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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 andJoin our plucky Victorian Egyptologist, together with her devastatingly handsome and brilliant husband Radcliffe, in another exciting escapadeSwapping 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......

Title : The Deeds of the Disturber
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The Deeds of the Disturber Reviews

  • Algernon
    2019-01-17 16:56

    The fifth episode in the Egyptian Mystery investigations of Amelia Peabody.What sets this volume apart from the usual formula of the family going for excavations of ancient tombs in the desert is the movement of the action to London, where bodies are starting to crop up around the British Museum and its latest mummy exhibit. There is no dearth of suspects and mysterious personages - a priest with supernatural powers, colleagues from the arhelogical field, journalists, concerned friends and relatives, gypsies, janitors, members of the high society : - It appears, my dearest Emerson, that the aristocratic element has entered the case after all. - Yes, curse it, Emerson grumbled. I had believed myself safe from journalists, at least. Do your long-suffering spouse one favour, Peabody. Do not take the young lady under your wing. I have resigned myself to danger and distraction, but I cannot endure another of your sentimental rescues of young lovers. Elizabeth Peters is confident enough of her material to poke fun at her own clichees and mannerism. Of course there are some romantic entaglements, and Amelia is ready to jump into the fray with her trusted umbrella and confuse the issues further with her signature aplomb: Reader, I spoke the truth. I never have and never will meddle in other people's affairs. It is a word I abhor. There are times when a gentle hint or a helpful suggestion may save unnecessary suffering, and this I would not scruple to employ. But meddle - never. While I was less favorably impressed by the actual plot of this fifth book, I continue to enjoy the humour and the family dynamics of the Emersons, each of them out to prove that he or she is the best detective, with precocious Ramses winning my vote for the most subversive and hilarious of the team.There is little to comment or to analyze beside the holiday entertainment vibe of the offering and the delights of Amelia's precious phrasing. We can still find the occasional feminist rant from Amelia, but it is more subdued than usual: I digress. I am unable to refrain from doing so, for the wrongs of my opressed sisters must always waken a flame of indignation in my bosom. How far are we even now, from the emancipation we deserve? When, oh when will justice and reason prevail, and Woman descend from the pedestal on which Man has placed her (in order to prevent her from doing anything except standing perfectly still) and take her rightful place beside him? These exclamations are usually followed by our heroine blissfully succumbing into the strong arms of her faithful husband, but that in no way negates the truth of the issues.All in all, a decent addition to the series, but not one my favorite episodes. I plan to continue reading the adventures of Amelia, Emerson and Ramses.

  • TheSkepticalReader
    2018-12-27 13:34

    DNFd at pg 142 because of this nonsense:I set out at a brisk stride, looking with contempt and pity at the other ladies I saw; laced into tight stays and teetering on high-heeled shoes, they were almost incapable of motion, much less a good healthy walk. Poor foolish victims of society’s dictates –but (I reminded myself) willing victims, like the misguided females of India who fought to fling themselves into the funeral pyres of their bigamous husbands. Enlightened British laws had put an official end to that ghastly custom; what a pity British opinion was so unenlightened with regard to the oppression of English women.Not only is Amelia Peabody, the supposed “feminist”, disregarding “foolish” English women by how they dress but further states that they were “willing victims” who don’t seem to understand what’s good for them. As if that wasn’t bad enough she follows it up with something as ignorant as a statement that says Indian women were “misguided” by misogyny who “fought to fling themselves into the funeral pyres of their bigamous husbands” and that their problems were resolvable only by the “enlightened British laws.” This screams to me of ignorance and white superiority complex.I didn’t expect this kind of air of superiority coming from Amelia Peabody. I know she has strong opinions but her anti-everything-that-doesn’t-meet-my-approval attitude is shit. I expect things like this in English classics that I read. But not from a modern author. I have no tolerance for this.

  • Jenifer
    2019-01-18 15:43

    "Never, I venture to say, has there been a more suitable ambience for eerie adventure than the reeking murky muddy streets of dear old London..."I love Amelia Peabody. I especially love Barbara Rosenblat, the distinguished english voice of Amelia. She can (and does) inject innuendo, sarcasm, indignation or whatever she wants into any sentence. The plots are good, but I read for the characters. Amelia, whose "brain works to swiftly to be organized", her darling Emerson that "magnificent specimen of manhood" and their darling, precocious boy Ramses never fail to entertain.

