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The Serpent on the Crown (Amelia Peabody) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Peters
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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. MWA Grand Master Peters delivers another winner that you can't put down and yet don't want to see end, the 17th entry in her bestselling series to feature Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson and her extended family (after 2004's Guardian of the Horizon). Early in 1922, novelist Magda Petherick, the widow of noted collector Pringle Petherick, interrupts the tea that the Emerson clan are enjoying on the veranda of their house by the Nile. Mrs. Petherick wants Emerson, Amelia's eminent archeologist husband, to dispose of a beautiful golden statuette that Pringle acquired shortly before his death because she believes it carries a curse. All are intrigued. News travels fast, and such a magnificent artifact soon attracts all manner of collectors, museum authorities, journalists and evildoers. Emerson's illegitimate half-brother, Sethos, formerly a dealer in illegal antiquities, arrives in disguise, but unfortunately he's followed by the gentleman he's impersonating. Tomb excavations, mountain treks, brutal attacks, an abduction, an exorcism and murder keep the plot hopping. The author's droll sense of humor and picture of a leisurely and less complicated age add to the appeal. Agent, Dominick Abel. (On sale Mar. 29)
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The year is 1922, and Amelia Peabody, Emerson, Ramses, and their familiar company have returned to Egypt for another season of excavation. Before they have a chance to begin, however, they receive an unexpected visitor, flamboyant writer Magda Petherick, who spins an outrageous story about a cursed artifact and implores Emerson to exorcise its demon. Of course, no one falls for Petherick's elaborate yarn, but the beautiful statuette piques Egyptologist Emerson's interest enough to convince him an investigation of its history is in order. In the meantime, Petherick turns up dead, someone attempts to "liberate" the artifact, and two attempts are made on Ramses' life. It's a delicious setup for Peabody to exercise her special talents. The espionage complications of previous books evaporated with the end of World War I, leaving this a more routine adventure. But, as usual, Peters injects plenty of humorous banter, lots of bluster from Emerson, and enough coy swipes at Victorian propriety to keep the story lively. There's even a little surprise at the close. A pleasant addition to the long-running series. Stephanie Zvirin
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 376 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperCollins e-books (13. Oktober 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000FCK22Y
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Erweiterte Schriftfunktion: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.2 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (5 Kundenrezensionen)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining thriller! 3. April 2005
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I picked this book up while visting a friend, as love mystery/thriller stories that mix in archeological material. I soon realized that this book was part of a long running series. The book does seem to stand alone well enough on its own, but I wonder if I should not have started at the begining? (I'll soon find out as I have ordered the earlier books).
The story begins with the Amelia Peabody and her Archeologist huband, Emerson and thier Son Ramses and his wife, all returning to the Valley of the Kings after the end of the first world War after a war long ban on all archeological activities. Soon after the Family arrives they are visited by Magda Petherick, a famous writer, who claims that a golden idol in her possesion is resposible for the death of her husband, and will also cliam her life if not returned to the tomb from which it was stolen!
Of course Amelia and her family get involved in solving the Mystery of the Golden idol. I won't say more as I don't wan't to spoil the fun! but there are plenty of clever twists and turns, and enough action to keep the pages turning. Besides the good Mystery yarn you can tell the author has done her research concerning ancient Egypt and the ruin sites. If I fault the book for anything it is not as "hard boiled" as I like them, but that is a matter of taste. I will be checking out the other books in the series!
If you like archeological based thrillers check out "A TOURIST IN THE YUCATAN" an undergroung hit with an edge!
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Von Donald Mitchell TOP 1000 REZENSENT
As the war years recede, Elizabeth Peters is able to bring the Amelia Peabody and her family back to familiar territory and plots . . . except with everyone older and wiser.

Set in 1922, you won't find many contemporary references. In a way that's good because this book could have occurred in virtually any year from 1860 through to 1935.

Magda Petherick is the first of several people to barge in on Amelia Peabody and her family as the story opens. Mrs. Petherick is the recent widow of Pringle Petherick who has assembled a renowned collection of Egyptian antiquities. Mrs. Petherick reveals one of his last purchases, an unbelievably gorgeous golden head that is supposed to be cursed. She asks that Emerson take charge of putting the head back where it came from in order to avoid the curse. She says she has seen a dark spirit twice and fears that the third time will cost her life.

But Mrs. Petherick is also a famous vampire novelist, and it seems too convenient to be a true story. Could it be simply a publicity stunt?

Those concerns begin to draft away when Mrs. Petherick disappears and Amelia's household is disrupted by regular intrusions that seem aimed at capturing the head.

In the meantime, Amelia persuades Emerson to let Ramses pursue his translation work rather than toiling constantly in excavation work.

Before long, the attacks become more serious . . . and threaten the whole family!

While no single aspect of this story is outstanding, there is considerable balance in the tale. The narration alternates between Amelia and Ramses. About a dozen characters have decent development in the story. I found that the book built momentum as it went on, and I enjoyed the second half more than the first.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fun - Entertaining History 16. Juli 2006
Unfortunately is the german translation a few books behind so I started reading the english version. I really enjoyed it since it is very understandable also for non-English-native speakers. I really love the stories about archeology and discovering the egyptian history which I am also very interested in. The only thing why I gave only 4 points is the usage of the word "dear". It is nice once per capital put every mentioning of the children is "the dear ones..." - even total strangers adress the children in this way. The guardian of the Horizon was not so full of "dears" and I hope the next book (which I can hardly await) will be minimizing the usage - it is getting a little anoying...

But in general - it is an interesting never boring book, which makes appetite on more - history and Peapody!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Peters und Rosenblatt - immer ein Gewinn! 21. Juli 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verifizierter Kauf
Eine ungekürzte Fassung des Peabody-Krimis von Elizabeth Peters, gelesen von Barbara Rosenblatt - das Urlaubsglück ist perfekt. Wobei: "gelesen" wird der lebendigen und vielstimmigen Darbietung von Barbara Rosenblatt bei weitem nicht gerecht. Sie hat für jeden Charakter eine eigene Stimmfarbe und Sprechweise, es ist ein Genuss, ihrem sehr verständlichen Englisch zuzuhören. Leider gibt es nicht alle Peabodys von ihr als Hörbuch.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Serpent on the Crown 22. Juni 2013
Von Joann
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Yet again, a fantastic story of murder & mayhem , with Amelia Peabody & family! A really good read, my favourite stories on a plane journey!!
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