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Join Amelia Peabody
on her thrilling new expedition to the Valley of the Kings --
Itinerary: Upper Egypt, 1907. A perilous adventure into antiquity
with fiction's most beloved archaeologist and her captivating
Witness exotic scenery, craven tomb robbers, vengeful gods!
Discover stolen treasures, a mysterious cult, surprising secrets
hidden in desert sands!
Find the unexpected -- a ruthless, remorseless killer with his
eye on Amelia!
The prospects for the 1907 archaeological season in
Egypt seem fairly dull to Amelia Peabody. Despite her adored
husband's brilliant reputation in his field, his
dashing-yet-less-than-diplomatic behavior has Professor Radcliffe
Emerson ignominiously demoted to examining only the most boring
tombs in the Valley of the Kings -- mere leftovers, really. All the
Peabody Emersons profess stiff upper lips and intend to make the
best of a bad situation, but this year the legendary land of the
pharoahs will yield more than priceless artifacts for the Emerson
expedition. For the desert guards even deeper mysteries that are
wrapped in greed -- and sealed by murder.
In a seedy section of Cairo, the youngest members of the
expedition purchase a mint-condition papyrus of the famed Book of
the Dead, the collection of magical spells and prayers designed
to ward off the perils of the underworld and lead the deceased into
everlasting life. But for as long as there have been graves, there
have also been grave robbers -- as well as those who believe tomb
violators risk the wrath of gods like Thoth, the little baboon who
protects the scales used to weigh such precious commodities as
hearts and souls.
Besides facing the ire of ancient deities, their adventure into
antiquity also puts Amelia and company in the sights of Sethos, the
charismatically compelling but elusive Master Criminal whose bold
villainies have defied the authorities in several countries. In truth,
Amelia needn't have worried: this season is about to turn from dull
to deadly. Soon, she will need all her remarkable skills of
detection and deduction to untangle a web woven of criminals and
cults, stolen treasures and fallen women -- all the while under the
unblinking eye of a ruthless, remorseless killer.
Amelia remains an irrepressible delight.
--The New York
Times Book Review, Marilyn Stasio
"So much local color that I felt as though I
were on vacation!"
--The Los Angeles
"Amelia is Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes, and
Miss Marple all rolled into one."
"A new Amelia Peabody mystery is like visiting
"Amelia is one of the most interesting and delightful characters in
the mystery genre."
Minnesota Pioneer Press
"Tony Hillerman's and Elizabeth Peters'
mysteries are like comfort food -- they always satisfy . . . Peters' witty
writing and her cast of outrageous characters move the story along
at a brisk pace."
hardcover, 376 pages
paperback, 400 pages