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Elizabeth Peters


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Elizabeth Peters is the author of many charming and witty mysteries, and a very few that I didn't like as well. She has (at least) three main series, and a number of singletons.

Of the series, my favorite concerns Amelia Peabody. The books, which begin with Crocodile on the Sandbank, The Curse of the Pharaohs, and The Mummy Case take place in the world of Egyptology at the end of the 19th century. (Peters, herself an Egyptologist has written two nonfiction books about ancient Egypt under her real name: Red Land, Black Land and Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs, by Barbara Mertz). The series commences when the sharp-tongued Amelia, a woman of independent means and an ardent feminist (at a time when feminism was as much a battle for practical clothing as for equality), travels to Egypt on vacation. She is soon caught up with murder, intrigue, and Radcliffe Emerson, an equally sharped-tongued archaeologist. The series gets more preposterous with each book (Peters is a fan of H. Rider Haggard, and also has a wicked sense of humor), but no less enjoyable. Highly recommended.

I'm less fond of her other series, which concern Vicki Bliss and Jacqueline Kirby, though with the exception of the first two Kirby books (The Seventh Sinner and The Richard III Murders) I found them enjoyable enough.

Jane and I particularly enjoyed one of her standalone novels, The Camelot Caper, which we read aloud. Also highly recommended.

For what it's worth, Peters also writes suspense thrillers under the name Barbara Michaels, but we haven't read any of them.

Amelia Peabody

Crocodile on the Sandbank
Reviews: 1 June 1997
The Curse of the Pharaohs
Reviews: 1 June 1997
The Mummy Case
Reviews: 1 June 1997
Lion in the Valley
Reviews: 1 June 1997
The Deeds of the Disturber
Reviews: 1 June 1997
The Last Camel Died At Noon
Reviews: 1 June 1997
The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog
Reviews: 1 June 1997
The Hippopotamus Pool
Reviews: 1 June 1997
Seeing a Large Cat
Reviews: 1 August 1998
The Ape Who Guards The Balance
Reviews: 1 June 1999
The Falcon at the Portal
Reviews: 1 June 2000
He Shall Thunder In The Sky
Reviews: 1 May 2001
Lord of the Silent
Reviews: 1 May 2002
The Golden One
Reviews: 1 May 2002, 1 May 2003
Children of the Storm
Reviews: 1 May 2004

Vicky Bliss

Silhouette in Scarlet
Reviews: 1 August 1998
Trojan Gold
Reviews: 1 August 1998
Night Train to Memphis
Reviews: 1 August 1998

Other Books

Summer of the Dragon
Reviews: 1 August 1998
The Dead Sea Cipher
Reviews: 1 September 2001
The Love Talker
Reviews: 1 June 2001
The Jackal's Head
Reviews: 1 October 2002


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