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Publisher's Summary

The irascible husband of Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody demonstrates again why he has been nicknamed "Father of Curses." Denied permission to dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor, Emerson is awarded instead the "pyramids" of Mazghunah: countless mounds of rubble in the midst of nowhere. Nothing in this barren spot seems worthy of interest - until an antiquities dealer is murdered in his Cairo shop. When a sinister Egyptian spotted at the crime scene turns up in Mazghunah, Amelia can't resist following his trail. There's a mysterious scrap of papyrus and a missing mummy case to investigate, while she keeps at least one eye on their precocious son Ramses and his Egyptian cat. But the digging turns truly dangerous when Amelia and Emerson look for answers in an ancient tomb - one that could become their grave.
©1985 Elizabeth Peters (P)1999 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Between Amelia Peabody and Indiana Jones, it's Amelia - in wit and daring - a landslide." ( New York Times Book Review)
"[Elizabeth Peters] scores again with a riotously witty, tense, and cunningly constructed tale." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Amelia Peabody Emerson, archaeologist extraodinaire, and arguably the most potent female force to hit Egypt since Cleopatra, is digging again!" ( Philadelphia Inquirer)
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4 out of 5 stars
By G. Plude on 09-13-07

Okay so the accent is missing....

Why Susan O'Malley chose to not do an English accent I don't know, but she captures the personality of Amelia, Emerson and Ramses perfectly. It's that practicality to the extreme of Amelia's that makes the stories entertaining and very funny. I may be the exception in preferring O'Malley's reading but I think she does a much better job of capturing the essence of the characters. As for the story itself, not my favorite, but nevertheless very enjoyable.

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1 out of 5 stars
By S. Dale on 01-02-03

Better versions

This is a really fun series and I was so excited to see that Audible was beginning to carry it. However, this version has a vastly inferior narrator that will detract from the pleasure of the book for anyone who has already listened to the best. The author must have sold the rights to Blackstone early in her career before she could afford to be choosy about who would narrate. It will be worth your while to seek out this other narrator.

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