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Publisher's Summary

This adventure transports Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson to Amarna, the rustic desert site where the two archaeologists first met, beginning the 13-year association that would take them from mayhem to murder in the Egyptian outback.For the first time in many years, Ramses chooses not to accompany his parents on their yearly excavation. At the tender age of 11, Ramses has fallen in love. The object of his affection is 13-year-old Nefret, the auburn-haired beauty the Emersons rescued from the clutches of the ancient city of Napata, now safe in England where the needlessly solicitous Ramses can keep a watchful eye on her. Ramses' new obsession does not deter him from putting in his two cents worth, however, in a series of lengthy epistles to Egypt, containing enough elaborate syntax and romantic ardor to stretch his mother's patience to the very breaking point.
Her son's budding affaire de coeur reminds Amelia of her once-tumultuous romance with Emerson. She is hopeful that their time alone together will rekindle old flames. But every confidence meets with disaster when Emerson is ambushed, kidnapped, and severely wounded on the road to Luxor. Rescued, and squirming under Amelia's gentle ministrations, Emerson wastes little time in recovering his irascible nature, but to Amelia's dismay, he seems to have no recollection of who she is!
Now, both past and future are in jeopardy as Amelia attempts to locate Emerson's attackers; prevent his disclosure of an important artifact relating to Nefret's security; and renew feelings in him that appear as remote as a Pharaoah's tomb.

©1992 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1992 Recorded Books, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Peters' romantic thriller...offers surefire entertainment." (Publishers Weekly)
"High adventure, narrated in Amelia's witty, inimitably resplendent style. Peabody fans will rejoice." (Library Journal)
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By S. Dale on 07-20-04

Delightful!

This absolutely sparkles with wit and fun. This is the pinnacle of author-narrator collaboration, and a title you'll enjoy listening to more than once.

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By Julie Bryant on 08-09-06

Great Story, Great Narration

Ms. Rosenblatt is one of my favorite narrators, and her approach to Amelia Peabody Emerson is spot-on in my opinion. Having listened to her with the Nevada Barr mysteries, I thought she was American yet it seems her British accent is perfect too. Go figure!

Anyhoo, of the Amelia Peabody series, this is my favorite. The plot twists make it fresh and exciting, and the banter of all characters is hilarious. A very fun listen.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By Jacquelyn on 04-13-13

Another wonderful book in Amelia Peabody series

I have read all Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody books and enjoyed them immensely for their Egyptological background, the mysteries and the eccentricity of the main characters. This book includes a bit of angst into things with a threat to Amelia and Emerson's relationship. Despite the fact that Amelia is written as robust and opinionated - she is quite touching here as she struggles with her fears. Having read the books I wasn't sure about listening to them, but Barbara Rosenblat does an extraordinary job at narration here. Beautifully distinct voices and the wry and absurd humour of the book comes through beautifully. Really enjoyed this!

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By Penelope on 08-05-13

The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog

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

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