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The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters
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Dec 26, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery-historical, mystery, victorian-era, mystery-victorian, read-like-an-egyptian, library-loan
Read in February, 2009

The Curse of the Pharaohs is a fast, fun, and humorous second outing with Amelia and her husband Emerson. The first half isn't quite as good as the second, but it quickly picks up and is enjoyable until the end. Amelia's outlook is a joy to read and I love how Elizabeth Peters writes her, which to me, seems like it would be very hard to do in a first person narrative (particularly with a character like Amelia Peabody Emerson!). There are some truly hilarious lines and passages, especially between Amelia and Emerson.

One line I just have to keep for posterity: "It is impossible for any rational mind to follow the peculiar mental convolutions that pass for logic among the male sex."

That is the genius of Ms. Peters writing and I look forward to the rest of the series.
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