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Lord of the Silent (Amelia Peabody #13)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  7,102 Ratings  ·  188 Reviews
Elizabeth Peters' follow-up to 'Thunder in the Sky' is full to the brim with danger, intrigue and wit. Risking life, limb and her second-best hat, the intrepid Egyptologist Amelia Peabody and her son Emerson embark on another investigation.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published 2007 by London : Robinson (first published 2001)
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Oct 26, 2011 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a latecomer to the Amelia Peabody mystery series. Beginning my acquaintance with #13 in the series, I didn't feel lost at all. I was soon enveloped in the bustling family and busy excavations of Amelia Peabody Emerson, her handsome and erudite archeologist husband Radcliffe Emerson, and their growing family and extended Egyptian family. Set in Egypt around World War I, the books apparently always involve murders, thefts involving precious tomb artifacts, political intrigue, and even espiona ...more
Leanne (Booksandbabble)
Could I give my dear Amelia Peabody any other rating?:D
BJ Rose
This was a weak 4* for me, but how can you not enjoy Amelia's arrogant self-assurance and acerbic wit?! I think I could learn to enjoy being growled at by Emerson even when he's not in one of his amorous moods! And I'm glad to see that the roles of Ramses & Nefret continue to grow.
This is book #13 in the Amelia Peabody series, and the stories and the characters never get dull or disappoint! I love this series as much now as I did when I read the very first book!

What's great about the stories now is that with Ramses and Nefret grown up and married to each other, there are now four formidable Emersons instead of just two in the elder couple of Amelia and Emerson. The interplay between the four as they all adjust to the fact that the "children" are now grown and just as clev
Jamie Collins
More fun with the Emerson-Peabodys: another nice little murder mystery amid the scenic background of the tombs of ancient Egyptian royalty, which are still being doggedly explored despite the worries and inconveniences of a World War. As long as you don't expect this book to be as amazing as the previous one, He Shall Thunder in the Sky, you should be entertained.

I have never grown tired of what serves as romantic banter between Emerson and Peabody. Peters has done a wonderful job depicting this
May 26, 2009 Rach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will that guy never die? It was over the top before, and now it's becoming absolutely ridiculous. The mystery in this novel was extra confusing this time, as there were multiple things going on, and it was hard at times to unwrap which ones mattered and which ones didn't. I loved seeing Ramses and Nefret start their life together, and figure out how to make their marriage work. And I am glad Sethos came back, because I really do like him. The only person I really don't like is Margaret Minton - ...more
Feb 20, 2009 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nicole by: Jamina
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Mar 01, 2017 Elisabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mean... Is there a person out there who hates the dynamic duo of Ramses and Nefret?
Feb 08, 2009 Sylvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I love to read these books during the school year. They are lively, witty, and interesting but more importantly easy reads. Yes, it is part of a series but this series is unique in that it grows (as do the main characters, who age!!!) and reflects events in history.

The basic series follows an Egyptologist wife and husband Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson, their children Ramses and Nefret, and their extended family and friends. Real events in Egyptological, Egyptian, and British history are i
Jun 08, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
Another enjoyable book about the Emersons's (old and young). This time Ramses and Nefret are looking into their own mystery just as Emerson and Peabody are looking into one. They don't realize that they are connected! Of course there are dead bodies and new characters. I really liked Senna she is almost like Ramses was when he was little.
The Master is back again, is he helping the Emerson's or up to his old tricks again?
It was great seeing Ramses and Nefret try is settle into to marriage and th
Aug 19, 2011 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The saga of the Egyptological Emerson family continues. Lord of the Silent begins with their return to Egypt as WWI threatens, yet again, to pull them into its midst.

Even as they retreat to their beloved Luxor they are not immune to the effects of the war.

When Amelia discovers a recently dead body in a tomb, which is then followed by the discovery of others, they are plunged right into the thick of things, as usual.

