The Ape Who Guards the Balance (Amelia Peabody Series #10)

The Ape Who Guards the Balance (Amelia Peabody Series #10)

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The Ape Who Guards the Balance (Amelia Peabody Series #10) by Elizabeth Peters, Samantha Eggar

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 sever 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780787117610
Publisher: NewStar Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Series: Amelia Peabody Series , #10
Edition description: Abridged Audio, 4 Cassettes
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.09(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. She was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.

Hometown:

A farm in rural Maryland

Date of Birth:

September 29, 1927

Place of Birth:

Canton, Illinois

Education:

M.A., Ph.D. in Egyptology, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1952

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Ape Who Guards the Balance (Amelia Peabody Series #10) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is so good. especially when the plot thickens. ramses is so brave and mature in this one. amelia and emerson make a wonderful duo as they try and solve the mystery. the best part is the ending, it is so twisted, i would have never of thought of it myself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Amelia Peabody series sails on under full steam in The Ape Who Guards the Balance. The purchase of a copy of the Book of the Dead of questionable provenance sets in motion a set of events of dizzying complexity that only the wit of the Sitt Hakim, aided by the truculence of the Father of Curses and the multifarious skills of the usual suspects, can overcome. If there is sometimes a labored effort to give all of the ever-growing cast of characters a star turn, the faithful readers are always glad to see them again. An Egyptian mystery by Elizabeth Peters is always a vacation in itself.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Amelia Peabody book I ever read and it was good just the part about David and Lia, and all the prejeduce drove me insane!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Elizabeth Peters has put out an exceptional book. Though emotions tend to run a little high in this novle, the outcome has a twist which will satisfy any mystery lover. The only question left is how can this be toped? However, I have a feeling Peters will be back to suprise us all!