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Lord of the Silent

(Amelia Peabody #13)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  8,723 ratings  ·  281 reviews
Undeterred by world war and enemy submarines, Amelia Peabody -- Grandmaster Elizabeth Peters's indomitable archaeologist-sleuth -- once again sets sail for Egypt, where ghosts of an ancient past and specters of a present-day evil hover silently over an inscrutable land.

With son Ramses, his wife, Nefret, and a few unwelcome additions in tow, the elder Peabody-Emersons embar
Paperback, 496 pages
Published April 2nd 2002 by Avon (first published 2001)
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Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5000-2020
I find I am enjoying these books even more now that Ramses is grown up and married, and the action is shared between him, Nefret, Amelia and Emerson. Together they make quite a team.

The book is, as usual, full of shootings and murders in the desert, and our heroes spend much more time investigating and saving each other from harm than in doing archeology. Somebody appears to have returned from the dead, the war continues with its associated spying, new characters are introduced, and an amazing
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
July 2019: What a joy this book is, with so many characters coming back to visit and be part of the action. It is positively beautiful to see how Peters reforms our favorite MC. This is the book, though, where Amelia and Emerson become so thoroughly themselves that they are nearly caricatures. In fact, Nefret’s comments on “Mother” are so spot-on that you start to see Amelia in a less pleasant light than earlier. It’s a mark of Peters’ exponential growth as an author that the characters are so s ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Emersons are eager to return to their beloved Egypt, war or no war. When British Intelligence comes calling on Ramses again, the entire family emphatically respond with a resounding no! They head off to their dig site minus David, who is still recovering and needs to be at home with Lia and the baby, plus Sennia, her nurse, Horus and Gargery! The Emersons are surprised to discover evidence of theft in the ancient ruins once again and Ramses surprises a would-be attacker. The elder Emersons, ...more
Leanne (Booksandbabble)
Could I give my dear Amelia Peabody any other rating?:D
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone & everyone
I'm in the process of re-reading the entire Amelia Peabody series again, from start to finish in one go. They are still some of my favorite books. They must be read with tongue firmly inserted in cheek. It also helps to have an interest in and some knowledge of Colonial-era exploration narratives, fiction like that of H. Rider Haggard, Orientalist studies, the competitive acquisitive zeal of western museums at the turn of the century, and the "gentlemen archaeologists" of the 19th century who br ...more
May 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will that guy never die? It was over the top before, and now it's becoming absolutely ridiculous. The mystery in this novel was extra confusing this time, as there were multiple things going on, and it was hard at times to unwrap which ones mattered and which ones didn't. I loved seeing Ramses and Nefret start their life together, and figure out how to make their marriage work. And I am glad Sethos came back, because I really do like him. The only person I really don't like is Margaret Minton - ...more
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am a latecomer to the Amelia Peabody mystery series. Beginning my acquaintance with #13 in the series, I didn't feel lost at all. I was soon enveloped in the bustling family and busy excavations of Amelia Peabody Emerson, her handsome and erudite archeologist husband Radcliffe Emerson, and their growing family and extended Egyptian family. Set in Egypt around World War I, the books apparently always involve murders, thefts involving precious tomb artifacts, political intrigue, and even espiona ...more
BJ Rose
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a weak 4* for me, but how can you not enjoy Amelia's arrogant self-assurance and acerbic wit?! I think I could learn to enjoy being growled at by Emerson even when he's not in one of his amorous moods! And I'm glad to see that the roles of Ramses & Nefret continue to grow. ...more
Trigger warnings: death, war, death of a family member (in the past), knife injuries.

I love the characters in this series so much, although as things have progressed into World War I, I have to admit that I enjoy Ramses and Nefret's story MUCH more than Amelia and Emerson's. Anyway, the mysteries are always slightly ridiculous but I don't really care because it's just fun to spend time in this world with these characters and their hijinks.
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"If you do not tell us the truth, the Sitt Hakim will fetch her parasol." The fellow's eyes rolled back into his head, and he slumped over in a faint.
As always, this is another stellar volume in the Amelia Peabody series. Someone rather interesting pops up again, causing all sorts of scenes filled with witty mayhem. And the charming (one of a kind) Christmas scene ranks among my favorite moments in the book.
Emma Rose Ribbons
He Shall Thunder in the Sky, the previous installment, was epic, but this was so incredibly cosy. The characters are in peril for all of three pages and I loved going back to this happy family, with Nefret and Ramses stealing the show as the main couple. Absolutely loved seeing Nefret being a doctor, the addition of baby Sennia and of a Spoiler Character turned good. This is Amelia Peabody at its best - adventures, a familiar setting, and the best cocoon a book can offer. Gorgeous stuff.
This is book #13 in the Amelia Peabody series, and the stories and the characters never get dull or disappoint! I love this series as much now as I did when I read the very first book!

