Lord of the Silent by Elizabeth Peters
Amelia Peabody Mystery, No.
Harper Audio - May 1, 2001
ISBN: 0694525103
Abridged Audio Cassette - Barbara Rosenblatt (Reader)
British Historical Mystery - 1915, Egypt

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks, MyShelf.com
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Amelia Peabody and her husband, Emerson, are getting older. The mysteries are getting more dangerous, and with their son and his wife joining them, they are certainly more entertaining. With the way this one read, it had me wondering if Ms. Peters has plans for them to take over the series should mum and dad retire.

The year is 1915. War is on the minds of everyone -- including the Emersons. To avoid more problems with Ramses and the British intelligence, Peabody and Emerson head the family back to Egypt and another adventure. Right away things they begin dealing with robberies, assassins, journalists, etc - never a dull moment. Peabody and Emerson stay put and deal with the mystery taking place at their excavation while Ramses and Nefret go off to Luxor to investigate a series of thefts at the sites there. It seems the more they try to protect Ramses, the more out of control things get. It's about time Ramses shows them he can take care of his own. As the story moves and suspicions grow, Peabody and Emerson are surprised by the presence of a returning character. Although they may not appreciate her return, series followers will.

The story is told in first person with humor and attitude. Readers can expect plenty of spoilers. The Peabody Egyptian series is solid with strong, interesting characters. Each book is a continuance of the last, so I do recommend you start series from the beginning, even though it is a long way back.

Note on Audio: Barbara Rosenblatt's ability to use different voices for each character is uncanny - especially Emerson's. A great audiobook experience

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