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A River in the Sky (Amelia Peabody #19)

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1910 Palestine. Amelia and husband Emerson are asked by London Military Operations' Spencer to stop suspected German spy George Morley from excavating Jerusalem's Temple Mount for the Ark of the Covenant. Project will offend all three religious groups that consider the temple site holy. Meanwhile, son Ramses embarks on treacherous journey.
Hardcover, William Morrow, 307 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Harper Collins (first published 2010)
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This is the final book in the Amelia Peabody series, which makes me sad, because it's one of my top two absolute favourite series ever, and I wish it could go on forever!

Although this book is the last in the series, timing-wise it's much earlier in the Emerson family's timeline. But it harkens back to the early days, when the family and their motley group of friends, relatives and loyal retainers continuously ended up in troublesome situations, usually involving murder, or at least mayhem.

This t
Apr 26, 2010 Natalie rated it liked it
Elizabeth Peters has been a long time favorite author and her Amelia Peabody books are one I pick up again and again to relive the adventures.

I was so excited when I saw this book was coming out as it meant that I would get to visit again with old friends. I was even more excited to find out that this book took place in 1910, well before the last The Serpent and the Crown which sees the Emmerson family all grown up and well onto the next generation. I was however disappointed. Though I did feel
Apr 13, 2010 Lorena rated it liked it
I really love the Amelia Peabody series, and this book was satisfying in that it's always nice to read Amelia's "voice." This book was interesting in that it takes place mainly in Palestine instead of familiar Egypt, and while I enjoyed seeing Amelia and family in different scenery, I was disappointed by the relative lack of archeology in the mystery...I would have liked to spend more time on a dig. I also can't say I'm crazy about Peters' attempts, in her later books, to revisit those times bef ...more
I read Amelia Peabody books not necessarily for the mystery, but for the fun of having adventures with Amelia, her husband Emerson and their extended entourage of family and friends and various cats. A River in the Sky is no different. It is possibly the last book in the Peabody series and it is delightful. The book's events place it earlier in the Peabody timeline when Ramses is a young man and not yet romantically involved with Nefret. This is a novel of political intrigue with possible German ...more
Dec 21, 2010 Joanna rated it it was ok
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Jenn "Awww Yeaaahhh"
Dec 18, 2015 Jenn "Awww Yeaaahhh" rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read
I base a lot of my enjoyment of this book, and this series, on my history with the characters of Amelia Peabody and Co. A long and cherished history because my obsession with Egypt and it's culture began with these characters, and this novelist. I can pinpoint the exact book (The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody, #3)) that piqued my interest in tombs and mummies (ok, ok, my interest is probably also tied into my love/hate relationship with zombies) and dead Phaoroahs (Charlton Heston in The Ten Comman ...more
Dec 15, 2009 Sally rated it liked it
Shelves: elizabeth-peters
I got this early as an Advanced Reader's Copy to write a review. It was so exciting to read it before anyone else had their hands on it. But I'm not going to give away my review. You'll just have to wait.
An Odd1
Feb 20, 2015 An Odd1 rated it liked it
Title "River" is 1910 deluge that floods the Jerusalem underground chamber where Egyptian archaeologists Amelia née Peabody, husband Emerson "Father of Curses", and son Ramses "Brother of Demons" chase villainous Mansur.

The matriarch narrates most; Manuscript H is the son's from third person. After British student has throat slit at her camp site - no squeamishness, please - Teutonic petite blonde Frau (no mention of a husband, should be Fraulein) von Eine kidnaps Ramses and "brother" David is
Lady Knight
Overall, this one was definitely a disappointment for me. I such high expectations (finally we'll find out about that time when Ramses had to get away from Nefret and chose to go join excavations in Palestine .... should also explain about his fear/dread of being whipped (in other books it mentions that this comes from when we was in the Middle East)) and was brutally let down! All of the characters are much 'blander' then they ever have been before. A lot of the time I was irritated that none o ...more
Susan in NC
Apr 25, 2010 Susan in NC rated it really liked it
Set in Jerusalem in 1910, this 19th installment in the Amelia Peabody series has the intrepid Amelia and Emerson embroiled in the spy games of pre-World War I Britain and Germany. The crumbling and corrupt Ottoman Empire controls Palestine, and Germany is hoping to exploit the Palestinians desire for independence to move in and gain a foothold while Britain remains occupied in Egypt and India. Britain, of course, is alarmed by the Kaiser's saber rattling and hopes to check the Germans at every m ...more
May 04, 2010 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
The Amelia Peabody series is one that I come back to time and time again. I was so excited to read this book and to find out that it is set in 1910 before The Falcon and the Portal but after Guardian of the Horizon.

