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The Serpent on the Crown
Amelia Peabody Mysteries

By Elizabeth Peters
Read by Barbara Rosenblat

     Emerson and Amelia are enjoying their season abroad in their home away from home, Egypt, with their son Ramses, his wife Nefret, and their two children. They were wishing for a quiet season of excavating here and there and lounging in the shade of their homes, but they knew better than to think their wishing would actually work. Soon after a “unique” encounter with a well-known author, and later her son and daughter, the Emersons take on the task of “exorcizing” the curse out of a rather rare and very valuable statue given to them by the over-dramatic writer during her visit. What they don’t expect is to find out that there is more to the statue and the suspicious stories than they first considered, especially after they are stalked by paparazzi to the point of insanity, people end up dead, and one of our beloved characters gets shot.

      I fall in love with Amelia Peabody and her family all over again every time I read the next adventure in this series. The witty banter back and forth, the exciting twists and decadent plot are something that fans old and new will enjoy. Amelia and Emerson, along with their family and friends, take their fans on one hell of a ride through the enigmatic terrain of Egypt and the secrets that those miles of dry sand hold.

     Barbara Rosenblatt brings her usual charismatic talent to the forefront and gives us listeners a more “scenic” view of the lovable, courageous characters (as well as the not-so-lovable, sometimes annoying villains) that we have all come to adore.

      I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery. Trust me, if you haven’t become a fan of the Amelia Peabody or Elizabeth Peters books yet, you will after you reading The Serpent on the Crown!


The Book

Harper Audio
Unabridged Audio CD - 12 hours / 11 CDs
Historical Mystery
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The Reviewer

Carisa Weeaks
Reviewed 2005
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