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The Hippopotamus Pool (Amelia Peabody #8)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,726 Ratings  ·  223 Reviews
A masked stranger offers to reveal an Egyptian queen's lost tomb...and Amelia Peabody and her irascible archeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, are intrigued, to say the least. When the guide mysteriously disappears before he tells his secret, the husband-and-wife team sail to Thebes to follow his trail, helped-and hampered-by their teenage son, Ramses, and beautiful ward ...more
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Published (first published April 10th 1996)
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Jenifer
Oct 15, 2009 Jenifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have already said how much I like this series. I like the things that stay the same; pretty predictable plot, mystery and romance between the unrivaled Amelia and her soul mate, the ever-manly Emerson. I also like the things that change; Ramses and Nefret growing up, the addition of new characters (David). As I have also said, I prefer to listen to these as narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt. I know the words were not written by her and credit should be given where credit is due, but Rosenblatt br ...more
Kristen
It gets harder with each book in this series to find different ways to say how wonderful the story is. I never tire of the very humourous, extremely intelligent and quirkily wonderful Emerson family and their many adventures, and this book is no different!

Nefret is now an established member of the family, showing the same tendancy as Ramses for both archeological fervour and an intelligence and maturity well beyond her years, so she fits right in with the unusual Emerson family.

In this chapter,
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Septentrion
Jan 21, 2013 Septentrion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policier
Some series get "out of breath" so to speak really fast. This is not the case here. The Hippopotamus Pool is the eigth book in the Amelia Peabody series and the mystery and adventures are as fresh as in the first book. The plot was well constructed and I was surprised and delighted by the new kind of criminals she introduced in her book (I don't want to give much away). It's a real delight to see that family evolve in time and to feel the archaelogical fever through their eyes.
Kelsey Hanson
This was kind of a reunion book of sorts. It has a lot of the characters that I've grown to like over the years including Cyrus Vandergelt, Kevin O'Connell and Evelyn and Walter (who play a major role in solving a mystery for the first time since the initial novel). I have to admit that I don't really like Nefret. She tends to throw the dynamics off. I admit that I liked the way that Amelia, Emerson and Ramses interacted together much more when it was just the three of them.
Gawelleb
Yessssss!! Je l'ai fini! Dommage qu'il ait fallu autant de temps pour que l'histoire s'emballe et donc mon intérêt!
Sinon, je suis retombée amoureuse d'Emerson, Peabody est mon héroîne, Ramses ... il change et ... J'ai ENORMEMENT de mal avec Nefret!
J'ai beaucoup aimé voir Walter et Evelyn aussi!!!
stormhawk
There are certain things though can count on in an Amelia Peabody mystery. A goodly bit of flowery prose, several fight scenes, domesticity in odd places, and an intricate mystery flavored well with Egyptian archeological scholarship. Reading the stories in order allows the reader to delight in the aging and growing complexity of the characters. I enjoy the stories set in Egypt the best. The excitement of the dig in an exotic locale made homey by the application of plenty of tea and English cust ...more
Rebecca
In this episode, Ramses is 12, Nefret is 15, and Emerson is about to make the discovery of his life--the almost-undisturbed royal tomb of Queen Tetisheri. Of course there are many people who will stop at nothing to get in first, including kidnapping any or all of the children--who soon number three, with the addition of the Egyptian boy David, discovered working for a local forger, but proving to be Abdullah's grandson and a talented artist.

