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The Deeds of the Disturber (Amelia Peabody #5)

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Can fear kill? There are those who believe sobut Amelia Peabody is skeptical. A respected Egyptologist and amateur sleuth, Amelia has foiled felonious schemes from Victoria's England to the Middle East. And she doubts that it was a Nineteenth-Dynasty mummy's curse that caused the death of a night watchman in the British Museum. The corpse was found sprawled in the mummy's ...more
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Published April 1st 2000 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1988)
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The fifth episode in the Egyptian Mystery investigations of Amelia Peabody.
What sets this volume apart from the usual formula of the family going for excavations of ancient tombs in the desert is the movement of the action to London, where bodies are starting to crop up around the British Museum and its latest mummy exhibit. There is no dearth of suspects and mysterious personages - a priest with supernatural powers, colleagues from the arhelogical field, journalists, concerned friends and relat
"Never, I venture to say, has there been a more suitable ambience for eerie adventure than the reeking murky muddy streets of dear old London..."

I love Amelia Peabody. I especially love Barbara Rosenblat, the distinguished english voice of Amelia. She can (and does) inject innuendo, sarcasm, indignation or whatever she wants into any sentence.
The plots are good, but I read for the characters. Amelia, whose "brain works to swiftly to be organized", her darling Emerson that "magnificent specimen
I'm enjoying these, but I think I need to space them out a little more. It's starting to feel like I'm reading the same novel over and over again. The Emerson-Peabody family is subjected to kidnappings, beatings, bullets and threatening letters; ancient artifacts appear and disappear; there are young lovers in distress; there's a supposedly cursed mummy; and Ramses is still never allowed to finish a sentence.

The setting is at least different this time: Amelia and family are in London. They are h
Anne Hawn Smith
I haven't read any of Elizabeth Peters books for a long time and I really enjoyed this one. I've about decided to go back to the beginning of the series and read them again. As with all of her books, they interactions between the main characters is just as interesting as the mystery. In this book, Peabody's unpleasant brother, James, has foisted off his children on her. As the book proceeds, the boy and girl make Ramses life miserable and the reader is waiting desperately for Amelia to see throu ...more
Peabody and Emerson solve a mystery entirely in Britain. The loss of the exotic Egypt in this book was detrimental to the story -- it's like losing a character. I found myself missing narration by Barbara Rosenblat, who did most of the previous books in this series that I have listened to. Rosenblat's narration of the exasperated Peabody really defines the character for me. Interesting in a sitcom-like way, but not up to the level of the earlier ones.
This was a fun change for the series being based in England and providing a rather traditional mystery complete with a bumbling Scotland Yard detective. It was also interesting to see Amelia dealing with issues in her marriage and even falling grey to the green-eyed monster, something that obviously conflicts with her values and independent spirit,.

I also enjoyed the sub-plot of Amelia being landed with the care of her young niece and nephew, Young Violet with her Gothic pronouncements amused m
This book in the Amelia Peabody series begins as the family leaves Egypt from an escavation season and returns home to England. Amelia's estranged brother greets them as they arrive and convinces her to keep his children for awhile as his wife is ill and he is off for a business venture. The children do not get along well with Ramses and their interactions and scuffles along with Ramses experiments add to the tension of the story. A mummy, murders, Scotland Yard, opium den, newspaper reporters, ...more
This book is definitely a change of pace for Peabody and Emerson. Instead of being set in Egypt, like the first four books in the series, this one takes place in London, though the mystery still centers around Egyptology.

Ramses became infinitely more interesting to me in this book. Before he was a fun sort of curiosity, but now i'm taking him much more seriously as a character. His cousins? Are horrid.

I particularly liked the insertion of jealously on the part of both Peabody and Emerson. It's a
Another hilarious installment in the adventures of the Emerson family - Amelia, Radcliffe and... Ramses. Home in England for a change, they handle many things simultaneously: annoying relatives, murders at the British museum and a bit of matchmaking between a young newswoman, Miss Minton (who could be a younger sister to Amelia) and the ever zealous newspaperman Mr. Kevin O'Connell. Masked aristocrats, orgies and pagan rituals abound! Loved every minute on audio! 4/5
Mike (the Paladin)
This one is a bit of an "Oh come now" at times. From Amelia deciding to keep children "just to improve their behavior" (by exposure to her I suppose) and a trap and escape worthy of a James Bond movie.