  • Jamie Collins
    2019-01-12 14:33

    I'm enjoying these, but I think I need to space them out a little more. It's starting to feel like I'm reading the same novel over and over again. The Emerson-Peabody family is subjected to kidnappings, beatings, bullets and threatening letters; ancient artifacts appear and disappear; there are young lovers in distress; there's a supposedly cursed mummy; and Ramses is still never allowed to finish a sentence.The setting is at least different this time: Amelia and family are in London. They are highly unsuited for living in London, which they realize. The mystery is very weak, but the characters are a lot of fun.For whatever reason I was annoyed by the contrived references to the previous novels, complete with footnotes giving the titles.

  • Kate Howe
    2018-12-29 12:54

    My favorite in the series thus far!

  • Anne Hawn Smith
    2019-01-10 18:35

    I haven't read any of Elizabeth Peters books for a long time and I really enjoyed this one. I've about decided to go back to the beginning of the series and read them again. As with all of her books, they interactions between the main characters is just as interesting as the mystery. In this book, Peabody's unpleasant brother, James, has foisted off his children on her. As the book proceeds, the boy and girl make Ramses life miserable and the reader is waiting desperately for Amelia to see through them.The mystery centers around some murders happening at the British Museum. Various people try to get the Emerson's involved, which they eventually do. After some trips to an opium den and a country manor house, Peabody and Emerson manage to get to the bottom of the mystery and, with Ramses help, unmask the killer.Amelia Peabody Emerson is one of those characters that seem to take on a life of their own. Her matter of fact attitude in the face of danger and her fussy attention to detail are delightful. As a Victorian woman, she is refreshing in her no nonsense approach to life.

  • Pamela
    2019-01-08 10:52

    This book is definitely a change of pace for Peabody and Emerson. Instead of being set in Egypt, like the first four books in the series, this one takes place in London, though the mystery still centers around Egyptology.Ramses became infinitely more interesting to me in this book. Before he was a fun sort of curiosity, but now i'm taking him much more seriously as a character. His cousins? Are horrid.I particularly liked the insertion of jealously on the part of both Peabody and Emerson. It's about time we had a little conflict in their otherwise fantastic relationship, heh.The mystery itself was great; I actually gasped when the villain was revealed.

  • Corinne Austin
    2019-01-19 18:56

    My love for the narrative voice of Amelia Peabody grows with every book I read. When I grow up, I'd quite like to be her, please.

  • Amy
    2019-01-11 11:46

    I am informed by a person no less acquainted with the subject than my dear mother that Amelia's emotions throughout this novel are entirely understandable to a married person. Being an easily bored, stubborn, extremely single young person...I found her irritating enough to take a 4.5 star mystery and drop it to 3. Come on can she really be that dense? She's almost as annoying as Emerson when he starts getting jealous. *sigh*Loved Ramses. He's my favorite character in this book. Now that he's "lost" his annoying lisp-thing his ramblings are amusing and his actions are awesome. I look forward to more of him. It was nice to have the mystery in England instead of Egypt. Broke up the familiar pace of the story and made for an interesting and entertaining read.

  • Basia
    2018-12-25 11:35

    This was probably my least favorite that I've read (well, listened to) so far. Marital Suspicion is one of my least favorite tropes, and Percy and Violet made me want to strangle them. But the climax of this novel is so hilarious that it almost totally makes up for it, I absolutely adore Gargery, and Kevin O'Connell (one of my absolute favorites) is his usual delightful and dogged self. (Also I cannot explain why, but I am tickled that he calls her "Mrs. E." It kills me.)

  • Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
    2018-12-21 15:43

    Not the best and very scattered, also, the Amelia jealousy, really?Heading back to England after their run-in with the master criminal, Amelia Peabody Emerson and her husband are hoping to spend the summer finishing up Emerson's manuscript that was due at the publishers quite awhile ago. But even on the return journey it looks as if that might not be the case. There has been a mysterious death at the British Museum. A death that just happened to have occurred in front of a mummy. All of London has an Egyptological fervor which reaches critical mass when a mysterious priest starts to visit the mummy. It should perhaps be mentioned that he was wearing historically accurate garb, animal prints and all, that the lay person would not know to employ. Further adding to their troubles is their old "friend" the journalist O'Connell as well as Amelia's niece and nephew, whom she unwittingly agrees to care for. O'Connell has brought the Emersons into the case saying that they will consult upon their return to England. O'Connell, of course, failed to consult them before making this wild claim. But he does know them almost better than they know themselves, because there is no way they can stay away from this story. Soon they have another reporter on their tail, a Miss Minton. Between the goings on at the museum and trying to avoid reporters all day it's sure to get worse before it gets better. Soon another death occurs and the police arrest the wrong man, or so O'Connell swears. "Officially" delving into the investigation, the two Egyptologists are soon sneaking off to opium dens, running into Emerson's ex-flames, dealing with aristocrats, because they just seem to come out of the woodwork, and star crossed lovers, which Emerson just wishes would go away. With Amelia's rising jealousy of Emerson's past life and the escalation of bizarre incidents at the museum, it's no wonder that soon there's a few kidnappings and imprisonments and recreations of Egyptian rituals. Because once the Emerson's are involved, there's investigations and counter investigations and secrets half told, but at the end of the day, the bad guy will be locked up, with or without the help of the police.I love Amelia and Emerson, I really really do, which is why it hurts me to say that this wasn't my favorite story. At first I was concerned that I would dislike it due to it's not being set in Egypt. But surprisingly, London really worked well. The atmosphere, the fog, oh yes, the fog, perfect for mysterious people to appear and disappear into. I just feel that this relied on too many cliches and was just lackluster in the extreme. Perhaps the fact that it was the only book that was out of print, until recently, should have been a clue. I will only focus on the two things that made me mad... ok three, or maybe four, but one can be mentioned really quickly. With all Amelia's understanding of humans, how could she not see that her nephew was a little evil bully. It' was so obvious, also, they could have gone a more interesting way with the niece and her screaming of dead over and over again... like what if she had seen a murder? Oh, I would so like that, the little curly haired annoyance would need therapy for years.Next, Emerson and Amelia's love life. I adore that they still love each other so much, but one can only take so much of their amorous affections before it becomes over the top and a little sickening. I get how wonderful Emerson is, everyone falls for him, heck, I've fallen for him, I do not now need hundreds of little asides to reassure me of this. Which then leads to... if they are so in love, how can Amelia doubt that love? Their relationship has always been so solid, so in sync. Yet here we have constant doubts. What the what I say? It's absurd, their love is a given, so why do this Elizabeth Peters? WHY!?! You're tearing yourself down. Just stop it. Also, random aside, not part of my four points, how is it they haven't had like 50 million children like Evelyn? As my final point, in my, what were you thinking Elizabeth Peters? An Egyptian Hellfire-esque Club, really? The Hellfire Club gets used so much in these period pieces, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. This is definitely one of the not times. If you're going to do it, do it all out, like in The Young Sherlock Holmes. I still get nightmares from that! This, I could barely be bothered to read it. I was almost skimming near the end, something I never, never do! Also with the syphilitic lordling and his friend, who cares. I kept getting them mixed up because they both had so many differing titles that I didn't know who was who. Stick to one naming convention and leave it at that. Don't confuse and alienate the readers! Ok, soapbox put away. Niece and nephew, check, love life, check, jealousy, check, Hellfire club, check. Looks like I've covered what I disliked thoroughly. I did still enjoy it, don't get me wrong, the ranting is just some things that got under my skin. I'm just concerned about which way this series is headed. This book was the first that felt almost like a parody of itself, take a cursed mummy, throw in some lines about the wonders of Emerson, add a Ramses mishap (with fire this time) and set page count for the late 300s, print.

  • Gillian Kevern
    2019-01-16 16:36

    I really liked the London setting for this story. It worked really well, and seeing Peabody and Emerson against a background I'm more familiar with added an extra dimension to the story.

  • Jessica
    2019-01-05 12:27

    I enjoyed this fifth installment in the Amelia Peabody series. It kept the same formula as the previous books--a quirky Victorian-esque narrative tone, a supposed curse, a young couple in love, a precocious Ramses, and humorous banter between Emerson and Peabody. So yes, it read quite similarly to the previous books in the series, but this didn't bother me at all. I really like Peters's formula in these books, and I've grown attached to Emerson, Peabody and Ramses. This book did have some fresh twists, though. For one, the story took place in London and not in Egypt. The mystery was also the most complex of the series so far--I tried to figure it out, but the twists and turns kept me turning pages. The backstories of Peabody and Emerson figured more prominently in this book as well. Amelia's brother James persuades her and Emerson to take in his two children, Percy and Violet; Emerson also reconnects with a certain mysterious figure from his own past. Much as I enjoy the predictable stylistic elements of this series, I was pleasantly surprised to see all these new elements woven into this book.As always, enough backstory is provided at the beginning to make this a stand-alone novel--but I love the premise of this series and prefer to read each book as a part of it. You could pick up a novel in this series randomly and still follow most of what's going on, but part of my enjoyment is following the main cast of characters from book to book. These have become my go-to reads for when I want something quick and entertaining.

