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The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody #3)

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The Mummy Case A murdered antiquities dealer, a missing mummy, and an irascible husband are just a few of the complications involved in an archaeology trip for Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody. An ancient tomb may turn out to be her grave. Full description
Audio CD, Unabridged, 10 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1985)
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WARNING: do not read this novel if you plan to maintain any awe of Victorian archaeologists such as DeMorgan, Petrie, Wilbour, or Wallis Budge. After reading this book, every time you see a mention of DeMorgan's hallowed name in a museum or article, you will start giggling about his pathetically eager desire (at least, that portrayed in this novel) to be portrayed heroically in the Illustrated London Times:

(I think the woman in the front might be Amelia herself.)
Petrie's illustr
Each time I read a new book in this series, I fall in love with the characters more and more. Amelia & Emerson are one of the best couples in fiction and I end up laughing so much, that I usually bookmark half the book.

As usual with the series, this book is set in an archeological dig in Egypt but for the first time, the Emersons have brought their precocious son Ramses. Soon enough, Amelia & Emerson find a dead body which Amelia cannot leave well enough alone.

Emerson and Amelia are a
Yet another fun mystery featuring Amelia Peabody. While I have to admit the mystery didn't interest me much, the repartee between the indomitable Amelia and Emerson, and Ms. Peabody's (or Mrs. Emerson's) narration, more than made up for it. Ramses can be amusing also, but he can be a bit too much sometimes, probably because he is too precocious and smart to be believed. How many languages does this five-year-old know? Although I do think this specific example is the whole point of these books an ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters is a 2007 William Morrow publication. (This book was originally published in 1985)

It’s always embarrassing when I have to admit I never realized Elizabeth Peters was a pseudonym for the one and only Barbara Michaels, until about five years ago. When I made that connection, I was determined to get know this side of this talented author.

Although Elizabeth Peters wrote two other series, the Amelia Peabody series has to be the most beloved of her characters.

This t
Bree T
The Mummy Case is the third novel in the Amelia Peabody series and once again we open with the Emerson’s in England. They plan to return to Egypt and dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor, leaving behind their precocious son Ramses with Emerson’s brother Walter and his wife Evelyn. Evelyn has just suffered a ‘disappointment’ (miscarriage) and having Ramses comforts her. Plans are thwarted when Evelyn falls pregnant again and even Emerson and Amelia can see that it will be impossible for them to leave ...more
Jul 30, 2012 Lilja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This 3rd book in the Amelia Peabody series was a huge disapointment. The first two were hilarious and fun to read, despite the weakness of a having a pretty vague or unremarkable mysterie at their core. Peters seems to not have had much of a thought as to who the perpetrators or the mytery should be whe sitting down and writing this book. It feels like at the end whe we find out what was going on and who the villains are, she is half heartedly trying to fit the persons in as the criminals rather ...more
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
I first picked up this series on the recommendation of a friend because of my love for Gail Carriger's Soulless. I can see the similarities, minus supernatural creatures, but I've never liked this series quite as much.

And of a series that I've thought to be entertaining enough, but not great, this was the worst of the lot so far.

Now, I do mostly like Amelia and Emerson. Their love/rivalry thing is kind of cute, and the banter is cute, but it got a bit wearying by the end that they're just consta
Rebecca Huston
Last year I started to read the Amelia Peabody series by the late Elizabeth Peters, and discovered that I liked it. In the third book in the series, the Emersons are returning to Egypt, but this time they have their young, precocious son Ramses in tow, along with the cat Bastet. Assigned a distant, unremarkable site to excavate, the digging season starts out uncomfortable, but soon enough there are plenty of eccentricities to complicate matters, from several American missionaries, an overstuffed ...more
Vicki Cline
Jul 04, 2015 Vicki Cline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This third book in the series is the best so far, mainly because of the presence of Rhamses, Amelia and Emerson's precocious son. It's not clear how old he is, 4 or 5, and he can't yet pronounce 'th', making his rather long speeches quite amusing. They have taken him to Egypt for their current dig, which is at a mediocre site. Not far away at Dashoor another group is excavating some pyramids, which Amelia has been longing for. Rhamses is allowed to do digging of his own as long as he takes along ...more
Amelia and Emerson are back in Egypt, along with their overly precocious son Ramses and the cat Bastet. Since Emerson refused to apply for a firman in advance, De Morgan, the director of antiquities has already chosen the pyramids Emerson had promised Amelia. Emerson's hot temper got him reduced to excavating a Roman cemetery and flattened pyramids. The Emersons are also beset by missionaries and are kept on their toes keeping their son out of trouble. Walter has requested papyri and when Amelia ...more
Mar 07, 2015 Alantie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel much the same about this one that I did about the 2nd in the series. Not quite as charming as the first installment, but still highly enjoyable, and as always Amelia and Emerson never fail to entertain. Their relationship is as always the best part of these reads, and I can never get over their affection for one another and the highly amusing ways they choose to show it.

