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Emerson, Amelia Peabody's archaeologist husband, is on a dig where nothing seems worthy of interest, until a sinister murder suspect turns up at the site. Amelia can't resist following his trail, but danger mounts when she and Emerson look for answers in an ancient tomb that nearly becomes their grave. From the author of Night Train to Memphis....

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The Mummy Case Reviews

  • Carly
    2018-12-26 03:46

    **edited 01/27/14WARNING: do not read this novel if you plan to maintain any awe of Victorian archaeologists such as DeMorgan, Petrie, Wilbour, or Wallis Budge. After reading this book, every time you see a mention of DeMorgan's hallowed name in a museum or article, you will start giggling about his pathetically eager desire (at least, that portrayed in this novel) to be portrayed heroically in the Illustrated London Times:(I think the woman in the front might be Amelia herself.)Petrie's illustrious name will conjure the man's tendency to eat canned peas after they had been left half-eaten, stewing and mouldering in the Egyptian sun. Wilbour will always be the amiable "father of the beard," working hard to smooth away the ire of the snappish Reverend Sayce. And Budge...oh, don't get me started on Budge's antics. The worst (or best) of it? Almost all the stories are true, and all the characters, if perhaps a little larger than life, are accurately portrayed. If you read these novels, you'll end up feeling like you know the Victorian archaeologists, bizarre eccentricities and all. And you'll always envision Amelia Peabody Emerson, flanked by her belligerent husband and Machiavellian son, poking her parasol into every political and social bee's hive in the archaeological world.The Mummy Case is one of my absolute favourite stories in the entire series. The gleeful combat between Amelia and Emerson is still in full force, only heightened by their simmering and ever-present romantic passion. But yet another element of entertainment and conflict has appeared on the scene: the young Walter ("Ramses") Emerson is finally accompanying his parents on a dig. Young Ramses is one of my absolute favourite characters in the series. He is, as his mother once put it, "catastrophically precocious," constantly jumping from one debacle to the next and always just managing to avoid the edicts of his mother via his positively Jesuitical reasoning. His terrifying prolixity, paired with his inability to pronounce certain diphthongs, makes his dialogue a constant source of entertainment. Last, there is his ever-present shadow, "da cat Bastet", to add an additional flair to the novel. ...Due to my disapproval of GR's new and rather subjective review deletion policy, The rest of this review can be found on Booklikes.

  • Wanda
    2018-12-29 06:38

    “Catastrophically precocious”—this is how Amelia Peabody Emerson describes her young son, Walter Emerson (better known as Ramses, for his demanding nature). Several times during this novel, a chill runs down her spine when she wonders just where her darling son is and what mischief he has found in which to embroil himself!The fact that the author herself is an Egyptologist really makes these books fun. She uses all the historical archaeologists as characters for Emerson to roar and bellow at when he is not debating archaeological issues with vicious thrust-and-parry. I still love Amelia, armed with her parasol, seeking out clues. Ramses is lawyer-like in his reasoning, endeavouring to manoeuvre around her prohibitions. But “da cat Bastet” really steals the show in this installment—somehow I picture her as a haughty Siamese.

