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Who Moved My Cheese?
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control
Just One Damned Thing After Another
The Vanishing
Exercises in Knitting
The Good Dream
The Very Best of Edgar Allan Poe
The Chosen
BT-Kids' Knits
Talking God
The Professor
The Christmas Files
The Finisher
Home Decor for 18-Inch Dolls: Create 10 Room Settings with Furniture and 15 Outfits with Accessories
Dracula and Other Stories
A New Song
All Quiet on the Western Front
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Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody, #3

The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody, #3) The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Amelia and Emerson have wanted to take their son, Ramses, to Egypt for the season and at 5, he is ready to go. He is unbelievably pompous and precocious and adds a great deal of energy to the book. Barbara Rosenblatt's narrations in the audiobook gives him character and charm.

Radcliffe, in his egocentric way, has waited to get a permit for digging too late and they end up with late burials and mounds of rubble for the season. This is especially galling since they are almost in the shadow of Dashur. However, an antiquities dealer is murdered after Amelia has gone to visit his shop and a master criminal seems to be behind it. Amelia is tempted by a bit of papyrus she wants to get for Walter and finds that it is connected with their dig. She isn't the only one who wants the papyrus. Besides this, there are mummy cases which seem to appear and disappear leaving the reader wondering.

This one is a little confusing because of the identity of the "master criminal" that Amelia believes in and Emerson does not. He seems to not only be a genius of crime, but also a talented master of disguise. The reader is kept wondering who he is right to the very end.

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