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Publisher's Summary

The spunky Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson has returned to the exotic Nile valley. Parasol aloft and hot on the trail of an unexplored tomb, she must outwit a shadowy evildoer, a questionable antiquities dealer, and her loquacious son, Ramses.
©1997 Elizabeth Peters; (P)2000 Recorded Books
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"A writer so popular that the public library has to keep her books under lock and key." (Washington Post Book World)
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By Kay in DC on 02-03-08

Desert Derring-Do

This is the kind of tale that breaks down the ratings system. If you are looking for a page-turning, breathless thriller, you've come to the wrong place. If you are attracted by the possibility of enriching your penchant for Egyptology, you will not find this book compelling.
But. If you like your mysteries with a side of grin, this is the book for you. Amelia Peabody Emerson is an intrepid, sexy, brilliant, Victorian feminist who adores her equally brilliant and good looking husband. She gently nudges her son Ramses into proper behavior. Ramses is such a precocious lad that he can become annoying. Yes he is precocious enough to understand that and try to contain himself when it counts. There's a beautiful step daughter who is tinged with mystery. The family battles evil, uncovers lost burial sites, faces danger and rescues one another. But the fun of the book is peeking inside the brain of the undaunted Peabody, as her husband addresses her. As a devoted Rex Stout fan, I'm not ready to hand Peabody Archie Goodwin's crown in he kingdom of witty narrators. But Amelia Peabody Emerson is more than pleasant company.

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By C. Telfair on 06-23-12

Dive In - to the Hippopotamus Pool

This is a very good installment in Elizabeth Peters' Amelia series. Barbara Rosenblat has become a "must" for me; her reading makes these Audible versions better than the hardcopy reading experience.

Yes, these books can be described as "light reading". But Elizabeth Peters is a pen name for Barbara Mertz, who has a Ph.D. in Egyptology. She knows her stuff and obviously takes delight in presenting these characters throughout the series. She and Barbara Rosenblat are an irresistible combination! You really cannot go wrong with this one.


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By Patricia on 04-15-08

Very Happy Listener

I know that many,many good things have been said about the Amelia Peabody books,and I cannot add much more, except for me they are so exciting,that I believe that if I was eighteen instead of nearly seventy five I would be on my way to the land that Elizabeth Peters writes about so wonderfully. I also have to say how much I have enjoyed listening to Barbara Rosenblat ,who for me IS Amelia Peabody,all the characters come alive as she reads and I have to remind myself often that it is only one person reading, thank you all at Audible for making these wonderful books available. I am looking forward to buying many more as I can afford them,thank you once again,
A very happy listener,
Trish75

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By Penelope on 08-05-13

The Hippopotamus Pool

Another great story from Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series and the characters brought to life by Barbara Rosenblat.

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