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Deeds of the Disturber [Format Kindle]

Elizabeth Peters

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Join our plucky Victorian Egyptologist, together with her devastatingly handsome and brilliant husband Radcliffe, in another exciting escapade

Swapping the stifling heat and dust of Egypt for the cooler climes of London, adventuress Amelia Peabody finds herself plunged into an escapade set in the dignified surroundings of the British Museum, and as ever, she is aided and abetted by her irascible husband Emerson and precocious son Ramses. First of all a night watchman is found dead in the Mummy Room of the museum, a look of horror frozen on his face and very soon panic spreads through the capital while the gutter press ask the question 'Can Fear Kill?'. And before Amelia can respond with an appropriate answer, a pair of dissolute aristocrats with a shady past appear in her life together with supernatural curses, a lady of dubious reputation with a link to Emerson's bachelor past and a homicidal maniac disguised as an ancient Sem priest - but they are only the very tip of this most singular mystery. And as Amelia closes in on the murderer, Emerson and Ramses must try to keep her from adding herself to the list of victims...

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Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. She was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 483 pages
  • Editeur : C & R Crime (1 septembre 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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Amazon.com: 4.4 étoiles sur 5  72 commentaires
43 internautes sur 44 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Satisfying Amelia Peabody Mystery set in England 8 juin 2000
Par drdebs - Publié sur Amazon.com
In a nice change of pace, Elizabeth Peters makes England the setting for her fifth novel in the Amelia Peabody Emerson series. Set at the turn of the century, Peters has a great eye for period detail, a good knowledge of Egyptology and Egypt, and a marvelous sense of humour.
In this mystery the action is centered around a mummy and a murder victim--both in the British Museum. Radcliffe Emerson is furiously working on his manuscript (under deadline), Ramses is struggling to maintain his composure with two young cousins who are staying for a visit, and Amelia is (as always) writing an academic paper, struggling to control her son, and alternately fending off and succumbing to her husbands amorous advances. However, the whole family soon gets involved in trying to find out more about the mysterious mummy and the Egyptian priest who appears and disappears with alarming frequency.
I found this mystery a nice change of pace with its different setting and different cast of characters. I particularly liked the introduction of a wonderful butler named Gargery, who relishes every opportunity to get involved in the Emerson family's many escapades. If you're going to England in the near future and the British Museum is on your list of sights to see, be sure to take this book along. I think that you will enjoy seeing how little the interior of that august institution has changed!
27 internautes sur 29 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A suspensful change of setting 20 juillet 2001
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book was indeed a nice change of setting. I'm working my way through the series in order, and after Lion in the Valley (which I enjoyed) I was nevertheless a little tired of sand, Egypt, superstitious villagers, and all that. But Deeds of the Disturber's setting (London) and new characters (including Peabody's--um--"delightful" niece and nephew) really perked up this entry. Also, I found this a significantly darker book than its predecessors--it's never really gloom and doom (this is an Amelia Peabody mystery, after all!) but there's a sense of tragedy around several of the characters that seems more real and more sad than in the previous books. Too, Ramses continues to be the most disastrously endearing child in fiction. I also was pleased to see that, after the events at the end of Lion of the Valley, the tables are turned a bit in this novel.
Speaking of Lion of the Valley--in that novel I found Peabody to be insufferably, arrogantly smug. The author, I think, got rather carried away in that one (Peabody is smug, Emerson is angry, Ramses is long-winded, end of story). In Deeds of the Disturber, the characterization is much better: Peabody, especially, is back to her highly intelligent but essentially admirable self.
My only real complaint about this book is that "de cat Bastet" is present so briefly!
21 internautes sur 23 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Archaeological Adventures (with cats) meets Woman's Suffrage 18 mai 2000
Par Linda Lohse-Lange - Publié sur Amazon.com
I was hooked from the first polysyllabic-word peppered sentence. This is real writing! This first-person account exudes the rareified atmosphere of the bowels of museums, bathtub rim-running cats, competing journalists, Egypt and England, spontaneously amorous old-fashioned hubby Emerson, and best of all, precocious young Ramses with his non-school-tainted (today it's called homeschooling) erudite vocabulary and mummification projects, all self-directed and in the vein of his Egyptologist parents. The Deeds of the Disturber was the first Amelia Peabody Mystery I had read. Peters puts me right in that Cairo hotel as Emerson stomps on the blasted newspaper, stands me on the dock in London as the gritty city grime smears my face, and has my feet getting damp in the rain as I follow her walking briskly to The New Scotland Yard a whole lot faster than the fashion-hobbled ladies on the street. Now I'm ordering all of Elizabeth Peters novels including the ones written under another one of her pen names, Barbara Michaels. I wish I knew more people who talked - and wrote - in real life like Peter's dialogue. Meanwhile, I'll escape with a cup of tea or a pint of Stout and her Amelia Peabody books.
17 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Three Cheers for the Polymath Peabody! 18 janvier 2001
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Elizabeth Peters is a raconteur of the finest order. She has a gift for crafting outrageous, hyperbolic characters who speak in sesquipedalian sentences and still remain believable. If that sounds impossible, you haven't read the Amelia Peabody mysteries yet!
"The Deeds of the Disturber" is my favourite Peabody novel so far. It is a crazy, sinuous pursuit that shows all of the classic Peabody spirit and wit. The startling character of Ramses is developed more, and the plot is rife with twists and hints and portents.
Only don't make the mistake of reading any of the last three Peabody novels (Ape who Guards the Balance, Falcon at the Portal, He Shall Thunder in the Sky) before you read this one. I did, and I think you will enjoy the last three more if you read this one first.
12 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Solid, but not inspiring 3 juillet 2002
Par kallan - Publié sur Amazon.com
I found this a solid read, but not one of the best Amelia Peabody books I have read. The characters are as lively and entertaining as ever - though I can't stand Ramses - and it's always nice to catch up with the next installment of their lives. The Deeds of the Disturber was particularly well written, and I think it was an improvement on Lion in the Valley in that respect. I just didn't think that the plot of The Deeds of the Disturber matched up to some of the other books in the series.
Amelia and her husband, Emerson, return home after another season of archeological exploration in Egypt. The plan is to stay in London, so Emerson can consult the resources of the British Museum to finish his book. Yet there are mysterious goings-on at the Museum, all focused upon a mummy whose curse has already claimed one life - or is it just journalistic hyperbole? Through their connections to the archeological and Egyptian communities, Amelia and Emerson find themselves drawn into the mystery. Matters become stranger and stranger, leading to a highly melodramatic conclusion. Set against this is a tiresome sub-plot involving their son Ramses and his two little wretches of cousins, Percy and "dear little Violet" - really, how obtuse can two parents be?
Peters makes an atmospheric setting out of the murk of London, and Amelia moves through society both high and low with her usual panache. The return of Kevin O'Connell, journalist extraordinaire, was particularly welcome, and Miss Minton makes a good addition to the cast of recurring characters. There are a number of very funny scenes in The Deeds of the Disturber, and we do learn more about our favourite characters, but the mystery plot does not really add up to anything and is not, in the end, particularly interesting. I was pleased with myself that I managed to figure out part of the mystery, because that's a feat usually well beyond my powers. I'm not convinced, though, that Peters ever gives her readers enough clues to figure it all out.
If you're a fan, you should enjoy this - my criticisms are a matter of opinion, after all. If you haven't read any of the Amelia Peabody mysteries before, you would be better advised to start with a different book - perhaps The Curse of the Pharaohs.
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