Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters

I just finished the fourth book in the Amelia Peabody Mystery Series by Elizabeth Peters – Lion in the Valley. It is kind of a continuation of the third book – The Mummy Case – in that Amelia, Emerson, and Ramses are dealing with the “Master Criminal” in Dahshoor.

Here is a brief summary from the book cover:

The 1895-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Amelia Peabody, her dashing Egyptologist husband Emerson, and their wild and precocious eight-year-old son Ramses. The much-coveted burial chamber of the Black Pyramid in Dahshoor is theirs for the digging. But there is a great evil in the wind that roils the hot sands sweeping through the bustling streets and marketplace of Cairo. The brazen moonlight abduction of Ramses — and an expedition subsequently cursed by misfortune and death — have alerted Amelia to the likely presence of her arch nemesis the Master Criminal, notorious looter of the living and the dead. But it is far more than ill-gotten riches that motivates the evil genius this time around. For now the most valuable and elusive prized of all is nearly in his grasp: the meddling lady archaeologist who has sworn to deliver him to justice . . . Amelia Peabody!

I like this series, but this book did not particularly grab me. I found it harder to get into the plot and the characters – this might be the book or me. The character development was as strong as Peters’ past books and the story seemed to be pretty solid. I cannot put my finger on it, but a few times I skimmed a few paragraphs because the dialogue was boring and impertinent to the story.

I still look forward to reading the fifth book – The Deeds of the Disturber.

Jeff Grim
Jeff Grim has been a reader all of his life. He has had a particular interest in military history, any war at any time. His fascination with military history has brought him to an interest in historical fiction where the history comes alive with fictitious heroes and villains. Recently, Jeff has become interested in historical mysteries set in various time periods.

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