The Mummy Case

Peters, Elizabeth

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Mummy Case
Baker & Taylor
A hardcover edition of an early Amelia Peabody tale finds the Victorian Egyptologist's irascible archaeologist husband, Emerson, denied a coveted dig for a less-favorable site that proves more significant when an antiquities dealer is subsequently murdered. 30,000 first printing.


Radcliffe Emerson, the irascible husband of fellow archaeologist Amelia Peabody, has earned the nickname "Father of Curses"—and in Mazghunah he demonstrates why. Denied permission to dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor, he and Amelia are resigned to excavating mounds of rubble in the middle of nowhere. But before long Amelia, Emerson, and their precocious son, Ramses, find themselves entangled in The Mummy Case

In Cairo, before setting out to the site, Amelia visits an antiquities dealer to inquire about some papyri for her brother-in-law, Walter. At the dealer's shop she interrupts a mysterious-sounding conversation. And then, even more alarmingly, the dealer attempts to refuse to sell her a scrap of papyrus Ramses discovers in the back room. When the dealer is found dead in his shop just a day later, Amelia becomes convinced that foul play is at hand, a suspicion that is further confirmed when she catches sight of the sinister stranger from the crime scene at her own excavation site.

But it takes more than Amelia's keen instincts to convince Emerson of dastardly deeds. When Ramses's scrap of papyrus is stolen from their camp, and a neighboring tourist is relieved of an entire mummy, Emerson concedes that they may be facing something more ominous than a simple grave robber. Aided (to their dismay) by Ramses and his preternaturally intelligent cat, Bastet, Amelia and Emerson turn their detective skills to investigating the neighboring suspects, including a trio of missionaries, a widowed German baroness, and even the head of the Department of Antiquities. But when the Emersons start digging for answers in an ancient tomb, events take a darker and deadlier turn—and there may be no surviving the very modern terrors their efforts reveal.

Filled with spine-tingling suspense, precise archaeological and historical detail, and Amelia Peabody's trademark witty, wry voice, Elizabeth Peters's The Mummy Case is a classic installment in the beloved Amelia Peabody series.

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Disgusted when he is denied access to the pyramids of Dahshoor, Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerson, aided by his archaeologist wife Amelia Peabody, finds his curiosity piqued when an antiquities dealer is murdered and a mummy case disappears.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2007
ISBN: 9780061429781
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY P
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 24 cm.


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Feb 15, 2014
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Christian-bashing galore! Barbara Mertz (Elizabeth Peters' real name) is certainly a good writer and her Peabody series is quite entertaining. Nevertheless, this--the third I read--is the least I have liked so far. Apart from Emerson's constant and hysterically disproportionate reactions, the "Reader" has to constantly deal with Peabody's eternal conceitedness and belittling of males (and the only intelligent females are the ones who agree with Amelia, by the way) and their very young son's absurd precociousness. The mentions of the couple "connubial" and sexual relations increased in this book; I think if removed, the book might be reduced by 3 dozen pages. It also increased the attacks to Christianity. (Before vociferous non-Christians and atheists start attacking me, know that I don't even go to church.) For example Emerson says that Christians literally walk into a man's house and order him to become a Christian. Yet, Muhamad's conversion techniques were to pick a city, surround it, give it a day to convert-or-die, then proceed to "convert" its inhabitants. Unlike modern Christians, modern Muslims still kill people because they do not embrace their faith--people who, as has been widely documented, they call infidels. Modern Christians on the other hand, go around the world (and frequently find death) trying to peacefully convert people. While the Crusades and the Inquisition are past history, Islam continues to employ bloody methods of so-called conversion, yet always get a free pass. After many indignities thrown at Christians, the book ends with the most preposterous insinuation that the apostle Thomas would have written that Jesus had a son--something that is highly offensive to Christians. Yet Mrs. Mertz never dared to make offensive comments about Mohammed. She knows the answer would not be mere negative reviews, but she'd probably end up as housemate to Salman Rushdie thanks to some ayatollah's fatwa... Now, with all due respect to the the previous reviewer, I took these books for what they are, fiction, and made the comments I saw fit. And, yes, I look for authors who either share my own views and values, or do not have a (liberal) agenda. NOTICE: Attempts to censor my comments will be fought under the aegis of American Libraries’ beloved principles: Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Read, Intellectual Freedom.

Sep 09, 2010
  • 22950009541673 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great series. Plenty of action. There is quite a bit of description, too, but it is neccesary with the setting of archaeology in Egypt a century ago.


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