A River in the Sky begins with Amelia and Emerson at their home in England with Ramses off in Samaria on an expedition all his own. As to be expected, Amelia and Emerson encounter a bit of a mystery that leads them to an area not far from where Ramses is staying. With Nefret and othe
Jun 04, 2010 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
The year is 1910, and Germany is trying to establish a foothold in the Ottoman Empire. The Emersons, except for Ramses, are at home in England. They are visited by would-be archeologist Major George Morley, who attempts to persuade Emerson to join him in searching for the Ark of the Convenant in Palestine. Additional pressure is applied by the British Intelligence Service, who suspect Morley is actually spying for Germany.

Emerson agrees to go to keep an eye on the Major, not because he thinks th
May 13, 2010 Donna rated it liked it
After an appeal from a source they can't refuse, Amelia and Emerson take their archeological crew to the Holy Land, where Ramses is currently working, rather than to Egypt. Emerson is interested in Egyptian influence in the area, but their real purpose gets derailed by worry when Ramses doesn't join them on schedule.

I love this series, and was happy to travel with the family during this time period again. But I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed because the story seemed thin compared ea
Apr 14, 2010 Brenda rated it really liked it
I find Amelia Peabody mysteries infinitely comforting. I read my first one when I was in middle school, bored to death without any reading material (curse of a future librarian), and I came across my mother's copy of Seeing a Large Cat. At that point in my life, I was not what anyone would call a mystery buff and I probably still am not - police procedurals and the sort are not my cup of tea, but I gave it a chance since it featured Egypt and archaelogy. What I didn't expect was such a charming ...more
May 13, 2010 Morgen rated it it was ok
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Aug 10, 2012 M rated it it was amazing
Great Amelia Peabody Emerson adventure. This book goes back in time before Ramses and Nefret are married. The family is in the Ottoman Empire and embroiled in intrigue and spy vs. spy. The villains are particularly vicious--a team of a german woman and an indian who was educated in England. Ramses unwittingly discovers a clue that would ruin their plot to undermine relations in the region--Ramses is kidnapped and David tries to rescue him. Amelia and Emerson are not far away, in Jerusalem, and A ...more
May 17, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2010
This latest addition to the Amelia Peabody collection just doesn't quite do the Emerson family justice. For those entrenched in the series, this book takes the reader back to 1910-before Ramses and Nefret are together and the third generation of Peabodys is born. Which means that we aren't really covering any new terrain. The plot is a pastiche of all the other plots (Ramses is held hostage, Ramses is pining for Nefret, Emerson and Peabody are working with the government on a archeological/spy m ...more
Aug 10, 2010 Natalie rated it it was ok
I feel incredibly disloyal giving this book only 2 stars. I have LOVED the Amelia Peabody series and I've read every single book. Most of them are 4 star books, with everything I love and nothing I hate. Some are 5 star books that are just perfect throughout the entire thing and a few (The Snake the Crocodile and the Dog) are just amazing and if there were 6 stars, they would get all of them. So when I got my hands on this book and saw that it was a lost journal from back before Rameses and Nefr ...more
Nov 10, 2012 April rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy, audiobook
Much as I hate to give a book including one of my most favored characters a less than stellar rating - this was definitely not the best of the series.

Don't get me wrong, the story is engaging and for the most part the characters are as I've come to know and love them - but. But, one who is usually not ineffectual is and one who is usually not likely to sit in the background does and one who is normally smart wasn't...they all felt off their game.

