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The fifteenth adventure for Amelia, Emerson and the whole Peabody-Emerson clan! At last the Great War is over. Amelia, her distinguished Egyptologist husband Emerson and their extended family are preparing for another season of excavation in Egypt. To everyone's great joy their son Ramses and his wife Nefret have become parents. Amelia, enjoying her role of fond (yet firm) The fifteenth adventure for Amelia, Emerson and the whole Peabody-Emerson clan! At last the Great War is over. Amelia, her distinguished Egyptologist husband Emerson and their extended family are preparing for another season of excavation in Egypt. To everyone's great joy their son Ramses and his wife Nefret have become parents. Amelia, enjoying her role of fond (yet firm) grandmother, hopes that for once, this will be a quiet year with Ramses no longer undertaking perilous missions for British intelligence and no old enemies on their trail. Amelia is sadly mistaken. Past dangers cast shadows across the seemingly peaceful present, and a new adversary - unlike any Amelia has ever encountered - will chart a course that puts her beloved family directly in the path of destruction.


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The fifteenth adventure for Amelia, Emerson and the whole Peabody-Emerson clan! At last the Great War is over. Amelia, her distinguished Egyptologist husband Emerson and their extended family are preparing for another season of excavation in Egypt. To everyone's great joy their son Ramses and his wife Nefret have become parents. Amelia, enjoying her role of fond (yet firm) The fifteenth adventure for Amelia, Emerson and the whole Peabody-Emerson clan! At last the Great War is over. Amelia, her distinguished Egyptologist husband Emerson and their extended family are preparing for another season of excavation in Egypt. To everyone's great joy their son Ramses and his wife Nefret have become parents. Amelia, enjoying her role of fond (yet firm) grandmother, hopes that for once, this will be a quiet year with Ramses no longer undertaking perilous missions for British intelligence and no old enemies on their trail. Amelia is sadly mistaken. Past dangers cast shadows across the seemingly peaceful present, and a new adversary - unlike any Amelia has ever encountered - will chart a course that puts her beloved family directly in the path of destruction.

30 review for Children of the Storm

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ida Flowers

    I love historical fiction, and I love series fiction. Ms. Peters (or Mertz, or Michaels) has been an inspiration to me for over a quarter-century. When I was a very young mother, and had all the time in the world for reading and writing, Ms. Peters' books stimulated my intellect and aroused my imagination. I had no college, and through Vicky Bliss and Amelia Peabody I was inspired to learn who John Donne and Howard Carter were, to read Shakespeare and listen to Handel, and to reach for independen I love historical fiction, and I love series fiction. Ms. Peters (or Mertz, or Michaels) has been an inspiration to me for over a quarter-century. When I was a very young mother, and had all the time in the world for reading and writing, Ms. Peters' books stimulated my intellect and aroused my imagination. I had no college, and through Vicky Bliss and Amelia Peabody I was inspired to learn who John Donne and Howard Carter were, to read Shakespeare and listen to Handel, and to reach for independence. I visited, through Ms. Peters' stories, Rome and Munich, Luxor and Cairo. I went into tombs and through pig stys, across dry deserts and frozen mountains. I went to college in real time, learned more about the references in her books, gained even more inspiration, and kept writing. Ms. Peters' work continues to inspire me. The Amelia Peabody story is a fun and educational series that will appeal any woman who values independence and/or motherhood. Adventure, mystery, mother love and romance combine to make up fabulous entertainment.

