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A River in the Sky

(Amelia Peabody #19)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  6,126 ratings  ·  642 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Peters comes one of her most baffling and intriguing mysteries in her phenomenally popular Amelia Peabody series.

August 1910. Banned from the Valley of the Kings, Amelia Peabody and husband Emerson are persuaded to follow would-be archaeologist Major George Morley on an expedition to Palestine. Somewhere in this province of
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Hardcover, William Morrow, 307 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Harper Collins
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Kristen
This is the final book in the Amelia Peabody series, which makes me sad, because it's one of my top two absolute favourite series ever, and I wish it could go on forever!

Although this book is the last in the series, timing-wise it's much earlier in the Emerson family's timeline. But it harkens back to the early days, when the family and their motley group of friends, relatives and loyal retainers continuously ended up in troublesome situations, usually involving murder, or at least mayhem.

This t
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Natalie
Apr 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Elizabeth Peters has been a long time favorite author and her Amelia Peabody books are one I pick up again and again to relive the adventures.

I was so excited when I saw this book was coming out as it meant that I would get to visit again with old friends. I was even more excited to find out that this book took place in 1910, well before the last The Serpent and the Crown which sees the Emmerson family all grown up and well onto the next generation. I was however disappointed. Though I did feel
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Joanna
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Lorena
Apr 13, 2010 rated it liked it
I really love the Amelia Peabody series, and this book was satisfying in that it's always nice to read Amelia's "voice." This book was interesting in that it takes place mainly in Palestine instead of familiar Egypt, and while I enjoyed seeing Amelia and family in different scenery, I was disappointed by the relative lack of archeology in the mystery...I would have liked to spend more time on a dig. I also can't say I'm crazy about Peters' attempts, in her later books, to revisit those times bef ...more
Kate
Apr 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries, history
a bit hard to follow this time but reading these in chronological (to the characters) order is very interesting .

2017: Re-read: Still not a bad fill-in for the missing years. Lovely listening to Barbara Rosenblat as usual.

(Previous review, April 18, 2010)

We're back to 1910 with the Emersons, and it's lovely! This reads just like the earliest Amelia books, with familiarly weird conversations and kidnappings and Villains (though not the MC) and the angsts of youth and age and society. The pre-WW
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QNPoohBear
In which the Peabody-Emersons are embroiled in Middle Eastern politics and follow an Indiana Jones type quest in the Holy Land. Tensions are mounting between Britain and Germany and war is coming. Emerson is contacted by the War Office to follow an adventurer archaeologist to Palestine to determine whether he is a German spy. Emerson and Amelia think Morley is more likely an adventurer seeing a Holy relic than a German spy. Still, a trained archeologist has to supervise the dig and who better th ...more
Audrey
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Now this is different. In 1910 Peabody and her husband Emerson and family are in Palestine investigating the criminal activities of a pseudo-archaeologist and his cohorts.
Jenn "Awww Yeaaahhh"
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read
I base a lot of my enjoyment of this book, and this series, on my history with the characters of Amelia Peabody and Co. A long and cherished history because my obsession with Egypt and it's culture began with these characters, and this novelist. I can pinpoint the exact book (The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody, #3)) that piqued my interest in tombs and mummies (ok, ok, my interest is probably also tied into my love/hate relationship with zombies) and dead Phaoroahs (Charlton Heston in The Ten Comman ...more
M
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great Amelia Peabody Emerson adventure. This book goes back in time before Ramses and Nefret are married. The family is in the Ottoman Empire and embroiled in intrigue and spy vs. spy. The villains are particularly vicious--a team of a german woman and an indian who was educated in England. Ramses unwittingly discovers a clue that would ruin their plot to undermine relations in the region--Ramses is kidnapped and David tries to rescue him. Amelia and Emerson are not far away, in Jerusalem, and A ...more
Teri-K
I dislike books that skip between several viewpoints. I don't like being taken away from a story just when I'm getting into it! Still, I really enjoyed this book and finished it very quickly.

I've revisited it reading or listening and I find it holds up very well. One of many joys of this series is how Amelia interacts with the children as they grow up. She likes and respects Ramses, for instance, but he'll always be her little boy and sometimes her desire to protect and order him around overcom
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Nicole
Thanks to Jamina's loan--and my slowed progress getting through this series--I am able to fit this book into the series (the story timeline) almost chronologically instead of reading those published before it first.
This one was just the right length and a very enjoyable read. A bit lighter than some of the other stories. It was fun to see the Emersons in what is now Israel for a change. Amelia and Emerson were particularly fun, and I really liked the Ramses sections. It had some twists and turns
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Sally
Dec 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: elizabeth-peters
I got this early as an Advanced Reader's Copy to write a review. It was so exciting to read it before anyone else had their hands on it. But I'm not going to give away my review. You'll just have to wait.
Amy "the book-bat"
Isn't is just like me to start a series with the LAST book currently published? I enjoyed it and felt like it could stand alone for people who haven't read the series (like me). I will be looking up more of these books.
Pamela Mclaren
Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson are caught up in intrigue, this time traveling to Palestine and Jerusalem, to keep an eye on a German woman, and a would-be archaeologist Major Georg Morley. Meanwhile their son, working on another dig in Samaria, gets kidnapped because of something he may have heard and a piece of a clay tablet he's picked up.