  • Kristen
    2019-01-19 14:32

    3 years agoThe mystery in this outing of Peters' series about the intrepid Emerson family was most interesting, challenging and enjoyable. There was plenty of opportunity to attempt to solve the murders, should you be so inclined.I myself am more engaged in soaking up the continuing affectionate rivalry between Amelia and Emerson, and, to a lesser extent, Amelia and her precocious [really, could he be ANYTHING else, given whom his parents are?!] son Ramses. Amelia is given reason to be jealous of her dear spouse in the course of this investigation, and the fact that the Emersons are back in England as opposed to Egypt, where we normally find them, gave this book a nice variety of people and events to play off of as foils and adversaries.The banter between Emerson and "Peabody" is as entertaining as ever, and is, if anything a bit more amusing, given that they are, in this instance, taking place on ground where Emerson is really out of his element and Amelia is the more at ease - that of the rules and etiquette of genteel British society. This series continues to hold my interest and entertain me and make me laugh!

  • April
    2019-01-04 13:43

    This book in the Amelia Peabody series begins as the family leaves Egypt from an escavation season and returns home to England. Amelia's estranged brother greets them as they arrive and convinces her to keep his children for awhile as his wife is ill and he is off for a business venture. The children do not get along well with Ramses and their interactions and scuffles along with Ramses experiments add to the tension of the story. A mummy, murders, Scotland Yard, opium den, newspaper reporters, and household servants all play parts in the story. Again, young Ramses w assistance from the household staff rescue his parents and the Inspector. It is discovered that the mother of the neice and nephew has been at home all this time and her children are promptly returned to her.

  • Lynne Tull
    2019-01-08 18:42

    I am getting more entrenched into this series. This story takes place in London; but the background is still everything Egyptian. Amelia is still a loose cannon in the investigation, but usually comes to the right solution. Emerson is her anchor and usually comes to the right solution independently of Amelia. In the meantime, Amelia still has time to match make and be a Mama to Ramses...and in this story to her brother's two children. Regardless, I am locked in now. This is #5 and she has written 19 of these stories. An aside: Ms. Peters definitely found her writing niche with Amelia. I did not like any other her other heroines and their stories.

  • Sue
    2019-01-02 16:56

    Amelia's long-suffering son, Ramses, finally gets some redemption in this novel. She always assumes the worst of him when he often is the most observant member of the household and most aware of what's going on. I suspected the visiting cousins of some erring ways and it was good to see that play out. Perhaps Amelia will be slower to judgment of Ramses in the future. This novel keeps them in England for the summer and was quite interesting with Egyptian lore abounding but not the archaeological focus of summers at the diggings. Emerson's past catches up with him and causes some jealousy for Amelia. Another fun novel with her interesting views of life and others as she narrates the story.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-01-19 13:26

    This one is a bit of an "Oh come now" at times. From Amelia deciding to keep children "just to improve their behavior" (by exposure to her I suppose) and a trap and escape worthy of a James Bond movie.Still, a three, it's well written and I've noted before, I didn't "really" enjoy any of these a great deal, but I was driving A LOT, and preferred audio books to radio all the time. I often listened to books that I might not have picked up and put time into reading. Well written, some will like it much better than I.

  • Julie
    2019-01-06 14:28

    Another hilarious installment in the adventures of the Emerson family - Amelia, Radcliffe and... Ramses. Home in England for a change, they handle many things simultaneously: annoying relatives, murders at the British museum and a bit of matchmaking between a young newswoman, Miss Minton (who could be a younger sister to Amelia) and the ever zealous newspaperman Mr. Kevin O'Connell. Masked aristocrats, orgies and pagan rituals abound! Loved every minute on audio! 4/5

  • Jay
    2018-12-29 11:37

    Peabody and Emerson solve a mystery entirely in Britain. The loss of the exotic Egypt in this book was detrimental to the story -- it's like losing a character. I found myself missing narration by Barbara Rosenblat, who did most of the previous books in this series that I have listened to. Rosenblat's narration of the exasperated Peabody really defines the character for me. Interesting in a sitcom-like way, but not up to the level of the earlier ones.

  • Lisa Rathbun
    2019-01-15 16:29

    I thought I would enjoy the Victorian voice of Amelia Peabody, but I found it tedious and repetitive. Emerson comes off to me as annoying and childish with his uncontrollable rages, and Peabody seems SO cold toward her son. The story took a long time to develop and sometimes seems misfocused: long descriptions of conversations while some action scenes were summed up in two or three sentences. I had to force myself to finish it.

  • Laura Edwards
    2018-12-27 18:50

    The first tiny stumble in the series was not so serious as to knock off a star on the rating. Amelia, Emerson and Ramses are characters I enjoy immensely. But this story took place completely in England and I did miss the setting of Egypt. And Amelia's extended family are so awful, I was practically cringing each time any of them appeared in a scene.