This is such a fun series, and it's nice to go back to
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Rach
Dec 13, 2010 Rach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another exciting adventure from the lives of Amelia and Radcliffe Emerson. I can't say this one is my favorite, but there were some definite high points. After the sad beginning, I'm so glad that Walter and Evelyn were tricked into joining them in Egypt - they deserved and needed some adventure in their lives, to remind them of how they fell in love, and how much they still love each other. David is an intriging boy, and it will be interesting to see how his character develops, and how he might ...more
Melissa
Sep 05, 2010 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think it's time to take a break from this series. I'm curious to see what happens with Ramses and Nefret, but I found myself skipping paragraph upon paragraph in this book. Rambling, rambling, rambling. I get tired of Elizabeth Peters talking about how handsome Emerson is and how well his muscular form is shown and how all the women fall at his feet... I get it. He's hot. ENOUGH ALREADY!
I'm also tired of being referred to as the "ignorant reader" or "less-intelligent reader". I'm not an arche
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Melissa
This series is always a fun read. Nothing ground breaking, formula mystery writing at it's best. The characters never disappoint, no matter how ridiculous the situation they might find themselves in.
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
I love this series a lot. It's full of hilarious characters and archaeological adventure and incredibly clever cats. The whole thing is totally ridiculous, yes - Amelia is an inadvertently hilarious character who often doesn't realise just how over the top she's being - but it's SO MUCH FUN.

This one was rather tamer than others, with no murders involved and instead a hunt for dodgy antique dealers and forgers in Luxor. But it's still a lot of fun, features the return of some characters that hav
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Kaye
May 25, 2010 Kaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amelia and Emerson finally find a royal tomb which brings at least two gangs of antiquities thieves out to steal their treasure. Loved the familiar characters, particularly the growing, Nefret and Ramses and the loyal American friend Cyrus Vandergelt. Glad Emerson's brother Walter and his wife Evelyn finally get back to Egypt. New character David is welcome as a friend for Ramses. This plot I found a little confusing and hard to follow. But the point of these books are to be with familiar friend ...more
Carolyn
Jul 23, 2015 Carolyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the 8th Amelia Peabody book. I have read the previous seven--indeed, I read them more or less back to back last summer. It has been 13 months since I read number 7, which was, evidently rather forgettable, as I have clearly forgotten it, and the references to it in this novel were, therefore, obscure. Even had I been quite fresh on the details, though, I don't think I would have thought much of this book. The main problem is that Amelia Peabody's arrogance wears on one after awhile, as d ...more
Carol L. Hensley
May 11, 2015 Carol L. Hensley rated it it was amazing
Another Win For Elizabeth and a Wonderful Time with Amelia

Since this is my second time reading the adventures of Amelia Peabody Emerson, most of what takes place is not a surprise, but you tend to forget details (or at least I do!). Ms .Peters never fails to entertain, which is why I'm sure I will be reading this series more times. Not only are these books thoroughly entertaining, they are also educating. As Barbara Mertz (Peters' true name) was an Egyptologist, she knew her subject matter. I wo
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QNPoohBear
For those of you who haven't read any other books in this series, Amelia kindly recaps the events that have brought her to this point (though she seems to fudge her age a bit!). The Emerson-Peabodys (all 4 of them) are back in Egypt to make a study of the lost royal tomb. Emerson and Amelia are approached by a mysterious man believing in reincarnation and insisting Emerson is a reincarnated Egyptian priest. Before the man can name his true purpose, he falls into a fit. By the time help arrives, ...more
Stuart
I’ve read some of this series before, and I remember enjoying them. Not so much this time. There was almost no mystery at all – the story was all about the potential excavation of the tomb of an Egyptian queen, with lots of family updates. Perhaps if I had re-read them from the beginning I might have been interested in the development of the Emerson families and their children and wards, but coming to episode number 8 when not remembering the others resulted in mostly boredom. I was expecting an ...more
Dawn Siemer
I'm not a mystery fan, so I probably had no business reading this book. However, I was very disappointed that the murder at the beginning of the book was not investigated. The "detective" never visited the body or looked for clues.

Most of the book was about an archaeological dig. I have an interest in archaeology and Egyptology, but I still found this part pretty boring.

In the last third of the book, the action does pick up and there are finally more clues, but the "answer" seems to come out of
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Miriam
Time: Dec. 31, 1899-April 1900

Introduces David Todros, Abdullah's grandson.

