A River in the Sky

A River in the Sky

Elizabeth Peters / Dec 10, 2019

A River in the Sky From New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Peters comes one of her most baffling and intriguing mysteries in her phenomenally popular Amelia Peabody series August Banned from the Valley of

  • Title: A River in the Sky
  • Author: Elizabeth Peters
  • ISBN: 9780061246265
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Peters comes one of her most baffling and intriguing mysteries in her phenomenally popular Amelia Peabody series.August 1910 Banned from the Valley of the Kings, Amelia Peabody and husband Emerson are persuaded to follow would be archaeologist Major George Morley on an expedition to Palestine Somewhere in this province ofFrom New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Peters comes one of her most baffling and intriguing mysteries in her phenomenally popular Amelia Peabody series.August 1910 Banned from the Valley of the Kings, Amelia Peabody and husband Emerson are persuaded to follow would be archaeologist Major George Morley on an expedition to Palestine Somewhere in this province of the corrupt, crumbling Ottoman Empire the Holy Land of three religions Morley is determined to unearth the legendary Ark of the Covenant.At the request of British Intelligence, Emerson will be keeping an eye on the seemingly inept Morley, believed to be an agent of the Kaiser sent to stir up trouble in this politically volatile land Amelia hopes to prevent a catastrophically unprofessional excavation from destroying priceless historical finds and sparking an armed protest by infuriated Christians, Jews, and Muslims Meanwhile, Amelia s headstrong son, Ramses, working on a dig at Samaria, encounters an unusual party of travelers and makes a startling discovery information that he must pass along to his parents in Jerusalemif he can get there alive.

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      • Elizabeth Peters

        Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz She also wrote as Barbara Michaels as well as her own name Born and brought up in Illinois, she earned her Ph.D in Egyptology from the University of Chicago Mertz was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998 She lived in a historic farmhouse in Frederick, western Maryland until her death.


    1. This is the final book in the Amelia Peabody series, which makes me sad, because it's one of my top two absolute favourite series ever, and I wish it could go on forever!Although this book is the last in the series, timing-wise it's much earlier in the Emerson family's timeline. But it harkens back to the early days, when the family and their motley group of friends, relatives and loyal retainers continuously ended up in troublesome situations, usually involving murder, or at least mayhem.This t [...]

    2. Elizabeth Peters has been a long time favorite author and her Amelia Peabody books are one I pick up again and again to relive the adventures.I was so excited when I saw this book was coming out as it meant that I would get to visit again with old friends. I was even more excited to find out that this book took place in 1910, well before the last The Serpent and the Crown which sees the Emmerson family all grown up and well onto the next generation. I was however disappointed. Though I did feel [...]

    3. I really love the Amelia Peabody series, and this book was satisfying in that it's always nice to read Amelia's "voice." This book was interesting in that it takes place mainly in Palestine instead of familiar Egypt, and while I enjoyed seeing Amelia and family in different scenery, I was disappointed by the relative lack of archeology in the mysteryI would have liked to spend more time on a dig. I also can't say I'm crazy about Peters' attempts, in her later books, to revisit those times before [...]

    4. In which the Peabody-Emersons are embroiled in Middle Eastern politics and follow an Indiana Jones type quest in the Holy Land. Tensions are mounting between Britain and Germany and war is coming. Emerson is contacted by the War Office to follow an adventurer archaeologist to Palestine to determine whether he is a German spy. Emerson and Amelia think Morley is more likely an adventurer seeing a Holy relic than a German spy. Still, a trained archeologist has to supervise the dig and who better th [...]

    5. As much as I love the Amelia Peabody mysteries, A River in the Sky is a tepid and lackluster addition to the series. The only reason I am giving it two stars instead of one is because of the fondness I've built up for the characters over the course of Elizabeth Peters' previous novels.This book is missing many of the staples that make the Amelia Peabody mysteries so enjoyable. Not only is it not set in Egypt, but there is little to no archeological excavation, and no specific crime to investigat [...]

    6. I base a lot of my enjoyment of this book, and this series, on my history with the characters of Amelia Peabody and Co. A long and cherished history because my obsession with Egypt and it's culture began with these characters, and this novelist. I can pinpoint the exact book (The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody, #3)) that piqued my interest in tombs and mummies (ok, ok, my interest is probably also tied into my love/hate relationship with zombies) and dead Phaoroahs (Charlton Heston in The Ten Comman [...]

