|Plot Summary of The Last Camel Died at Noon|
The sixth Amelia Peabody mystery finds our heroine and her husband Emerson and 10-year-old son Ramses heading further up the Nile and into the desert than ever before. It is the winter of 1897-98. An explorer-scientist and his new bride disappeared into the wilds of Nubia (present-day Sudan) some 14 years before, and wars have prevented communication with or a search for them in the mean time. Now a cryptic message apparently from the missing man turns up at his wealthy father's home in London, and the old man begs Emerson and Amelia to find the couple. Our heroes journey up to the big curve in the river at Merowe and then west into the desert, where they eventually find a rich, primitive culture in the hidden valleys which resembles the ancient Egyptian civilizations they have studied for many years. But are they guests or prisoners of the two princes who are locked in a power struggle for the throne of this isolated and primitive society? Where is the missing white couple? And will Ramses succeed in getting in even more trouble than ever?
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of The Last Camel Died at Noon|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- 19th century
Exploring into the wild
- searching for treasure/artifacts
- surviving elements in wilderness
- trouble with tribes
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- escape/rescue from kidnappers
General Crime (including known murderer)
Part of Africa:
- Arabic Africa
- hostile arabs
- dying of thirst, sunburn
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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