Its all typical Amelia Peabody as the intrepid family -- known far and wide and therefore nothing they do is done quietly -- manages to muck up and
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Mary Ann
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
August 1910, the world is on the brink of a World War and they have approached the Emerson's to go to Palestine to follow what is thought to a be spy for Germany. While this is happening, Ramses is already there and working, but when they notify the archaeologist in charge that they are coming and they would like Ramses to join them this puts a kidnapping of Ramses into place. David runs off to find Ramses and bring him back. There is so much intrigue happening and they still have to find out wh ...more
Rachel
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So sad that this is the last of the series that Elizabeth Peters wrote in full. I love this series and I'm sad that my reread via audiobook is now over. If you've read the earlier books, you know what there is to love about these books. If you haven't, do yourself a favor and start at the beginning of the series. I have nothing to say that hasn't been said before. I love Amelia and Emerson and their family and look forward to doing another full series reread/re-listen in the future. Oh, and Barb ...more
Ladyhawk
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was the last of the series! It never ceases to amaze me how captivating these stories are for me. How vivid in detail and in my minds eye. I've listened to the majority of the series in audio book format narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt. It is truly superb.

Few books out there share this level of sophistication. A uniquely eloquent use of the English language, short and interesting history lessons pertaining to Egypt and the Middle East, Egyptology and archaeological methods and damaging faux
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Kirsty Gray
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A definite improvement on Guardian of the Horizon but still not to the standards of the chronologically written books. Highlights include poor Amelia having to deal Emerson's cynicism towards religion while in the Holy City and Ramses poor employers not even objecting to Emerson's highhanded commandeering of their employee - Just on you go Ramses - before your family turns up.
Eileen Lynx
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last one 😢. I’m going to miss Peabody.
Dakota McCoy
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful final book. “Home- to Egypt.”
Mary
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Narrated by the amazing Barbara Rosenblat, this is one of the great books in this series. These books are so well written. They are a joy to listen to. There’s quite a bit of intrigue in this one, which is just how I like them.
Kristina
I read Amelia Peabody books not necessarily for the mystery, but for the fun of having adventures with Amelia, her husband Emerson and their extended entourage of family and friends and various cats. A River in the Sky is no different. It is possibly the last book in the Peabody series and it is delightful. The book's events place it earlier in the Peabody timeline when Ramses is a young man and not yet romantically involved with Nefret. This is a novel of political intrigue with possible German ...more
Susan in NC
Apr 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Set in Jerusalem in 1910, this 19th installment in the Amelia Peabody series has the intrepid Amelia and Emerson embroiled in the spy games of pre-World War I Britain and Germany. The crumbling and corrupt Ottoman Empire controls Palestine, and Germany is hoping to exploit the Palestinians desire for independence to move in and gain a foothold while Britain remains occupied in Egypt and India. Britain, of course, is alarmed by the Kaiser's saber rattling and hopes to check the Germans at every m ...more
Lady Knight
Overall, this one was definitely a disappointment for me. I such high expectations (finally we'll find out about that time when Ramses had to get away from Nefret and chose to go join excavations in Palestine .... should also explain about his fear/dread of being whipped (in other books it mentions that this comes from when we was in the Middle East)) and was brutally let down! All of the characters are much 'blander' then they ever have been before. A lot of the time I was irritated that none o ...more
Donna
May 12, 2010 rated it liked it
After an appeal from a source they can't refuse, Amelia and Emerson take their archeological crew to the Holy Land, where Ramses is currently working, rather than to Egypt. Emerson is interested in Egyptian influence in the area, but their real purpose gets derailed by worry when Ramses doesn't join them on schedule.

I love this series, and was happy to travel with the family during this time period again. But I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed because the story seemed thin compared ea
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Carolyn
May 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The year is 1910, and Germany is trying to establish a foothold in the Ottoman Empire. The Emersons, except for Ramses, are at home in England. They are visited by would-be archeologist Major George Morley, who attempts to persuade Emerson to join him in searching for the Ark of the Convenant in Palestine. Additional pressure is applied by the British Intelligence Service, who suspect Morley is actually spying for Germany.

Emerson agrees to go to keep an eye on the Major, not because he thinks th
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Brenda
Apr 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
I find Amelia Peabody mysteries infinitely comforting. I read my first one when I was in middle school, bored to death without any reading material (curse of a future librarian), and I came across my mother's copy of Seeing a Large Cat. At that point in my life, I was not what anyone would call a mystery buff and I probably still am not - police procedurals and the sort are not my cup of tea, but I gave it a chance since it featured Egypt and archaelogy. What I didn't expect was such a charming ...more
Elizabeth
Apr 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Amelia Peabody series is one that I come back to time and time again. I was so excited to read this book and to find out that it is set in 1910 before The Falcon and the Portal but after Guardian of the Horizon.

A River in the Sky begins with Amelia and Emerson at their home in England with Ramses off in Samaria on an expedition all his own. As to be expected, Amelia and Emerson encounter a bit of a mystery that leads them to an area not far from where Ramses is staying. With Nefret and othe
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Morgen
May 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
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An Odd1
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Title "River" is 1910 deluge that floods the Jerusalem underground chamber where Egyptian archaeologists Amelia née Peabody, husband Emerson "Father of Curses", and son Ramses "Brother of Demons" chase villainous Mansur.

The matriarch narrates most; Manuscript H is the son's from third person. After British student has throat slit at her camp site - no squeamishness, please - Teutonic petite blonde Frau (no mention of a husband, should be Fraulein) von Eine kidnaps Ramses and "brother" David is
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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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