Still, a three, it's well written and I've noted before, I didn't "really" enjoy any of these a great deal, but I was driving A LOT, and preferred audio books to radio all the time. I often listened to books that I might not have picked up and put time into reading. Well written, some will like it
Lisa Rathbun
I thought I would enjoy the Victorian voice of Amelia Peabody, but I found it tedious and repetitive. Emerson comes off to me as annoying and childish with his uncontrollable rages, and Peabody seems SO cold toward her son. The story took a long time to develop and sometimes seems misfocused: long descriptions of conversations while some action scenes were summed up in two or three sentences. I had to force myself to finish it.
I want to love these books; I am, after all, a historian and a Classicist, and I have great respect for Peters' academic work. But Amelia is just so bloody irritating, arrogant, and, frankly, a bit selfish. Emerson is usually more amusing than annoying, but Ramses... Oh, dear heavens, Ramses. Tone it down a bit, ok? I cannot believe that even a genius 10-year-old would have many "improvements" or corrections to make to his father's work--his father, we are reminded, who is a genius himself, and ...more
I am informed by a person no less acquainted with the subject than my dear mother that Amelia's emotions throughout this novel are entirely understandable to a married person. Being an easily bored, stubborn, extremely single young person...I found her irritating enough to take a 4.5 star mystery and drop it to 3. Come on can she really be that dense? She's almost as annoying as Emerson when he starts getting jealous.
Loved Ramses. He's my favorite character in this book. Now that he's "lo
Emerson and Peabody have returned to spend the summer in England, but it won't all be a holiday. Amelia is met by her estranged brother, who tricks her into taking his children under her wing for the summer. Ramses is entrenched in his experiments regarding mummification, and Emerson is in dire need to finish his book. However, all these things take the back seat to the notoriety that the press is giving the pair of them, especially when it involves them in a murder. And when the murderer seems ...more
Don P
I love Amelia and her relationship with her family. Unlike previous installments, the setting of this book is in London; it is interesting to see Amelia interact with the English population after her adventures in Egypt. I enjoyed her banter with Emerson and her fond exasperation with Ramses, and look forward to seeing these characters grow in the sequels. I took off a star because the mystery was a slight letdown despite my surprise at who the actual mastermind was. Still, the book was highly e ...more
This story was told at a very leisurely pace and it seems like the detecting didn't happen till the halfway point. However, that was OK with me. I enjoyed listening to the story very much so this wasn't a huge point.

The setting for this one was London which made for a nice change and the author gave such wonderfully description passage of the city, as well as she does when the story is set in Egypt.

I really can't think of anything that bothered me about this story except for the convoluted story
The Deeds Of The Disturber, by Elizabeth Peters
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Synopsis: (from the back of the paperback edition) Can fear kill? There are those who believe so--but Amelia Peabody is skeptical. A respected Egyptologist and amateur sleuth, Amelia has foiled felonious schemes from Victoria's England to the Middle East. And she doubts that it was a Nineteenth-Dynasty mummy's curse that caused the death of a night watchman in the British Museum. The corpse was found sprawled in the mummy's shadow, a look of
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The Deeds of the Disturber by Elizabeth Peters
Atheneum, 1988
289 pages
Mystery-Fifth Amelia Peabody book
4/5 stars
Read for Cozy Challenge

Source: Library

Although I read the first four Amelia Peabody books out of order, I was determined that I would read the rest as they were written. When I was last at the library, I remembered to look up what the fifth book was called and luckily it was on the shelves.

This book is different from the previous because the setting is London rather than Egypt. I really
Another enjoyable sojourn with Amelia Peabody!

This book finds Amelia and Emerson back in England and mostly in London as Emerson works to appease his publishers by finishing his long overdue book, The History of Ancient Egypt.

But strange happenings are taking place in London. A nightwatchman is found dead in front of a mummy case in the Egyptian Room of the British Museum, with a look of terror on his face. A mysterious masked figure is stalking the Museum, another murder follows and threats are
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1988, #4 Amelia Peabody, Egyptologist, 1890s London
1993, Recorded Books LLC, read by Barbara Rosenblat
satirical, historical cosy/thriller - excellent even after many rereads; narration excellent

One of the best of the series IMO, this takes on Victorian novelistic conventions with a bang, as Amelia finds herself up to her neck in exotic difficulties, including a group of Hellfire Club-like young aristocrats, a wayward mummy, Ramses’ disguises, a couple of exceedingly “nice” victorian children, al
This has to be one of my favorite books in the series. For once, we see that the criminal element focuses on the Emerson family not only in Egypt, but in England as well. There are not many settings I love more than Victorian England and the fact that we see Amelia and Emerson work just as well here as they do in Egypt adds a lot to their character. Ramses is also a lot more likable in this novel and you start to feel more connected and less annoyed with him. The reemergence of Kevin O'Connell a ...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in May 1998.

This is the fifth in Peters' series of mysteries featuring a nineteenth century Egyptologist and early feminist Amelia Peabody. The series maintains a lighthearted, humourous tone and is always fun to read. This novel, unusually, takes place in London rather than Egypt. As usual, Emerson and Peabody allow themselves to be dragged into a murder investigation kicking and screaming but really enjoying every minute of it. In this case, the murders are
Zoe and the Edge
Just a few favourite quotes:

Emerson - “Peabody, under no possible circumstance and in no conceivable costume could you pass for a man. The prominence of your -”

“Oh, do be quiet, Peabody! And don't quote Scripture to me!”
“Very well, if it disturbs you. A little more whisky, my dear?”