"High-minded individuals are much more dangerous than criminals," Emerson growled. "They can always find hypocritical excuses for committing acts of violence." p. 239
Raymond
Jun 18, 2015 Raymond rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first and only experience with this archaeological/Egyptology series as I was unimpressed with this supposed expedition to explore the burial chamber of an Egyptian queen. I have enjoyed my explorations of ancient Egypt with my visit to Giza and also the "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" exhibit in Chicago. This novels imagines the heathen belief in a mythological fantasy of life rebirth inspired by the underwater disappearance and reemergence of the hippopotami while t ...more
Dayna Smith
The eighth book in the Amelia Peabody series. Emerson, Amelia, Ramses, and Nefret are heading for Egypt for the season. In Cairo, the Emerson's are met by a strange man who shows them a ring supposedly belonging to Queen Tetisheri. He says that it is Emerson's fate to seek her tomb, which has not been raided by thieves. Before he can lead them to the tomb, he is poisoned. While Amelia goes for help, Emerson is attacked and the body disappears. Amelia, Emerson, and the youngsters head for Luxor t ...more
stormhawk
Intrigue in Egypt

There are certain things though can count on in an Amelia Peabody mystery. A goodly bit of flowery prose, several fight scenes, domesticity in odd places, and an intricate mystery flavored well with Egyptian archeological scholarship. Reading the stories in order allows the reader to delight in the aging and growing complexity of the characters. I enjoy the stories set in Egypt the best. The excitement of the dig in an exotic locale made homey by the application of plenty of tea
...more
Cathy
Jul 12, 2014 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book in the Amelia Peabody series, set amid archeological adventures in Egypt. I always have to remember that this series is written somewhat tongue in cheek. Amelia is opinionated, thinks quite well of herself, and totally biased about her husband's many fine qualities. But they are a good read and I always learn something new about ancient Egypt. I have to space out these books since I get irritated if I read more than one in a row, but they are good, light, entertaining mysteri ...more
Audrey Dailey
Feb 20, 2014 Audrey Dailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the book where we meet David.
Rhonda Pickens
Sep 13, 2015 Rhonda Pickens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa
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Synopsis: The Emersons are back! It’s a new century and Amelia and her husband Radcliffe have returned for another year of excavating in Egypt, along with their son Ramses, and their adopted daughter, Nefret. Their hopes for a quiet archaeological dig are dashed, however, when a visit by an unusual stranger interrupts their stay at Shepherd’s Hotel. The stranger claims he knows the location of an intact queen’s tomb. This is hard to believe, but t
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Tess Mertens-Johnson
Amelia and Emerson find the Queen Terisheri by the help of a masked stranger, who is then murdered.
They discovery also brings gangs of antiquities thieves out to steal their treasure. The action moved quickly, and the supporting characters of Nefret and Ramses and the loyal American friend Cyrus Vandergelt rounded out the cast. Glad Emerson's brother Walter and his wife Evelyn finally get back to Egypt. New character David is welcome as a friend for Ramses.
I listened to this book on CD, and Bar
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Deanna
Nov 21, 2010 Deanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I love a great plot and compelling descriptions, it's really character development that holds me. The Emerson family of archaeologists are once again spending "the season" in Egypt, and this time it appears they may actually make a brilliant discovery of an undisturbed tomb. This is fraught with danger, as the riches of the tomb are desired by more than one gang of criminals, and Amelia and her impetuous and profane husband, Radcliffe (the "Father of Curses" -- but no words more offensi ...more
Natcat77027
Jan 19, 2012 Natcat77027 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've just finished listening to The Hippopotamus Pool by Elizabeth Peters. The Emersons are off on another archaeological trip in Egypt and this time they are excavating the tomb of Queen Tetisheri. All of the family is along for the ride including Nefret and Ramses. Later I was glad to see Evelyn and Walter back in Egypt although their marriage is going through some rough spots after going through a death of a child. The mystery itself is a little lackluster compared to previous books but the b ...more
Colleen
Jun 30, 2012 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what else I can write about this novel that I haven't praised in all the others, but I will see what I can do. Once again Amelia and Emerson along with Ramses and Nefret having to keep themselves and their excavation safe from robbers, criminal masterminds, and other parties. However, the one thing that I really liked about this novel was that Evelyn and Walter, Emerson's brother and sister-in-law that we met in the very first novel, are back as major characters. Along with Kevin 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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