  2. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    At last the Great War is over and the Emersons (ALL of them) are reunited in Egypt for their biggest projects yet. Emerson can’t wait to have all hands helping with the temple site, while the scholars want to translate papyri and Cyrus Vandergelt needs help preserving the Queens’ treasure. With all that is happening, random events seem unrelated: Ramses makes an unusual new … er… acquaintance making Nefret seethe with jealousy; Hassan has become a holy man; Selim and Daoud are beset with acciden At last the Great War is over and the Emersons (ALL of them) are reunited in Egypt for their biggest projects yet. Emerson can’t wait to have all hands helping with the temple site, while the scholars want to translate papyri and Cyrus Vandergelt needs help preserving the Queens’ treasure. With all that is happening, random events seem unrelated: Ramses makes an unusual new … er… acquaintance making Nefret seethe with jealousy; Hassan has become a holy man; Selim and Daoud are beset with accidents and a new friend has a very nasty sort of caretaker. Sethos wants Amelia to find his estranged daughter Maryam so father and daughter can reconcile and reunite. Then Abdullah admonishes Amelia and issues a dire warning about a web of evil being spun around them. Can Amelia put the clues together before it is too late? This is another incredible Amelia Peabody mystery. The mystery kept me guessing even though I did pick up on some of the clues Amelia missed and something was on the tip of my brain. It makes sense from a realistic perspective that Amelia would be so busy with domestic matters she would miss the clues. Sometimes she’s a little too astute to be real. However, as a character, she usually figures something is going on and with their past history, she should have known better. The evil villain is so diabolical but actually very clever. There’s plenty of humor to balance out the story as well, most of which is provided by the third generation of Emersons. I am surprised the nature vs. nurture debate doesn’t come up here. This was a time when people were preoccupied with eugenics and went around measuring skulls and all that weird stuff. I thought it would when discussing Sethos and Maryam. Some of the characters slightly suspect Sethos is not reformed and his daughter takes after her father but thankfully that is as far as that debate goes. As much as I enjoyed the mystery, I didn’t enjoy the characters as much as I usually do. Amelia is extra “managing” here and annoys Emerson (and me). Emerson is super cranky, losing his temper left and right at people who do not deserve it. He is incredibly rude to Walter and even curses in front of Sennia. By the last half of the novel, they revert back to their usual behavior patterns. I was dismayed at how changed Walter and Evelyn are. Yes they are elderly for their time but being used to Emerson and Amelia, who are older, it came as a shock. Walter is a bit too meek and too much of an old man already. I believe the loss of their son in the war has aged them more than Amelia realized from their letters. David and Lia are as lovely as ever but their children are rather annoying. I am heartbroken that Dolly is becoming a proper English gentleman and Evvie is horrid. I hate most children, especially children in books and Evvie is no exception. Sennia has grown up a lot and seems to have gotten over her crush on Ramses. She’s hardly in the story. Gargery is in the story a bit more but not as much as he would like to be. His rivalry with Fatima provides some humor in the story. Sethos seems to have reformed. He’s actually serious about being a family man now! He still possesses his bizarre trademark sense of humor and may not be as reformed as Amelia thinks he is or his beloved Margaret would like. His concern for Maryam is touching. What does he think he will do with her? Maryam, last known as Molly, is a young adult now and is found in the most unlikely place. I did not expect THAT. I expected something else. She kept me guessing until the end. Some of the story is told from the point-of-view of Ramses and Nefret. Ramses has changed so much! He’s more open and emotional now. Nefret has changed too and not in a good way. Now she’s the one who is brooding and jealous. Skip this next sentence if you don’t wish to be spoiled about their story. (view spoiler)[Ramses and Nefret are now doting parents of twins! Charlotte “Charla” and David John “Davy” are over two and very close. Ramses frets because they don’t yet speak intelligible language, let alone English. Charla is a little flirt and while not as horrid as Evvie, still rather bratty. Davy seems better behaved and more of a typical toddler. The last scene made me laugh but it’s preposterous! (hide spoiler)] I love Selim and Daoud more than ever. They get to play much larger roles here. Selim’s fascination with the motorcar, aeroplane and other mechanics makes the story funny. The new characters here are Justin Fitzroyce, his grandmother and his caretaker, Francois. Mrs. Fitzroyce is a grand, but senile, old lady. She seems quite protective of her grandson and is horrid to her companion. She’s very very Victorian English gentry. Her grandson Justin must be in his early teens but has the mental capacity of someone much younger. He is downright weird and gives me the creeps. I know people with intellectual disabilities but none quite like Justin. He seems to be prone to fits so perhaps his seizures have damaged his brain. His caretaker, Francois, is built like a thug, acts like a villain and gets on the wrong side of the Emerson men. Why on earth is he a fitting companion for Justin? Finally, we have the mysterious woman dressed as the goddess Hathor. Who is she and what does she want? I’m sad to be coming to the end of the series soon. Amelia and Emerson are very much real people who live forever having adventure after adventure.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    August 2019: I miss Elizabeth Peters awfully. June 2017: This re-read, 5 stars because the family reunion is so terrific despite the fact that it takes up more of the book than the thin mystery. Plus, Barbara Rosenblat is incomparable.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Diana Suddreth

