The Deeds of the Disturber #5 – Elizabeth Peters

The Deeds of the Disturber is the fifth book of the Egyptian cosy mystery series by Elizabeth Peters, and I love it more with each book. As I progress through the series, I warm up to the characters, and I miss them when I don’t read the books!


Amelia, Emerson and ‘Ramses’ Walter are in London instead of Egypt! I can say that I likedThe Deeds of the Disturber a little more, mainly because I now live in London and I can visualize (or visit) most of the places mentioned in the book, which adds a lot to my reading experience.

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Of course, Amelia Peabody had to interfere with the mysterious murders at the British Museum. And she has to learn about the sensation created by a man who performed a ritual in ancient Egyptian clothing. I guess I shouldn’t be exaggerating if I say one of the strangest mysteries of the series is in The Deeds of the Disturber.

I enjoyed The Deeds of the Disturber a lot as I did with the previous books in the series. They are certainly not one of the best books in literature, but Elizabeth Peters combines the mystery with other items very well and does not forget that the reader should have fun. Read the first book, and if you like it, you will have a great time with this cute series. If you do not like it, you will at least learn what a woman can do with her umbrella. Enjoy!

The Deeds of the Disturber, Elizabeth Peters

The Deeds of the Disturber

The Deeds of the Disturber: Swapping the stifling heat and dust of Egypt for the cooler climes of London, adventuress Amelia Peabody finds herself plunged into an escapade set in the dignified surroundings of the British Museum, and as ever, she is aided and abetted by her irascible husband Emerson and precocious son Ramses. First of all a night watchman is found dead in the Mummy Room of the museum, a look of horror frozen on his face and very soon panic spreads through the capital while the gutter press ask the question ‘Can Fear Kill?’.

And before Amelia can respond with an appropriate answer, a pair of dissolute aristocrats with a shady past appear in her life together with supernatural curses, a lady of dubious reputation with a link to Emerson’s bachelor past and a homicidal maniac disguised as an ancient Sem priest – but they are only the very tip of this most singular mystery. And as Amelia closes in on the murderer, Emerson and Ramses must try to keep her from adding herself to the list of victims in The Deeds of the Disturber.

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.

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.

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Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peters

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