That being said, it was very fun to listen and smi
Maryclaire Zampogna
May 06, 2010 Maryclaire Zampogna rated it liked it
I enoyed the authors very descriptive account of the group of people joining Amielia and her husband on their combined archaeological and government observation to Palestine. I was expecting more history and mystery from the book after reading the back cover. The author brings the members of three major religions into the book, each with their own ideas and beliefs. This was written well for all countries and ethic grouping that it had to deal with. I would read more in the series.
I think a help
Jan 02, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it
Thanks to Jamina's loan--and my slowed progress getting through this series--I am able to fit this book into the series (the story timeline) almost chronologically instead of reading those published before it first.
This one was just the right length and a very enjoyable read. A bit lighter than some of the other stories. It was fun to see the Emersons in what is now Israel for a change. Amelia and Emerson were particularly fun, and I really liked the Ramses sections. It had some twists and turns
Oct 10, 2012 KarenF rated it liked it
I've often said that I love these characters so much I would listen to them read the phone book to each other. Now I feel like I have. Honestly, I found this book kind of boring. My attention would often wander. There are a lot of history lessons and as they are in Jerusalem this time they are more biblical in nature. Much like Emerson I prefer the Egyptian history found in the other books. Still I can't dislike an Amelia Peabody book. And this one certainly had its moments of charm. It just did ...more
Aug 28, 2015 Linda rated it liked it
Audio book, light and entertaining.
Apr 22, 2014 Annette rated it really liked it
I love Amelia Peabody. She is funny without realizing it, and that makes her very entertaining. She is autocratic and does not understand why friends and family laugh at her idiocyncrisies.
This book is about Amelia, but equally about Ramses, Amelia’s wonderful son.
Instead of being in Egypt this time the action takes place in Palestine around Jerusalem and that general area. Ramses has gone there to work with an archaeological expedition, and accidentally finds information about a German plot to
Alison C
Mar 09, 2015 Alison C rated it liked it
Elizabeth Peters has been writing about Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson for 35 years now, since Crocodile on the Sandbank was published in 1975; A River in the Sky, the 19th book in the series, continues their adventures in the Victorian and Edwardian Middle East. This time they are not in their beloved Egypt, but instead are sent to Jerusalem, ostensibly to investigate an archeological site but really to keep an eye on a rather shady character, Morley, who seems to be more interested in ...more
Oct 22, 2010 Zoe rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
Normally I love this series, but this was was a bit off for me. It is written in hindsight, to fit in between a few old ones. The thought of the Emerson family excavating in Jerusalem instead of Egypt was one of the most promising things about this book, but the archeology was practically non-existent and the plot could have happened anywhere.
Dec 07, 2015 Tamera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
It's a sad thing. The last of the Amelia Peabody novels. I know they are not to everyone's taste as they are so over the top, but I found them VERY enjoyable. The Victorian language and phrasing is just so true to how we look and believe they behaved that you must indulge the author her whimsy. And the positivity exuded by Amelia couldn't help but warm your heart and give you a little lift.

This wasn't the best of the series (that might be "Last Camel Died at Noon"), but it was a decent one. It
Feb 17, 2015 Carol rated it it was ok
I haven't read any of the Amelia Peabody books before, and I guess I picked the WRONG one to start with. When a novel is classified as a "mystery" there should be some recognition of what the mystery is. That is only the start of my issues with the book. Frankly, I found the main character, Amelia Peabody, to be an snob who had no difficulty finding fault with almost everything. Emerson, her husband, was almost as hard to stomach as well. The book had very little plot and spent WAY too much time ...more
Apr 16, 2010 Valerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: amelia-peabody
Another chance to hear from Peabody and her interesting family. I forgot to read the note about time, so I didn't realize that it was meant to describe an earlier adventure for a few chapters. I thought maybe the Emerson's had built a time machine.
Pamela Pickering
Read and panned by all book club members. When a novel is classified as a "mystery" there should be some recognition of what the mystery is. I (and my fellow readers) had a hard time finding it. That is only the start of my issues with book. Frankly, I found the main character, Amerlia Peabody, to be an imperious snob who had no difficulty finding fault with almost everything. Emerson, her husband, was almost as hard to stomach as well. The book had very little plot and spent WAY too much time o ...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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Amelia Peabody (1 - 10 of 19 books)
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“I had refused Emerson's well-meant offers of assistance, knowing his efforts would be confined to moving the furniture to the wrong places and demanding how much longer the process would take.” 10 likes
“You certainly are a repository of useless information. How do you know all that?' David asked, with more amusement than admiration.

'I have a mind like a magpie's, easily distracted by interesting odds and ends,' Ramses admitted.”
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