    Every time I read an Emilia Peabody book it's like visiting family. The quirkiness of the characters makes them all so absolutely loveable and the story is always exciting. Emilia and Emerson are still passionate for each other, even as they explore grandparenthood, and Emilia's attitude toward the children is absolutely in keeping with her character...no ridiculous grandmothery sugar here (unless you count cakes at tea to keep the little ones occupied). It was particularly fun reading this exac Every time I read an Emilia Peabody book it's like visiting family. The quirkiness of the characters makes them all so absolutely loveable and the story is always exciting. Emilia and Emerson are still passionate for each other, even as they explore grandparenthood, and Emilia's attitude toward the children is absolutely in keeping with her character...no ridiculous grandmothery sugar here (unless you count cakes at tea to keep the little ones occupied). It was particularly fun reading this exact book at the same time as watching Downton Abbey as they take place during the same time period. It added something to my enjoyment of the book to know a little more about the historical setting and manners of the time, even as the Emersons are in Egypt. I let too much time go between the last two of the series. I won't make that mistake again.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    In my opinion Barbara Mertz, who wrote the Amelia Peabody series as Elizabeth Peters, was an author few could hope to emulate. Her writing style, incredible vocabulary, gift of creating clear pictures, impeccable knowledge of Egypt & detailed research, comedic timing and love of the written word, made every one of her books an escape for me, and a journey into spontaneous laughter. I am gutted that I have completed the entire series, and that she is no longer with us to produce her magic for In my opinion Barbara Mertz, who wrote the Amelia Peabody series as Elizabeth Peters, was an author few could hope to emulate. Her writing style, incredible vocabulary, gift of creating clear pictures, impeccable knowledge of Egypt & detailed research, comedic timing and love of the written word, made every one of her books an escape for me, and a journey into spontaneous laughter. I am gutted that I have completed the entire series, and that she is no longer with us to produce her magic for us. My sincerest thanks to her for sharing her wit and gift with us!

  6. 5 out of 5

    John Frankham

    A splendid fifteenth in this series. Much skilful recapping woven into the start, for new readers, and then both an exciting adventure and a substantial and welcome amount of character history and development, and resolution. And, of course, the usual humour, and the wry fun poked at the pomposity of our hero and heroine. The GR blurb: 'The fifteenth adventure for Amelia, Emerson and the whole Peabody-Emerson clan! At last the Great War is over. Amelia, her distinguished Egyptologist husband Emers A splendid fifteenth in this series. Much skilful recapping woven into the start, for new readers, and then both an exciting adventure and a substantial and welcome amount of character history and development, and resolution. And, of course, the usual humour, and the wry fun poked at the pomposity of our hero and heroine. The GR blurb: 'The fifteenth adventure for Amelia, Emerson and the whole Peabody-Emerson clan! At last the Great War is over. Amelia, her distinguished Egyptologist husband Emerson and their extended family are preparing for another season of excavation in Egypt. To everyone's great joy their son Ramses and his wife Nefret have become parents. Amelia, enjoying her role of fond (yet firm) grandmother, hopes that for once, this will be a quiet year with Ramses no longer undertaking perilous missions for British intelligence and no old enemies on their trail. Amelia is sadly mistaken. Past dangers cast shadows across the seemingly peaceful present, and a new adversary - unlike any Amelia has ever encountered - will chart a course that puts her beloved family directly in the path of destruction.'

