Tomb of the Golden Bird (Amelia Peabody #18)
Convinced that the tomb of the little-known king Tutankhamon lies somewhere in the Valley of the Kings, eminent Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerson and his intrepid wife, Amelia Peabody, seem to have hit a wall. Having been banned forever from the East Valley, Emerson, against Amelia's advice, has tried desperately to persuade Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter to relinquish thei...more
BUT... I found this book dreary and depressing. The family seems to be drifting apart (the demise of the extended family) and everyone is very focused on their own individual "needs" so they can be fulfilled. I reread it twice, hoping I would like it better, but I just never did. The author manage...more
It's the fall of 1922 in Luxor, Egypt, and Howard Carter is digging one last season in the Valley of the Kings in the hopes of finding anything buried under the sands before his benefactor, Lord Canarvon, pulls the funding away after several fruitless years. Amelia's archaeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, is fairly cert...more
When I was a very young mother, and had all the time in the world for reading and writing, Ms. Peters' books stimulated my intellect and aroused my imagination. I had no college, and through Vicky Bliss and Amelia Peabody I was inspired to learn who John Donne and Howard Carter were, to read Shakespeare and listen to Handel, and to reach for independen...more
I’ve been reading these books for so long that I decided it was time to settle s...more
Those were the cons. The po...more
Just to highlight a few of the weakest points:
All the things I love about this series are here: the trouble the family cannot seem to avoid, even when they try; the hilarious verbal sparring between Emerson and Amelia; the wonderful relationship between Ramses and Nefret; the bond of friendship between David and Ramses; and most of all the eclectic, unique and wonderful extended cast of characters that Elizabeth Peters has created. The entertainment value of th...more
But of course there's plenty to keep the Emerson clan busy. Besides their own excavatio...more
Tomb of the Golden Bird is part of a series of mysteries whose main characters, the Emerson family, are English archeologists excavating in Egypt. The book combines their fictional story with the actual...more
"Tomb of the Golder Bird" is a mild action story based around a woma...more
I'm glad to see characters started to settle in and enjoy reading about the "kiddies" growing up.
The author's approach to King Tut's tomb and Howard Carter were sad but understandable. You have to keep something real, well, real. I got to see the King Tut collection when I was in 6th grade, when it was in San Francisco. The...more
2.) You. are. a. genius. You had the whole series planned out to end here, at the most famous discovery of all time. It reminds me of J.K. Rowling, who had her series planned out from the beginning as well. It is a rare auth...more
I loved this book, especially as narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt. Book 18 of the Amelia Peabody mysteries finds the family in the middle of a major archaeological find and a neferious plot that puts the family at risk. The characters were so prop...more
Set in the early 1900's in Egypt during the discovery of the Tomb of King Tut (The Golden Bird), several British characters walk around and talk alot, but, not about much. The "sub-plot", the opening of the tomb and the vast collection...more
Today I'm still charmed by the humor, the intelligent and feisty women, the smart and dashing men, and, let's face it, the tombs. This one in particular has King Tut & Howard Carter, if you need a recognizable anchor. You can jump in with any in the series, but it is rewarding to watch the family gr...more
The mystery wasn't a standout in this book, but I enjoyed the family dynamics, and the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb made for an interesting background. It was a little depressing that the Emersons were forbidden to participate i...more
Sethos has also turned up, and while the tomb's contents may have brought out his acquisitiveness, he may also be there for another, political, reason. The normal kidnapping and mayhem occur around the Emersons, and Radcliffe (it's weird to call him that) has annoyed so many Important People that he is relegated to a small, insi...more
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'It would appear so.'
'You could give it to Margaret,' Ramses suggested.
His uncle turned the tinted spectacles toward him and then, unexpectedly, bust into laughter. 'What a charming idea. Will you aid and abet me when I catch her in a close embrace and breathe heavily on her?”