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Children of the Storm
Morrow, April 2003, 25.95, 416 pp. ISBN 0066214764 By December 1919, the Great War is finally over. Amelia Peabody and her husband, the famous archeologist Emerson, are in their Luxor, Egypt home along with their extended brood. This includes their son Ramses, his wife Nefret, and their two children, Emerson's brother Walter, his wife Evelyn, their daughter Lia and her husband David and their children as well as Emerson's illegitimate half brot...
Crocodile on the Sandbank
Armed with a sturdy umbrella and a sharp tongue, Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody travels to Egypt. At a stopover in Rome, she rescues Evelyn, a fellow Englishwoman, "ruined" and left penniless by a good-for-nothing lover. The women board a "dahabeeyah" -- a luxurious Egyptian boat -- for a breathtaking tour of the Nile and the surrounding pyramids. Their idyllic trip turns sour after they stop at an archaeological camp run by the hot-tempered, op...
Die for Love
Jacqueline Kirby, librarian, needs a vacation from her job in Nebraska. What better place to travel than the historical romance conference in New York City! She's not a writer of romances yet, but how hard can it be? Jacqueline arrives at the hotel to a massive affair of hype, gaudy decorations, and fans. She is pleased to meet Dubretta Duberstein, a poison-tongued newspaper columnists with a cynical outlook on the entire romance scene, particularl...
Guardian of the Horizon
Morrow, April 2004, 24.95, 416 pp. ISBN 0066214718 After being thrown out of the Valley of the Kings at Luxor due to Radcliffe's temper, Emerson and his wife Amelia Peabody return to their home in Kent, England. Merasen, one of the king's sons arrives stating that King Tarek and his heir are very ill and need medical help. Amelia, Emerson, their son Ramses and their foster daughter Nefret immediate make plans to return to the Lost Oases, a civi...

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He Shall Thunder in the Sky
Amelia Peabody Emerson and Family are back in Egypt, this time working at the famous pyramids of Giza. Will Nefret and Ramses get married? Professor Emerson has made an exciting discovery. Sethos has been discovered again....
Legend In Green Velvet
When Susan, an American archaeology student, gets the chance to spend her summer working on a dig in Scotland, she jumps at the chance. Her first week in Scotland, however, is not as idyllic as she expected: an elderly and eccentric Nationalist, auld Tammas, seems determined to make trouble for her, and just as Susan finds an ally in James (a young Scot who bears a striking resemblance to Bonnie Prince Charlie), Tammas is murdered, and she is a prime su...
Lion in the Valley
In the fourth of the Peabody mysteries, Amelia and Radcliffe are on their way to the season dig when the annoying Russian Kalenischeff is found fatally stabbed in the bed of a pretty, single socialite in Cairo. She has disappeared. The "Master Criminal" (and master of disguises) who first surfaced in _The Mummy Case_ drives Amelia to distraction because he appears to be gunning for her, and eventually reveals himself to her. Ramses, now about seven, cont...
Lord Of The Silent
Morrow, May 2001, 25.00, 404 pp. ISBN: 0380978849 In 1915, archeologist Amelia Peabody returns to Cairo for the season accompanied by her spouse Emerson, their son Ramses, and his wife Nefret. Amelia quickly realizes that the charm of the city has been muted by the arrival of European agents from both camps and blatant tomb robbers. Still Luxor is so out of the way, Amelia expects a serene dignified dig. However, her dreams of quiet ...
Murders of Richard III
While vacationing in England, Jacqueline Kirby joins her friend Thomas for a weekend in Ricardian scholarship. Set at the small town family estate of Thomas' friend Richard, a group of relatives and friends gather for their annual meeting to share and present papers based on information about the famous monarch and absolving him of all involvement in the deaths for which he is accused. Since some letters have turned up proving these theories, Jacquelin...
Naked Once More
Jacqueline Kirby, librarian turned successful romance writer, competes with five other authors for the privalege of composing the sequel to Kathleen Darcy's famed novel Naked on the Ice. Darcy mysteriously disappeared 7 years earlier and has been declared legally dead. Her agent, Booten Stokes, has in his possession a file containing the plotline for each chapter of the sequel. Jacqueline, of course, wins the competition and moves from NYC to a small ...