  7. 4 out of 5

    Julia DeBarrioz

    I could never rate these books anything less than 5 stars. Or ten, if that was an option. This installment adds the edition of The Children's Children, and what a delight they are. I especially have a fondness for little Charla, who bites. XD I constantly found myself tearing up and laughing out loud throughout the narrative. Ms. Peters really knew how to throw a gut punch and then make you glad you took it, lol. I love this gang of heroes and miscreants like they're my own family. I've been putt I could never rate these books anything less than 5 stars. Or ten, if that was an option. This installment adds the edition of The Children's Children, and what a delight they are. I especially have a fondness for little Charla, who bites. XD I constantly found myself tearing up and laughing out loud throughout the narrative. Ms. Peters really knew how to throw a gut punch and then make you glad you took it, lol. I love this gang of heroes and miscreants like they're my own family. I've been putting off finishing this series for a good decade, because clearly I have issues with saying goodbye. But I think I'll finally move on to the next one, because as Amelia always says, we will not say goodbye, but à bientôt.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Liz V.

    WWI is over, and all of the Emersons are in Egypt again. But so are old villains, resulting in much of the prior, over the top silliness of the earliest books in the series and less of the archaeological ventures.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Trace

    Perfect light vacation reading!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Children Of The Storm (Amelia Peabody #15), by Elizabeth Peters ★★★★ and a ♥ for the series as a whole Synopsis: At last the Great War is over. Amelia, her distinguished Egyptologist husband Emerson and their extended family are preparing for another season of excavation in Egypt. To everyone's great joy their son Ramses and his wife Nefret have become parents. Amelia, enjoying her role of fond (yet firm) grandmother, hopes that for once, this will be a quiet year with Ramses no longer undertaking Children Of The Storm (Amelia Peabody #15), by Elizabeth Peters ★★★★ and a ♥ for the series as a whole Synopsis: At last the Great War is over. Amelia, her distinguished Egyptologist husband Emerson and their extended family are preparing for another season of excavation in Egypt. To everyone's great joy their son Ramses and his wife Nefret have become parents. Amelia, enjoying her role of fond (yet firm) grandmother, hopes that for once, this will be a quiet year with Ramses no longer undertaking perilous missions for British intelligence and no old enemies on their trail. Amelia is sadly mistaken. Past dangers cast shadows across the seemingly peaceful present, and a new adversary - unlike any Amelia has ever encountered - will chart a course that puts her beloved family directly in the path of destruction. In A Sentence: Yet another decent novel from one of my favorite series, but I’m looking forward to the end. My Thoughts: I confess that while I really love this series, I’ve reached the point where I’m getting tired of the books. The last 3 or 4 novels are really not Elizabeth Peter’s best works. The story, while a little different from the first few, is a bit more tedious than the previous ones. Either it’s because I’ve been reading the stories back-to-back, or it’s because the book isn’t as amazing as her earlier works. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy this book. Like all the other stories, this mystery had elements of excitement, humor, and intrigue. There is a bit of a plot twist that I hadn’t anticipated when I first read this novel several years ago, and the action is fairly fast-paced, but after having read over a dozen books before this one, all with the action, humor, and mystery, I’m exhausted and I’m ready to move on. But I’m determined to finish the series, and there are only 3 books left, one of which I haven’t read yet. So moving on and moving forward! On to the next Amelia Peabody adventure!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Penrose

    I'm a huge Sethos fan, so this one's a big favorite

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Jones

    This was a complete delight!!! FIVE STARS! It’s been far too long since I spent time with Amelia Peabody and the Emersons. The recap in the beginning (it was the beginning of the audiobook, but it’s an “editors note” tucked at the end of the ebook) was perfect, I was right back in the saddle with ease, no trouble keeping all of the characters straight. Yes, I guessed who the bad guys were, but Amelia properly admonishes the readers to not feel too cocky: We had overlooked one “peculiar incident, This was a complete delight!!! FIVE STARS! It’s been far too long since I spent time with Amelia Peabody and the Emersons. The recap in the beginning (it was the beginning of the audiobook, but it’s an “editors note” tucked at the end of the ebook) was perfect, I was right back in the saddle with ease, no trouble keeping all of the characters straight. Yes, I guessed who the bad guys were, but Amelia properly admonishes the readers to not feel too cocky: We had overlooked one “peculiar incident,” which would prove to be the key to the entire mystery. If my more astute Readers have spotted it, allow me to deflate their self-esteem by pointing out that they are sitting at ease reading this journal—not trying to deal with four active children, an unpredictable brother-in-law, an archaeological dig, and a thousand household chores. Not to mention Emerson. (I will confess that I remained confused about why (view spoiler)[Nefret was kidnapped by Justin & Matilda. What did they need her for, if their real plan was to attack and take over the government steamer carrying the princess’s treasure?? What were they going to do with her?? (hide spoiler)] But that’s just a little detail.) Barbara Rosenblat was exquisite as the audiobook reader. She captured Amelia perfectly and did a phenomenal job creating distinct voices for all of the many characters. Sometimes I forgot this was all just one person’s voice!

