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A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
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Jun 01, 2010

really liked it
Read in May, 2010

My father was fortunate enough to be able to interview Barbara Mertz (aka Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels.) He loved bright, witty women and she always had a place in his author's pantheon, along with Nadine Gordimer and Russell Baker.

I am guessing that Barbara Mertz is now in her 80s and still at the top of her game. Her latest Amelia Peabody Emerson may wrap up its plot a little too rapidly (I could have used a few more hints dropped about Plato Panagopolis, who turns up dead well before we learn of his past) but plotting was never much more for Peters than a utilitarian table at which to seat her beloved Emerson, Peabody, Nefret, Ramses, and co. Their conversation, conflicts, and crime solving competitions are as refreshing as the night air in the desert, and though Palestine is the setting for the latest Peters book, religious and political conflicts, and the practical side of archaeology take their turns as always on the page.

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