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5.0 out of 5 stars All For The Grave of An Heretic's Son, August 20, 2006
This review is from: Tomb of the Golden Bird (Amelia Peabody Mysteries) (Hardcover)
The depressing thing about Amelia Peabody, her husband Emerson, and the rest of her archeologist family is that they insist on getting older. One has to give credit to Elizabeth Peters for gradually letting time smooth the harsher lines of her characters. Chaos is always maintained by an influx of fresh youth, but over time even Ramses manages to become less impossible. And now his own children have arrived to keep to take his place. For some time even Emerson has become more socialized, but Tomb of the Golden Bird signals his revival as The Father of Curses.

For those of you who keep track, we have reached the 1922 season for excavation in the Valley of the King's, and a very important find is about to be made. Not by Radcliffe Emerson, unfortunately, but by Howard Carter. Emerson has strong suspicions about the location of Tutankhamon's tomb, but he cannot get permission to dig so he must watch Carter and Carnarvon instead, Because of his frustration he offends Lord Carnarvon and manages to get banned from the site. Infuriating him even more.

Presiding over this disaster is Amelia, as usual. But even this determined woman is confounded when her brother-in-law Sethos - one a tomb thief and not a secret agent - stumbles back into their lives in the middle of a malaria attack. Suddenly the archeological discovery of the century becomes the backdrop for a tense game of spy vs. spy, with no one quite sure exactly who is lying to whom.

And the real story is that of Emerson family themselves. Amelia has come to realize the there are only a few seasons left for excavations in an Egypt which has fallen to increasing political unrest. It is time for Ramses and Nefret to strike out on their own, and Amelia continually reflects on the fact that neither she nor her husband have the strength that they once did. But they remain indomitable, and I dearly hope that there are at least a few more volumes to go in this series. Tomb of the Golden Bird has both action as well as the details of the Emerson's madcap life that continue to make this one of the most entertaining of the 'cozy' genre. In addition, this volume is full of little details and insights into the Tutankhamon excavation and the politics of an emerging Egypt. I'm not sure of the accuracy of either, but they feul the imagination and keep the reader intent on the story.
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Initial post: Jun 13, 2014 8:49:53 AM PDT
I am wondering why THE TOMB OF THE GOLDEN BIRD is not avaliable on e-book? Desperate to read it on my i-pad!
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