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Lord of the Silent (Amelia Peabody #13)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  5,903 ratings  ·  142 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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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
Aug 22, 2013 Callista rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Callista by: Jamina
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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.
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
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
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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
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
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
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Coeruleo Luna
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
Leanne (Booksandbabble)
Could I give my dear Amelia Peabody any other rating?:D
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!
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.
Donna Castele
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!
Dayna Smith
The thirteenth installment in the Amelia Peabody series. It is 1915, and WWI is in full swing. The Emerson's return to Egypt and are determined to focus on archeology and keep Ramses out of the spy business. Of course, as fans of this series can probably predict, Amelia and Emerson find another dead body in their assigned excavation. Ramses and Nefret are married and travel to another location to check on tomb robbers, and keep Ramses away from those who want him to return to his work for the go ...more
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.
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
If one acquires a new pet during the reading of this series, it's quite possible that pet will end up with a fun name. As Isis was not possible due to the current conflict, Nefret became our new standard poodle pup's name and we love the originality of it. We are waiting for the day when someone actually recognizes the name from this series. This book continues to amp up the darkness and grave danger of the war and what it has done to everyone. The characters continue to grow and their relations ...more
Lord Of The Silent, by Elizabeth Peters
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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 belong
Alright so this review isn't going to be spectacular (not that any of mine are) because it took me so long to finish this book. Not because it was bad, but because I decided taking 18 credits and double majoring was a good idea. Anyway, enough about me.

Overall, this was another wonderful book and I am still just as much in love with the Emersons' as I was when I first met them. Maybe even more so now. Ramses and Nefret are a wonderful couple, I adore them. However, the growth of the family also
Jennifer Butchart
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
These just never get dull or boring. I seem to enjoy each one more than the last (though I do have a couple in this series that really stand out as favorites of mine). I love all the characters, and as much as I adore my Amelia, having much larger chunks of story dedicated to Ramses and Nefret was just so enjoyable. I've always loved Ramses from his very first introduction, and watching him grow up has been a pleasure.

This is a world and a family I love to visit again and again. I love history
Much to my own surprise, I decided to give this book four stars even though I had quite a few gripes about it, so obviously there were many things that I liked about it. The story was engaging. The characters were likable. Due to the characters alone, I would read more of the Peabody series, and maybe I should have prior to reading this book. Although the book did a good job of explaining history from the past books in the series, I think that I would have benefited from reading the previous boo ...more
Don P
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As usual, a super fun romp through Egypt with the Emersons. I lucked out - I had read the series up to a certain point years ago and this was the only other audiobook available through overdrive, and just happened to be the one after the last book is read. Reminds me that I really want to finish the series - and go back & re-read all the ones that I haven't revisited by audiobook.

This was a wonderful next story - amusing, interesting, and well narrated. There's a reason I love this series.
Here we have the Emersons back in Cairo again, where, as usual, danger lurks. WWI is going on and there is much espionage going on in Egypt. Ramses and Nefret are still newlyweds and very much in love, but taking after their parents, their love doesn't hinder their desire to eke out who is the culprit trying to kill them while in Luxor. To complicate matters, Sethos is back on the scene and well as reporter (and Amelia lookalike) Margaret Minton, who is in love with him! There is the usual humor ...more
Not as good as He Shall Thunder, but still enjoyable. I think my main trouble with it stems from (view spoiler)
Not quite as good as the last few books but still very good. Peters does such a great job of moving various side characters into and out of focus in each book which keeps things fresh. The action is split for a large part of the book between Emerson and Amelia in one locale and Ramses and Nefret in another. The plot was a little confusing but came together in the end in a satisfying way.
I certainly enjoyed the atmosphere and writing style. This was my first Peabody mystery and I can tell that Peters would do wonders with a better plot line or more focus on Amelia and Emerson. The last third was so slow for me I just had to skim it. I will give this series one more try but it will be a bit.
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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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“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
“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.”
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