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La sfida della mummia: romanzo (1975)

di Elizabeth Peters

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Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her first Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. Along the way, she meets up with Evelyn Barton-Forbes, the Emerson brothers, and a lively mummy. How Amelia arranges all to her satisfaction is just one of the pleasures of this delightfully witty mystery.… (altro)
Aggiunto di recente daLyndaBuch, bookymouse, JFB87, Arina8888, jenniferw88
Biblioteche di personaggi celebriEdward St. John Gorey
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    Soulless di Gail Carriger (nessreader, lquilter)
    nessreader: The heroine of Soulless has a similar outlook to early Amelia Peabody (but I should warn that the Peabody series is cosy crime/romance, with no supernatural element while Soulless is gleeful fantasy) Both have strong willed on-the-shelf spinsters who are active protagonists in their story.… (altro)
    lquilter: Without knowing, I'd imagine that Gail Carriger had read Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series (beginning with Crocodile on the Sandbank) before writing Blameless (et seq). Similar era, similarly cranky and forthright spinster protagonist, similar sort of love affair, similar witty dialog and observations. The Amelia Peabody books are, of course, "straight" historical mystery, without the steampunk elements of Carriger's series, but I imagine that Carriger fans who read out-of-genre also will enjoy the Peters' series. Similarly, Peters fans who like SF, steampunk, or vampires/werewolves, might enjoy the Carriger series.… (altro)
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    Wrapped di Jennifer Bradbury (_Zoe_)
    _Zoe_: Wrapped is YA and considerably fluffier, but it shares the common element of an independent-minded nineteenth-century woman encountering an Egyptological mystery.
  3. 30
    The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax di Dorothy Gilman (foggidawn)
  4. 20
    Mr. Impossible di Loretta Chase (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Mr Impossible is a Regency romance novel set in Egypt. The strong intelligent heroine is something of an expert in Egyptian antiquities and is determined to help her brother get out of trouble. The general premise is a lot like the movie The Mummy. Those who enjoyed the romantic angle and the Egyptian setting in Crocodile on the Sandbank may find a lot to like in Chase's Mr Impossible.… (altro)
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    Letters from Egypt: A journey on the Nile, 1849-1850 di Florence Nightingale (Cynara)
    Cynara: Florence went down the Nile in a dahabiyya thirty-two years before the great fictional Victorian lady Amelia Peabody, but there's still much overlap!
  6. 31
    Changeless di Gail Carriger (majkia)
    majkia: Alexia Terabotti Maccon and Amelia Peabody seriously have a lot in common. And not just parasols. Also bear shaped husbands, attitude, and intrepidity (if that's a word)
  7. 00
    Valley of the Kings di Cecelia Holland (themulhern)
    themulhern: The books are very different in tone. The shared theme is archaeology and Akhenaten.
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    Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt di Barbara Mertz (themulhern)
    themulhern: The Egyptological fiction by this author really complements her Egyptological non-fiction and vice-versa. I read the non-fiction because I had been reading the fiction, and I'm happy to say that the non-fiction does deepen one's understanding of the fiction. But it is also possible that after reading the non-fiction one might dip into the fiction and find that one was enjoying the fiction much more because of one's existing knowledge.… (altro)
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    The Gilded Shroud di Elizabeth Bailey (4leschats)
  10. 00
    Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark di Donna Simpson (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both novels feature a prickly, very intelligent 'spinster' unravelling a seemingly paranormal mystery while charming a large and irascible love interest. There were snippets of dialogue in Lady Anne that definitely reminded me of the Amelia Peabody novels. Crocodile on the Sandbank - archaeological mystery set in Egypt. Lady Anne - Gothic romance… (altro)
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    Blameless di Gail Carriger (lquilter)
    lquilter: Without knowing, I'd imagine that Gail Carriger had read Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series (beginning with Crocodile on the Sandbank) before writing Blameless (et seq). Similar era, similarly cranky and forthright spinster protagonist, similar sort of love affair, similar witty dialog and observations. The Amelia Peabody books are, of course, "straight" historical mystery, without the steampunk elements of Carriger's series, but I imagine that Carriger fans who read out-of-genre also will enjoy the Peters' series. Similarly, Peters fans who like SF, steampunk, or vampires/werewolves, might enjoy the Carriger series.… (altro)
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    And Only to Deceive di Tasha Alexander (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Unconventional heroines rebel against Victorian mores to pursue their intellectual interests. The Elizabeth Peters novels are sillier (including prodding people with parasols) and is set against a backdrop of Egyptian archaeology. The Tasha Alexander mysteries are less openly subversive of Victorian morals, and And Only to Deceive draws on Homer's Iliad.… (altro)
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just can't get into this series, 2nd try, no improvement
  ritaer | Jan 2, 2022 |
1/23/12
This book was ok just the romance between the two younger characters seemed drawn out and slow, especially after the love at first sight. If this is the way Victorians actually arranged to get married, the British Isles would have a much lower population.