  • Julie
    2019-01-01 00:48

    The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters is a 2007 William Morrow publication. (This book was originally published in 1985)It’s always embarrassing when I have to admit I never realized Elizabeth Peters was a pseudonym for the one and only Barbara Michaels, until about five years ago. When I made that connection, I was determined to get know this side of this talented author. Although Elizabeth Peters wrote two other series, the Amelia Peabody series has to be the most beloved of her characters.This third book in the long running series has Amelia, Emerson, and their aptly named son, Ramses excavating mounds, not where they had wanted to, but in the middle of nowhere. Bored to death with their work, the couple find themselves investigating the suspicious death of an antiquities dealer.After reading the first two books in the series, which I enjoyed immensely, I got sidetracked, and this series fell to the wayside. But, I have been determined to get back on track with it. While Amelia, her parasol, Ramses, and Emerson are as hilarious as always, the mystery was pretty thin, and very slow moving, and while the usual colorful characters are here, they are not as interesting as in the first two books.Still, the banter between Peabody and Emerson is just hilarious, and for that reason alone, this book is worth a read, it was their son, Ramses who stole the show. Now that he is able to join his parents on their excavations, he has adjusted as only a child of Emerson and Amelia would. He still suffers with a slight speech problem, but his disposition is just like his mother’s. It is so funny to see Emerson doting on the boy, while Amelia is not moved by his cuteness, staying firm and practical as a mother. This dynamic made the books a lot of fun to read. But, don’t give up on the mystery. The last three chapters or so are pretty quick paced and there is a bit of action and adventure involved. Once again the author, who has since passed away, did an excellent job of drawing upon her own experiences as an Egyptologist to give the reader a very detailed and authentic description of the areas Peabody visits. Told from Amelia’s first person perspective, in the form of journals, we get a well-rounded story that is humorous, unique, and delightful. Although this one was a tad bit sluggish, it was still quite enjoyable. Overall this one gets a 3.5 rounded to 4

  • Bree T
    2019-01-11 23:39

    The Mummy Case is the third novel in the Amelia Peabody series and once again we open with the Emerson’s in England. They plan to return to Egypt and dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor, leaving behind their precocious son Ramses with Emerson’s brother Walter and his wife Evelyn. Evelyn has just suffered a ‘disappointment’ (miscarriage) and having Ramses comforts her. Plans are thwarted when Evelyn falls pregnant again and even Emerson and Amelia can see that it will be impossible for them to leave Ramses behind as he is far too much of a handful for someone in such a delicate condition. After some deliberation they decide that Ramses is at last old enough to come to Egypt, providing they take along one of their servants, John, to look after him.Emerson is denied the dig he requests and is instead given the insulting location of Mazghunah, with periods in a state of disrepair and littered mostly with late-period graveyards, not at all Emerson’s expertise or preference. Because of his irascible temper, Emerson usually gets on the wrong side of those that give out the digging permits and this unattractive location is clearly destined to bring him down a peg or two. However before they can even arrive at their site, Amelia and Ramses visit an antiquities dealer in Cairo, and become caught up in a scam of illegal antiquities dealing. Amelia is looking for papyri for her brother-in-law Walter and just happens to enter the shop during the time of a suspicious conversation, which she interrupts. She manages to get the antiquities dealer to co-operate and tell her what is going on if she returns at midnight that night. When she and Emerson do return, they find the shop proprietor hanged.Out at their digging site, Amelia is disturbed to recognise one of the workers that has been hired – she is convinced that she saw him in the antiquities shop and that he is involved somehow. She unfortunately involves Emerson straight away, who dismisses her suspicions as foolish and ends up alerting the worker to the fact that Amelia is curious about him. Emerson is determined for Amelia to forget her ‘silly detective ideas’ but too many strange things are going on at their new digging site for Amelia to really do this – someone attempts to steal something from Ramses’ room, a tourist docked nearby on one of the dahabeeyah’s has a Mummy stolen, switcheroo’s are played with that stolen mummy case and others Emerson has recovered from his dig. Add in two religious sects in the local village fighting to convert and claim the locals as their flock and Amelia has plenty to keep her occupied.I really enjoyed the first two novels in this series but this one didn’t really do it for me and I think I can pin that down to two particular reasons. The first reason is that this one was incredibly slow to get going. I normally read an average paperback in a day or two but it took me at least a week with this one, I just could not stay interested. After some 200 pages, I have to admit I was still totally unsure of what the big mystery/drama was even going to be. The narrative is extremely dry, which hasn’t bothered me in the previous two because I think Amelia is a great teller of a story (the books are all written in first person) even though her brusque manner and dry tone could be trying to some. I enjoyed it up until now but this novel it just seemed like it was endless pages of Amelia talking but saying nothing at all. We rehashed how amazing and fabulous Emerson is and how he’s a fine speciman of a man who still can’t keep his hands off his wife (but don’t expect details, this is Victorian times, you won’t get any) and we talked an awful lot about how passionate they are about digging up the vast majority of Egypt and how Emerson is very bad-tempered and rude to people and then wonders why he doesn’t get good locations to dig up.The other problem? Ramses. Their young child with several annoying speech impediments who speaks like a 35 year old PhD student in Egyptology and Archeology as well as Religious Theory and Just About Everything Else Under The Sun. I’m sorry I don’t care how intelligent some children are, Ramses is just completely unbelievable and so thoroughly annoying that I found myself skipping huge chunks every time he appeared and especially when he opened his mouth – which was far too often. Emerson dotes upon him and peers at him through rose coloured glasses and while Amelia seems thoroughly aware of how irritating Ramses actually is, cutting him off just about every time he takes a breath ready to deliver a lecture on well, anything, she doesn’t actually make much of an attempt to rein him in. He seems to outwit her at pretty much every turn with a “but Mama you didn’t tell me not to do this” which would really have me gagging him with duct tape if he were my child. And in the end of course Ramses saves the day despite the fact that he’s about six years old.The mystery remained pretty much that to me – a mystery. I’m not even entirely sure what was supposed to be the point of whatever it was Amelia was investigating. It’s possible I just forgot it every time I had to read one of Ramses’ diatribes.

