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The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody #3)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  10,348 ratings  ·  485 reviews
Radcliffe Emerson, the irascible husband of fellow archaeologist Amelia Peabody, has earned the nickname "Father of Curses"—and in Mazghunah he demonstrates why. Denied permission to dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor, he and Amelia are resigned to excavating mounds of rubble in the middle of nowhere. But before long Amelia, Emerson, and their precocious son, Ramses, find the ...more
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Published August 14th 2009 by Recorded Books, LLC (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
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
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
Vicki Cline
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Lo único que puedo decir es que no me gustan los niños que lo hacen todo bien y son tan endiabladamente perfectos. El resto, sigue la línea del resto de libros.
This series with Amelia Peabody is just fun. Tripping over bodies and unraveling murder mysteries does not sound like fun unless you are taking that adventure with Peabody and her Egyptologist/archaologist husband, Emerson. This time they bring along to the dig their young son, "Ramses", a precocious young archaologist of his own right. Although quite a likeable kid, he is constantly getting into predicaments, yet he also helps his parents out of some quite troublesome situations.

Very enjoyable
A fun, light read. Peabody and Emerson take their unbelievably precocious son, nicknamed "Ramses", with them to Egypt for a season of excavation and crime-solving.

I enjoyed the point of view of Amelia Peabody's character very much. Ramses's lisp got on my nerves, but I suppose that was the author's way of reminding you that those stilted speeches were coming from a little kid. On the other hand, I was also annoyed that his parents hardly ever let him finish a sentence despite knowing full well h
Sherry Ramsey
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
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
As an Egyptologist working in Luxor I should love this series. Indeed, I have really enjoyed the first two books. However I had several problems with this installment.
1. The plot was rather dissatisfying. I liked the idea of a Master Criminal lurking in the background, also the tension in the village was palpable (although not much came of it), but the actual "mystery" was just silly.
2. Ramses. The son of Peabody and Emerson is so annoying he all but completely ruined the book for me. I thought
Alexandria Darcy
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
This was fun although yet again there was no signs pointing at real criminal. As always. I like how they always hire same workers and am fond of Abdul and his family. Although they solved all mysteries it seems that criminals went unpunished which is not very satisfying. Altogether i liked this story it was quite fun.
Katie Drake
I've read all the Amelia Peabody books by Elizabeth Peters. She does an excellant job of transporting the reader into the past when Egypt was thhe play ground of the wealthy adventurer. The characters are so dynamic and enjoyable to read. I recommend them to anyone who wants to escape into a good mystery.
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.
Cel Jel
This book was great fun. The turn of phrase had me laughing at various times throughout the book. Although to more modern eyes some of the structure is lacking, this provided me much entertainment.
I gave the first book of this series 5 stars, the second 3, and this only 1 star. It made me wonder if editors actually edit books once an author has had some success, because I don't see how any editor could have given this book the green light as is if they had actually read it. What was witty and clever and funny in the first book has become pompous and lecture-like and unfunny in the third, and I found myself skimming and skipping pages just to get to the end. Their 'precocious' child Ramses ...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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“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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