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The Curse of the Pharaohs

(Amelia Peabody #2)

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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 whit
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Paperback, 285 pages
Published April 2002 by Warner (first published 1981)
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Allison
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
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Phrynne
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the series and I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did the first.

It's the two main characters who absolutely make these books. There is Amelia Peabody who believes herself to be the most intelligent person in any room - and sometimes she is, just not always. Don't try to tell her that though! She is one of those fabulous Victorian women who went out as explorers, riding camels (or donkeys in this case) in the desert and crawling around in hot, dirty excavations in totally uns
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Sara
So the other day I got into a mock fight with some Goodreader's over the relative merits of Ms. Elizabeth Peters and her "Amelia Peabody" series. For the uninitiated over the course of the series Mrs. Amelia Peabody Emerson, her cranky but brilliant Egyptologist husband Emerson, their semi-psycho brilliant son Ramses, adopted daughter Nefret and a host of other's who wander in and out of the narrative wander around Victorian era Egypt discovering tombs and solving murders and eventually getting ...more
✨ Gramy ✨
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I listened to this gem of a story through Hoopla, which I access through my local library. It is thrilling when I discover that a series I enjoy in audio as much as I did this one, by the talented and versatile narrator, Susan O'Malley.
 
This tale commences five years after the previous book concluded.  It produced such a comically, vivid picture that it had me laughing out loud. I have finally found a clean book series that provides wit, humor, and tons of new words to devour.  The reuniting of
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Such a fun read! I loved every page of it. Who doesn't love a feisty heroine and a good murder mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing until the very end? ...more
Werner
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of mysteries, esp. historical mysteries
Warning: this review will involve spoilers for those who haven't read the previous book!

Five years have supposedly passed since the events of the series opener, Crocodile on the Sandbank. (Many of the comments in my review of that one, www.goodreads.com/review/show/83042190 , are relevant here as well.) This would give us the date of 1889, with Amelia now 37 years old. By the close of the first book, she and Radcliffe Emerson were married (so strictly speaking, she's now Amelia Emerson, but he s
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Roman Clodia
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five years of marriage have taught me that even if one is unamused by the (presumed) wit of one's spouse, one does not say so. Some concessions to temperament are necessary if the marital state is to flourish. And I must confess that in most respects the state agrees with me. Emerson is a remarkable person, considering that he is a man.

A second outing for Amelia, one of my favourite fictional characters, despite all her uncritical parroting of the strictures of the British Empire... With her
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Wanda
***2017 Summer Lovin’ Reading List***

It’s official—I adore Amelia Peabody-Emerson! Modern feminist sensibilities injected into a Victorian heroine. She loves her husband and her son, but she needs some mental stimulation and some physical labour to keep her occupied.

I loved that Radcliffe and Amelia have nicknamed their precocious son Ramses after the demanding and flamboyant Pharaoh. He takes after both of his parents, needless to say, in his intelligence and his firm opinions! I appreciate
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Siria
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
MomToKippy
3.5
I want to quote V. Gingerich's wonderful review because it says it all.

"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."

"Elizabeth Peters is Agatha Christie in an ancient Egyptian wig and headdress. Same train
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Susan
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second Amelia Peabody mystery takes place some years after the first. Amelia is now married to Emerson and they have a young son, Ramses. Meanwhile, Emerson’s brother, Walter, is married to Evelyn and they are happily filling their nursery. However, although Emerson is besotted with the precocious Ramses, both he and Amelia are somewhat bored.

Amelia is following a newspaper story about passionate Egyptologist Lord Henry Baskerville; cursed as he opened a tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Two
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Anna
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
QNPoohBear
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
Julianna
Dec 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
3 stars

Enjoyable listening for a car trip. I prefer how the narrator portrayed Amelia in book 1 as an indomitable and smart female. I also prefer Emerson in book 1. I do have books 3 and 4 in audio - they were on sale. I will listen to them.
Lisa Kay
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★★★☆☆ (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 ac
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Julie
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, e-book
I liked this second book in the Amelia Peabody series better than the first book. Amelia and Emerson have been married for a several years now and are the parents of a young son. However, they are both going a little stir crazy after having given up their expeditions in favor of being hands on parents. So, when an opportunity arises to unearth a possible treasure trove in Egypt and solve a murder, the temptation is too much for the couple. They place their son in the capable hands of their relat ...more
Cherie
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, read-audio
I enjoyed the story in this second book much more than the first. I loved Amelia performing a flying tackle to save her husband from getting hurt. I laughed so many times at how she describes and talks about people. I will definitely keep listening to this series.
Teri-K
I always feel let down when I read this book right after the first one. It's still a good mystery, and I can enjoy Amelia's strong voice, but it lacks so much of what I love in the first installment. For one thing, I don't find this book as amusing and fun as the first was. And I really miss that tight circle of Amelia and her three cohorts who battle it out against unknown forces through most of the first. Then, because this book comes second it doesn't feel as creative or surprising as the fir ...more
Lanie
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun in the sun with Amelia and Emerson as death comes on swift wings to Victorian archaeologists.

When I was young I thought archaeology would be like this. It's not. Archaeology is sitting in a muddy field, in the rain, drawing stones.

The book is good fun, the plot trots along nicely with big nods to Sherlock Holmes, Madame Blavatsky, and the opening of King Tut's tomb.
Thankfully the author refrained from saying 'wonderful things', but I'm sure she's just saving it for a future episode.

Prett
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Bettie
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Connor
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CURSE IT PEABODY, HOW DARE YOU MAKE FUN OF ME.

(favorite marrieds remain favorite marrieds)
Khanh, first of her name, mother of 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
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Andrea
As usual, Amelia lives beyond her times and has adventures that other Victorian ladies would shudder from. She wields a gun and a parasol like a true explorer and is not afraid to meet a suspected murderer in the middle of the night. She is now happily married to the equally eccentric Emerson, but the verbal duels never seize between those two. This quote describes their relationship with extreme accuracy: ‘In fact,’ he said, ‘we should call it a draw. You tried to shoot me, I tried to poison yo ...more
Becky
May 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  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
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Kara
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I realized as I was reading this that I'd read it before, pre-Goodreads. I skimmed quite a bit, to be honest. The racism was more toned down this time, I'm happy to say. A lot of unflattering descriptions of an annoying character to happens to be fat. As a fat myself, I get annoyed when someone's size is used as an indicator of their (evil) personality. I'm choosing to pick my battles, though, so this gets 3 stars. ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
Archeologist Radcliffe Emerson is enticed to return to the exotic country of 1892 Egypt when Lady Baskerville offers him a job of finishing a tomb excavation in the Valley of the Kings begun by her recently deceased husband, Lord Henry Baskerville. Amelia Emerson, nee Peabody, is enormously eager for a second adventure in Egypt after her son Ramses’ third birthday and the somewhat dull English domestic bliss of recent years. Ramses is proving to be a handful as he is intellectually precocious, a ...more
wanderer
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mystery
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
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D.G.
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 wer
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Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also wrote 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 Frede ...more

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