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Tomb of the Golden Bird (Amelia Peabody) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Peters
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Starred Review. The absorbing 18th entry in MWA Grand Master Peters's bestselling Amelia Peabody series (after 2005's The Serpent on the Crown) centers on one of the great real-life discoveries in Egyptology—the opening of Tutankhamon's tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. Amelia's husband, Radcliffe Emerson (aka "the Father of Curses"), has been wooing Lord Carnavon and Howard Carter to let him excavate in the Valley of the Kings where they have digging rights, leading his competitors to think there must be something worth unearthing in the area. The eventual uncovering of King Tut's burial chamber and its magnificent contents attracts a host of museum curators, antiquities specialists, government officials, reporters and thieves. The arrival of Emerson's shady half-brother, Sethos, desperately ill and carrying a secret document, further complicates a plot involving attacks on the Emerson family, Middle East politics, conspiracies and love affairs. Once again Peters delivers an irresistible mix of archeology, action, humor and a mystery that only the redoubtable Amelia can solve. (Apr.)
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From Booklist

Coming into their eighteenth season in Egypt, Radcliffe and Amelia Peabody Emerson are witness to one of the extraordinary finds of the 1920s--the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb. But after a falling out with Howard Carter, the family is barred from the excavation site. Then who should show up to increase Radcliffe's foul temper but his rascally brother, Sethos, whose secrets put everyone in danger. Murder, kidnapping, and political unrest are woven into the leisurely paced story, but matters of daily routine, recorded, as usual, in Amelia Peabody's personable manuscripts, take up far more time than mysterious goings-on, and Amelia's measured responses and intelligent approach (plus an occasional poke in the ribs to calm volatile Radcliffe--who remains a great source of comic relief) keep everything running smoothly. Be assured that Amelia, the matriarch who seems tied to Victorian convention, will emerge once again as stubborn and fearless as a lioness when it comes to protecting her family. It's a continuing pleasure for mystery fans to be drawn into the Emersons' unusual extended circle. Stephanie Zvirin
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Long-Hinted Discovery Is Revealed 21. Juli 2006
Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT
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If you haven't read any books in this series, do not read this one yet! Instead, go back and read the books in order of their release. This book is so populated with extended characters that it won't make much sense to you without the earlier novels. You'll feel like you've been dropped into a two minute segment of a soap opera with no plot notes. Also, the earliest books are the best, so you have two incentives to start in the beginning.

If you are a long-time reader of this series, you'll be pleased to learn that Ms. Peters has finally arrived at the discovery of King Tut's tomb ... which she has long been hinting was coming through Amelia's dreams about Abdullah.

As you can imagine, the greatest 20th century discovery in Egypt is a big event to cover in a novel. Ms. Peters had a challenge here: How much should she vary from the historical script? Ultimately, her decision was to embroider around the edges ... but leave reality relatively untouched. I think that was a good decision.

But obviously, making that decision provided some problems for this novel. It would have been weird to focus on Emerson doing lots of Egyptology. Clearly, he would have been hanging around with Howard Carter. At the same time, that also reduces the scope for various side plots. As a result, the story line is pretty thin in this one. In fact, no one would probably want to read this book just for the "mystery" and plot development.

But, there's good news. Ms. Peters has involved a lot of her best characters and developed them through action and inaction. So if you love the characters, you'll find this book rewarding ... especially if you enjoy the twins.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome Archeological thriller! 29. März 2006
Von Molly
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My current boyfriend works in the publishing industry, and one of the great benefits is getting to read Advance Readers Copies (and for free for that matter!). "The Tomb of the Golden Bird" was in a recent pile of books he brought home. I had never heard of this author before but decided to give her a try as I have always been fascinated by ancient civilizations and archeology. I soon realized that this was a series, the 18th book no less! However, I did not find this to interfere with my enjoyment of the book and it stands very well on its own. The plot centers around the discovery of King Tut's tomb, and the heroin of the tale is Amelia Peabody Emerson. The story is told from Amelia's perspective through her journals, and while there is plenty of action, political wheeling, murder, and kidnaping, much of this story is told at a more leisurely pace then I am used; I like thrillers mysteries and this more soft-boiled than hard. That being said I really did enjoy the way the author wove the archeology and the history of Egyptian archeology into the plot. There was also more humor than I expected. I know this review is probably stating the obvious to readers already familiar with this series, but perhaps it will help those new to Ms, Peters writing. Another good archeological thriller/mystery is "A Tourist in the Yucatan," but be warned this book has a grittier edge than Ms. Peter's writing.
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The Emersons are in Egypt early for the 1922/1923 season. Emerson hopes to finally get the concession for the Valley of the Kings but has managed to tip has hand, again, and is relegated to re-excavations. But the season is no ordinary one, as Howard Carter begins work in the Valley and quickly discovers steps leading to a previously unknown but suspected (by Emerson) tomb. Due to Emerson's unfortunate temper, Lord Carnarvon bans the entire family from taking part in the opening of the tomb. Peabody never takes no for an answer and contrives to keep abreast of the situation at the tomb of Tutanhkamun, much to Emerson's irritation and secret relief.

And, it would not be a proper season for the Emersons if there wasn't a body. The mysterious death of an old beggar coincides with the arrival of a wayward family member, putting the Emersons in danger from forces they may find it difficult to deal with.

Ms. Peters is at the very height of her powers when she takes on the opening of the tomb of Tutanhkamun, deftly integrating her characters into the activities surrounding the events of 1922/1923. It is seamless, sly and provides amusing insights into the real people involved. I was particularly thrilled with the description of a night time visit. The breathless, awed quality of the writing perfectly matched my sense of what that visit might have felt like. I am also touched by the little things Ms. Peters does to indicate the how the old the older characters are getting. For example, no more do they hike over the hills into the Valley of the Kings but ride horses and donkeys to the Valley, each day. A lovely, subtle nod to the passage of time.

The mystery was, unfortunately, not quite as subtle or engaging.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting story, sometimes long 25. April 2007
The book tells a very popular story from a different angle. Since I was always interested in Egytian history, the story of the discovery of Tutanckamuns tombs was the reason I could hardly await the book and it was very nice told. Unfortunately I am now in the last part of the book and can not find really a crime... this time it is more history and family (but at least she stopped using "dear" and this is remarkably better than the secondlast book). Overall a quite nice book, very fluently to read (also for non-native speakers) I hope the series will be continued and next time a little more crime.
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