  13. 4 out of 5

    P.D.R. Lindsay

    I read the first Amelia Peabody novel a long time ago. I do not normally read romances, they irritate me. But stroppy 'old' Miss Peabody rescuing Evelyn and then clashing with such obvious deliberate fun with Emerson made for hilarious reading. And Elizabeth Peters was in no danger of getting her historical details or Egyptology wrong. I hate authors who can’t do their research, or only do superficial research. Over the years novels have followed as the Emerson clan produced children who grew up I read the first Amelia Peabody novel a long time ago. I do not normally read romances, they irritate me. But stroppy 'old' Miss Peabody rescuing Evelyn and then clashing with such obvious deliberate fun with Emerson made for hilarious reading. And Elizabeth Peters was in no danger of getting her historical details or Egyptology wrong. I hate authors who can’t do their research, or only do superficial research. Over the years novels have followed as the Emerson clan produced children who grew up and now it is the fifteenth novel, 'Children of the Storm', WWI is over, everyone hopes for peace, Amelia has grandchildren to guard and the archaeology continues. The plot this time I felt a little melodramatic but still the characters are good fun, and the events exciting - I am afraid I laughed when the boat sank! - and Amelia brings it all together and gets her precious family and friends home in nearly one piece. A cheerful, cheering read and definitely one for the Miss Peabody fans. Just the sort of novel to curl up with for a cosy night in. I would suggest that anyone who really wants to get the most out of the novels start with the first because it gives you clear insight in to Amelia Peabody and that is where you will either love her or she will drive you nuts. Diving into the later novels without understanding Amelia means you may well be annoyed by her bossy and managing ways and miss out on all the fun when she needles Emerson and he needles her.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I must say, I thought this was one of the better Amelia Peabody mysteries in the whole series. As the children are grown, with Amelia and Emerson as grandparents, I sort of thought the best was behind us, but I was (thankfully) wrong! As usual, everyone is in Luxor and odd things begin to happen. Old faces from the past resurface and for once, there was an actual plot! I love these books, but let's face it, the plots are usually loosely woven around the humorous antics of Amelia and Emerson - an I must say, I thought this was one of the better Amelia Peabody mysteries in the whole series. As the children are grown, with Amelia and Emerson as grandparents, I sort of thought the best was behind us, but I was (thankfully) wrong! As usual, everyone is in Luxor and odd things begin to happen. Old faces from the past resurface and for once, there was an actual plot! I love these books, but let's face it, the plots are usually loosely woven around the humorous antics of Amelia and Emerson - and their expanding family, with a mystery and dead body thrown in for good measure. I'm not criticizing, I think they're great, but this one was actually very good! Walter and Amelia, David and Lea and Cyrus and Sethos are on the scene, so it's all one big happy family as they fend off kidnappings and missing treasure - and amorous women (mostly Ramses these days). I really enjoyed it, and on audiobook it is the best. Barbara Rosenblat is spot on with all the voices, each one is just right and perfect, no matter the accent or dialect - whether Egyptian or Cyrus's twangy Western American. So, in the world of Amelia Peabody Emerson - yes there is life after 50! 4.5/5

