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The Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody #2)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  11,969 ratings  ·  707 reviews
Victorian Amelia Peabody continues to journal her Egypt adventures, toddler Ramses left in England. Husband Radcliffe Emerson's old friend Lady Baskerville fears a curse killed her husband Sir Henry, and soon engages the attentions of American Cyrus. The will funds continued excavation. But a lady dressed in white floats, flutters, spreads fear, and more death.
First British edition, 357 pages
Published April 1st 1982 by Souvenir Press (first published 1981)
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I enjoyed this less than the first book in the series, partly because a lot of it was so similar to that book. An archaeological dig is in peril due to local superstitions about a curse, exacerbated by disappearances, ghostly sightings and deaths. If I hadn't just read the first book last month, I might have liked it better.

I also missed some of the cast from the first book. Walter and Evelyn were absent, and there were no new characters who balanced the intensity of Amelia and Emerson (which is
On this listen of this old favourite I was truly appreciative of Peters' skill as an author. The book is told as if it were Amelia Peabody's journal, but still Peters manages very cleverly to give us several views of all the wild twists and turns in the story. We aren't limited to Amelia's viewpoint because although she is a keen observer she isn't very self aware, and though she is very intelligent she often draws the wrong conclusions. It not only makes for an interesting puzzle it makes for s ...more
Imagine, if you will, that Lady Catherine de Bourgh from Pride and Prejudice is reincarnated towards the middle of the nineteenth century as a woman called Amelia Peabody. She develops an interest in archaeology, and marries an Egyptologist who is supposed, I think, to be stirringly alpha male but who is in fact emotionally and physically abusive. She delights in establishing how intelligent and feisty she is by denigrating other women, and spawns an obnoxiously precocious offspring who has a cu ...more
Lisa Kay
Luxor Temple, Egypt (Luxor was the ancient city of Thebes).




(This is a review of the audiobook.) This one didn’t do it for me. Loved the first one in the series (which I both read and listened to), also narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. However, this one put me to sleep repeatedly - literally! I had to keep starting over and over again. I don’t think it was the narration as much as the storyline. It just didn’t grab me like the first one did. Ms. Rosenblat does a nice job on the various accents a
Feb 24, 2010 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Cozy Mystery/Adventure Stories in Exotic Settings or Smart Plucky Heroines
Recommended to Julianna by: Karen Hutchins
Reviewed for THC Reviews
The Curse of the Pharaohs was another fun installment in the Amelia Peabody mystery/adventure series. The story begins with Amelia and Radcliffe Emerson enjoying the bliss of married life back in England, but their seemingly idyllic existence isn't exactly placid thanks to an incredibly precocious four-year-old running amok. At the same time, life holds no real challenge for Emerson who is now a professor of archeology at the university and Amelia who has been reduced to
When Lord Baskerville, a noted amateur archaeologist dies in Egypt, his widow chooses Emerson to carry on his mission. Naturally Emerson demurs - he can't leave Amelia or their beloved three-year-old holy terror Ramses - or can he? Emerson and Amelia are both bored with Victorian gentry life and miss the thrill of their work in the Middle East. They place Ramses in the loving Care of Evelyn and Walter's nursery and off they go. Amelia is certain that Lord Baskerville did not die of natural cause ...more
The Curse of the Pharaohs
4 Stars

Amelia and Emerson return to Egypt at the behest of Lady Baskerville to continue the work of her late husband, Sir Henry, who died under suspicious circumstances. As Emerson revels in the archeology of the site, Amelia becomes immersed in investigating Sir Henry’s death as she is convinced he was murdered.

This is a such an entertaining series. Amelia and Emerson are now a married couple, but their hilarious bickering is ever present and little Ramses, whose shena
I originally rated this book 3.5 stars but after reading the 3rd in the series, I decided I should rated this one higher! I enjoy these books so much - I pretty much bookmarked half the book - that I should reflect that in my rating.

The Curse of the Pharaohs is set 5 years after Amelia & Emerson's marriage. At the beginning, I had trouble in this switch in their relationship - there wasn't as much funny bickering as in the first book - but then it dawned on me how amazingly well matched they
Mike (the Paladin)
I listened to several of these books back when I was driving miles and miles daily (radio can get old after a while). My wife always loved them, even before she came to need the audio versions of books. So whenever she finished a book, or while she was listening to another book, I'd take these to work with me and listen.