    7. I dislike books that skip between several viewpoints. I don't like being taken away from a story just when I'm getting into it! Still, I really enjoyed this book and finished it very quickly. I've revisited it reading or listening and I find it holds up very well. One of many joys of this series is how Amelia interacts with the children as they grow up. She likes and respects Ramses, for instance, but he'll always be her little boy and sometimes her desire to protect and order him around overcom [...]

    8. I got this early as an Advanced Reader's Copy to write a review. It was so exciting to read it before anyone else had their hands on it. But I'm not going to give away my review. You'll just have to wait.

    9. Vol. 12 // Vol. 13 // Vol. 14 // Vol. 15 // Vol. 16 // Vol. 17 // Vol. 18Note: I never wrote reviews for books 1 - 11, so I didn't both to link them. Needless to say, I rated them all 5 stars.After finishing up the last of the chronological series, it was so nice to go back in time to one of the “missing” Emerson-Peabody years. I especially love anything that goes back before Ramses and Nefret have children, because if I’m honest, I’m really not that fond of their kids. In the same vein, [...]

    10. Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson are caught up in intrigue, this time traveling to Palestine and Jerusalem, to keep an eye on a German woman, and a would-be archaeologist Major Georg Morley. Meanwhile their son, working on another dig in Samaria, gets kidnapped because of something he may have heard and a piece of a clay tablet he's picked up. Its all typical Amelia Peabody as the intrepid family -- known far and wide and therefore nothing they do is done quietly -- manages to muck up and [...]

    11. I read Amelia Peabody books not necessarily for the mystery, but for the fun of having adventures with Amelia, her husband Emerson and their extended entourage of family and friends and various cats. A River in the Sky is no different. It is possibly the last book in the Peabody series and it is delightful. The book's events place it earlier in the Peabody timeline when Ramses is a young man and not yet romantically involved with Nefret. This is a novel of political intrigue with possible German [...]

    12. Overall, this one was definitely a disappointment for me. I such high expectations (finally we'll find out about that time when Ramses had to get away from Nefret and chose to go join excavations in Palestine . should also explain about his fear/dread of being whipped (in other books it mentions that this comes from when we was in the Middle East)) and was brutally let down! All of the characters are much 'blander' then they ever have been before. A lot of the time I was irritated that none of t [...]

    13. Set in Jerusalem in 1910, this 19th installment in the Amelia Peabody series has the intrepid Amelia and Emerson embroiled in the spy games of pre-World War I Britain and Germany. The crumbling and corrupt Ottoman Empire controls Palestine, and Germany is hoping to exploit the Palestinians desire for independence to move in and gain a foothold while Britain remains occupied in Egypt and India. Britain, of course, is alarmed by the Kaiser's saber rattling and hopes to check the Germans at every m [...]

    14. After an appeal from a source they can't refuse, Amelia and Emerson take their archeological crew to the Holy Land, where Ramses is currently working, rather than to Egypt. Emerson is interested in Egyptian influence in the area, but their real purpose gets derailed by worry when Ramses doesn't join them on schedule.I love this series, and was happy to travel with the family during this time period again. But I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed because the story seemed thin compared ea [...]

    15. The year is 1910, and Germany is trying to establish a foothold in the Ottoman Empire. The Emersons, except for Ramses, are at home in England. They are visited by would-be archeologist Major George Morley, who attempts to persuade Emerson to join him in searching for the Ark of the Convenant in Palestine. Additional pressure is applied by the British Intelligence Service, who suspect Morley is actually spying for Germany.Emerson agrees to go to keep an eye on the Major, not because he thinks th [...]

    16. I find Amelia Peabody mysteries infinitely comforting. I read my first one when I was in middle school, bored to death without any reading material (curse of a future librarian), and I came across my mother's copy of Seeing a Large Cat. At that point in my life, I was not what anyone would call a mystery buff and I probably still am not - police procedurals and the sort are not my cup of tea, but I gave it a chance since it featured Egypt and archaelogy. What I didn't expect was such a charming [...]

    17. The Amelia Peabody series is one that I come back to time and time again. I was so excited to read this book and to find out that it is set in 1910 before The Falcon and the Portal but after Guardian of the Horizon. A River in the Sky begins with Amelia and Emerson at their home in England with Ramses off in Samaria on an expedition all his own. As to be expected, Amelia and Emerson encounter a bit of a mystery that leads them to an area not far from where Ramses is staying. With Nefret and othe [...]

    18. Title "River" is 1910 deluge that floods the Jerusalem underground chamber where Egyptian archaeologists Amelia née Peabody, husband Emerson "Father of Curses", and son Ramses "Brother of Demons" chase villainous Mansur. The matriarch narrates most; Manuscript H is the son's from third person. After British student has throat slit at her camp site - no squeamishness, please - Teutonic petite blonde Frau (no mention of a husband, should be Fraulein) von Eine kidnaps Ramses and "brother" David is [...]

