The Deeds of the Disturber by Elizabeth Peters


Historical Mystery

The Deeds of the Disturber (Amelia Peabody Mysteries) The Deeds of the DisturberElizabeth Peters; Avon 2000WorldCatAmelia Peabody Emerson, her husband Radcliffe, and their son, Ramses, have returned to London after a winter excavating in Egypt. Emerson has his book to finish for Oxford Press and Amelia has a speech to present on the Black Pyramid. They also agree to watch Amelia’s nephew and niece while her brother is out of the country and his wife is taking a rest. They are much too busy to handle anything else.

Their return is hailed by the newspapers. There is a mummy at the Museum that is claimed to be cursed. An unusual death, strange noises, and visions of an Egyptian priest have been associated with it. Soon Amelia and Emerson find themselves immersed in the mystery. Ramses is trying to get along with his cousins and keep up with his parents as well. They have a female journalist, the pompous head of the museum and his assistant, a Scotland Yard Inspector, a couple of young, dissipated aristocrats, and an Egyptian madame involved in their case.

Once again Amelia and Emerson are fun. The mystery is well thought through and even Amelia has trouble discovering the true culprit (although she’ll deny it, of course). The background of late 19th century London is well drawn with the blackening smoke, the horses and carriages, the beginning of new technology, and the murky fog. Ramses wasn’t allowed to be as annoying in this book as he has been in the previous two, The Mummy Case and The Lion in the Valley. He still has his moments. He also has his cousins to bring his come uppance. This is a book I enjoyed and can recommend.

More books by Elizabeth Peters
Amelia Peabody Emerson at Stop! You’re Killing Me!

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