As I've mentioned before, these are well written...or maybe I should say "well crafted" mysteries. The characters stay true to form and in most cases "act like themselves". The s
Barbara ★
New parents Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson are jonesing to get back to Egypt after being away four years raising Ramses. Even knowing of the deadly curse, they jump at the chance to return when asked by Lady Baskerville whose husband has just been killed after opening a newly discovered tomb. Neither Amelia nor Emerson believe in the supernatural so the various happenings and the mysterious murders, don't scare them off as intended. This is another tale of murder and mayhem in the Valley o ...more
Where to begin? This is the 2nd book in a series of 19 by Elizabeth Peters. It revolves around Amelia Peabody and her husband, Radcliffe Emerson, who are both Egyptologists. I listened to the audio book and the narrator, Barbara Rosenblat, is first rate. I think she does all 19 audio books and I plan to make my way through all of them. Elizabeth Peters, pen name of Barbara Mertz, was, in fact, an Egyptologist with a Ph.D from the University of Chicago...about 30 minutes away from where I live. I ...more
Amelia Peabody Emerson continues to be a woman to be reckoned with and a woman that a mystery always follows. I consider her a younger, even more British version of Miss Marple with a delightfully British "his bark is worse than his bite" husband who is crazy about her and their young son, Ramses who writes notes to his parents in hieroglyphics. A wonderful series for anyone looking for a bit of 1920s Egypt and a good mystery
Very disappointing. After "Crocodile on the Sandbank" I thought I'd found an enjoyable murder mystery series, but the characters have developed most unsatisfactorily. So far it's cliched, contrived, and overwritten.

Preliminary, one-third in:

We have the stereotypical redheaded freckled Irishman who says, "Sure and I wouldn't" and "Top of the mornin'." I'm still waiting for "Faith and begorrah!"

Then there's the American with the the "holy shucks" and "goldurned" and "little lady."

Emerson, with his
V. Gingerich
The Curse of the Pharaohs is all about voice: Amelia Peabody’s voice. This detective, Egyptologist, and mother of one narrates with wit and humor, puncturing Victorian decorum with her steel-tipped parasol, amazing the reader with her (sometimes stupid) bravery and her unique way of both adoring and defying her Egyptologist husband.

This book came right when I wanted it. Every few months I crave a good mystery- not a bold and modern thriller, something clever but relatively gore-less and blushle
Awww, baby Ramses! And this is also one of those infuriating books with a first-person Victorian female narrator, which means every time Amelia and Emerson get up close and personal, we get asterisks in place of actual description. Bother. :)

I thoroughly enjoyed myself while reading this. The dialogue in Elizabeth Peters' books is sometimes rather stilted, especially when she's writing Americans (this particular specimen was given to saying things like "goldurnit!") or anyone who isn't British a
This is the second book in Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series. I read the first one, Crocodile on the Sandbank, two years ago in January 2012 and enjoyed it, so I'm not sure why it has has taken me so long to get round to reading this one.

The Curse of the Pharaohs is set in the late Victorian period and begins five years after the previous book ended. Amelia is happily married to the archaeologist Radcliffe Emerson and they now have a young son, Ramses. Despite longing to return to their wo
Jan 22, 2009 Megan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Agatha Christie fans
Shelves: mystery
I think I've found my new favorite series. I loved this book! So much fun to read, especially with Amelia's first-person narrative, which was straightforward and witty. The characters were great too. They seemed to come straight out of an Agatha Christie novel --- nobility in disguise, poor young lovers, the social climber, the annoying American. You see what I mean? The only flaw I could see is that Peters pulled a lot of her ideas from her first book. I hope in future books she comes up with s ...more
Elisha Condie
Amelia Peabody is a heroine for the bookish set who still have a lingering crush on Indiana Jones. So you could see why it appeals to me a little.

This story is told to us by Amelia herself, in her writings. Now she's married to Emerson and they have a darling, lisping, unusually intelligent little boy nicknamed Ramses (natch). And she still calls her husband Emerson and he calls her Peabody (mostly) and they banter and argue and have a roaring sex life. Yipee.

Amelia has it all:
- Rugged, in
Early on, Amelia refers to some Egyptians as picturesque natives. Near the end, Emerson says he can't help feeling he's missing something. Depending on what you know about Egypt you either know he's missing something big or can infer it from the way they've been missing things the whole time.

