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Seeing a Large Cat (Amelia Peabody #9)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  6,752 ratings  ·  215 reviews
No villain is safe in 1903 Egypt as feisty archaeologist Amelia Peabody embarks on her ninth adventure.

According to an ancient Egyptian papyrus, dreaming of a large cat means good luck. And that's just what Amelia Peabody could use, as her growing family matures in the new century. What's more, Amelia's dashing husband Emerson has received a mysterious warning not to enter
Paperback, 389 pages
Published 2003 by London : Robinson (first published 1997)
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Finally the children are old enough to make their own contribution to the series. Ramses is 16 and he and David, who is around 18, have just finished a stay with their friend the sheik where they were celebrating making the journey into manhood. Neferet is 18 or 19 and she is determined to do everything that the guys are doing--including smoking, drinking and learning to ride a horse like them. This episode deals with the challanges of all three young adults to live in both worlds of british soc ...more
"For the ancient Egyptians, to dream of a large cat meant good luck."

Another very entertaining archeological adventure in Egypt with Emerson and Peabody, now (in 1903) accompanied by an entourage of lively teenagers. I've enjoyed all of these books, but I think this is one of my favorites so far.

Until now the books have been written entirely in first person from Amelia Peabody's point of view, but this time the author includes a few scenes written in third person from Ramses' point of view, oste
It's winter 1903 and the Emerson Peabodys are back in Egypt for the season. Ramses, now 16, spent the summer with sheikh Mohammad and came back a man! His new adult looks attract the attention of a young American lady in need of protection from a villain who wants to harm her father. Emerson has received a mysterious warning not to enter tomb 20A in the Valley of the Kings but Amelia is as curious as ever. They find themselves embroiled in the most bizarre mystery of their careers when they disc ...more
This has been my audiobook in the car for last 5+ weeks which is about my average length. Again I cannot fault the brilliant narration done by Rosenblat who just shines
Anne Hawn Smith
This book begins with Ramses, David and Nefret more as young adults than mid teens which they really are. In Egypt, they mature early and in this book, they begin to take a more active role.

The mystery centers around a mummified woman who turns out to be a contemporary corpse even though she is mummified. Emerson finds the body and the authorities don't seem to pay too much attention to it, leaving the mystery to them. There are 2 men who are possibly the murders and the reader is bounced betwee
Sarah Sammis
Seeing a Large Cat marks a change in the narrative style of the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. Starting with this volume the mysteries balloon from two hundred fifty pages to almost five hundred pages. The main source of these extra pages is the "manuscript H" which is apparently written by Walter "Ramses" Emerson.

Over the course of the second half of the series (where Ramses, Nefret and David are adults), the writing style of "manuscript H" improves as does the manner in which it is
I've wanted to read one of the Amelia Peabody mysteries for quite a while, and when I found out that some of the audiobooks were read by Barbara Rosenblat (who is simply phenomenal in the recordings of the Mrs. Pollifax series), I decided to begin with audio. Rosenblat does indeed do a masterful job, creating distinct and engaging voices for each character.

Unfortunately, I only made it one disc in. Sweet jesus - 73 minutes and it was nothing but descriptions of clothing and cats and "what I did
Barbara ★
I'm really loving this series. I've totally read it out of order. I've already read #10, 14, 17 and 18 which tells me what's going to happen between the characters...eventually but now I'm going to reread #10 to get the particulars of how they come together and when. I can't wait I just love Ramses' character.

Of course this was another convoluted mystery with too many things going on, too many people involved in various mysteries, and the whole gang going in different directions trying to solve
Instead of listening to the series in order, I skipped ahead a bit to this one, where Ramses is 16 and Nefret is part of the family. In order to accommodate the teenagers' point of view a new manuscript has been discovered which gives us information on their goings on that Amelia doesn't know about, and this is interwoven with her journal entries. It opens up the world (and I do dearly love the trio of Ramses, Nefret & David) but it does mean that things are less unified than before, where p ...more
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Lynne Tull
Emerson and Amelia are back in Egypt. The 'children' have grown up. They now teenagers...very mature teenagers. Ramses and Nefret are now joined by David, an Egyptian boy they rescued from a life of crime in the last book. He is the Grandson of Abdullah, their Egyptian foreman. Several characters from other books in the series are part of the cast. The mystery is complicated, but not too complicated for Peabody and crew. We got a dose of Egyptology, but not too heavy that it distracted from the ...more
I love this series and with Ramses now a teenager his contribution to the narrative has been introduced in the form of extracts from a manuscript that provides an account of his activities away from his parents, usually accompanied by Nefret and David. To think I really disliked Ramses when he first was first introduced.