What's great about the stories now is that with Ramses and Nefret grown up and married to each other, there are now four formidable Emersons instead of just two in the elder couple of Amelia and Emerson. The interplay between the four as they all adjust to the fact that the "children" are now grown and just as clev
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Absolutely nothing of import plot-wise happens in this book, and it is SO DELIGHTFUL. I don't want mysteries from the Peabody-Emersons; I want 400 pages of overwrought feelings and ludicrous heroics. That this chapter in their story comes with bonus relationship development (saying they love each other! growing respect for each others' abilities!) is icing on the cake. ...more
Jul 18, 2010 rated it liked it
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Jamie Collins
More fun with the Emerson-Peabodys: another nice little murder mystery amid the scenic background of the tombs of ancient Egyptian royalty, which are still being doggedly explored despite the worries and inconveniences of a World War. As long as you don't expect this book to be as amazing as the previous one, He Shall Thunder in the Sky, you should be entertained.

I have never grown tired of what serves as romantic banter between Emerson and Peabody. Peters has done a wonderful job depicting this
John Frankham
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
I gave this 4* two years ago, and can just about do the same this time. Perhaps the plot leaves a little to be desired, but the fun is in the usual cast of characters and their loving but acerbic interplay.

The G R blurb:

"For archaeologist Amelia Peabody and her family, the allure of Egypt remains as powerful as ever, even in this tense time of World War. But nowhere in this desert land is safe -- especially for Amelia's son Ramses and his beautiful new wife Nefret. Treachery and peril are pursu
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Maybe not fair of me to rate this book high just because I love the series so much. These books are so enjoyable to me. They never get old or disappoint. I love that here we have Ramses (ah, Ramses) and Nefret honeymooning on the family dahabeeya (how romantic is that?) Enabling them to have some separation from the 'folks, while yet remaining near enough to fully participate and abet in all of the exciting happenings that follow the Emerson family through their beloved Egypt. Way to go, Gang! ...more
Inês Leal Cordeiro
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Nicole by: Jamina
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Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, mystery
I mean... Is there a person out there who hates the dynamic duo of Ramses and Nefret?
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another wonderful Amelia Peabody and Family archeology mystery! Set among the fascinating tombs and cliffs of 1915’s Egypt, our protagonists must unmask a murderous thief before he makes off with antiquities and leaves more bodies in his wake.
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love Amelia Peabody books. Lord of the Silent is definitely a sequel to her (my favorite of all her books), He Shall Thunder from the Sky. Do read Thunder before reading Lord of the Silent.
I am struck by how well this series holds up, even after multiple episodes of very similar plots and well-worn character traits. Still not boring! The Emerson family takes care of a few more murderers and their dastardly plots, with brio and humor.
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A somewhat rambling plot and a cast of thousands make this episode of the Emerson clan's exploits far less focused than Thunder in the Sky, but there's plenty of entertainment value for the fans.

In effect, this is a book aimed squarely at the fans--Peters packs in as many familiar faces and details as she can, with various reminders of previous adventures. Lots for the lovers of the family saga, too, although I began to find the constant reminders of how much Ramses and Nefret love each other a
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it!

This is my second read of the entire series and it has only gotten better. Peabody her family, their adventures, and their mishaps makes a good read.
Feb 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I love to read these books during the school year. They are lively, witty, and interesting but more importantly easy reads. Yes, it is part of a series but this series is unique in that it grows (as do the main characters, who age!!!) and reflects events in history.

The basic series follows an Egyptologist wife and husband Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson, their children Ramses and Nefret, and their extended family and friends. Real events in Egyptological, Egyptian, and British history are i
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
Another enjoyable book about the Emersons's (old and young). This time Ramses and Nefret are looking into their own mystery just as Emerson and Peabody are looking into one. They don't realize that they are connected! Of course there are dead bodies and new characters. I really liked Senna she is almost like Ramses was when he was little.
The Master is back again, is he helping the Emerson's or up to his old tricks again?
It was great seeing Ramses and Nefret try is settle into to marriage and th
Feb 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Women
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Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
The saga of the Egyptological Emerson family continues. Lord of the Silent begins with their return to Egypt as WWI threatens, yet again, to pull them into its midst.

Even as they retreat to their beloved Luxor they are not immune to the effects of the war.

When Amelia discovers a recently dead body in a tomb, which is then followed by the discovery of others, they are plunged right into the thick of things, as usual.

Meanwhile, Amelia is busy trying to keep her son Ramses from being compelled to a
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
The war is raging, there may be spies everywhere, and all the family wants is a nice quiet winter dig. The Emerson's never have a quiet winter dig do they? Rumor says the Master has returned but Amelia knows that cannot be true and so plunges in head first to find the true criminal before anyone she loves is injured. Ramses and Nefret are in it up to their necks and there is that nasty journalist to deal with. They've dealt with this sort of thing for years, but this year may be more than even t ...more
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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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