    19. I was so excited to see a new Amelia Peabody book. After book #18, I was truly hoping for more of the King Tut intrigue.However, this book goes back in the Peabody timeline, to years before Tut is discovered.I was disappointed, to be honest. Since we knew the future for the main characters, there wasn't much suspense when they were in danger. Plus, it just didn't seem to really 'go' anywhere. Why interrupt the possibilities of the Amelia and Emerson and the gang at Tut's discovery to go back int [...]

    20. Great Amelia Peabody Emerson adventure. This book goes back in time before Ramses and Nefret are married. The family is in the Ottoman Empire and embroiled in intrigue and spy vs. spy. The villains are particularly vicious--a team of a german woman and an indian who was educated in England. Ramses unwittingly discovers a clue that would ruin their plot to undermine relations in the region--Ramses is kidnapped and David tries to rescue him. Amelia and Emerson are not far away, in Jerusalem, and A [...]

    21. This latest addition to the Amelia Peabody collection just doesn't quite do the Emerson family justice. For those entrenched in the series, this book takes the reader back to 1910-before Ramses and Nefret are together and the third generation of Peabodys is born. Which means that we aren't really covering any new terrain. The plot is a pastiche of all the other plots (Ramses is held hostage, Ramses is pining for Nefret, Emerson and Peabody are working with the government on a archeological/spy m [...]

    22. Re-read: Still not a bad fill-in for the missing years. Lovely listening to Barbara Rosenblat as usual. (Previous review, April 18, 2010)We're back to 1910 with the Emersons, and it's lovely! This reads just like the earliest Amelia books, with familiarly weird conversations and kidnappings and Villains (though not the MC) and the angsts of youth and age and society. The pre-WWI scene is refreshing since the post-war novels are necessarily a bit darker. Amelia and the Professor are petitioned by [...]

    23. I feel incredibly disloyal giving this book only 2 stars. I have LOVED the Amelia Peabody series and I've read every single book. Most of them are 4 star books, with everything I love and nothing I hate. Some are 5 star books that are just perfect throughout the entire thing and a few (The Snake the Crocodile and the Dog) are just amazing and if there were 6 stars, they would get all of them. So when I got my hands on this book and saw that it was a lost journal from back before Rameses and Nefr [...]

    24. Much as I hate to give a book including one of my most favored characters a less than stellar rating - this was definitely not the best of the series.Don't get me wrong, the story is engaging and for the most part the characters are as I've come to know and love them - but. But, one who is usually not ineffectual is and one who is usually not likely to sit in the background does and one who is normally smart wasn'tey all felt off their game.That being said, it was very fun to listen and smile wh [...]

    25. I've often said that I love these characters so much I would listen to them read the phone book to each other. Now I feel like I have. Honestly, I found this book kind of boring. My attention would often wander. There are a lot of history lessons and as they are in Jerusalem this time they are more biblical in nature. Much like Emerson I prefer the Egyptian history found in the other books. Still I can't dislike an Amelia Peabody book. And this one certainly had its moments of charm. It just did [...]

    26. I enoyed the authors very descriptive account of the group of people joining Amielia and her husband on their combined archaeological and government observation to Palestine. I was expecting more history and mystery from the book after reading the back cover. The author brings the members of three major religions into the book, each with their own ideas and beliefs. This was written well for all countries and ethic grouping that it had to deal with. I would read more in the series.I think a help [...]

    27. Thanks to Jamina's loan--and my slowed progress getting through this series--I am able to fit this book into the series (the story timeline) almost chronologically instead of reading those published before it first.This one was just the right length and a very enjoyable read. A bit lighter than some of the other stories. It was fun to see the Emersons in what is now Israel for a change. Amelia and Emerson were particularly fun, and I really liked the Ramses sections. It had some twists and turns [...]

    28. Normally I love this series, but this was was a bit off for me. It is written in hindsight, to fit in between a few old ones. The thought of the Emerson family excavating in Jerusalem instead of Egypt was one of the most promising things about this book, but the archeology was practically non-existent and the plot could have happened anywhere.

    29. Isn't is just like me to start a series with the LAST book currently published? I enjoyed it and felt like it could stand alone for people who haven't read the series (like me). I will be looking up more of these books.

    30. Another chance to hear from Peabody and her interesting family. I forgot to read the note about time, so I didn't realize that it was meant to describe an earlier adventure for a few chapters. I thought maybe the Emerson's had built a time machine.

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