The Golden One by Elizabeth Peters


Historical MysteryThe Golden One (Amelia Peabody Mystery) The Golden OneElizabeth Peters; Avon 2003WorldCatThe Emersons are returning to Egypt. They have been given an archeological site near Luxor to work. They plan on staying longer than the normal digging season, though. In 1917, the ocean is not safe. They don’t know when they will return to England.

They return to rumors of a new, hitherto untouched, tomb that was found by robbers. They believe they had met one of the thieves the last time they were in the country. Although this was unexpectedly bold of him, Amelia and Emerson are certain he has found this tomb. When he brags about another one to his sister, they want to find him and discover more. They’d also like to bring him back into his family as a productive member rather than a disgrace.

Ramses and Nefret bring Sennia with them. She is getting older and will need a formal education. Sennia stays in the house with Amelia and Emerson, though, rather than the separate dwelling Ramses and Nefret now have. They trust Gargery the butler and Horus the cat to keep Sennia from being kidnapped again.

As they start searching for the first hidden cache, the Emersons stumble across…a dead body, of course. This man had been dead a while. He was positioned in front of the opened, robbed tomb as a warning for others to keep away. While they are investigating the story, the English military approach Ramses. They want to convince him to use his talents for disguise for his country once again. Nefret extracts a promise that he refuse them, and he keeps the promise. Now tomb robbers and the military are seeking the Emersons. This will lead to some interesting predicaments.

Yes, the Emersons are old friends to me now. This is the 14th novel in the series. It is, sadly, uneven. The first part was slow. The second part picked up and gained the excitement I usually find in these novels. The third part didn’t maintain the momentum. It is not as slow as the first part, but doesn’t carry through well. It is almost as if Peters could write the action sections extremely well, but sloughed off on the domestic sections. I still liked it, of course, but at least part of that enjoyment is because it is part of the ongoing Emerson story.

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

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