The Mummy Case is the third book of the Amelia Peabody series of Elizabeth Peters, which I read continuously. And as I hoped when the second book was over, we see a lot more of “Ramses” Walter in this book. This brilliant son of Amelia and Radcliffe is as good as his family when it comes to solving crimes. Of course, such a child would be expected from such parents. As you can see, I now have a new fave character in the series thanks toThe Mummy Case!
InThe Mummy Case Amelia and Radcliffe are in Egypt again to dig the sands for historical artefacts, and this time they have their loyal helper John and their son Ramses with them. Oh, of course, let’s not forget their beautiful cat Bastet. Exciting events are going on in this unusual family. A stolen mummy chest leads to all sorts of mysteries that chase each other, and it is up to this family to resolve these events.
It is worth reading that “Ramses” Walter is very involved inThe Mummy Case and has a significant contribution in solving the mystery. This child speaks various old languages as well as Arabic and feeds a lion with his cat. So if you don’t like mystery or crime books, just read this series to get to know this amazing family. You will also learn a lot about Egypt. Enjoy!
The Mummy Case
The Mummy Case: Join our plucky Victorian Egyptologist , together with her devastatingly handsome and brilliant husband Radcliffe, in another exciting escapade
The irascible husband of Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody is living up to his reputation as ‘The Father of Curses’. Denied permission to dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor, Emerson is awarded instead the ‘pyramids’ of Mazghunah – countless mounds of rubble in the middle of nowhere. Nothing in this barren spot seems of any interest but then a murder in Cairo changes all of that.
InThe Mummy Case the dead man was an antiques dealer, killed in his shop, so when a sinister-looking Egyptian spotted at the crime scene turns up in Mazghunah, Amelia can’t resist following his trail. At the same time she has to keep an eagle eye on her wayward son Rameses and his elegant and calculating cat and look into the mysterious disappearance of a mummy case inThe Mummy Case.
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.
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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