Lion in the Valley #4- Elizabeth Peters

Lion in the Valley is the fourth book in the Amelia Peabody series that I’m reading with immense pleasure.Lion in the Valley surprised me a lot and made me laugh because the craziest things happen to Amelia. And, of course, ‘Ramses’ Walter turns into a character precisely like what I wanted.


Lion in the Valley - Elizabeth Peters

I understood thoroughly withLion in the Valley that it is impossible not to lose yourself in this entertaining series. I think there cannot be a magnificent place like Egypt, particularly if you want to escape from your environment. With the beautiful relationships of Amelia, who is a full English lady and her husband Emerson, a celebrated Egyptologist, these books become addictive andLion in the Valley is a good example.

However, I can say that the character ‘Ramses’ Walter, who appeared later in the series, is my favourite, which also works wonders inLion in the Valley. Although he does unexpected things from an eight-year-old child, I am not surprised because his parents are unusual as well; it runs in the family. This series manages to blend crime with romance and humour very nicely. If you are looking for a ‘light reading’ that will entertain you, I recommend the series entirely. Enjoy!

Lion in the Valley - Elizabeth Peters

Lion in the Valley

Lion in the Valley: The 1985-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her dashing husband Emerson and their precocious eight-year-old son Rameses. The much-coveted burial chamber in Dahshoor is theirs for the digging. Yet there is a great evil in the wind that caresses the hot sands sweeping through the bustling streets and marketplaces of Cairo.

An expedition cursed by misfortune and the daring moonlit abduction of Rameses alerts Amelia to the presence of her arch-enemy, the Master Criminal. And his is now a personal quest for the most valuable and elusive prize of all: vengeance on the meddling lady archaeologist with the parasol who has sworn to deliver him to justice… Amelia Peabody herself!Lion in the Valley.

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, so she received a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. While she was best know 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.

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.

Elizabeth Peters

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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