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Lion in the Valley

(Amelia Peabody #4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  14,447 ratings  ·  619 reviews
The 1895-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Amelia Peabody, her dashing Egyptologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, and their precocious (some might say rambunctious) eight-year-old son, Ramses. The long-denied permission to dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor has finally been granted, and the much-coveted burial chamber of the Black Pyramid is now theirs for the ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published 2001 by Robinson (first published March 1986)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) The best readers don't need to put on fake accents, or even imitate real ones. A good reader-aloud can hold the listener's attention with just their…moreThe best readers don't need to put on fake accents, or even imitate real ones. A good reader-aloud can hold the listener's attention with just their expression. It's much worse when the reader forgets which vocal mannerisms belong to whom, as in Barbara Rosenblat's reading of this book when suddenly Amelia starts using Emerson's blustery mannerisms. She caught herself after a sentence or so, but she could have just read it straight and it would have been better in my view, particularly without Ramses' "widdle boy" voice.(less)

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Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-books
Number 4 in the series and still totally entertaining.

Ramses has a very prominent role in this story. He is eight years old now and more precocious than ever. It is a pity his mother never listens to him though. She could save herself a great deal of trouble as he is usually the best informed person around.

Amelia of course never listens to anyone. She has a very high opinion of her own abilities which is actually rarely founded in reality. She is also very amusing, very brave and a credit to
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, gothic

Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters is a 2008 William Morrow publication. (Kindle edition) This book was originally published in 1986/87.

This is the fourth book in the Amelia Peabody series.

The Mummy Case had been a just a little sluggish, but Lion in the Valley, quickly sets things back on course.

Amelia and Emerson, along with their son, Ramses, are on yet another adventure, but soon find themselves living in fear that the “Master Criminal” could be in their midst, as well as dealing with
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Have I mentioned to you, Peabody, that one of the reasons why I adore you is that you are more inclined to beat people with your umbrella than fall weeping on your bed?

Amelia Peabody returns to Egipt in the company of her husband, Professor Emerson, and her darling offspring Ramses, now eight years old and more disruptive than you can imagine ( Ramses seldom disobeyed a direct order, but he had a diabolical facility for finding a loophole in my commands. ) . The plot follows the formula
✨ Gramy ✨
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book of the series and by this time, Ramses was eight years old. This amazingly precocious child accompanied his active and intelligent parents on another dig in the pyramids of Egypt for the winter season, where they are personally acquainted with many of the locals. This child is so advanced, that he knows as much about the dig as his highly educated parents if not more sometimes, which is totally incomprehensible, but extremely entertaining. This tale takes them on another
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Few place this below four stars, which I cannot fathom. I can demonstrate why my three stars are a tolerant stretch. I thought we would be settled by volume IV and see action. Depicting an English family in the 1800s, with American expressions instead of “supper”: “The Lion In The Valley” merely yields witty dialogue. Its humour and familiar personages were very enjoyable but I am stunned by a novel in which nothing happened; barring nonsense that passed for a plot. This is merely a week in the ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm a fan of Emerson family. Their antics and interactions are over the top and entertaining.
This story doesn't disappoint in the antics but it does get more melodramatic than the previous books in the series. There's a lot of mention of Emerson's rippling muscles and fantastic physique.
The mysteries in this series are never strong but practically non-existent in this installment. Not that it matters much but that makes this volume seem more of a filler or place holder for the next than a
I do love Amelia Peacock Emerson. It’s a plus that there is a mystery to solve in each book, because that gives the excuses for the wonderful dialog between Amelia & her husband and for Amelia to start rounding up the strays that she finds along the way during her investigations. They will be assisted whether they want it or not!