Emerson - “He won't attack me. No one attacks ME.”

Amelia is such a bulldog. I just love the way she bulldozes everyone and how people both respect and fear her. She overcomes any personality with her usual highhandedn
May 04, 2011 Jeffrey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that likes archeological fiction
Shelves: archaeology, mystery
This was a fun book to read. Elizabeth Peters must be the Queen of Archaeological Mysteries.

She's an old-timey kind of writer... I think the bio of the author tells it all (paraphrasing from memory): a woman gets a PhD in Egyptology in 1934 from the University of Chicago and discovers there are NO JOBS available for her in the whole freakin' world... that's not the novel, that's the Elizabeth Peters' experience.

I'm glad she finally discovered her novelist voice because it's a good one.

This book was an entertaining audio book to listen to while I worked. It takes place a lot earlier in the series than the only other Amelia Peabody book I have read.

This is the fifth book in the series and takes place while her son is still a child. Amelia Peabody comes across as a young married woman instead of Professor McGonnegel on an Egyptian archaeological excavation which obviously detracts somewhat from the story. I get that it's possible to be a feminist and in love with the man in you
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Not the best and very scattered, also, the Amelia jealousy, really?

Heading back to England after their run-in with the master criminal, Amelia Peabody Emerson and her husband are hoping to spend the summer finishing up Emerson's manuscript that was due at the publishers quite awhile ago. But even on the return journey it looks as if that might not be the case. There has been a mysterious death at the British Museum. A death that just happened to have occurred in front of a mummy. All of London h

3 years ago

The mystery in this outing of Peters' series about the intrepid Emerson family was most interesting, challenging and enjoyable. There was plenty of opportunity to attempt to solve the murders, should you be so inclined.

I myself am more engaged in soaking up the continuing affectionate rivalry between Amelia and Emerson, and, to a lesser extent, Amelia and her precocious [really, could he be ANYTHING else, given whom his parents are?!] son Ramses.

Amelia is given reason to be jealous o
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Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also writes as Barbara Michaels as well as her own name. Born and brought up in Illinois, she earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. 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. She lived in a historic farmhouse in Fred ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Amelia Peabody (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1)
  • The Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody, #2)
  • The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody, #3)
  • Lion in the Valley  (Amelia Peabody, #4)
  • The Last Camel Died at Noon (Amelia Peabody, #6)
  • The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog (Amelia Peabody, #7)
  • The Hippopotamus Pool (Amelia Peabody, #8)
  • Seeing a Large Cat (Amelia Peabody, #9)
  • The Ape Who Guards the Balance (Amelia Peabody, #10)
  • The Falcon at the Portal( Amelia Peabody, #11)
Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1) The Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody, #2) The Last Camel Died at Noon (Amelia Peabody, #6) Lion in the Valley  (Amelia Peabody, #4) The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody, #3)

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“In the silence I heard Bastet, who had retreated under the bed, carrying on a mumbling, profane monologue. (If you ask how I knew it was profane, I presume you have never owned a cat.)” 55 likes

No device of the printer's art, not even capital letters, can indicate the intensity of that shriek of rage. Emerson is known to his Egyptian workers by the admiring sobriquet of Father of Curses. The volume as well as the content of his remarks earned him the title; but this shout was extraordinary even by Emerson's standards, so much so that the cat Bastet, who had become more or less accustomed to him, started violently, and fell with a splash into the bathtub.

The scene that followed is best not described in detail. My efforts to rescue the thrashing feline were met with hysterical resistance; water surged over the edge of the tub and onto the floor; Emerson rushed to the rescue; Bastet emerged in one mighty leap, like a whale broaching, and fled -- cursing, spitting, and streaming water. She and Emerson met in the doorway of the bathroom.

The ensuing silence was broken by the quavering voice of the safragi, the servant on duty outside our room, inquiring if we required his assistance. Emerson, seated on the floor in a puddle of soapy water, took a long breath. Two of the buttons popped off his shirt and splashed into the water. In a voice of exquisite calm he reassured the servant, and then transferred his bulging stare to me.

I trust you are not injured, Peabody. Those scratches...'

The bleeding has almost stopped, Emerson. It was not Bastet's fault.'

It was mine, I suppose,' Emerson said mildly.

Now, my dear, I did not say that. Are you going to get up from the floor?'

No,' said Emerson.

He was still holding the newspaper. Slowly and deliberately he separated the soggy pages, searching for the item that had occasioned his outburst. In the silence I heard Bastet, who had retreated under the bed, carrying on a mumbling, profane monologue. (If you ask how I knew it was profane, I presume you have never owned a cat.)”
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