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Night Train to Memphis
Vicky Bliss, assistant curator of the National Musuem in Germany is approached by the Munich police and an agent introduced as Herr Burchhardt. She is offered a luxury cruise down the Nile if she will agree to act as their agent and identify someone they have been tipped off as an "aquaintance" of Vicky's who is about to pull off a major heist in Egypt. This coincides with the opening of the newly restored tomb of Tetishiri, donated by an American billio...
Silhouette in Scarlet
Victoria Bliss, a scholar with the measurements of a Playboy bunny, receives a mysterious invitation from her erstwhile lover (and sometime criminal adversary) "Sir John Smythe" to meet him in Sweden. Upon her arrival she discovers that he had hoped to involve her in a scam: she was to pose as a distant cousin to a wealthy Swede with treasure buried in his backyard (which happens to be on an island in the middle of a lake). Unfortunately for them bot...
Street of the Five Moons
As an employee at a museum in Germany, Vicky Bliss is alarmed when an almost perfect imitation of the Charlemagne Talisman is found by the police in the pocket of a dead man. Experts assure her that it is a fake, yet the design is remarkably like the original piece. Because it is probable that other replicas were made and people were cheated, Vicky is sent to Rome to solve the mystery of who is making these perfect copies, and who is in charge of this ...
The Ape Who Guards the Balance
In this novel, Amelia Peabody Emerson accidentally runs into her dread adversary, Sethos, but this time Sethos isn't the mastermind behind this. Amelia and family are in a tight position. Kidnappings, murder, and risks don't fail to escape this family....
The Camelot Caper
Jessica Tregarth has been summoned to England to meet a grandfather she has never met. Included in the summons is an instruction to bring an old ring that Jessica's father stole from the family many years before. She believes the ring is worthless but before being in the country many hours she has been accosted by two strangers demanding she hand the ring over to them. Thus begins her cross country flight to avoid her pursuers. Along the way she m...
The Curse of the Pharaohs
In the second Amelia Peabody mystery, set five years after _Crocodile on the Sandbank_, Amelia and Radcliffe are dying of boredom in England after their marriage (though not because of it) and the birth of their precocious son Walter Peabody Emerson (and certainly not because of him!), known affectionately as "Ramses." When Lady Baskerville appeals to Radcliffe Emerson to take up her late husband's dig where he left off, the couple rush off eagerly to Eg...

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The Deeds of the Disturber
The fifth Amelia Peabody mystery takes place solely in England -- and mostly in London. A night watchman has been found dead, apparently of fright, in front of a mummy display at the British Museum. A little later an administrator in the museum's Egyptological section is found with his throat cut. Adding to the mystery are regular public appearances of a mysterious figure in an ancient Egyptian mask and leopard skin cloak, warning that the planned unwrap...
The Falcon at the Portal
The intrepid Amelia Peabody and company return again for another exotic Egyptian archaeological outing. It is 1911 and Amelia and husband Emerson receive a mysterious accusation of antiquities forgery leveled against family friend David, who is just about to marry Amelia's niece Lia. More intrigue and mystery build up when the Emersons return to Egypt: bullets aimed at Amelia, the discovery of a young American's corpse at their excavation site, and the...
The Golden One
Morrow, Apr 2002, 25.95, 429 pp. ISBN: 0380978857 By the beginning of 1917, the Great War makes travel across the Mediterranean unsafe. Still, the archeologist Peabody-Emerson family journeys from England to Egypt to begin another season digging up ancient history. However, their arrival at Luxor is accompanied by the word that thieves attacked a royal tomb with one of the criminals left behind dead. Before the matriarch Amelia Peabo...
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 u...
The Mummy Case
This is the continuing account of the adventures of Amilia Peabody-Emerson, an eccentric Victorian lady archaeolgist and her husband. Returning to Egypt, accompanied by their clumsy but well-meaning servant John and their precocious child Ramses, they are involved in excavating a run-down pyramid and less-than impressive cemetaries. The death of an unsavoury antique dealer prompts Amelia to investigate his - and further deaths - linked to a mysterious ...
The Murders of King Richard III
Jacqueline is in England on vacation to visit her friend Thomas. Thomas loves her company, and when it is time for Jacqueline to leave, Thomas invites her to a Ricardian meeting, where there will be many modern admirers of the infamous Richard III. There, her expertise can be used to verify a document which is vital to King Richard III's reputation. This letter could possibly clear Richard III of various murders which he has been charged with. Appreh...

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The Seventh Sinner
Jean Suttman is a young art historian who received a fellowship to study in Rome. Inadvertently, she bumps into Jacqueline Kirby, librarian, who is working/studying/vacationing in Italy. Jean introduces Jacqueline to the other scholars in her program, nicknamed the seven sinners. Jacqueline is pleased to join the group for a tour of Roman temples, but the trip turns sinister when the eighth scholar, a disliked, hanger-on of their group, has his throat...
The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog
In the seventh Amelia Peabody mystery, our heroine and Emerson head off to the digs at Egypt in 1898 without their son Ramses in tow. He is left in Britain, in the care of in-laws Walter and Evelyn Emerson, along with 13-year-old Nefret, the princess from an ancient and hidden Egyptian civilization the couple encountered in _The Last Camel Died at Noon_. (Ramses does send several lengthy and hilariously self-important letters to his folks over the course...
Trojan Gold
When art historian Vicky Bliss receives a picture of a woman wearing the mythical Trojan gold, she is instantly intrigued. She begins searching for the origin of the picture, and her search leads her to a small German town where she and six of her colleagues had met for a meeting the year before. Vicky is at first surprised by the changes made at the resort, as well as the arrival of four of the five historians who had attended previously. When the ne...


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