A number of people in this installment end up smothering laughter while dealing with the overly serious and literal Amelia, but all seem to realize that her
3.5 stars. The mysteries never seem to matter in these books as the interest comes from the attitudes and dynamics between Peabody and Emerson and of course the insufferable Ramses.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is full of romantic triangles. I would like to tell you all about them but I don’t want to ruin the surprises.
What I will tell you is that Amelia and Emerson are excellent and I still love little Ramses. He’s 8 now and still precocious. I love his long dissertations on archeology. He always reminds me of Mr. H, my grandson. His thing is space. He’s trying to teach me the Latin words for the planets. This involves a chart he has drawn. Did I mention he’s 4 years old? Whew!
I loved, loved, LOVED this book!! Everytime I start the next Amelia Peabody story I worry that Elizabeth Peters won't be able to maintain the extraordinarily intelligent and utterly hilarious banter between Amelia and Emerson. Thankfully, she has not let me down thus far. In fact, each book has managed to add a new element to the Emerson family's witty idiosyncracies and facility for attracting mayhem that enchants and delights me!

Lion in the Valley develops the character of the "Master
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm not quite finished with the book yet but wanted to mention this while it was in my head...there is so much sex in this book I cannot believe it. You know what the great part of this is? There isn't a single graphic sexual comment, no sexual language, no crazy euphamisms and absolutely no sex scenes. So how do I know there is a great deal of sex going on here? Well, this author has talent. She has the art of 'hint, hint, nudge, nudge' down pat. She explicity explains, without actual details, ...more
Oct 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
"You were talking in your sleep last night, Amelia."

"What nonsense, Emmerson! I never talk in my sleep. It is a sign of mental instability. What was I saying?"

Ah, love the banter.


Awww - I love these books. Amelia's capture and rescue was quite thrilling, and I enjoyed her musings about the Master Criminal being like the pharoahs, a lion in a valley of goats. About to commence the carnage, one assumes. I am even enjoying Ramses now, who at first I found rather insufferable, but an insufferable
May 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
I read the first few Amelia Peabody books on an indirect recommendation. I was basically looking for a fun read and to branch out of my primary reading fields a bit (F&SF and non-fiction science). I've read relatively few genre mysteries, aside from some Sherlock Holmes, a few Agatha Christies, and a couple of Tony Hillermans. So I was interested to learn a bit more about this field.

These were ok. They were fun, and very much on the light end of the scale. The Egyptology was definitely
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
The narrator wasn't bad but her Emerson voice was awful and she had long pauses. As for the plot, there was almost no plot! The end was funny and unexpected.
May 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2010_05_may
Perhaps my favorite Amelia Peabody Emerson mystery yet! Elizabeth Peters isn't exactly a brilliant mystery novelist as far as the mystery part is concerned, but she does, indeed, craft a fun tale -- and she's created two very charming lead characters whose banter more than makes up for any deficiencies as far as the mystery is concerned. Thankfully any issues which cropped up in the past few novels and proved to be irritating (aka Ramses and his speech defect) have been firmly dealt with and ...more
Sarah Hough
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
I've reached the point with Amelia as an unreliable narrator that I find myself wanting to skip ahead to the future books with different narrators just to get a sense of how she's really perceived by all of the ancillary characters who she believes are besotted by her kindness, intelligence and generosity. I'm also past done with clever asides about her boisterous sexual escapades.

Was also very disappointed by the absence of any archaeology in this book, esp. since Emerson finally got the
Jamie Collins
A fun read. The plot is ridiculous (these are meant mostly as a parody of adventure novels rather than serious mysteries) but I enjoy the Emerson family very much. I look forward to watching Rameses' exploits as he grows up. I like Amelia's wary yet resigned attitude towards her implausibly precocious, accident-prone son.

Sarah Sammis
Two stars off for the annoying Ramses.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I knew the reader was important, but sheesh! Beginning this book read by Susan O’Malley was Torture. Finishing it read by Barbara Rosenblat was like finding a friend recovered from an obsession with an MLM company, ready to be herself again. Unfortunately, though i ought to know the story of Enid Debenham, Donald/Ronald Fraser, Ramses being his full-on self (memorizing and reproducing the calls of a whole slew of Cairo’s muezzin!!!) and Amelia, Emerson, and the M.C., much of it was marred by the ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
In the fourth installment of the adventures of Amelia Peabody, she and her family return to Dahshoor, Egypt. Her husband, Emerson, has received the right to excavate at the much coveted Black Pyramid site, but of course, their archeological activities are interrupted by murder, attempted kidnapping and romance.