  • D.G.
    2019-01-02 06:47

    Each time I read a new book in this series, I fall in love with the characters more and more. Amelia & Emerson are one of the best couples in fiction and I end up laughing so much, that I usually bookmark half the book. As usual with the series, this book is set in an archeological dig in Egypt but for the first time, the Emersons have brought their precocious son Ramses. Soon enough, Amelia & Emerson find a dead body which Amelia cannot leave well enough alone. Emerson and Amelia are a very singular couple, with a perfect understanding of one another. Not only that, but they are madly in love with each other and it shows. Emerson's tastes in this area, as in most others, are highly original...and his remarks about my figure, which is unfashionably slender in some areas and overly endowed in others, cannot be reproduced, even here."I'm totally in love with Emerson, who is a most devoted parent (unlike Amelia, who is constantly suspicious of Ramses). At some point, Emerson - who is super irascible - is told to apply the tenets of the Bible and keep his wife silent. His response? A roar of laughter. He's not threatened by his wife and he likes the fact that she's strong and opinionated.And not only is Emerson extremely bright and clever, he's also a hunk of a man! "He's a very handsome man, your husband. "Mucho macho" as the Spanish would say."The mystery at the end turned out to be too convenient but the dialogue was so clever and funny that I really didn't care that much.Totally looking forward to the next in the series.

  • graveyardgremlin (formerly faeriemyst)
    2018-12-26 00:46

    Yet another fun mystery featuring Amelia Peabody. While I have to admit the mystery didn't interest me much, the repartee between the indomitable Amelia and Emerson, and Ms. Peabody's (or Mrs. Emerson's) narration, more than made up for it. Ramses can be amusing also, but he can be a bit too much sometimes, probably because he is too precocious and smart to be believed. How many languages does this five-year-old know? Although I do think this specific example is the whole point of these books and how they should be seen: as a farcical look on adventure books in the Victorian era, but that's just a guess. Also, the book was a bit too long and would have been a better book had thirty or so pages been taken out. However, Amelia and her exploits are still a fast and fun way to pass the time.

  • Cyndi
    2019-01-13 23:31

    Amelia Peabody is back! Yay! She and Emerson haven’t gotten the dig they were hoping for. Instead they feel like they are working on a trash heap. So a bored Amelia looks for trouble and finds it.Now here is the problem with reviewing a mystery; how to talk about it without giving anything away. 🤔 Since I’m a character reader, I’ll take that route. Amelia is a bluestocking. She loves to be in control of everyone and everything. Her favorite things to try to control are the men in her life. They, of course, are hard to control. Especially their 4 year old son, Ramses.Now having been an adventurous little girl and having spent time as the mother of an adventurous little boy, I can sympathize with Amelia’s parenting. Like Ramses, my son would work his way around whatever rules I put out. Who would have thought I would have to tell a 4year old it was against the rules to climb out the window of his second floor bedroom so he could sit on the roof?But Ramses really reminds me of my 4 year old grandson, Mr. H. The long lectures on scientific stuff is all Mr. H. He is still determined that Pluto needs to be a planet. Don’t be surprised if someday his arguments win and it changes back.Anyway, this book is not the best in the series, but little Ramses saves the story for me. 😊💕📖

