Curse of the Pharaohs #2 – Elizabeth Peters

Curse of the Pharaohs is Elizabeth Peters’ second book in the Egyptian cosy mystery series I’m reading with great pleasure. And in this book, the marriage of Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson are accompanied by their son “Ramses” Walter. Although Ramses is mentioned very little in the book, he is a delightful child to read about.


Oh, and of course, cat Bastet joined this beautiful family as well inCurse of the Pharaohs. Fortunately for Bastet, he has been adopted by the family after his person died. I hope he’ll be present in the excavations while the family is looking for tombs. The Curse of the Pharaohs as you see is both a mystery and a novel of an increasingly expanding family that is highly enjoyable to read!

Curse of the Pharaohs - Elizabeth Peters

In the Curse of the Pharaohs, Amelia Peabody and her husband Radcliffe Emerson travel to Egypt to conduct the work of an Egyptian researcher who died. And, of course, they encounter many mysterious deaths. While continuing with the excavations, on the one hand, they also deal with the danger of death. However, they still manage to overcome everything with courage and a little bit of romance. I am already looking forward to reading the third book in the series. Enjoy!

Curse of the Pharaohs - Elizabeth Peters

Curse of the Pharaohs

Curse of the Pharaohs: Join our plucky Victorian Egyptologist, together with her devastatingly handsome and brilliant husband Radcliffe, in another exciting escapade

When Lady Baskerville’s husband Sir Henry dies after discovering what may have been an undisturbed royal tomb in Luxor, she appeals to eminent archaeologist Radcliffe Emerson and his wife Amelia to take over the excavation. Amid rumours of a curse haunting all those involved with the dig, the intrepid couple proceeds to Egypt, where they begin to suspect that Sir Henry did not die a natural death, and they are confident that the accidents that plague the dig are caused by a sinister human element, not a pharaoh’s curse.Curse of the Pharaohs.

Elizabeth Peters

Barbara Louise Mertz was an American author who wrote under her own name as well as under the pseudonyms Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels. In 1952, she received a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. While she was best known for her mystery and suspense novels, in the 1960s she authored two books on ancient Egypt, both of which have remained in print ever since.

Elizabeth Peters

Barbara Gross was born on September 29, 1927, in Canton, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in 1947, a master’s degree in 1950, and a PhD in Egyptology in 1952, having studied with John A. Wilson. She authored two books on ancient Egypt (both of which have been continuously in print since first publication) but primarily wrote mystery and suspense novels.

She became a published writer in 1964. She was married to Richard Mertz for 19 years (1950-1969) which ended in divorce. They had two children, Peter and Elizabeth Mertz. Under the name Barbara Michaels, she wrote primarily gothic and supernatural thrillers.

Her publisher chose that pseudonym since Mertz had already published one non-fiction book on ancient Egypt, and the publisher did not want Mertz’s novels to be confused with her academic work. Under the pseudonym Elizabeth Peters, Mertz published mysteries, including her Amelia Peabody historical mystery series, using a nom de plume drawn from the names of her two children.

She was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of KMT, (“A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt”), Egypt Exploration Society, and the James Henry Breasted Circle of the University of Chicago Oriental Institute. Mertz was also a feminist, a topic that frequently arose in her fiction, and in her professional life. Mertz founded “Malice Domestic”, a Washington-based organization for women mystery writers, “because she thought men were getting all the prizes. She also started a scholarship for women writers at Hood College. Mertz died at her home in Maryland on August 8, 2013.

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Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peters

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