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Lion in the Valley (Amelia Peabody #4)

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The 1895-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Amelia Peabody, her dashing Egyptologist husband, Emerson, and their wild and precocious eight-year-old son, Ramses. The much-coveted burial chamber of the Black Pyramid in Dahshur is theirs for the digging. But there is a great evil in the wind that roils the hot sands sweeping through the bustling streets and marke...more
360 pages
Published 2001 by Robinson (first published 1986)
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Have I mentioned to you, Peabody, that one of the reasons why I adore you is that you are more inclined to beat people with your umbrella than fall weeping on your bed?

Amelia Peabody returns to Egipt in the company of her husband, Professor Emerson, and her darling offspring Ramses, now eight years old and more disruptive than you can imagine ( Ramses seldom disobeyed a direct order, but he had a diabolical facility for finding a loophole in my commands. ) . The plot follows the formula...more
I loved, loved, LOVED this book!! Everytime I start the next Amelia Peabody story I worry that Elizabeth Peters won't be able to maintain the extraordinarily intelligent and utterly hilarious banter between Amelia and Emerson. Thankfully, she has not let me down thus far. In fact, each book has managed to add a new element to the Emerson family's witty idiosyncracies and facility for attracting mayhem that enchants and delights me!

Lion in the Valley develops the character of the "Master Criminal...more
Celia Powell
"You were talking in your sleep last night, Amelia."

"What nonsense, Emmerson! I never talk in my sleep. It is a sign of mental instability. What was I saying?"

Ah, love the banter.


Awww - I love these books. Amelia's capture and rescue was quite thrilling, and I enjoyed her musings about the Master Criminal being like the pharoahs, a lion in a valley of goats. About to commence the carnage, one assumes. I am even enjoying Ramses now, who at first I found rather insufferable, but an insufferable...more
I'm not quite finished with the book yet but wanted to mention this while it was in my head...there is so much sex in this book I cannot believe it. You know what the great part of this is? There isn't a single graphic sexual comment, no sexual language, no crazy euphamisms and absolutely no sex scenes. So how do I know there is a great deal of sex going on here? Well, this author has talent. She has the art of 'hint, hint, nudge, nudge' down pat. She explicity explains, without actual details,...more
Barbara ★
Returning to Egypt to excavate the pyramids at Dahshoor, Amelia Peabody, Radcliffe Emerson, and their 8-year-old son Walter Peabody Emerson, a.k.a. Ramses the walking/talking encyclopedia. Right now Ramses is my favorite character. He is just so infuriatingly clever, logical and verbose. He can talk a blue streak and keep right on going unless he is interrupted (usually in exasperation by Amelia). Once again the Master Criminal is at the heart of this mystery. I particularly liked the addition o...more
I read the first few Amelia Peabody books on an indirect recommendation. I was basically looking for a fun read and to branch out of my primary reading fields a bit (F&SF and non-fiction science). I've read relatively few genre mysteries, aside from some Sherlock Holmes, a few Agatha Christies, and a couple of Tony Hillermans. So I was interested to learn a bit more about this field.

These were ok. They were fun, and very much on the light end of the scale. The Egyptology was definitely fasci...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This is the first book in the series (of which I "listened to some but not all) where The Master Criminal's nomdeplume (or for the purists who will insist this means "pen name") alias is revealed...however if I put it here it will constitute a spoiler...soooooo, I'll just say it refers back to Egyptian mythology.

Moving on...

If you've read any of my other reviews on this series of books you know that I believe them to be very well written, but just don't enjoy them in some ways, primarily this i...more
Perhaps my favorite Amelia Peabody Emerson mystery yet! Elizabeth Peters isn't exactly a brilliant mystery novelist as far as the mystery part is concerned, but she does, indeed, craft a fun tale -- and she's created two very charming lead characters whose banter more than makes up for any deficiencies as far as the mystery is concerned. Thankfully any issues which cropped up in the past few novels and proved to be irritating (aka Ramses and his speech defect) have been firmly dealt with and rea...more
A fun read. The plot is ridiculous (these are meant mostly as a parody of adventure novels rather than serious mysteries) but I enjoy the Emerson family very much. I look forward to watching Rameses' exploits as he grows up. I like Amelia's wary yet resigned attitude towards her implausibly precocious, accident-prone son.

