog. I find that reading the Amelia Peabody stories, I become immersed in a connection with Ancient Egypt, that I love. 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. So Im wondering, is Sethos really dead? Is probably my favorite since.
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. Bloated plot, excessive verbiage and all--but there's still fun to he had for Amelia's fans and lovers of Egyptology in the seventh of this aeries. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. Generally, I am very suspicious of the whole amnesia plot tactic. Born and brought up in Illinois, she earned her Ph. This came through loud and strong - and only from letter writing! His name is a clue to his personality, Anubis being the Egyptian devil-like creature. It also helps to have an interest in and some knowledge of Colonial-era exploration narratives, fiction like that of H.
I have gotten accustomed to his gruffness and easy piques of anger always being balanced by his love and respect for Amelia. About the Author: Elizabeth Peters was born and brought up in Illinois and earned her Ph. 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. 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. .