However, unlike it's predecessor, this time Ramses is along for the ride, and he does grate on the nerves. His speech i
Typical Amelia Peabody fare. It's funny, witty, smart, and ridiculous. I think the series gets more ridiculous with each installment. It's like Peters is making fun of "sensationalist" mysteries a la Agatha Christie. It's a fun read; I laughed and smiled a lot. Peters investigates a murder, thefts, and an off-putting group of missionaries. In the process, she gets robbed, duped, and dumped in a hidden tomb. But this only fuels her desire for detective work. Of course.

Most of the comic relief/rid
Quite a bit less engaging than the first book, The Mummy Case suffered very badly from an overdose of pompousness. From Ramses stilted sentences, and seriously WHAT 7 or 8 year old child sounds like a 50 year old college professor (and the speech impediment was just freaking annoying) to Amelia and even Emerson, whom we expect to be stuffy. Amelia's narrative bordered on self righteous and I rapidly tired of her know-it-allness. Not to mention she spent most of the book cutting off every male wh ...more
Jul 05, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book is usually where a series either ends or wanders into an uninteresting vein. Not so with The Mummy Case. With the introduction of a criminal mastermind and a tangled knot of plot lines, Ms. Peters lures the reader into yet another wild caper and ensures we'll read many books to come.

There are a few tactics Ms. Peters employs with regard to her narrative that I find significantly help the story remain interesting. Time is very fluid in her novel. There are times when every second
BJ Rose
Amelia is an amusing and annoying pompous know-it-all; but that's why this series works. But what makes this one even better is the inclusion of Ramses in the expedition. Proud and loving mama Amelia wasn't all that happy to include him, but Emerson insisted on having his son with them, and Ramses proceeds to take center stage. He is described by his mama as 'catastrophically precocious' and is extremely successful in finding any and every loophole in his protective mama's laundry list of instru ...more
Due to Emersons lack of politic manners, they have ended up at an excavation without Amelia's beloved pyramids. Thank goodness Amelia gets them all involved in a murder mystery before they even make it to the excavation site.

Everything I expect from this series continues with this book and the addition of fanatical opposing religious groups and a smuggling ring add to the fun.
I'm not sure how it is that Ramses and Bastet have become my favorite characters but they are.
Mar 17, 2016 Cherie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, read-audio
This was a very fun story and made me laugh out loud many times.
Murder, smuggling of antiquities, and two religious groups add to the tension on site at their dig in Mazghunah, which is where they never wanted to be.
I loved their son Ramses and the cat Bastet taking on a lion cub and his own private dig.

I listened to this book via audio narrated by Susan O'Malley.
Listened to this installment in the Amelia Peabody series on audio, narrated by the superb Barbara Rosenblatt. She IS the voice and embodiment of Amelia in my mind, and her narration added such a new level of enjoyment to an already highly entertaining Victorian/Egyptian mystery series.
Jun 28, 2015 Irene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is enjoyable to read a character who is not the typical, doting, affectionate mother. She is rather horrible! I also enjoy the bickering between Amelia & Emerson. No perfect family here. Fun read.
Dec 20, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, victorian
Ramses at his childhood best wit' lisp and de cat Bastet and all. Also - Peabody's berzerker rage and the introduction of the MC. Oh, I love old friends! Read on BOT (Rosenblatt again!)
Nov 25, 2008 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nicole by: Jamina Fritts
My favourite of the series, largely because I find it the funniest of the books so far. The lion elevates the comedy to a new level.
K.C. Rivers
Mar 11, 2016 K.C. Rivers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, classics
I have enjoyed each Elizabeth Peters book that I've read, though I admit that hasn't been very many (yet!). I love the characters of Peabody and Emerson, perhaps even more so now that they're married. They're real in their marriage, despite the fact that this takes place in a very different time period. They have squabbles and flaws and love each other anyway, which make them easy to relate to for any reader. While the style of writing won't appeal to everyone, I always imagine it in a British a ...more
Feb 22, 2016 Alisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I think I am enjoying the Amelia Peabody books more the second time around. The climax of this one was a doozy!! The fun thing about books with real historical/geographical connections is that you can harness the power of Google and see exactly what they're talking about, adding authenticity to your mental picture of the story.

