Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Audiobook Review: The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters

The Mummy Case

Elizabeth Peters
Series: Amelia Peabody (Book 3)
Narrator: Susan O'Malley
Publication: Blackstone Audio (November 15, 2002)
Length: 10 hours

Description: The irascible husband of Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody demonstrates again why he has been nicknamed "Father of Curses." Denied permission to dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor, Emerson is awarded instead the "pyramids" of Mazghunah: countless mounds of rubble in the midst of nowhere. Nothing in this barren spot seems worthy of interest - until an antiquities dealer is murdered in his Cairo shop.

When a sinister Egyptian spotted at the crime scene turns up in Mazghunah, Amelia can't resist following his trail. There's a mysterious scrap of papyrus and a missing mummy case to investigate, while she keeps at least one eye on their precocious son Ramses and his Egyptian cat. But the digging turns truly dangerous when Amelia and Emerson look for answers in an ancient tomb - one that could become their grave.

My Thoughts: This third book in the Amelia Peabody series see Ramses' first visit to Egypt. This precocious young child keeps everyone on their toes but Amelia is more than up to the task. Between stealing a lion cub, translating a papyrus scrap, and discovering a cache of ancient jewels, Ramses keeps his mother busy.

Otherwise, the site that Emerson and Peabody have been awarded for digging this season is a disappointment. All that remains of the pyramids Amelia longs for are heaps of rubble and Coptic cemeteries. Nothing of interest to a woman who longs to crawl through bat infested tunnels filled with bad air. But a mummy case that keeps appearing and disappearing and a few murders do provide Amelia with a mystery to solve. 

This is Amelia's first encounter with the villain she names the Master Criminal but there are lesser villains causing trouble too. Amelia is her usual oblivious and intrepid self as she bulldozes her way through the mystery. It was a fun story told from Amelia's unique viewpoint.

This title was included with my Audible subscription. You can buy your copy here.

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