  • Abigail Bok
    2019-01-06 01:26

    It has been decades since I’ve read any of the novels by Elizabeth Peters. In the 1970s and 1980s they were among my chiefest delights when in the mood for light reading—though her Egyptian novels were always the ones I liked the least. Her heroines were pure liberation for a young woman born in the 1950s, swashbuckling and self-confident, cutting themselves a swath through the world.I found myself a little less amused this time around, though Amelia Peabody is still a delightful character (to read about, at least, not necessarily to know personally). This story (I believe the third in the series, so don’t read on if you haven’t read any of them and think you want to) finds her married to her Emerson and bringing her precocious son Ramses with her for his first digging season. As usual, murder, mayhem, and mystery surround her and she must divide her focus between archaeology and detection.The story has lots of entertaining twists and intriguing characters, but I felt the plot meandered and the solution to the mysteries was a bit half-hearted. Many people have faulted the character of Ramses as implausible, and that cannot be denied; but I wasn’t looking for realism and would have been disappointed had I found it! This was a pleasant diversion for a few stressful days.

  • Lilja
    2018-12-29 06:32

    This 3rd book in the Amelia Peabody series was a huge disapointment. The first two were hilarious and fun to read, despite the weakness of a having a pretty vague or unremarkable mysterie at their core. Peters seems to not have had much of a thought as to who the perpetrators or the mytery should be whe sitting down and writing this book. It feels like at the end whe we find out what was going on and who the villains are, she is half heartedly trying to fit the persons in as the criminals rather then having built the story from the start with them in mind as the perpetrators. I had a hard time staying engaged with this book. It took a long time to get going and nothing really remarkable happaned through out the book. Amelia was actually a bit annoying in this book, very pompus and repetitive, especially when it came to her husband and their relationship. Their kid, Ramses was incredibly annoying and hard to believe. Several times throughout the book I felt the boy should have gotten a good spanking or at least be cuffed to his bed. The way his speech was writen was really starting to grind my nerves and the fact he rarely got to finish what he was saying was almost worse. Very dissapointed with this installment of the series.

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
    2019-01-09 06:29

    Oh, dear.It just doesn't get any better. And I don't mean that as a complimentary phrase.No indeed.Someone told me that vol 3 was much better than vol 2. It is not. It's worse. Not even listening to it as an audiobook helped. Barbara Rosenblat underwhelmed me greatly as the reader, with her horrid rendering of the despicable little dwarf Ramses, and making Amelia sound as arch as the St Louis monument. Again, I was too busy to stop and delete it, so I bore with it. Ehhhh.Who takes a four-year-old on an archaelogical dig? Even a four-year-old who acts and talks like a 54 year old? Especially a turn of the century English family. No, dear, he would have been packed off to boarding school, or foisted onto his godparents. Because, the constant Christianity-ridiculing in this book notwithstanding, the unbearable "Ramses" does have Anglican godparents. But no--we are subjected to the insupportable little Gary Stu at every turn. And if I hear "the cat Bastet" one. more. time....I really will not be responsible for my actions. A child would humanise his pet and call it by its name...but then nasty little Ramses is anything but a normal human child. I think he's a kobold. Only once, or at the most twice, is it called "the cat", but never "Bastet". Always, unaccountably, "the cat Bastet." Ugh. I've had pets most of my life. You refer to them as "Rover" or "the dog" or "Fluffy" or "the cat." I've read 19th century family stories since I could read, and none of them referred to their pets as "the dog Rover" or "the cat Fluffy" in every sentence. It's obvious to me that Amelia doesn't even like her son much. Frankly, I see her point.The big pyramid adventure was almost fun, in a Perils of Pauline sort of way, but Peters took faaaaar too long getting there. Instead she self-indulgently presents this volume as a "secret diary" only to be revealed after the authoress' death--why? To allow Amelia to give free rein to her pomposity? The device served no narrative purpose, rather the reverse, because it meant she padded the book out with all kinds of extraneous characters and subthreads. There are lots of first-person novels out there that don't present themselves as diaries (the first two in this series, for example). I got the impression the authoress really wasn't sure where she was going, which was odd, as the entire thing was so ridiculously predictable from Chapter 2 on.Will I bother with any more of this series? I wonder. If Ramses gets sent off to school, maybe it will get better.