The mystery itself was pretty decent and the setting as well as the writing were much better then the romance parts. Amelia and Emerson are an entertaining pair of characters. I’ll try the second book in the series eventually, now that the tedious romance has been resolved.

1/15/17
I actually liked this much more this time around, rated it 2 stars in 2012, 3 1/2 2017, the romance seemed much more likely given the time and the mystery was still interesting. Usually I only re-read books I've given a high rating to, seems like I might give more lower rated books a chance in the future.
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  kevn57 | Dec 8, 2021 |
I enjoyed a lot about this book, though there were quite a few racial slurs that made me uncomfortable. It may have just been being true to the era when the book is set, but it still had moments that were unpleasant to read. There is also mention of a suicide attempt by one of the secondary characters early on in the book, but it is not graphic and we do not see her POV.

I've seen this on lists of cozy mysteries, but to me it doesn't quite fit the feel of a cozy. While some of the elements fit (amateur detective, female main character, not gory or overly violent) it just didn't have the tone of a cozy to me. Which is fine! I like a good historical mystery too, I just don't read as many of them.

This was a fun read, in part because I love reading about / seeing movies about / learning about Ancient Egypt. I will admit that I figured out the "who" part of the whodunnit early on, but I couldn't determine the "why" and so I was doubting myself. Definitely a book to pick up for a fun historical mystery, as long as you're able to handle some dated racial stereotypes with your mystery. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | Sep 29, 2021 |
Good! Relatively predictable but hilarious and enjoyable. One of my pet peeves was that I was so engrossed in the plot that I had little time to slow down and enjoy the eccentricities of the characters. While the direction the characters would take was extremely predictable on a reread skim I realized that I had missed some good fun. Also Amelia is hard to picture once you get past the beginning. . . But maybe she would always be that way anyway. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
In the year 1884, Amelia Peabody decides that she needs to start living for herself, so she makes arrangements to travel to Rome and then to Egypt. She has been educated very thoroughly in all things Egyptology related, including speaking the languages of Greek, Latin and Hebrew. The one language she has not learned is Arabic. Fortunately she is a spinster, aged 32 and has no dependents to hold her back.

In Rome her travelling companion sadly dies of typhoid, but Amelia soons finds another. This new girl is a penniless waif named Evelyn, whose aristocratic grandfather has disowned her because she, Evelyn, ran off with an Italian lover named Alberto. Alberto dumped her in Rome after he learned that the grandfather had disowned her so she was eventually found on the streets crumpled and starving.

Amelia looks after her and takes this poor girl under her wing. Together they both sail to Egypt - first to Alexandria and then up the Nile Delta to Cairo.

After several weeks of exploring Cairo, Amelia and Evelyn set sail for the Upper Nile. They plans to stop at Amarna, the place where the heretic Pharoah Akhenaten built his city to the monoetheistic god.

Upon arrival at Amarna, Amelia and Evelyn meet the archaeologists on site - Radcliffe Emerson and his younger brother Walter. It appears to be love at first sight for Evelyn and Walter. But it is acrimony at first site for Amelia and Emerson. They argue about archaeological procedure and polices and what could be done and what should be done and why it is not being done etc etc.

The next few months involve a few adventures, injuries and some near misses as both Evelyn and Amelia must battle stubborn men and their own hearts.

Despite my having read a number of the Amelia Peabody books, I had never ever read the first book. So I had no idea how Amelia had met her husband. Now I know.

This was a great story. Especially since it was set at Amarna, which is the location of the heretic pharoah Akhenaten, who built a city to the monoetheistic god. This was also supposed to be at the time of Moses and there is a possibility that the Jews may have had some influence over the Pharaohs of that time. But this is just a theory. Nothing is known for certain yet.

I gave this story 4 stars because it was full of adventure and kept me interested that I read the whole book in one day.

I have always liked Amelia. and now I know why!!! ( )
  Robloz | Sep 23, 2021 |
aggiunto da AoifeT | modificaDear Author, Janet (Jul 12, 2010)
 

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Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her first Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. Along the way, she meets up with Evelyn Barton-Forbes, the Emerson brothers, and a lively mummy. How Amelia arranges all to her satisfaction is just one of the pleasures of this delightfully witty mystery.

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