Sunday, August 18, 2013

Amelia Peabody Novels Nos. 7-10

The Snake, the Crocodile & the Dog (Amelia Peabody, #7)The Snake, the Crocodile & the Dog 
by Elizabeth Peters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This Amelia Peabody read like two books. One book was set in England and the other in Egypt. They were tied to each other by the mystery to be solved. Alert: Pay attention to the clues in England they might help you solve the mystery in Egypt. There are a lot of twists and turns that will keep you guessing. It was a very enjoyable book to read even all of the Egyptology that was thrown in to educate the reader.

The Hippopotamus Pool (Amelia Peabody, #8)The Hippopotamus Pool 
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There seemed to be a new direction in this book of the series. Some new characters were introduced and some of the old ones made an appearance to help solve the mystery. Some of the story was a little heavy on the Egyptology and at times over powered the story. Then, we were back on track with the mystery. Ramses is making another adjustment...he is trying to speak as a young gentleman instead of speaking 'Egyptology' as if he was reading text from an encyclopedia. I think the motivation is Nefret, his adopted sister. After all he is now a teenager and so is she. hmmm!  We'll see where this takes us. His priorities are getting complicated. I think it was a good mystery story...just a little too many 'asides' for me.

Seeing a Large Cat 
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Emerson and Amelia are back in Egypt. The 'children' have grown up. They now teenagers...very mature teenagers. Ramses and Nefret are now joined by David, an Egyptian boy they rescued from a life of crime in the last book. He is the Grandson of Abdullah, their Egyptian foreman. Several characters from other books in the series are part of the cast. The mystery is complicated, but not too complicated for Peabody and crew. We got a dose of Egyptology, but not too heavy that it distracted from the story.

The Ape Who Guards the Balance (Amelia Peabody, #10)The Ape Who Guards the Balance 
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am really into Amelia Peabody. Who would have thought-not me? I really like this story. Ms. Peters actually moves her characters along. She lets them get older as the years past...not to 'spoil' the story. I am also amazed that the Egyptology does not get in the way of the mystery and the characters.. This is the tenth one in the series and there are more to come...looking forward to reading them!

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