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Lion in the Valley (Amelia Peabody #4)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  11,838 Ratings  ·  440 Reviews
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 sweeping through the bustling streets and market ...more
360 pages
Published 2001 by Robinson (first published March 1986)
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Jul 30, 2013 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
Jun 26, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, gothic

Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters is a 2008 William Morrow publication. (Kindle edition) This book was originally published in 1986/87.

This is the fourth book in the Amelia Peabody series.

The Mummy Case had been a just a little sluggish, but Lion in the Valley, quickly sets things back on course.

Amelia and Emerson, along with their son, Ramses, are on yet another adventure, but soon find themselves living in fear that the “Master Criminal” could be in their midst, as well as dealing with
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
Oct 31, 2007 Celia rated it really liked it
"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
Apr 16, 2012 April rated it it was amazing
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
Jamie Collins
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.

May 29, 2010 Alana rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2010_05_may
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
May 28, 2009 Terran rated it it was ok
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
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
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
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
Oh goodness. I LOVED these books when I was in undergrad. I was studying archaeology, so obviously reading ridiculous nineteenth century archaeological mysteries was basically what I did in between writing essays. Fast forward twelve years and I discovered that my local library has the entire series on Overdrive. Obviously, I was due for a reread!

This one was pretty fabulous. It's full of hilarious moments that Amelia doesn't quite get - often she thinks characters are crying in relief when rea
I love this series and enjoy the play & the banter between Amelia and Emerson. My favorite character however is their son Ramses and I love that he gets more time in this story. Ramses is precocious, smart, articulate and observant. Together the Emerson family solves the murder, unravels the mystery, sends the Master Criminal running and does it with flair. This is definitely a little heavy on the Victorian way of speaking, but the characters make it well worth the effort.

As the second or th
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
Amelia Peabody Emerson is back in Egypt with her family. Emerson has finally been given a pyramid to excavate. While still in Cairo, there's an attempt to kidnap Ramses and the wicked Prince Kalenischeff is murdered in the room of his inamorata and the lady is nowhere in sight! Amelia suspects the hand of the Master Criminal and feels it necessary to hire a bodyguard for Ramses. Emerson pooh-poohs the idea of catching the Master Criminal, if there is one, but agrees to hire a bodyguard to protec ...more
Apr 23, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Dillwynia Peter
Jul 04, 2016 Dillwynia Peter rated it it was ok
I’m having to reassess my feelings about Elizabeth Peters. These novels are fluff and are fun, but not to be taken seriously in any way. I came to this conclusion about way this novel in the series.
The mystery is not always the main thing in this series – there is also the romance and the development of our three main characters. I noticed it much more in this story the love interest between Amelia and Emerson; we are given much more descriptions of Emerson’s physique. In fact, compared to othe
Sep 02, 2013 Debra rated it really liked it
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
Aileen Frost
May 16, 2012 Aileen Frost rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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
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
Sep 21, 2016 Hortensia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sé que es mucho repetirme, pero me encanta esta serie. Los libros 2 y 3 fueron un poco flojos pero esté estuvo muy-muy entretenido, de esos que casi tenía que arrancarme de leer porque ya era tarde y no podía desvelarme más.

La forma en que se llevan y tratan entre sí Peabody y Emerson es divertida, pues está llena de ironía, sarcasmo, ingenio y sobre todo mucho amor. Y eso aunado a que casi nunca se ponen de acuerdo en la forma aunque sí en el fondo, hace que toda la narración esté salpicada de
Sep 25, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Master Criminal Stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this journey with Amelia and her adventurous family. It held all the hallmarks of a traditional Peabody mystery, amusing narrator, humorous banter, a young couple in love, a series of deaths that need solving by Amelia and Emerson (and now Ramses), and all set in the wonders of Egyptian archaeological sites.
The addition of the Master Criminal was quite intriguing and gave the plot a little more spice, but once again I enjoyed this novel to read the un
2 1/2 stars. Adventure/romance spoof, but not as much mystery or Egypt as I'd like.

Alone, this book would make me worry about Amelia's seeming dislike for her 8 year old son Ramses. This is a re-read for me, working up to when he's older (and seems to know she loves him in her way), so I'll skip ahead to #6 The Last Camel Died at Noon. I'm really looking forward to (small spoiler)(view spoiler) I'm not looking forward to more of Amelia's Egyptian employees treatin
Sarah Wynde
May 19, 2016 Sarah Wynde rated it really liked it
A great, implausible, seriously fun mystery. Pyramids and master villains and the delightful Ramses being completely delightful and the over-the-top Victorian language delivered in exactly the right proportions to make the floweriness fun instead of tedious. This is the fourth Amelia Peabody that I've read in a row. Like the others, I'm sure I read this one years ago, but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless.
Rebecca Waring-Crane
The family has enjoyed this series in audio format over the years and once again the miles flew by on our trip west as the plot spun out.
Michelle Johnson
Apr 22, 2015 Michelle Johnson rated it really liked it
QUICK PITCH: Amelia and Emerson are back in Egypt, which can only mean one thing. If only Emerson could excavate in peace...

VERDICT: If you've been reading, keep reading.
Renee M
Jul 21, 2015 Renee M rated it liked it
Amelia was immensely quotable in this one. Perhaps the funniest of the series so far. Even Young Ramses has begun to grow on me.
Kimberly Paulson
Apr 19, 2013 Kimberly Paulson rated it really liked it
Love this series!!
Dec 11, 2016 Chrissyreads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do post reviews on my wordpress account which can be visited if you want a cleaner format.

However, here is the review:


I wanted to get the point of plot out of the way as it is a big issue I have with this book. Though, to be fair, I have this issue with just about every mystery series. The plot goes as follows: Amelia and Emerson go to Egypt, murder or thievery happens, more murder and thievery, Amelia and/or Emerson are smack dab in the middle of danger, and then they piece together what
Oct 26, 2016 Sarah rated it did not like it
Abandoned half way through. Too similar to the previous book.
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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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