Out of Egypt

Sometimes, when you need to retreat from the world, it’s good to visit an old friend – like Amelia Peabody Emerson in Deeds of the Disturber.

Unlike most of the books in the series, this one isn’t set in Egypt. Instead, it follows the family back to England where they encounter foul deeds, including murder, at the museum while caring at home for Peabody’s unlovely nephew and niece.

I missed being in Egypt, and Abdullah, and the Master Criminal Sethos. London seemed so much stodgier, though not less fraught with danger, than the desert around the pyramids. But that didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the book. I did, immensely.

It’s just the late Elizabeth Peters, who in real life was Dr. Barbara Mertz with a degree in Egyptology, made the pyramids, hotels, wadis, and alleys of Egypt so real that could feel the desert heat and smell the stink of unwashed donkeys (at least unwashed until Peabody got her hands on them.

If all of this has you wondering instead of nodding your head knowingly, you might want to start your adventures with Peabody and Emerson with the first book of the series, The Crocodile on the Sandbank.

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