  • colleen the convivial curmudgeon
    2018-12-28 23:48

    I first picked up this series on the recommendation of a friend because of my love for Gail Carriger's Soulless. I can see the similarities, minus supernatural creatures, but I've never liked this series quite as much.And of a series that I've thought to be entertaining enough, but not great, this was the worst of the lot so far.Now, I do mostly like Amelia and Emerson. Their love/rivalry thing is kind of cute, and the banter is cute, but it got a bit wearying by the end that they're just constantly trying to one up each other. (Not to mention really, really tired of Emerson's constantly dismissing and doubting Amelia's detective hunches and theories. For a couple which is meant to be loving and supporting, they never seem to actually trust each other except when forced to by circumstance.)The biggest character issue I had in this book, though, is Ramses, the "catastrophically precious" 8-year-old who spouts out encyclopedic entries and constantly dictates and lectures to everyone.I can get down with a precocious child - lord knows I've read enough MG books with kids beyond their ken - but this kid was just blooming irritating and completely unrealistic. (And of course he ends up saving the day.)I do, however, like the cat Bastet.But, at the end of the day, that's not really did this book in. It was mostly the fact that the case was just completely uninteresting to me. It didn't feel like it had any real stakes, I didn't care that much about any of the major players, and just didn't really care about much of any of it, to be honest.I haven't written off the series entirely - I do generally like the writing style, despite the character annoyances, and the Egyptology stuff is interesting - but I will say that the next book is the last test - if I feel about it the way I felt about this one, then I think I'll be over it.

  • C.
    2019-01-19 04:35

    The five-star scale is unsatisfactory and should change to ten. I give three but this novel is superior to others that have received that designation from me. It doesn't reach four stars because Ramses, estimated at six years-old, was annoying and this mystery merely happened arbitrarily around us. Its theme was Amelia's compulsion to sleuth. There wasn't even any archaeological coup, just a lovely look at the family, including loyal and intelligent cat Bastet, whose constant presence I certainly approve. There are wonderful moments between Amelia and Radcliffe.The ultimate crux of "The Mummy Case", an explosive religious text that was discovered in real life, was neither foreshadowed nor built-up at all. The denouement of this mystery could have inserted any character and any back story, into the explanatory pages. No plotting leaned adeptly in any direction. The story comprised suspicion and mishaps, as if leaving an opening for Elizabeth Peters to eventually decide to whom she would attribute them. This is a nice excursion, well-written in terms of humorous dialogue and narrative but not a tautly-plotted case. I would prefer seeing more of Evelyn, Walter, and their children freshly augmented to five. Amelia's intolerance of Ramses' know-it-all ravings bring me laughter and I love that there is no sting in the family's civil address of one other.What was crafted intelligently, with engagingly witty language along with Amelia's observations: was the trio's methodical escape from subterranean entrapment. This was the Emerson family's most poignant scene and the most riveting and exciting of all. I have been a fan from the first novel, with criticisms for long segments without purpose. I anticipate that better volumes are to come. I am a stronger Vicky Bliss fan. Even though the author herself preferred it more than her publisher did, several await me.

  • ShoSho
    2018-12-31 04:37

    It had all the usual funnies I expect from an Amelia Peabody book but the plot was very confusing. I don't think I understood what happened, maybe the characters didn't either!

  • Shiloah
    2019-01-10 03:41

    Gotta love Peters for her romantic heroes and in-depth knowledge of Egyptology. Such book-candy.

