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Tomb of the Golden Bird (Amelia Peabody Series #18)

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Excellent Peabody mystery

In 1922 in Egypt, Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerson begs Lord Carnavon and Howard Carter to let him excavate in the Valley of the Kings where the duo have exclusive digging rights. Because he is well known for his findings, Radcliffe¿s action leads to a feeding frenzy fro...
In 1922 in Egypt, Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerson begs Lord Carnavon and Howard Carter to let him excavate in the Valley of the Kings where the duo have exclusive digging rights. Because he is well known for his findings, Radcliffe¿s action leads to a feeding frenzy from some of his rivals who assume something of value awaits those who dig in the Valley of Kings. They are proven right when Carter uncovers the tomb of King Tutankhamen. --- The incredibly preserved burial chamber contains a wealth of artifacts that attract a global invasion of curators, collectors, amateurs, the media, government and grave robbers. Among the last group arriving at the sight is Emerson's shifty half-brother, severely ailing Sethos, who carries a secret document that if it gets into the wrong hands could cause unbelievable hostilities in the Middle East. Though he wants nothing to do with a sibling he does not trust, Radcliffe tries to help Sethos, which leads to increasingly dangerous attacks on his family. Not one to wait for an assault, Radcliffe¿s wife Amelia Peabody begins to look into who wants them dead and whether the motive is Sethos and his document or something to do with Tut. --- The eighteenth historical Peabody mystery is a refreshing superb tale that uses the Tut dig of 1922 as a backdrop to the action-packed story line. Radcliffe plays the prime role more so than Amelia, which adds to the feel of briskness in spite of the desert climate. The mystery comes a little later than usual, but is well worth the wait as the early plot provides insight into the renowned Carter excavation. TOMB OF THE GOLDEN BIRD is must reading experience for Elizabeth Peters¿ fans while newcomers will fully appreciate a strong early twentieth century mystery with a powerful historical foundation. --- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Odd writing style

This is my first Elizabeth Peters book. In my opinion her writing is hard to read, the descriptions of characters are long, drawn out, and quite frankly, just boring. I barely got through the first chapter of this book before putting it aside and deciding not to go an...
This is my first Elizabeth Peters book. In my opinion her writing is hard to read, the descriptions of characters are long, drawn out, and quite frankly, just boring. I barely got through the first chapter of this book before putting it aside and deciding not to go any further. And I read ANYTHING! So for me not to forge ahead on this says something.

posted by 856213 on February 20, 2010

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