Lion In The Valley, by Elizabeth Peters
★★★★ and a 1/2 (plus a ♥ for the whole series in general)

Synopsis: The 1895-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Amelia Peabody, her dashing Egyptologist husband Emerson, and their wild and precocious eight-year-old son Ramses. The much-coveted burial chamber of the Black Pyramid in Dahshoor is theirs for the digging. But there is a great evil in the wind that roils the hot sands weeping through the bustling streets and marketplaces of Cairo. T...more
Aileen Frost
This is the second Amelia Peabody I have read, and it will be my last. While I wasn't thrilled with the characters in Crocodile on the Sandbank,the mystery itself was okay and I figured that by the time Elizabeth Peters got to book number 4, all the things that irritated me would have been ironed out. Nope, they are even worse.

The main characters are so unlikable! Amelia and Emerson are just so arrogant. They are constantly having conversations that boil down to them saying, "I knew that." "Wel...more
1986, #3 Amelia Peabody, Egyptologist, 1890s Cairo; satirical, historical cosy/thriller. Always lots of fun, even after many rereads; this reread I listened in audio - Rosenblatt's narration is superb, if a mite precious in spots]

Amelia finally gets her own pyramid to explore, but it soon takes a back seat to the many intrigues surrounding her family during annother eventful winter season. Eight year old Ramses is present, plus his mysterious “minder”, the odd “Mr. Nemo”, a doppelganger, lewd ar...more
Amelia and Emerson are back in Egypt for what they hope will be a productive and exciting season of excavation. The excitement comes, however, while they’re still in Cairo when their eight-year-old son Ramses is kidnapped on top of a pyramid at night. Happily, he’s quickly rescued by a man who Amelia immediately hires to be a guardian for the curious and precocious Ramses. Ramses penchant for trouble isn’t Amelia’s only worry. The murder of Prince Kalenischeff who had worked for Amelia’s nemesis...more
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
As the Emerson's near Egypt Amelia has a dark foreboding... somewhere in the teeming streets of Cairo or the dusty dunes of the desert, the Master Criminal is awaiting their return. But due Ramses being Ramses, they have the firman for Dahshoor, and where Ramses is concerned it's best not to ask, he might never shut his mouth again. Once settled into their hotel they encounter that despicable Kalenischeff, conspirator with the Master Criminal, who seems to have a new target besides antiquities,...more
Another in the Amelia Peabody series, in this one they have a second encounter with the 'Master Criminal' and her Son Ramses proves to be a very young and annoying child. At 8, the kid does almost everything well and has the ability to solve mysteries in the style of Sherlock Holmes. Which is somewhat appropriate since the Master Criminal is a genius of crime much in the mold of Moriarty. Since I find Sherlock Holmes mysteries to be dull affairs and annoying since they are solved with informatio...more
I am reading the books in order. Since my library did not have the 4th book in the series, but did have the audio version, I gave it a try for this one.

The narrator/reader, Barbara Rosenblat, does a nice job with putting variety in the female voices. She does a good job using male-style inflections for Emerson. Other male voices sound too similar, although I salute any woman who can pull off even one male voice convincingly. She does a delightful little-boy voice for 8-year-old, highly articulat...more
Mar 23, 2014 Besha rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I started reading this series when I was about eleven, and it's interesting to note that while I did get all the sexy references, I didn't really get how delightfully unreliable a narrator Amelia Peabody Emerson is. I think I understood what she meant by "we had a spirited discussion," but I didn't grasp just how often she describes someone being overcome with shame or grief when they are in fact laughing hysterically.