  • Kris
    2019-01-07 01:52

    Quite a bit less engaging than the first book, The Mummy Case suffered very badly from an overdose of pompousness. From Ramses stilted sentences, and seriously WHAT 7 or 8 year old child sounds like a 50 year old college professor (and the speech impediment was just freaking annoying) to Amelia and even Emerson, whom we expect to be stuffy. Amelia's narrative bordered on self righteous and I rapidly tired of her know-it-allness. Not to mention she spent most of the book cutting off every male who dared to open their mouth and speak in her presence. And I have to say her treatment of Ramses, even for a time period of greater strictness and more formality, was down right emotionally abusive.The mystery was a bit of a yawn. I actually put the book down at the mid point and went to read something else for awhile. The twist at the end was interesting, not earth shattering but interesting. I have to say that had I read this book first, I probably would not read any further.

  • Vicki Cline
    2019-01-01 06:47

    This third book in the series is the best so far, mainly because of the presence of Ramses, Amelia and Emerson's precocious son. It's not clear how old he is, 4 or 5, and he can't yet pronounce 'th', making his rather long speeches quite amusing. They have taken him to Egypt for their current dig, which is at a mediocre site. Not far away at Dashoor another group is excavating some pyramids, which Amelia has been longing for. Ramses is allowed to do digging of his own as long as he takes along a guardian. Naturally there is mayhem and suspicious characters galore.

  • Emma Rose Ribbons
    2019-01-11 00:48

    Here's the thing with the Amelia Peabody books - I find them quite enjoyable, but I do need to space them out or everything sounds over-the-top silly. I hadn't read any in a long while so The Mummy Case struck the perfect balance between serious Egyptology, ludicrous infant prodigy (Ramses is grating, but then his parents can barely stand him which makes him, strangely enough, a little less insufferable) and a good helping of marital banter. The majority of the book's cosy but the end has the heroes trapped in their attempt to catch the culprit. It was my least favourite part of the novel, the author doesn't do too well in action-packed scenes and that was a little too long for my taste. Otherwise, it's a good palate cleanser and something I might even consider rereading one day. See you in a few months, Amelia.

  • Rebecca Huston
    2019-01-12 06:41

    Last year I started to read the Amelia Peabody series by the late Elizabeth Peters, and discovered that I liked it. In the third book in the series, the Emersons are returning to Egypt, but this time they have their young, precocious son Ramses in tow, along with the cat Bastet. Assigned a distant, unremarkable site to excavate, the digging season starts out uncomfortable, but soon enough there are plenty of eccentricities to complicate matters, from several American missionaries, an overstuffed overbearing German baroness who fancies herself an ancient Queen, and something peculiar about a coffin. But it is Ramses who is the real star of this novel who keeps finding more trouble and dirt than any young child should. Great fun, real archaeology, and a painless way to see the birth of modern Egypt. Four stars overall and recommended. For the longer review, please go here:

  • Melissa
    2019-01-03 03:35

    I gave the first book of this series 5 stars, the second 3, and this only 1 star. It made me wonder if editors actually edit books once an author has had some success, because I don't see how any editor could have given this book the green light as is if they had actually read it. What was witty and clever and funny in the first book has become pompous and lecture-like and unfunny in the third, and I found myself skimming and skipping pages just to get to the end. Their 'precocious' child Ramses was completely unbelievable and unbearable and made me angry every time he opened his mouth (which was a lot). I was so excited about this series after book one, I am going to attempt the fourth book to see if the author has redeemed herself. Fingers crossed.

