A River in the Sky (Amelia Peabody, #19)
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A River in the Sky (Amelia Peabody #19)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  3,412 ratings  ·  476 reviews
Set in 1910, the delightful 19th Amelia Peabody novel from bestseller Peters (after Tomb of the Golden Bird) takes Amelia and her husband, Emerson, to Palestine, where an English adventurer, George Morley, is planning to excavate Jerusalem's Temple Mount in search of the Ark of the Covenant. Gen. David Spencer, the director of Military Operations in London, suspects Morley...more
Hardcover, William Morrow, 307 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Harper Collins (first published 2010)
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Natalie
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...more
Lorena
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
Kristina
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
Joanna
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Jenn "Awww Yeaaahhh"
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
Sally
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.
Kristen
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...more
Susan
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
Elizabeth
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...more
Carolyn
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...more
Donna
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...more
Brenda
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
Morgen
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Mindy
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
Jennifer
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
Natalie
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
April
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...more
Maryclaire Zampogna
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...more
Callista
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...more
KarenF
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
Annette
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...more
Zoe
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.
Valerie
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
Raymond
I was interested in the description of Port Said as that is the port from where I toured to Giza to enter one of the Pyramids last Thanksgiving!
Melaslithos
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Ruth
Good. But it irritated me that this book was set in a time before the last two books.
Michelle
I know that Amelia Peabody and company are beloved literary characters; unfortunately, I found myself struggling to finish what I found to be a disappointing book. Maybe starting with the 19th book in a series is a bad idea. On the other hand, I have lately learned that sometimes starting at book #1 is also not a good idea – maybe the good stuff lies somewhere in the middle. Without any history of the characters, there were things I just didn’t understand. For instance, how did Emerson come by h...more
Liz
This will serve as a comment, rather than a review. After having re-read the entire series several times, before and after having read Barbara Mertz' non-fiction books on Egypt, as well as the travel journal (A Thousand Miles Up the Nile) of her real-life inspiration for Amelia Peabody, Amelia Edwards, I appreciate these books much more.

The amount of real information on Egypt, the Mid-East and the cultures, history, political-historical influences & religion that she shoe-horns into these bo...more
An Odd1
"A River in the Sky" (Peabody betw Guardian of the Horizon 1907-8 and The Falcon at the Poral 1911) by Elizabeth Peters is the 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 pe...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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“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.” 9 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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