The Reader may well imagine that at such a tender age, I could hardly perceive...more
I imagine that some readers will only read one of these rollicking romps that are liberally spiced with historically correct information about archaeology, as they will be irritated by Amelia, her husband and son's behaviours, prolixity, and derring-do. Other readers will enjoy the feminist ideas of Amelia, her management of her dreadfully sexist and sexy husband, and their son the improbable Ramses. There is humour, adventure and information aplenty for fans. It is preferable to read these nove...more
Kimberly Paulson
Love this series!!
I believe that if Ramses wasn't so wordy and instead of interrupting people would listen to him, these mysteries would get resolved faster than they do. I find it funny that the villain has the hots for Amelia, and it was very obvious, very soon, and I can't believe Emerson doubted her. Ramses getting the talk was pretty hilarious, too. While the mystery was great though, I find it funny that either of them would take it upon themselves to solve it and I can't believe that every other adult in a...more
La passion de l'Égypte a encore frappé pour Amelia Peabody et son époux Emerson qui entreprennent une nouvelle campagne de fouilles, accompagnés de Ramsès, leur fils indomptable. L'obsession du passé ne les autorisera toutefois pas à faire abstraction des événements du présent, surtout lorsqu'ils sont suscités par leur ennemi juré, le maître du crime et des déguisements, le pilleur de sites antiques, Sethos. Dévoré d'amour pour Amelia, il n'aura de cesse de la harceler dans le fol espoir d'en fa...more
Another enjoyable Egytian adventure with the indomitable Amelia Peabody and her amusing and one-sided account of events.

Amelia, Emerson, the precocious Ramses (now aged 8), and the cat Bastet once again return to Egypt for another season of excavation. This time they have the excavation of a pyramid to look forward to, but have not even left Cairo before there is a murder in Shepheard's Hotel where they are staying.

As usual Amelia manages to inveigle herself into the thick of the intrigue surro...more
Jane Stewart
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(Genre:Mystery) 3 1/2 stars. Another installment in the Amelia Peabody mysteries. I enjoy these books more for the funny characters and their dialogue (4 stars) than for the mysteries (although I like those, too, they are more like 3 stars). In this adventure, the Emerson family is back in Egypt on another archeological dig when they become involved in another murder mystery. Amelia, of course, just has to unravel the mystery because she is confident that the "Master Criminal" who tried to elimi...more
Lion in the Valley wasn't exactly another individual mystery to the series but a continuation to the previous book. It worked really well and I enjoyed the book immensely.

Sethos is definitely a worthy antagonist, I almost wanted Amelia to give in and Sethos to have his wicked way. Almost. I'm just hoping this is not really the end of Sethos, the genius of crime, the king of all criminals, the sexy evil mastermind. Grr, I want more!

There are a couple of things that have started to bug me about th...more
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Di primo acchitto la protagonista può suscitare una sfrenata antipatia per il suo modo di porsi, dato che spesso si è auto-lodata per il suo acume, prontezza di spirito, nobiltà d'animo e soprattutto per il suo essere superiore a certi frivoli atteggiamenti femminili; poi però si viene subito catturati dalla sua simpatia e dal suo smisurato amore per il marito Emerson come lei non manca mai di specificare.
La stessa cosa succede anche con il loro figlioletto Ramses, che a dispetto della giovane e...more
Amelia, Emerson, and 8 year old Ramses are back in Egypt… but they do very little excavating, don’t make any new discoveries, but take in the strays, and solve crimes…

The discussions of sex are quite Victorian, and yet romantic… I’m going to have to get a few quotes from the next book to record… and Emerson insists on setting up their own tent away from the house they rented, because he was too inhibited with others so close & Ramses was a little too nosy about things.

They meet up with a lad...more
Decent entry in the series. Departs from the Egyptology somewhat to begin the story arc of "the master/Sethos" character, introduced in the last book.

Some nice character development of Ramses (the son) as he is now 8 years old and a more fully formed addition to the narrative. Although some of the antics of Ramses would be more believable in a James Bond movie! The details of the physical relationship between Amelia & Emerson is interesting and advances the characters but feels clunky at ti...more
Moira Fogarty
This was another fine installment in the series, although it took me much longer to finish than the first three. I seemed to put it down more often and was not terribly compelled to pick it back up again, despite my love of the characters and setting. The plot seemed a bit lacking here, and I did not feel attached to the minor characters at all, possibly due to each of them undergoing at least one name change during the course of the book.

Here we see Ramses getting older and more involved in th...more
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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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