This was another very interesting mystery with some fascinating supporting characters. Sadly the death of one character - a beloved feline one off screen - did make me sad.

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This seems to be the book where Peters quits writing the series as farce and starts taking the characters more seriously. How you feel about that change will affect your fondness for this book and the following. I, personally, can't take the Emersons when they are meant to be read as legitimate characters. Especially Amelia, whose blindness to facts while insisting she sees everything, and tendency to boss everyone around in a truly embarrassing manner, just makes me cringe. I could just barely ...more
I really enjoyed this Amelia Peabody adventure, it's possibly the best I've read yet.

One of the things that made this so enjoyable is that Ramses is now 16 years old, and we get to see part of the story from his point of view and see a lot more of the interaction between Ramses, Nefret and David.

Amelia is her old self and provides us with a very entertaining yarn.

The Emersons are excavating a previously unknown tomb when they discover inside it the mummified body of the murdered wife of Colonel
BJ Rose
Ramses is all grown up, and is sporting a mustache to prove it. Unfortunately, Mother Amelia is not impressed; he's growing up much too fast to suit her. But that's the extra appeal in this story for the reader - along with the addition of the excerpts from Manuscript H that add his perspective to these adventures.
Along with Amelia's diary account of things that happened to the family in Egypt we get Ramses diary of things that occurred too. Ramses account was in an italic font so you could see the difference in both diaries.
Reread on audio, with Barbara Rosenblat narrating, as always a pleasure. These characters are so real to me after reading them for 25 years that as usual I had dreams about them after finishing the book. Yay!
Bravo! Peters addition of "the children's " perspective in particular sections of the story is a pleasant one! Love how Ramses, Nafret and David are older teens now and every bit the inquisitive and eager excavators and investigators as Amelia and Emerson!

Emerson is notably absent in much of this story. And when he is present he seems exceptionally harsh. Now, I do love the man but he is occasionally overly harsh verbally. However his well timed displays of affection or praise or fatherly wisdo
Elizabeth Peters delivers once again. This is an older one in the series and it was exciting to go back and see all the characters when they were younger. I love the way Ms. Peters writes in the language of the time. She does a good job on the setting and her characters have stayed with me all these years. Elizabeth died in 2013 at 85, so I will miss being able to look forward to some more antics of the Peabody clan. There will be one last one to be published early this you know it wil ...more
Rhonda Pickens
Sep 13, 2015 Rhonda Pickens rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone & everyone
I'm in the process of re-reading the entire Amelia Peabody series again, from start to finish in one go. They are still some of my favorite books. They must be read with tongue firmly inserted in cheek. It also helps to have an interest in and some knowledge of Colonial-era exploration narratives, fiction like that of H. Rider Haggard, Orientalist studies, the competitive acquisitive zeal of western museums at the turn of the century, and the "gentlemen archaeologists" of the 19th century who br ...more
Seeing A Large Cat, by Elizabeth Peters
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Synopsis: Best-selling mystery author Elizabeth Peters has captured the hearts of thousands of readers with her spunky Victorian Egyptologist, Amelia Peabody Emerson. In Seeing a Large Cat, Amelia must ensnare a modern-day killer, a bogus spiritualist, and a predatory debutante in the awesome Valley of the Kings. Someone is sending ominous messages: "Stay away from tomb Twenty-A!" Intrigued, parasol-wielding Amelia won't rest until she finds the forb
Probably I shouldn't have started with #9 of the Amelia Peabody mysteries, but it was the only one my library had, and I'd heard such good things. But while I did spend the first few pages figuring out who was related to whom, after that I felt like I'd known the characters since forever. Potentially the few brief sentences that explained, say, David's adoption into the family might've been boring to someone who'd been reading since book 1, but they were hardly epic info-dumps. I liked the handy ...more
Lady Knight
Amelia seems to find trouble every year, and I wouldn't have it any other way! I love the zany adventures, the wild rides, the romance and even the guano and dust from the excavations, yes, I love the world that Elizabeth Peters has created! This volume is a particular favorite of mine.