In many ways, Lion in the Valley is a continuation of the previous book, The Mummy Case. In particular because there is a return of the Master Criminal, first introduced in the third
I always enjoy my night readings of Peter’s Egyptian based mysteries. I can always count on cute themes, some cheesy romance, and a somewhat violent climax of men fighting each other. Just fun reading.
Mike (the Paladin)
This is the first book in the series (of which I "listened to some but not all) where The Master Criminal's nomdeplume (or for the purists who will insist this means "pen name") alias is revealed...however if I put it here it will constitute a spoiler...soooooo, I'll just say it refers back to Egyptian mythology.

Moving on...

If you've read any of my other reviews on this series of books you know that I believe them to be very well written, but just don't enjoy them in some ways, primarily this
Aileen Frost
May 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This is the second Amelia Peabody I have read, and it will be my last. While I wasn't thrilled with the characters in Crocodile on the Sandbank,the mystery itself was okay and I figured that by the time Elizabeth Peters got to book number 4, all the things that irritated me would have been ironed out. Nope, they are even worse.

The main characters are so unlikable! Amelia and Emerson are just so arrogant. They are constantly having conversations that boil down to them saying, "I knew that."
Barbara ★
Returning to Egypt to excavate the pyramids at Dahshoor, Amelia Peabody, Radcliffe Emerson, and their 8-year-old son Walter Peabody Emerson, a.k.a. Ramses the walking/talking encyclopedia. Right now Ramses is my favorite character. He is just so infuriatingly clever, logical and verbose. He can talk a blue streak and keep right on going unless he is interrupted (usually in exasperation by Amelia). Once again the Master Criminal is at the heart of this mystery. I particularly liked the addition ...more
Oh goodness. I LOVED these books when I was in undergrad. I was studying archaeology, so obviously reading ridiculous nineteenth century archaeological mysteries was basically what I did in between writing essays. Fast forward twelve years and I discovered that my local library has the entire series on Overdrive. Obviously, I was due for a reread!

This one was pretty fabulous. It's full of hilarious moments that Amelia doesn't quite get - often she thinks characters are crying in relief when
I love this series and enjoy the play & the banter between Amelia and Emerson. My favorite character however is their son Ramses and I love that he gets more time in this story. Ramses is precocious, smart, articulate and observant. Together the Emerson family solves the murder, unravels the mystery, sends the Master Criminal running and does it with flair. This is definitely a little heavy on the Victorian way of speaking, but the characters make it well worth the effort.

As the second or
Emma Rose Ribbons
Reread in 2019 - What a great novel. Superbly funny and entertaining. I loved everyone in this and the plot was gripping. More, please.

It's always quite wonderful to spend time with Amelia, Emerson and - dare I say it - even Ramses, who's actually growing on me (I can't believe I'm typing that!). This book is no different than the rest - it's a joy and the domestic plot is far more interesting than the mystery. The end was a bit too scary for me or it might just be that I don't enjoy physical
Rebekah Giese Witherspoon
My favorite book so far in the Amelia Peabody series. The mystery is interesting and is woven throughout the book. The quirky characters are just as hilarious and engaging as ever. I'm hooked on this series...on to book 5!
Mara Pemberton
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love listening to books I love a 2nd or 3rd time. This series is just as enjoyable the 2nd or 3rd time as it was the first time.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On my nearly yearly re-read (or re-listen) to the Amelia Peabody series). Here’s what I wrote last year when I read this book again, and it still stands:

Absolutely delightful re-read in audio of this fourth in the Amelia Peabody series. Sethos -- the Master Criminal -- plays a key role in this book as Amelia and company encounter multiple murders and mysteries. Along the way they encounter a "fallen woman" (or is she really fallen) who everyone suspects has committed the first murder.

Ramses has
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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 ...more

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