Thursday, June 9, 2011

Review: The Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody #2) by Elizabeth Peters


Overall Impression

Source: Library

Challenges: Support Library

Publication Date: Feb. 1988

Short synopsis (Goodreads)Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody Emerson does not relish the joys of home and hearth. For while she and her husband, the renowned archaeologist Radcliffe Emerson, dutifully go about raising their young son, Ramses, Amelia dreams only of the dust and detritus of ancient civilizations. Providentially, a damsel in distress -- coupled with a promising archaeological site -- demands their immediate presence in Egypt. The damsel is Lady Baskerville, and the site is a tomb in Luxor recently discovered by Sir Henry Baskerville, who promptly died under bizarre circumstances. Amelia and Radcliffe arrive to find the camp in disarray, terrified workers, an eccentric group of guests...and a persistent rumor of a ghost on the grounds. Now the indomitable Amelia must battle evil forces determined to stand between her and her beloved antiquities and make her foray into the truth a most deadly affair...

My Review: I started this book with a great deal of trepidation. Usually a story grabs my attention with the action and storyline, but mostly from the tension of a girl and boy falling in love. This is slightly shallow, I’ll admit, but I’ll also admit I love it. Thus, though I found Amelia’s narration to be exceptional and hilarious, she already catches her man (this isn’t a spoiler and you know it) and so where is the tension going to come from for the next books? My fears were wholly unfounded, I am very pleased to report. I actually liked Emerson and Amelia much better as a married couple. Elizabeth Peters deals with the joys of marriage in the most realistic and yet non-specific means possible but really, I giggled way too much with this book. Amelia is in tip top form and I enjoyed getting to know her little family better as well as going along for the ride as she solves yet another mystery.

Random Aside: After getting halfway through this I simply had to watch the Mummy again. It was perfect. Evie, whilst not as competent as Amelia, gave great inspiration. The movie was a lot better done than I remembered, especially considering it was done before 2000. I kind of have gotten snobby about special effects when it comes to movies, even some presently are horribly done, but the Mummy’s effects only added to the overall feel and helped get me more in the mood for archeology, mummy’s and Amelia!

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