  • QNPoohBear
    2019-01-15 02:34

    Amelia and Emerson are back in Egypt, along with their overly precocious son Ramses and the cat Bastet. Since Emerson refused to apply for a firman in advance, De Morgan, the director of antiquities has already chosen the pyramids Emerson had promised Amelia. Emerson's hot temper got him reduced to excavating a Roman cemetery and flattened pyramids. The Emersons are also beset by missionaries and are kept on their toes keeping their son out of trouble. Walter has requested papyri and when Amelia visits a somewhat less shady antiquities dealer in Cairo, he claims he doesn't have any papyri, but Amelia senses he's lying. She had spotted an unsavory character speaking with the dealer only hours before she discovers the man dead. Ramses discovered a Coptic papyrus in the shop and took it to study the language. While on their expedition, the Emersons discover a rash of unusual break-ins and a missing mummy case that keeps appearing in the oddest places. Amelia is convinced the events are connected and there's some Master Criminal behind the operations. Emerson is certain it's just a coincidence. Who will prove correct? I wasn't as into this mystery as the previous one. I never guessed who the Master Criminal was and neither did Amelia. I suspected a lot of people and the answer came out of thin air. I made some correct guesses about a few clues but I never put them all together to solve the mystery. I also figured a certain character held the clue and I was right but that character's actions were so unusual and out of place that I found it hard to believe they solved the mystery. I believe there are a few Wizard of Oz references or perhaps coincidences as that book had not yet been published. (What year is it anyway if the bustle is still in but it's enough past 1887 to refer to '87?)Amelia is wonderful as always. She's logical and analytical but feminine enough to smell a love triangle a mile away and want to interfere. I love her with Emerson but this book lacked a lot of the witty banter from the previous books. They still banter and they still value their alone time but having Ramses along changed the tone of the relationship aspect of the story. Emerson's hot temper annoyed me and like Amelia, I think he should have let her handle things. Ramses annoyed the heck out of me. I hate overly precocious children in novels and having a precocious 6 year old in the house as a benchmark shows me that Ramses is completely unrealistic. He provides a lot of comic relief though. I especially enjoyed his new pet! The secondary characters were a mixed bag. John was interesting and funny, especially when he forgot his vowels. Like the Emersons I did not like the missionaries. Brother Ezekiel was especially annoying and I think if I were Emerson I would not have been so polite and if I were Amelia, I would have rescued Charity. Charity has all my sympathy and my heart went out to her. She's a victim of abuse from her religious zealot brother who forces her to essentially be his slave. I hated every scene she was in and was hoping for a different ending. Brother David surprised me a lot. I didn't like him very much but was also expecting something a little different from his plot. The baroness provided some comic relief and advanced the plot but was largely unnecessary. I don't know if I will read the next book in the series. I stayed up waaayy to late speed reading and skimming this one.

  • Alantie
    2018-12-28 01:37

    I feel much the same about this one that I did about the 2nd in the series. Not quite as charming as the first installment, but still highly enjoyable, and as always Amelia and Emerson never fail to entertain. Their relationship is as always the best part of these reads, and I can never get over their affection for one another and the highly amusing ways they choose to show it. However, unlike it's predecessor, this time Ramses is along for the ride, and he does grate on the nerves. His speech impediment is even worse this go around and in all honesty I felt my eye twitch every time he said 'de' or something of the like. He's still unbelievable for his age, which I suppose is the point really. I'm hoping these unbelievable traits will be more endearing in an older child/adult as Ramses grows, but I'm not overly optimistic of it. Though I will admit, I do like his soft spot for animals, particularly of the feline variety as he has Bastet and also rescues a young lion cub. Hard to completely hate someone who loves animals I suppose.The Emersons wind up at a less than desirable archeological site but make the best of it. And yet, as always, there is a mystery to solve and murders of course. I hugely enjoyed the adventure in the flooded burial chamber, it was an excellently written bit, and the resulting fall out afterwards highly enjoyable. I particularly like the part where Amelia beats the people threatening Ramses senseless, and is surprised to find that she did. Amelia likes to talk about not being particularly maternal and often projects that image, but she is quick to defend her child when he's truly threatened with nothing more than her trusty parasol. Go Amelia!There is also the introduction of a character I hope will continue to be heavily involved, the individual thus far known only as the 'Master Criminal', a name created by Amelia. Of course.All in all, a fairly enjoyable read and a good addition to the series.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-20 22:51