  15. 5 out of 5

    Teri-K

    After the slight disappointment of the previous book, and the more serious nature of all of the WWI volumes, this book is a delight. Not only is it fun - full of Amelia and Emerson in top form - but there's a return to the early style of "unearthly" activities when Ramses is kidnapped by a mythical goddess. That kind of outlandish event adds to the fun, I think. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about David and Lia arriving with their two small children, but I enjoyed seeing the four married friends and After the slight disappointment of the previous book, and the more serious nature of all of the WWI volumes, this book is a delight. Not only is it fun - full of Amelia and Emerson in top form - but there's a return to the early style of "unearthly" activities when Ramses is kidnapped by a mythical goddess. That kind of outlandish event adds to the fun, I think. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about David and Lia arriving with their two small children, but I enjoyed seeing the four married friends and their young kids. The time they spent together was delightful. Eventually the story settles down and our characters find themselves in serious peril. I listened to the last 2.5 hours without stopping, I was so engrossed in the plot. The final show down pleased me a lot - the stakes were high, everyone had an important part to play and the action rocketed along. In my opinion this is Peters at her bet - fun and exciting. I was thoroughly delighted with this story. Upon revisiting this series I found I still enjoyed this immensely. It's such a nice relief after the more serious WWI books.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ronja

    Dlightful performace by Barbara Rosenblat as usual. It is this performance that truly makes these books so charming.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    This is my second Amelia Peabody mystery and I am ready to go back to the used bookstore and find all the rest of them! The author, Elizabeth Peters, has a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago, making the backdrop for the novels convincing and full of fascinating detail. Amelia, of course, is an archeologist married to a dashing archeologist named Radcliffe Emerson. Together with their family and their extended Egyptian family they live and work in Luxor, excavating ancient tombs in This is my second Amelia Peabody mystery and I am ready to go back to the used bookstore and find all the rest of them! The author, Elizabeth Peters, has a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago, making the backdrop for the novels convincing and full of fascinating detail. Amelia, of course, is an archeologist married to a dashing archeologist named Radcliffe Emerson. Together with their family and their extended Egyptian family they live and work in Luxor, excavating ancient tombs in the early 1900s. In this episode, WWI has ended and they are helping a friend catalog and pack a tomb's worth of ancient treasures to be shipped to an Egyptian museum when some of the valuable jewelry is discovered stolen.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan in NC

    Another rollicking adventure, but this one dragged a bit for me about two-thirds of the way through, but I enjoyed it very much. I read this entire series as they came out in the 1990s and early 2000s; Peters was a master at historical mysteries with a very healthy dose of humor, a dash of romance and plenty of adventure. I’ve been working my way through the later books set during WWI which took place after The Painted Queen, Joan Hess’ recent wonderful effort finishing a book Peters started bef Another rollicking adventure, but this one dragged a bit for me about two-thirds of the way through, but I enjoyed it very much. I read this entire series as they came out in the 1990s and early 2000s; Peters was a master at historical mysteries with a very healthy dose of humor, a dash of romance and plenty of adventure. I’ve been working my way through the later books set during WWI which took place after The Painted Queen, Joan Hess’ recent wonderful effort finishing a book Peters started before her death, which was set in 1912. It’s been wonderful to reread old favorites and see that they still hold up!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linniegayl

    Finished an audio re-read of this and perhaps like it more than on my initial reading. I love that the entire Emerson clan is present for this book. And towards the end I also like that Ramses and Amelia spend time together working on the mysteries as do Nefret and Emerson. It was nice to see the depth of feelings they have for each other. I also enjoyed seeing Walter and Bertie come into their own a bit at the end. And the ending? Best ending ever! (and will be completely meaningless if you have Finished an audio re-read of this and perhaps like it more than on my initial reading. I love that the entire Emerson clan is present for this book. And towards the end I also like that Ramses and Amelia spend time together working on the mysteries as do Nefret and Emerson. It was nice to see the depth of feelings they have for each other. I also enjoyed seeing Walter and Bertie come into their own a bit at the end. And the ending? Best ending ever! (and will be completely meaningless if you haven't read the early books featuring a young Ramses).

