The Last Camel Died at Noon

The Last Camel Died at Noon

Book - 1991
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A brand-new Elizabeth Peters novel is one of the uncompromising pleasures in life. As Peter Theroux in the New York Times Book Review points out, "Her wonderfully witty voice and her penchant for history lessons of the Nile both ancient and modern keep (her) high adventure moving for even the highest brows". In her previous outing, The Last Camel Died at Noon, Amelia Peabody and her dashing husband, Emerson, discovered a fabulous lost oasis in the Nubian desert. Now, in the seventh mystery in the series, the Emerson-Peabodys are traveling up the Nile once again to encounter their most deadly adversary, the Master Criminal, who is back at his sinister best. Amelia Peabody was unabashedly proud of her newest translation, a fragment of the ancient fairytale "The Doomed Prince". Later, she would wonder why no sense of foreboding struck her as she retold the story of the king's favorite son who had been warned that he would die from the snake, the crocodile, or the dog. Little did she realize, as she and her beloved husband sailed blissfully toward the pyramids of ancient Egypt, that those very beasts (and a cat as well) would be part of a deadly plot. The expedition began so happily....Leaving their delightful, but catastrophically precocious, son, Ramses, back in England, Amelia hoped this romantic trip might rejuvenate her thirteen-year-old marriage and bring back the thrills that she feared were fading. She and her dear Emerson were returning to the remote desert site where they had first fallen in love, Amarna, the holy city of Akhenaton and his beautiful queen, Nefertiti. But their return would threaten not only their marriage, but their very lives with perils as chilling as a mummy'scurse. An old enemy was determined to learn Amelia and Emerson's most closely guarded secret: the location of a legendary long-lost oasis and a race of people bedecked in gold. So cunning was his scheme that Amelia might ove
Publisher: New York, NY : Warner Books, c1991.
ISBN: 9780446515856
Characteristics: xi, 352 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.


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Dec 25, 2016

This book is a tribute to Rider Haggard, the author of "King Solomon's Mines" and the prototype of the Indiana Jones movies. So it's a bit different from the rest of the series. But Amelia and Emerson are the same characters we know. This is the first time we really get to know Ramses, who begins as an obnoxious, loquacious 10 year old, but becomes a real part of the Emerson detecting team. The plot's silly, (the title is my favorite of all the series), but the family is in severe danger all the same. They fall for a story about rescuing a couple who have been missing for a decade in the desert, when what really attracts them is a treasure map. What they find is brothers feuding over who'll be king in a replica of ancient Egypt. They meet the daughter of the couple they came to rescue, and while we learn little about her except that she's blond and beautiful, and can sing, she comes with them when they escape, and it's clear Nefret will play a part in their lives from then on.

hermlou Oct 04, 2011

Professors and spouses Radcliffe Emerson and Amelia Peabody travel to Egypt for research but decide to help find a couple who disappeared 14 years ago. The couple's heir gives them a map, and their travel has many turns, beginning with the death of all their camels. They are rescued/kidnapped and don't know who is trustworthy. They go from one danger to another, always with courage and some humor. I enjoy the characters and the setting.


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