The Deeds of the Disturber

The Deeds of the Disturber

An Amelia Peabody Mystery

Book - 2000
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Can fear kill? There are those who believe so--but Amelia Peabody is skeptical. A respected Egyptologist and amateur sleuth, Amelia has foiled felonious schemes from Victoria's England to the Middle East. And she doubts that it was a Nineteenth-Dynasty mummy's curse that caused the death of a night watchman in the British Museum. The corpse was found sprawled in the mummy's shadow, a look of terror frozen on the guard's face. What--or who--killed the unfortunate man is a mystery that seems too intriguingly delicious for Amelia to pass up, especially now that she, her dashing archaeologist husband, Emerson, and their precocious son, Ramses, are back on Britain's shores. But a contemporary curse can be as lethal as one centuries old--and the foggy London thoroughfares can be as treacherous as the narrow, twisting alleyways of Cairo after dark--when a perpetrator of evil deeds sets his murderous sights on his relentless pursuer . . . Amelia Peabody!

Publisher: New York, NY : Avon, 2000.
ISBN: 9780380731954
Characteristics: 389p.


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Apr 03, 2019

Reading this book, the fifth in the Amelia Peabody series, was a bit of a slog for me. I don't know if it was the change in our heroes' location (from the sands of Egypt to the grime and soot of London) or what, but it just did not capture my attention the way the previous 4 books did.

That being said, there were parts of the story that I did enjoy. Seeing Emerson and Peabody hit a kind of rough patch sparked a bit of interest. I have always loved their relationship, but it's nice to see that they aren't always perfectly in love with one another, that they have problems crop up like any couple.

I admit, I also enjoyed the addition of Peabody's nephew and niece to the Emerson household. I was actually kind of hoping the family might exert a good influence on the kids, seeing as their own parents are a pair of twits, but alas, things didn't go in that direction. Still, I enjoyed the subplot for what it was.

The mystery itself wasn't all that interesting overall, though there were moments that got to me. Still, looking forward to the next book, though I might take a small break after that one, just so I don't get bored.

EuSei Jul 23, 2011

OK, more male bashing by Barbara Metz... "The naivete of the male sex never ceases to amaze me," says Mrs. Emerson, for whom only female readers are "sensible." The amount of criticism Amelia reserves for almost everybody--from queen Elizabeth to queen Victoria, to museum directors, scholars, 99% of the historical figures mentioned, to policemen, her servants, and most women--will try anyone's patience. Yet, Amelia Emerson actually admitted she was "swept away by emotion"! But... isn't she the only cool-headed human in the planet?! Later on she describes her arrival at an office when not one of the gentlemen "removed a hat or assumed a coat or rose from his chair or asked how he might assist me"! But during the whole series of books her character continuously, noxiously, endlessly harps about women being men's equal--actually being more intelligent and trustworthy then men! The thing is, Amelia Peabody Emerson is Barbara Mertz alter ego. Mertz non-fiction is punctuated by dismissive comments about men and self-aggrandizement. This statement from Amelia seems to explain why Mertz hates men: "Between [my father] vagueness and my brothers' cruelty and indifference, I had learned to have no good opinion of men..." One other shocking thing is Mrs. Peabody casually mentioning that her (annoyingly precocious, pompous) son once dressed as a "little golden-tressed girl"! If you can discount all mentioned above, the book can be entertaining. (This was the first I couldn't figure from the beginning who the killer was.)

hermlou Sep 24, 2010

#5 of series takes place in England but with an Egyptian flavour. Plot includes a haunted mummy case, an Egyptian prostitute, and an ancient Egyptian priest who flits in and out of the museum. The book is interesting except for the author's portrayal of children. Amelia's son Ramses is especially artificial as he corrects his father's dissertation and spouts encylopedic knowledge.


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