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The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters
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Jan 31, 2013

it was amazing
bookshelves: favourite-series, strong-female-characters, favorites
Read in September, 2009

In the continuing, and delightful adventures of the Emersons, their son Ramses is the newest "too clever for his own good" character in the family.

Accompanying his parents to Egypt for their newest excavation, Ramses quickly demonstrates himself to be the perfect combination of his "mama's" intellectual capabilities, and his "papa's" complete lack of concern for safety, sense or propriety.

When Amelia stumbles (or, if you side with Emerson "deliberately") into a murder, the usual mayhem that follows the Emerson family everywhere naturally ensues.

There are disappearing and reappearing mummy cases, various competing religious sects, unrequited love affairs, and several murders. Smack in the middle of most of it, is small Ramses Emerson, who's unique perspective (or, as his mother Amelia describes it - "Your reasoning is Jesuitical") on what he is, and is not, permitted to do, ensures that he is frequently in places where he ought not to be, including at the bottom of a pyramid with his trapped parents.

Elizabeth Peters is an absolutely masterful writer! Her characters are smart, funny and utterly entrancing. With the addition of Ramses to Amelia and Emerson, the possibilities for murder, mystery and drama have increased exponentially.

The verbal sparring between Emerson and Amelia continues unabated in this book, but now Amelia must also contend with her highly precocious, very intelligent and troublesome offspring, and there are some very amusing conversations between mother and son, both determined to have the advantage.

I adore these characters, and highly recommend this entire series as excellent reads!! However, do start with the first book "Crocodile on the Sandbank" and work your way through them in order to properly follow the evolution of the Emerson family and their adventures.

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