The Deeds of the Disturber

The Deeds of the Disturber

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An Egyptologist investigates a death at the British Museum in this "charming" historical mystery by the New York Times–bestselling author of The Painted Queen (The Denver Post). Back in London after an archaeological dig, adventurous sleuth Amelia Peabody—"rather like Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple all rolled into one"—discovers that a night watchman at the museum has perished in the shadow of a mummy case (The Washington Post Book World). There are murmurings about an ancient curse, but a skeptical Amelia is determined to find an all-too-human killer. Soon, she's balancing family demands, including the troubles of her precocious son, Ramses (aka Walter), with not just one unsolved crime, but two . . . From a recipient of multiple honors including the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award, this murder mystery set in Victorian-era England is a witty, rollicking, and "deeply satisfying" romp (Entertainment Weekly) in a "jewel of a series" (The New York Times Book Review).
Publisher: New York : Road, 2017.
ISBN: 9781497699953
Characteristics: 1 online resource (236 pages)

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Apr 03, 2019

Reading this book, the fifth in the Amelia Peabody series, was a bit of a slog for me. I don't know if it was the change in our heroes' location (from the sands of Egypt to the grime and soot of London) or what, but it just did not capture my attention the way the previous 4 books did.

That being said, there were parts of the story that I did enjoy. Seeing Emerson and Peabody hit a kind of rough patch sparked a bit of interest. I have always loved their relationship, but it's nice to see that they aren't always perfectly in love with one another, that they have problems crop up like any couple.

I admit, I also enjoyed the addition of Peabody's nephew and niece to the Emerson household. I was actually kind of hoping the family might exert a good influence on the kids, seeing as their own parents are a pair of twits, but alas, things didn't go in that direction. Still, I enjoyed the subplot for what it was.

The mystery itself wasn't all that interesting overall, though there were moments that got to me. Still, looking forward to the next book, though I might take a small break after that one, just so I don't get bored.

EuSei Jul 23, 2011

OK, more male bashing by Barbara Metz... "The naivete of the male sex never ceases to amaze me," says Mrs. Emerson, for whom only female readers are "sensible." The amount of criticism Amelia reserves for almost everybody--from queen Elizabeth to queen Victoria, to museum directors, scholars, 99% of the historical figures mentioned, to policemen, her servants, and most women--will try anyone's patience. Yet, Amelia Emerson actually admitted she was "swept away by emotion"! But... isn't she the only cool-headed human in the planet?! Later on she describes her arrival at an office when not one of the gentlemen "removed a hat or assumed a coat or rose from his chair or asked how he might assist me"! But during the whole series of books her character continuously, noxiously, endlessly harps about women being men's equal--actually being more intelligent and trustworthy then men! The thing is, Amelia Peabody Emerson is Barbara Mertz alter ego. Mertz non-fiction is punctuated by dismissive comments about men and self-aggrandizement. This statement from Amelia seems to explain why Mertz hates men: "Between [my father] vagueness and my brothers' cruelty and indifference, I had learned to have no good opinion of men..." One other shocking thing is Mrs. Peabody casually mentioning that her (annoyingly precocious, pompous) son once dressed as a "little golden-tressed girl"! If you can discount all mentioned above, the book can be entertaining. (This was the first I couldn't figure from the beginning who the killer was.)

hermlou Sep 24, 2010

#5 of series takes place in England but with an Egyptian flavour. Plot includes a haunted mummy case, an Egyptian prostitute, and an ancient Egyptian priest who flits in and out of the museum. The book is interesting except for the author's portrayal of children. Amelia's son Ramses is especially artificial as he corrects his father's dissertation and spouts encylopedic knowledge.

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