So, an unreliable narrator and an author winking at me. I like the way the author tells this story. She has a PhD in Egyptology and could probably write a serious lecture, but instead she gives us Amelia wav
A mystery set in the timeless antiquity that is Egypt, a mysterious tomb discovered,and a heroine who is smart. witty, and knows her archeology; these are the ingredients that make The Curse of the Pharaohs fun to read.
Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson, who is a noted archeologist himself. get asked to go to Egypt by the wife of another archeologist who has died while excavating a tomb. The locals believe it is a curse of the pharaoh that is responsible but of course Amelia believes noth
Just as fun as the first one, although for some reason it took me a while to get into the story, so I let the book rest a few days. The further I read, the more addictive it became.

I loved the snarky exchange of words between (view spoiler), and I was happy to see that their personalities hadn't changed one bit, but that they could still spar with each other despite the situation changing. People like them can seem a bit hard, though, but there were moments whe
I enjoyed the 1920's Egyptian setting and the archeology information in this light cosy. I liked the main character Amelia, but I found the banter between her and her husband overdone. I realize that the antiquated setting may have something to do with the way it is to be perceived, but I thought the husband Emerson came off as kind of a blowhard jerk at times. Some of the supporting characters were caricatures, like the young girl Mary's mother. Speaking of Mary, the subplot about her suitors a ...more
My dear Amy has requested a review, and review I shall!

Amelia and Emerson are amusing, and their relationship and partnership in their archeological work makes the entire book. They work well as a team and I love that they support one another and are clearly smitten with each other, no matter the odd way they show it. I loved the descriptions of their work on excavating the tomb, and I wish there had been a bit more focus on this and less on the murder part of things, but this is a mystery serie
In the first book of this series, Amelia Peabody was an amusingly practical and unemotional woman, far ahead of her times (the late 1800s). She had a sort of Tracy-and-Hepburn back and forth bantering relationship with a male Egyptologist, and you just knew they were going to fall in love. They did, and got married. This book picks up a bit later, when Amelia and Emerson have a small child and are living in England, waiting until said small child is old enough to take with them on excavations in ...more
This is the second Amelia Peabody adventure/mystery, and I enjoyed this story, and Amelia, even more than the first.

The Curse of the Pharaohs takes place five years after the first one. Amelia and Emerson are married, and have a young, precocious yet highly entertaining son, Walter Junior, nicknamed 'Ramses'. Ramses has rather curtailed Amelia and Emerson's archaeological adventures and so the book opens with the Emersons living a rather staid life, vegetating in Kent, where Emerson has made a s
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
This book picks up a few years after the first; by now, Amelia and her husband have been married for several years and have a young child. Their mutual love for their son has prevented them from returning to Egypt for further excavations, since they are concerned about his health. Ultimately, a young widow of a fellow explorer offers them a chance they cannot resist, and Amelia and Emerson find themselves back in Egypt.

I enjoyed the first book in the series, but if the successive books in this s
Jun 13, 2010 Becky rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction fans, feminists, Egyptology buffs
Recommended to Becky by: Allison (The Allure of Books)
I'm really kind of torn on what to rate this one... On the one hand, it's Amelia and Emerson, and they are brilliant characters, but on the other hand, there was just something about this book that left me a little... wanting.

I really enjoyed the first book in the series, "The Crocodile on the Sandbank", and fell in love with both Amelia and Emerson in that book. Amelia was so smart, and strong and sure of herself, and her biting wit and force of will made her a creature to be reckoned with. Em
1981, #2 Amelia Peabody, Egypt 1892-1893; satirical historical thriller.

Another lovely visit with Amelia and Emerson, at home in England and at work in Egypt 1892-1893. The Emersons become enmeshed in the weird happenings surrounding a wealthy family's archeological dig that holds a curse, but might also hold a treasure trove. As the bodies mount up, so do the suspects, as Amelia and Emerson each tries to out-do the other in solving the mysteries. A beautifully old-fashioned thriller, filled wit
This is the second in the Amelia Peabody series. In this one Amelia and Emerson have settled in their new home in England with their little terror son Ramses. Amelia is not very motherly at all so it is funny seeing her interact with the very precocious Ramses. After a few months of settlement Emerson and Amelia both begin to get the itch to go back to Egypt for another excavation except with Ramses to consider future excavations are at a halt. That is until they get an offer they can’t refuse f ...more
Rebecca Huston
Picks up about five years after the events of The Crocodile on the Sandbank. Amelia and Emerson are in England, having married and had a son, nicknamed Ramses. But the death of an amateur archaeologist in Egypt draw them back to the Nile (Ramses, alas, is too young to go), and not only are there some colourful characters to deal with on the expedition, but a curse seems to be hell-bent on ruining them. Being of scientific mind and constitutions, both Amelia and Emerson feel that the curse is rea ...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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