In this case, it's the Black Pyramid at Dahshur that captures the imagination. I looked up pictures of this, and it doesn't look like a pyramid--it looks like a giant, dia
Alexandria Darcy
Apr 16, 2015 Alexandria Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson are once again solving murder cases while simultaneously excavating ancient Egyptian sites. I think this one is better than book 2 - I was able to keep up with the names of all the different characters (I listened to the whole thing on audiobook). So if you enjoyed the first 2 books, it shouldn't be a surprise that you'll enjoy this one.

My one complaint - and the reason it gets 4 stars instead of 5 - is that I found the presence of their son annoying. He is f
Francesca Mascari
Penso che la famiglia Peabody-Emerson non delude mai, anche in un romanzo come questo in cui la storyline fatica a decollare, o non decolla affatto. Radcliffe, Amelia e Ramses sono così meravigliosamente descritti che è impossibile non amarli, e insieme sono la formula vincente di questa saga, nonostante in loro abbondino note caratteriali per nulla simpatiche; Radcliffe sempre più burbero e rude (ma con lato sensibile ben nascosto); Amelia irrimediabile ficcanaso dai modi spicci; Ramses pedante ...more
Barbara ★
I had difficulty with all the religious fervor in this installment though I absolutely loved Ramses. What a precocious character! Amelia and Emerson were just dying to get back to excavating in Egypt and at 4 years old (or maybe 5), they figured now was a good time to indoctrinate Ramses into tombs and mummies. Ramses may be a young child but he is wise and knowledgeable beyond his age. His little diatribes were truly hysterical until someone cut him off of course (usually Amelia) though I admit ...more
May 30, 2014 Cat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot was a little more jumbled in this one than in the first two. There is less of a closed cast murder mystery feel than there was in the first two books when you know that the criminal involved must be interacting with the main characters on a regular basis. Perhaps Peters got tired of that Agatha Christie convention, but for me, it made the guesswork about who did it (and why) significantly less interesting. The unraveling of the mystery was less tidy than it might have been (and hence le ...more
Sherry Ramsey
Dec 04, 2014 Sherry Ramsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
It's been a stressful six weeks, and I really needed a tried and true book to help bring those stress levels down. I was delighted to find that my local library had a few Amelia Peabody audiobooks in their collection, so I promptly downloaded one.

I read all of these books years ago, and Amelia remains one of my favorite characters of all time. She is wonderfully unreliable at times. If I could pick a fictional character with whom to sit down and have tea--well, Amelia would definitely be in the
Rebecca Hill
Mar 11, 2016 Rebecca Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peabody and Emerson are hoping for a quiet dig season, but with their son Ramses along for the ride, nothing is going to be quiet.. ever!
As soon as they get to Cairo, they are embroiled in a new mystery and Amelia is sure that there is a master criminal afoot. After two murders and some mysterious disappearances of antiquities, even Emerson has to agree that something is going on.

I LOVE these books. Embroiled with history and a little mystery, these books will keep you chuckling as you go thro
Sep 17, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the depths of February, with snow piled high, the economy imploding, and my whole family (including the cat) projectile vomiting at regular intervals, I need friendly sustenance. I need a source of inspiration. I need an example of sheer bloody minded CERTAINTY. I need Amelia Peabody.

I have read these books before. Some more than others (this is my third copy of Deeds of the Disturber). I love these books. I don't give these early ones five stars just so I will have something to go up to when
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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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“Ramses. I had long since resigned myself to the impossibility of teaching Emerson the proper subjects of conversation before the servants. Wilkins is not resigned; but there is nothing he can do about it. Not only does Emerson rant on and on about personal matters at the dinner table, but he often consults Wilkins and John. Wilkins has a single reply to all questions: “I really could not say, sir.” John, who had never been in service before he came to us, had adapted very comfortably to Emerson’s habits.” 0 likes
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