Author: Elizabeth Peters, 1986.
Genre: Historical Mystery. Egyptology.
Other Details: ebook 432 pages/Unabridged audiobook (12 hrs, 12 mins). Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat..
The 1895-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Amelia Peabody, her dashing Egyptologist husband Emerson, and their wild and precocious eight-year-old son Ramses. The much-coveted burial chamber of the Black Pyramid in Dahshoor is theirs for the digging. But there is a great evil in the wind that roils the hot sands sweeping through the bustling streets and marketplace of Cairo. The brazen moonlight abduction of Ramses -- and an expedition subsequently cursed by misfortune and death -- have alerted Amelia to the likely presence of her arch nemesis the Master Criminal, notorious looter of the living and the dead. But it is far more than ill-gotten riches that motivates the evil genius this time around. For now the most valuable and elusive prized of all is nearly in his grasp: the meddling lady archaeologist who has sworn to deliver him to justice . . . Amelia Peabody! - synopsis from author's website,
As I had done previously this novel was my audiobook-in-the-car during the week and then I would read the corresponding pages on my Kindle. This proved to be the best in the series to date with Rosenblat capturing with perfection the prim voice of Amelia Peabody including the amusing banter between her and her delightfully gruff husband. Ramses while still present was kept much more to the background and was also the butt of a number of delightfully snarky remarks including from his long-suffering parents.
The mystery itself revolved around the so-called Master Criminal who popped up in the last book and the story takes some unexpected yet interesting turns.