A River in the Sky (Amelia Peabody Series #19)

A River in the Sky (Amelia Peabody Series #19)

by Elizabeth Peters
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A River in the Sky (Amelia Peabody Series #19) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 138 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story takes place about 1910 and Ramses is in Palestine, escaping daily contact with Nefrit. The professor and Amelia are asked first to join a expedition to follow a map purported to the hiding place of the Ark of the Covenant, also in Palestine, then to keep watch on the expedition by His Majesty's government, which is watching the Ottoman Empire slowly collapse. By the time his parents arrive in Jaffa, Ramses has chanced upon a British agent, who shortly ends up in a shallow grave. Turkish soliders, a secret society, and an assortment of odd characters are either helping to reunite the family or trying to keep them apart . . . . which is anybody's guess! All the quirks, family tensions and humor that make the Peabody series fun to read are present. Only the 'Master Criminal' is missing but MO2's involvement ensures it has some of the flavor of the later books in the series.
CaseyMarie12345 More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this book. The plot was weak and I couldn't really believe the reasons for the trip or that Ramses was really in danger. I felt that the book was hastily written with little or no thought to how it would turn out. I am hopeful that the story line previously used will continue and that it will live up to the standards of the previous books. I have read and have all of the Amelia Peabody books in my collection.
AgathaHD More than 1 year ago
I loved all of Elizabeth Peters' earlier books featuring Amelia Peabody Emerson and company, right up to and including Lord of the Silent (2001). The characters are a hoot, and even though the plots are predictable, they are the perfect rainy day/escapism books and it's fun to be taken along on the Emersons' latest adventure. This most recent book is much shorter than usual (307 pages) and it just doesn't feel as though Peters' heart is in it. I've found that all of the books after Lord of the Silent have gone downhill and have gotten tiresome. Although I appreciate the history that she weaves into her books, the more recent ones are definitely lacking. I am also unimpressed with whatever editor didn't catch that fact that a character's name keeps changing in some of the more recent books. This latest one falls between Guardian of the Horizon and Falcon at the Portal, which Peters has done before, but I think more successfully with Guardian of the Horizon. I would say you can give this one a miss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Amelia Peabody books are a major component of my personal library and I found this to be an enjoyable addition to the series. The characters are the usual zany mix you expect from this author, and although the plot is a little slow in places, the setting and the characters make up for any small deficiencies of plot. There is, as always, a lot going on, with a story told by two narrators, and it a wonderful way to escape for a while to a different place and time.I would certainly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys offbeat characters, an unusual setting and well researched historical detail.
Sansabiel More than 1 year ago
If you love the Emersons and all their adventures, you'll love this one. Peabody is at her deductive best and Ramses in a fix as usual. Just the kind of light mystery to relax with over the Holidays.
Annette Dammer More than 1 year ago
A Peters fan, I re-read her oldies every summer. This summer I decided to try the Emerson's new voyage. Surely I would miss Egypt! How stupid I was. As a Christian, I feel blessed that Elizabeth Peters struck for a place so critical to my faith. With her usual aplomb, she mixes adventure with history, never leaving the reader behind, yet never preaching a lecture. Thank you, Elizabeth Peters, for once again brightening my own summer adventures! Annette Dammer
annie729 More than 1 year ago
I do recommend this book. If your a fan of Elizabeth Peters character, Amelia peabody, you have to read this book. I have all of them, and still enjoy rereading them. This one is not one of her greats, but very enjoyable. I got used to the way she wrote in third party, manuacript H, in parenthises, and it wasn't as whimesical as the others. But overall I really liked it. Maybe I liked them mostly in Egypt and England, don't know. I was besides my self when there were no Amelia Peabody books for almost 3 years, I kept calling the bookstore and was on the internet looking for them, am glad she's back. annie729
peabodyFan More than 1 year ago
not quite my favorite overall, but a good continuation and fun to fill in the 'missing years'...
Ladyylizabeth More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy reading this series most of the time. This one was not up to par. The story concept was ok however it lacked the suspense of the others. I knew what was happening before Amelia did. Next one I hope will be better. Not enough going on. These novels are usually action packed and I have a hard time figuring them out. Usually I can't put one down. This one took me over a week to read. Please stick to Egypt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was thrilled to see a new installment in the Peabody/Emerson family archeological mysteries. I rushed to get a copy and read it quickly. It was an adequate read, but disappointing for an Amelia Peabody fan who looks forward to the twists and turns her mysteries usually supply. It has all the familiar characters with little of their pizzazz. The premise was interesting and the method of returning the family to a prior time, out of sequence, was plausible and will give this pre-WWI plot a sequel. But the tension was missing through most of the story. I hope the next novel isn't so long a wait, but that it does have the twists, turns and picante of its predecessors.
GariThesnal More than 1 year ago
Book of course as usual met up to Amelia Peabody standards...I am so glad Ms. Peters continues to grace us with her writing presence. BUY IT, it's well worth it :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Peters brings the events alive while writing an absorbing mystery. This is another of her finest Amelia Peabody books!
leonardevens More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the Amelia Peabody thrillers in the past, and I looked forward to reading this one. I was not disappointed.
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"River in the Sky" was not up to the standard expected from Elizabeth Peters. I found the book boring and never finished it. A first for this series. If there is another is the Peabody/Emerson series, I'll definitely read it, despite the disappointing 19th in the series.
tuggytoot More than 1 year ago
I have read the complete series 3 times and will probably read it again. I enjoyed them all immensely
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xyz47 More than 1 year ago
Easy enjoyable read.
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AnneAR More than 1 year ago
I know this is the last book that was written in the series, but I wish it had been numbered where it fits in the series chronologically. After reading #18, you think you will get more about the future lives of the characters, but the disappointment when you are reading about a much earlier time in their lives. But as with all of her books -- Love it!
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