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lynne Tull

    Elizabeth Peters never disappoints in this series. Each book is better than the last one. I will soon run out of 'stars'. Amelia and her family are again involved in an attack by a person or persons unknown. Her brother-in-law, Sethos, takes a larger part in the solving of this mystery. There are more and more characters added to the story and you will love them all. I wonder why this story has not made it to the small screen? Another Downton Abbey set in Egypt. Given the present events in Egypt Elizabeth Peters never disappoints in this series. Each book is better than the last one. I will soon run out of 'stars'. Amelia and her family are again involved in an attack by a person or persons unknown. Her brother-in-law, Sethos, takes a larger part in the solving of this mystery. There are more and more characters added to the story and you will love them all. I wonder why this story has not made it to the small screen? Another Downton Abbey set in Egypt. Given the present events in Egypt it would be nice to get a look at Egypt in earlier days.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elise

    Another solid installment. The schadenfreude of Ramses dealing with precocious children much as he was is delightful. I'm still amazed at Peters' ability to resurrect enemies and how they all bear such incredible grudges that they prepare elaborate plans to try to finally rid the world of the Emersons. Fortunately, the Emersons remain victorious (although they still seem to have not learned some important lessons like, safety in numbers and do not go rushing where angels fear to tread).

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Brown

    The Great War is over, and Ramses and Nefret are the proud parents of two year old twins - a boy and a girl. This year, the entire family will be traveling to Egypt for the winter, including David and Leah, Walter and Evelyn, and all the grandchildren. They are not there long, before they come face to face with a women from their past - Molly, Sethos' daughter who has been missing for years. Quickly notifying him of finding his daughter, he joins Emerson and Amelia in Egypt. But it may not be th The Great War is over, and Ramses and Nefret are the proud parents of two year old twins - a boy and a girl. This year, the entire family will be traveling to Egypt for the winter, including David and Leah, Walter and Evelyn, and all the grandchildren. They are not there long, before they come face to face with a women from their past - Molly, Sethos' daughter who has been missing for years. Quickly notifying him of finding his daughter, he joins Emerson and Amelia in Egypt. But it may not be the happy family reunion they are all hoping for, and in the background of all that is going on, is the priceless Princess' treasure, which will soon be transported to Cairo. Another fun mystery, and I love the addition of the babies to the family. It was wonderful to see how Ramses and Nefret do parenthood, and delightful to see the older generation enjoy being grandparents.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    This book has such a weird juxtaposition of action/adventure story and toddler playgroup. Also, why do some of my favorite authors (Jane Austen and Elizabeth Peters for 2) portray children as exhausting hellions? Apparently neither of these great writers would have cut it as a Kindergarten teacher. When she's not pulling crayons out of the mouth of her grandchild, Amelia is playing action hero and we learn that one of her fantasies has been to storm a ship with a cutlass between her teeth until s This book has such a weird juxtaposition of action/adventure story and toddler playgroup. Also, why do some of my favorite authors (Jane Austen and Elizabeth Peters for 2) portray children as exhausting hellions? Apparently neither of these great writers would have cut it as a Kindergarten teacher. When she's not pulling crayons out of the mouth of her grandchild, Amelia is playing action hero and we learn that one of her fantasies has been to storm a ship with a cutlass between her teeth until she recognizes the impracticality of this. Nonetheless, along with terrorizing toddlers, this story abounds with fierce feminists in the camps of both the good guys and the bad guys. There's also a bunch of cosplay.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    Another enjoyable entry in this series. The start was a bit rough though: in addition to an apparent forward to the book describing all of the characters and their relationships, the same sort of information was repeated what felt like several times in the first chapter or two. It felt a bit excessive, and I wonder if there was a gap between the publication of this book and the previous one that made it seem necessary. But after that the story was good. I recognized a scene near the end, having Another enjoyable entry in this series. The start was a bit rough though: in addition to an apparent forward to the book describing all of the characters and their relationships, the same sort of information was repeated what felt like several times in the first chapter or two. It felt a bit excessive, and I wonder if there was a gap between the publication of this book and the previous one that made it seem necessary. But after that the story was good. I recognized a scene near the end, having apparently overheard part of it before, but the rest of the story was new to me. I suppose there may have been some justification in the character intros since it is very much a story about the Emerson family, and only very peripherally about Egyptology.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christiana Martin