    Typical Amelia Peabody fare. It's funny, witty, smart, and ridiculous. I think the series gets more ridiculous with each installment. It's like Peters is making fun of "sensationalist" mysteries a la Agatha Christie. It's a fun read; I laughed and smiled a lot. Peters investigates a murder, thefts, and an off-putting group of missionaries. In the process, she gets robbed, duped, and dumped in a hidden tomb. But this only fuels her desire for detective work. Of course.Most of the comic relief/ridiculous-ness comes from Ramses, Amelia's toddler-aged son. This is the first book in which he is an actual character, and I'm not sure whether to be frustrated or tickled. Ramses is extremely precocious, with an immense vocabulary and a prodigal ability for archaeology. He spends the book getting into trouble, arguing with his mother about loopholes in her rules and lecturing her about his take on her excavation. He's annoying, clumsy, far too intelligent, and a force to be reckoned with. Again, his precociousness crosses the line to irritating sometimes, and I have trouble believing in his character.Of course, the best part of the book is Amelia. She's adventurous and unabashedly excitable, plunging headfirst into mysteries because she can, and yet she's sharp and stands her own, unafraid of anyone. I enjoy her as a protagonist, and will overlook the flaws of the rest of the book. Overall, it's like Christie-lite. Perfect for summer afternoons.

  • Tracy
    2018-12-25 05:55

    The third book is usually where a series either ends or wanders into an uninteresting vein. Not so with The Mummy Case. With the introduction of a criminal mastermind and a tangled knot of plot lines, Ms. Peters lures the reader into yet another wild caper and ensures we'll read many books to come. There are a few tactics Ms. Peters employs with regard to her narrative that I find significantly help the story remain interesting. Time is very fluid in her novel. There are times when every second is documented, but unless the moment is worthy of comment, it is ignored. In this way, the reader feels like they're always skipping to the most engaging parts of the story. Ms. Peters introduction of Ramses was very clever as well. The genius offspring which both parents are unable to outsmart means the plot will always have an element of surprise.I'm excited to read this series from beginning to end, and hope I won't be disappointed in that endeavor.

  • BJ Rose
    2019-01-19 04:42

    Amelia is an amusing and annoying pompous know-it-all; but that's why this series works. But what makes this one even better is the inclusion of Ramses in the expedition. Proud and loving mama Amelia wasn't all that happy to include him, but Emerson insisted on having his son with them, and Ramses proceeds to take center stage. He is described by his mama as 'catastrophically precocious' and is extremely successful in finding any and every loophole in his protective mama's laundry list of instructions of things he must not do. (She's actually trying to protect others from Ramses!)I'm now listening to book 4, and am very pleased to see that Ramses is solidly involved. Love that boy!!

  • Dawn
    2019-01-19 00:32

    Due to Emersons lack of politic manners, they have ended up at an excavation without Amelia's beloved pyramids. Thank goodness Amelia gets them all involved in a murder mystery before they even make it to the excavation site. Everything I expect from this series continues with this book and the addition of fanatical opposing religious groups and a smuggling ring add to the fun. I'm not sure how it is that Ramses and Bastet have become my favorite characters but they are.

  • Cherie
    2019-01-12 05:32

    This was a very fun story and made me laugh out loud many times. Murder, smuggling of antiquities, and two religious groups add to the tension on site at their dig in Mazghunah, which is where they never wanted to be.I loved their son Ramses and the cat Bastet taking on a lion cub and his own private dig.I listened to this book via audio narrated by Susan O'Malley.

  • Joanne
    2018-12-28 05:48

    Listened to this installment in the Amelia Peabody series on audio, narrated by the superb Barbara Rosenblatt. She IS the voice and embodiment of Amelia in my mind, and her narration added such a new level of enjoyment to an already highly entertaining Victorian/Egyptian mystery series.

  • Irene
    2019-01-12 00:42

    It is enjoyable to read a character who is not the typical, doting, affectionate mother. She is rather horrible! I also enjoy the bickering between Amelia & Emerson. No perfect family here. Fun read.

  • Elissa
    2019-01-16 02:37

    I wanted to read this one to see if the series was going to get better again after a disappointing second book. But I was even more disappointed (and bored) by this book and gave up on the series.

  • Kate
    2019-01-03 04:54

    Ramses at his childhood best wit' lisp and de cat Bastet and all. Also - Peabody's berzerker rage and the introduction of the MC. Oh, I love old friends! Read on BOT (Rosenblatt again!)