Meanwhile, Amelia is busy trying to keep her son Ramses from being compelled to a
Feb 24, 2008 Dacia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women
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May 22, 2013 Jenifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe not fair of me to rate this book high just because I love the series so much. These books are so enjoyable to me. They never get old or disappoint. I love that here we have Ramses (ah, Ramses) and Nefret honeymooning on the family dahabeeya (how romantic is that?) Enabling them to have some separation from the 'folks, while yet remaining near enough to fully participate and abet in all of the exciting happenings that follow the Emerson family through their beloved Egypt. Way to go, Gang!
Sep 04, 2014 Elise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For as entertaining as it was to read about Uncle Sethos being manhandled by the Emerson women and as joyous it was to have Ramses and Nefret finally together, this one was kind of a snore for me. I do appreciate the additional perspective of Ramses and Nefret especially when it comes to Amelia. We are so used to getting only her version that it is refreshing to see it through someone else's eyes.
May 27, 2016 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Absolutely nothing of import plot-wise happens in this book, and it is SO DELIGHTFUL. I don't want mysteries from the Peabody-Emersons; I want 400 pages of overwrought feelings and ludicrous heroics. That this chapter in their story comes with bonus relationship development (saying they love each other! growing respect for each others' abilities!) is icing on the cake.
Donna Castele
Mar 19, 2013 Donna Castele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this series. These would make great films. Amelia is a heroine for all times, and the archeological setting is delightful. Mummies, sarcophogus, curses, male/female role posturing....Mystery, humor, romance, these books have it all!
This was the best one so far!
Am just loving the series. The more I listen to these books the more I love these characters. The history and mystery are marvelous too.
Jul 11, 2017 Cary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
And the hits just keep on coming! The mysteries are still good and the characters just keep getting better and better!
Megan Franks
May 15, 2017 Megan Franks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing but love for Amelia Peabody. ❤ So glad this book redeemed the last one. I thought I was going to have to give up reading one of my favorite series! Now, all is well.😊 ...more
Terri  Gav
May 07, 2017 Terri Gav rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any one interested in Egyptology
Very fun read.
What a fun read! This book is back to the excellence of the earlier installments :)
Mar 03, 2017 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 stars
Jun 28, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone & everyone
I'm in the process of re-reading the entire Amelia Peabody series again, from start to finish in one go. They are still some of my favorite books. They must be read with tongue firmly inserted in cheek. It also helps to have an interest in and some knowledge of Colonial-era exploration narratives, fiction like that of H. Rider Haggard, Orientalist studies, the competitive acquisitive zeal of western museums at the turn of the century, and the "gentlemen archaeologists" of the 19th century who br ...more
Oct 08, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lord Of The Silent, by Elizabeth Peters
★★★★ and a ♥ for the whole series

Synopsis: For archaeologist Amelia Peabody and her family, the allure of Egypt remains as powerful as ever, even in this tense time of World War. But nowhere in this desert land is safe -- especially for Amelia's son Ramses and Nefret. Treachery and peril are pursuing the two young adventurers across the length and breadth of this strange, exotic world. And the grim discovery of a recent corpse in a tomb where it does not be
Another good book by Peters, though hard to top its predecessor, He Shall Thunder in the Sky.

New characters include Bertie, Katherine Vandergelt's son wounded in the war. He is in very bad shape, shipped to Egypt to recuperate. Emersons' little charge Sennia charms him and announces that she will teach him hieroglyphics.

Then Bertie meets Jumana, the beautiful 16-year-old daughter of Yusuf, and finds renewed interest in life. Bertie's mother calls Jumana a pushy 'little baggage' because she wan
Jennifer Butchart
Apr 13, 2013 Jennifer Butchart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barbara Mertz uses her knowledge of Egyptian history, art and Egyptology to make her mystery/adventures authentic. In Lord of Silent, Amelia and her family find themselves in peril once again even though Ramses has avoided further uncover work for the war effort. World War does not stop Emerson from worrying about his precious tombs and artifacts. Descriptions of Deir el Bahri and the Giza plateau are mesmerizing. A reader can almost experience an archeological dig first hand. This was not may f ...more
Dec 30, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the start of this work, I worried a bit that the story might suffer from resolution of the love-life drama that had spanned the last few books. But though some of the early "Manuscript H" sections did drag a bit compared to the scenes with Amelia and Emerson, Peters had nicely hit her stride by the middle of the book.

One of the great things about writing a series like this — and such a long one at that — is the richness of character and relational development that becomes possible. Peters ha
Coeruleo Luna
Oct 18, 2014 Coeruleo Luna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was my first amelia peabody book. i was hooked! i've always been into egyptology, and i grew up reading agatha christie, so this series has become one of my favorites. i've started the series from the beginning after having read this one first. now i'm nearly up to this book in the series again and all of them are just as charming. the characters are fun and enjoyable, for all their shortcomings and quirky personalities. and the egypt stuff is dead-on. of course the stories are fiction, but ...more
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Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also wrote 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 Frede ...more
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“Emerson abandoned irony for blunt and passionate speech.
'This war has been a monumental blunder from the start! Britain is not solely responsible, but by God, gentlemen, she must share the blame, and she will pay a heavy price: the best of her young men, future scholars and scientists and statesmen, and ordinary, decent men who might have led ordinary, decent lives. And how will it end, when you tire of your game of soldiers? A few boundaries redrawn, a few transitory political advantages, in exchange for an entire continent laid waste and a million graves! What I do may be of minor importance in the total accumulation of knowledge, but at least I don't have blood on my hands.”
“His lips parted, but long years of experience with Ramses, and to some extent, Emerson, had taught me how to turn a conversation into a monologue.” 7 likes
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