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 was a little disappointed that the mystery was not more about the tomb but that being said it was a really good, cozy, mystery. I don't usually read cozy type mysteries but I plan to look into more of this series.
The joy of reading the Amelia Peabody books isn't as much in the plots -- though they are good enough to carry the book -- but in getting together with a group of characters that we've grown to like a lot -- Ame ...more
(rounding up to 4, with a for the whole series)
Synopsis: Banned forever from the eastern end of the Valley of the Kings, eminent Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerson's desperate attempt to regain digging rights backfires—and his dream of unearthing the tomb of the little-known king Tutankhamon is dashed. Now Emerson, his archaeologist wife, Amelia Peabody, and their family must watch from the sidelines as Lord Carnarvon and Howard ...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
While my problem might have been reading this book first, and not any of the other series, I felt it was slow. Not much happened until the very end of the book, and that felt rushed and unexplained. There were so many characters, I ended up giving up trying to keep track of them. (But, if you've read the previous books, that might have made it easier to keep up with all of them.) I felt like a lot more could have been ...more
But of course there's plenty to keep the Emerson clan busy. Besides their own excavatio ...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?”