Lion in the Valley

Lion in the Valley

Large Print - 2008
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The 1895-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Amelia Peabody, her dashing Egyptologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, and their precocious (some might say rambunctious) eight-year-old son, Ramses. The long-denied permission to dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor has finally been granted, and the much-coveted burial chamber of the Black Pyramid is now theirs for the exploring.

Before the young family exchanges the relative comfort of Cairo for the more rudimentary quarters near the excavation site, they engage a young Englishman, Donald Fraser, as a tutor and companion for Ramses, and Amelia takes a wayward young woman, Enid Debenham, under her protective wing.

But there is danger and deception in the wind that blows across the hot Egyptian sands. A brazen kidnapping attempt, a gruesome murder, and an expedition subsequently cursed by misfortune and death--all serve to alert Amelia to the likely presence of her arch nemesis, the "Master Criminal," notorious looter of the living and the dead. But it is far more than ill-gotten riches that motivate the man known as Sethos. The evil genius has a score to settle with the meddling lady archaeologist who has sworn to deliver him to justice . . . and he's got her dead-on in his sights.

Replete with edge-of-the-seat suspense and scrupulous archaeological and historical detail, all delivered in Amelia Peabody's unique, wry voice, Lion in the Valley is a classic installment in Elizabeth Peters's beloved mystery-adventure series.

Publisher: New York : Harperluxe, [2008], c1999.
ISBN: 9780061668319
0061668311
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT MYSTERY Peters Elizabet
Characteristics: 486 p. (large print) ;,23 cm.

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FVReader
Sep 14, 2017

I'm a fan of Emerson family. Their antics and interactions are over the top and entertaining.
This story doesn't disappoint in the antics but it does get more melodramatic than the previous books in the series. There's a lot of mention of Emerson's rippling muscles and fantastic physique. Attraction is a key theme to this story.
The mysteries in this series are never strong but practically non-existent in this installment. Not that it matters much but that makes this volume seem more of a filler or place holder for the next than a story in itself.
A fun read but even more fluffy than that others. Fun but not my favorite. I do enjoy the precociousness of Ramses. What a handful that kid would be!

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Liber_vermis
Jul 18, 2016

I plodded through 23 pages before the first engaging action occurred. This novel failed the 50-page test ... send it to "Storage".

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harley_175
Jul 21, 2015

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This is the second time they cross paths with Sethos (the master criminal). He is a chameleon, a master of disguises. No one knows his real name. Amelia finds a couple to help. Ramses is just too curious and gets into trouble. Emerson just wants to explore his dig with no interference and no visitors.

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