    This was the first of the series that I've reached in my re-read (over the past two years) that I had actually forgotten the plot enough to be surprised and enjoy discovering the answer to the mystery! Amongst some interesting villainy, this book gets extra points for bringing essentially all of the favorite family members back to one place. The only one missing is Abdullah... but even he makes several appearances, just not in the flesh. The addition of the twins (and their endearingly absurd li This was the first of the series that I've reached in my re-read (over the past two years) that I had actually forgotten the plot enough to be surprised and enjoy discovering the answer to the mystery! Amongst some interesting villainy, this book gets extra points for bringing essentially all of the favorite family members back to one place. The only one missing is Abdullah... but even he makes several appearances, just not in the flesh. The addition of the twins (and their endearingly absurd linguistic tendencies) would be too much, except that too much is exactly what Elizabeth Peters excels at in this series. True to form and a rollicking good time, I enjoyed every minute.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Fantastic. I actually borrowed the final Amelia Peabody book from the library, only to realize I had yet to catch up to the series (because I even owned this one and somehow hadn't read it amidst my various moves!!??). It was so nice to continue with the series and I'm looking forward/dreading reaching the end. It's very peculiar to read this while also listening to the audiobook of "The Mummy Case" with my partner, and with a few exceptions I managed not to spoil anything for him out of the lat Fantastic. I actually borrowed the final Amelia Peabody book from the library, only to realize I had yet to catch up to the series (because I even owned this one and somehow hadn't read it amidst my various moves!!??). It was so nice to continue with the series and I'm looking forward/dreading reaching the end. It's very peculiar to read this while also listening to the audiobook of "The Mummy Case" with my partner, and with a few exceptions I managed not to spoil anything for him out of the later books (there were a couple of lines that made me laugh out loud - so good).

  27. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    I love this series but the audio version read by Barbara Rosenblatt really brings all the characters to life with all the wonderful voices for each! Unfortunately my library carries only the first half of the series in audio version but still a delightful series! I’ll miss the audio version following them all in their adventures as they explore the ancient ruins in Egypt during the 1920s & 30s, along with getting involved in mysterious happenings on the side with their sometimes hilarious de I love this series but the audio version read by Barbara Rosenblatt really brings all the characters to life with all the wonderful voices for each! Unfortunately my library carries only the first half of the series in audio version but still a delightful series! I’ll miss the audio version following them all in their adventures as they explore the ancient ruins in Egypt during the 1920s & 30s, along with getting involved in mysterious happenings on the side with their sometimes hilarious detective skills. An entertaining series for light reading!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen Keyte

    My favorite books in this series are the earliest, when Ramses was a child and before excerpts from his journal started to be included. Not that there is anything wrong with Ramses journals (except early on, when he is full of unrequited love and angst). But he is a very serious young man and his entries lack the trademark humor of Amelia’s voice. That having been said, I really enjoyed this. It is certainly better than the three or four that preceded it and I didn’t find Nefret quite so annoyin My favorite books in this series are the earliest, when Ramses was a child and before excerpts from his journal started to be included. Not that there is anything wrong with Ramses journals (except early on, when he is full of unrequited love and angst). But he is a very serious young man and his entries lack the trademark humor of Amelia’s voice. That having been said, I really enjoyed this. It is certainly better than the three or four that preceded it and I didn’t find Nefret quite so annoying as usual.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    Hilarious! All the clan are in Egypt in the fall of 1919! The Great War is over so Walter and Evelyn, David and Lia and their 2 children join the Emersons in Luxor. Charla and Davy, the Emerson twins, are 2 years old and as adventurous as their parents were. It is one crisis after another, accidents, abductions, fights, sinking boats, thefts, and murder. This concludes with an exciting chase on the Nile in the Amelia and the Isis,before all is explained

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vickey Foggin

    I really loved these books and couldn’t stop to write reviews - I sped read my way through all 20 without stopping. The books are clever, funny, filled with historical fact and running jokes and thrilling adventure. I think it’s the first series I’ve read where o liked them all. They all get 5 stars and I am legitimately sad there are not more for me to read. I am going to copy paste this review for the rest - they are all amazing.

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