The Emersons retrun to Eygpt with an extended family this time around. The addition is in the form of Ramses blood-brother David (Abdullah's grandson and former forger extraordinaire). The two boys have spent the
Jenn Ravey

Reminiscent in many ways of Agatha Christie’s The Man in the Brown Suit, Seeing a Large Cat is a novel of high adventure and mystery. The Emerson family is cobbled together, and Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson do their best to keep everyone safe and grounded, even though they’ve had a slightly unorthodox upbringing as Egyptologists. Ramses, David, and Nefret have been raised as siblings, though Ramses is Peabody and Emerson’s only biological child. Together after a s
Another fun and wonderful book in the Amelia Peabody series. Another set of old friends return who once again need Amelia and Emerson's help, though this time it is not because they are being pursued by murders. Along with helping the Frasers Amelia and Emerson also are tangled up in the affairs of an American Colonel and his hopeless daughter who might also be in trouble. I have to say at times there were so many mysteries I was a bit confused about what clue would pertain to which case, but I ...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in October 2001.

Each of the now lengthy list of Amelia Peabody novels is a light, enjoyable mystery set against the background of late nineteenth century archaeology in Egypt, memorable for the opinionated proto-feminist narrator. By this point, her son Ramses, for long the focal point of much of the series' humour, has nearly grown up (at sixteen), and her "memoirs" are now supplemented by excerpts from a "manuscript" by him, which gives a very different vie
This particular Amelia Peabody book is distinct from all the others so far because it serves as an important transition in the series, both with the characters and with the narration.

Speaking of the later, all previous Peabody mysteries have been told exclusively from the perspective of Amelia, as if we are getting a glimpse of her journals, perhaps edited down. For the first time, we get to see some of what is going on when Amelia isn't there, adventures told from Ramses' perspective (hypotheti
In this volume, the author continues to describe the adventures of the Peabody-Emerson egyptologist family. However, in contrast to the earlier volumes where the adventures are described from the point of view of Amelia Emerson Peabody, this time, the author has taken the risk of changing the style of the narrative completing entries from Amelia's diaries with elements written as it seems by Ramses. Indeed, the risk in changing the smoothly flowing narrative style the Reader got used to in the f ...more
Ninth in the popular series, SEEING A LARGE CAT has Amelia Peabody (and party) searching for a lost tomb, investigating a murder, and coming to the aid of an old friend. Just about normal for this set of mystery minded Egyptologists. Since I love just about anything by this author, what can I say? It's by Elizabeth Peters, which means it's wonderful. It's in the Amelia Peabody series, which means it's wonderful. But what makes it unique? In a word, Ramses.

Ramses is, of course, the precocious so
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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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Other Books in the Series

Amelia Peabody (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1)
  • The Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody, #2)
  • The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody, #3)
  • Lion in the Valley  (Amelia Peabody, #4)
  • The Deeds of the Disturber (Amelia Peabody, #5)
  • The Last Camel Died at Noon (Amelia Peabody, #6)
  • The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog (Amelia Peabody, #7)
  • The Hippopotamus Pool (Amelia Peabody, #8)
  • The Ape Who Guards the Balance (Amelia Peabody, #10)
  • The Falcon at the Portal( Amelia Peabody, #11)

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“The only people who are not in awe of Emerson's powerful voice and well-nigh superhuman strength are the members of his own family. He is aware of this, and often complains about it; so from time to time I like to put on a little show of being intimidated. 'Proceed, my dear,' I said apologetically.” 8 likes
“Sekhmet crawled onto Ramses's lap and began to purr. 'The creature oozes like a furry slug,' said Ramses, eyeing it without favor.” 7 likes
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