  • Neens Bea
    2019-01-05 14:34

    So wonderfully Victorian and so brilliantly British that you would be quite forgiven for not realising the book was written by an American in the late 80s. The 1980s, that is. (The series was published from 1975 to 2006.) I think verbose little Ramses is my new favourite fictional character. (Sorry, Mr Darcy.)

  • stormhawk
    2018-12-26 14:44

    Stalwart Egyptologist Amelia Peabody and her intrepid family face another murderous mystery, this time far from their familiar environs of Cairo or the hour desert dig sites of Egypt. London is at its foggy best as a backdrop for killings under mysterious circumstances.

  • Ryan Patrick
    2019-01-21 11:32


  • Mary
    2019-01-15 18:29

    Peabody and Emerson have to solve a series of murders at the British museum. This pair never fail to keep you hooked to the last page.

  • Louise
    2019-01-12 12:49

    Not one of the best in the series, but great to be back in the world of Amelia Peabody, Emerson, and Ramses.

  • Mimi Wolske
    2019-01-15 14:41

    I like everything E. Peters writes, especially her Egyptian mysteries.

  • Diane Challenor
    2019-01-20 17:38

    Loving this series. It's silly and brilliant all at the same time.

  • The Library Ladies
    2019-01-20 14:51

    (Originally reviewed at this, the fifth book in the series, we step away from our tried and true formula and experience a few completely new settings and approaches, to varying levels of success. Obviously, there’s no way for any book in this series to get a failing grade when you have Amelia Peabody as your narrator, but there were also a few storylines that weren’t favorites of mine.First off, it’s clear that this is going to be a completely different type of mystery when the book opens with Amelia, Emerson, and Ramses returning to London after their most recent adventure. I was both excited to have a change-up in setting, but also a bit worried about how well some aspects of the series would hold up under the stifling conventionalities of British society. I guess I shouldn’t have worried too much as Amelia has never been one to let trifling little things like “propriety” or “niceties” hold her back from doing what she wants!So, of course, we start off with a murder, a mystery, and a general unwillingness by Emerson and eagerness by Amelia to become involved. I feel like there is a bit of a pattern to one of the challenges of this series. Of course, to be a mystery, you must have a good number of suspects, which means introducing a whole new cast of character into each book. And, for some reason, this is now the second book in the series where I just couldn’t keep some of the suspects straight. It was just a lot of British noblemen with different relationships to each other, to the museum, and to the Amelia/Emerson family. I actually had to flip back and forth a few times to try and remind myself. There’s a failing somewhere in here, but I’m not sure if it’s just on me or whether more could have been done to really fix each character in the minds of readers and serve as reminders when they show up the next time. All in all, however, I did really enjoy the primary mystery in this novel, and by the end (once I had the cast mostly figured out) the story came together in a very unexpected, but fun/wacky way that is typical to the series as a whole. I also very much enjoyed Amelia’s exploits in dress-up in this book and her ventures out and about in London sans Emerson.However, there were a few plot lines that I wasn’t a huge fan of. First off, Ramses needed something to do for large portions of this book, and sadly, that something came in the form of two cousins. While there were humorous bits with these two (particularly the girl and her obsession with sweets and theatrics), I wasn’t enthralled overall. I’ve bought in on the one child character, but these two were clearly just foils for Ramses, and I wasn’t very interested in the resolution of his conflict with them (or surprised by the real story behind their antics).The second plot line…I have really mixed feelings about. I do appreciate the fact that Peters decided to throw a bit of a wrench into Emerson’s and Amelia’s relationship, as it can come of as too perfect at times, especially in this, the fifth book. However, it was hard to read about it when the reader knows that there has to be misunderstandings and some explanation behind everything and things could just be resolved in characters would just sit down and talk about it. So, while I guess it is realistic that they might behave the way they did, it was frustrating to read about, particularly with regards to Emerson. There were a few points where I feel like he was even a bit out of character with how mum he was on his involvement in the situation. He’s been presented as a very frank character, and I wasn’t completely sold on the way he chose to handle things. Or, maybe, I just bought in too fully to Amelia’s perspective on the whole thing!Those two qualms aside, I did very much enjoy this next book in the series. Turns out that you can still have a fun Egypt-related mystery taking place in the heart of London! I wouldn’t want this to be too much of a trend, however, since I do miss the culture class and history that comes with the usual setting. But as the next book is titled “The Last Camel Died at Noon,” I feel fairly confident that we’ll be back on track soon!