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The serpent on the crown, Elizabeth Peters

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The serpent on the crown
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The serpent on the crown
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Elizabeth Peters
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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 (BookList, 03-01-2005, p1102)
  • Rendezvous Review: The Emerson home for the archaeology season of 1922 as usual overlooks the Nile. The entire family is here including Emerson, Peabody, Ramses, Nefret, and four year old twins, Charla and David John. When Magda Petherick, widow of collector Pringle Petherick, gives them a magnificent golden statue of a crowned king, she says that the curse killed her husband and she's afraid that she'll die too. Emerson's half-brother Sethos , their dear friends Katherine, Cyrus, and their family try to find the true history of this wonderful statue. As usual, trouble and danger follows. What great fun to be given another Peabody & Emerson story! Elizabeth Peters is truly a national treasure. -- Nancy McCann (Reviewed 05-01-2006)
  • /* 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) --Staff (Reviewed March 7, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 10, p53)
  • Intrepid sleuth, archaeologist, and matriarch Amelia Peabody returns in her 17th appearance to date. In autumn 1921, widowed Mrs. Petherick gives Amelia and husband Emerson a valuable gold statue, pleading with them to remove the curse on it that killed her husband. Peabody, always a skeptic, wonders why Mrs. Petherick is so eager to unload the statue when she and her stepchildren could clearly use the money a sale would bring. Emerson vows to uncover the tomb from which the statue was stolen, which requires extensive excavations in the Valley of the Kings. Could the statue be from an undiscovered tomb in the valley? Perhaps famed archaelogist Howard Carter could help investigate. The narrative contains the usual disappearances, muggings, chases, and clever disguises we have come to expect from the Emerson family. The book suffers, though, from minimal character development and a skimpy plot. In-jokes for "Informed Readers" aside, this isn't Peters's best work, but is certainly a required purchase for any public library. Peters lives in western Maryland. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/1/04].—Laurel Bliss, Princeton Univ. Lib., NJ --Laurel Bliss (Reviewed April 1, 2005) (Library Journal, vol 130, issue 6, p73)
  • More murder and mayhem for the indefatigable Amelia Peabody and her friends and relations.It's 1922. Peabody and Emerson, her handsome, clever, duplicitous Egyptologist husband, are excavating at Deir el Medina along with their son Ramses, his wife Nefret and the usual supporting cast when well-known collector Pringle Petherick's widow Magda arrives and presents Emerson with a solid-gold figure of a king she claims is cursed. The valuable statue soon attracts a rush of other aspiring owners: Magda's stepchildren, the resourceful Harriet and her brother Adrian, who suffers from war-related mental problems; Emerson's rich American friend Cyrus Vandergelt; the repellent Sir Malcolm, and a host of other thieves, one of them successful. When Magda disappears, Peabody assumes she's trying to publicize her authorial career, but not to the extent of leaving her corpse under a bush in the hotel garden. Emerson, who's determined to solve the murder and return the statue to its rightful owner, is joined by his mysterious brother Sethos and Ramses' friend David. The police think Adrian is the killer, but there are many other possibilities, and Peabody is lucky to escape the thicket of interrelated problems with her life before the dÉnouement.Peabody's Victorian rhetoric can go over the top, but her likable family's fans will find much to enjoy in an adventure less convoluted than usual (The Falcon at the Portal, 1999, etc.), salted with the obligatory tidbits of Egyptology. (Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2005)
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1927-2013
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Peters, Elizabeth
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Amelia Peabody mysteries
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0018
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  • Peabody, Amelia
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Blessing and cursing
  • Women archaeologists
  • British
  • Egyptologists
  • Valley of the Kings (Egypt)
  • Egypt
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The serpent on the crown, Elizabeth Peters
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24 cm
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First edition.
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350 pages
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2004061868
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Label
The serpent on the crown, Elizabeth Peters
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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502214
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
350 pages
Isbn
9780060591786
Lccn
2004061868
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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maps
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  • (Sirsi) i9780060591786
  • (Sirsi) ADQ-6435

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