The Deeds of the Disturber

The Deeds of the Disturber

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...

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Title:The Deeds of the Disturber
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The Deeds of the Disturber Reviews

  • Anne Hawn Smith

    I haven't read any of Elizabeth Peters books for a long time and I really enjoyed this one. I've about decided to go back to the beginning of the series and read them again. As with all of her books, they interactions between the main characters is just as interesting as the mystery. In this book, Peabody's unpleasant brother, James, has foisted off his children on her. As the book proceeds, the boy and girl make Ramses life miserable and the reader is waiting desperately for Amelia to see

    I haven't read any of Elizabeth Peters books for a long time and I really enjoyed this one. I've about decided to go back to the beginning of the series and read them again. As with all of her books, they interactions between the main characters is just as interesting as the mystery. In this book, Peabody's unpleasant brother, James, has foisted off his children on her. As the book proceeds, the boy and girl make Ramses life miserable and the reader is waiting desperately for Amelia to see through them.

    The mystery centers around some murders happening at the British Museum. Various people try to get the Emerson's involved, which they eventually do. After some trips to an opium den and a country manor house, Peabody and Emerson manage to get to the bottom of the mystery and, with Ramses help, unmask the killer.

    Amelia Peabody Emerson is one of those characters that seem to take on a life of their own. Her matter of fact attitude in the face of danger and her fussy attention to detail are delightful. As a Victorian woman, she is refreshing in her no nonsense approach to life.

  • Kate

    One of my favorites in the series! The Emersons are in England and crime finds them even through the fog of London, this time starting with a death at the British Museum and a weird Ancient Egyptian Priest impersonator. On top of that, Amelia foolishly agreed to take in the execrable children of her awful brother while their mother recovers from illness, and Ramses seems unhappy. This book is crazily vivid in my memory but Barbara Rosenblat makes it even better. Hurrah for Inter-Library Loan and

    One of my favorites in the series! The Emersons are in England and crime finds them even through the fog of London, this time starting with a death at the British Museum and a weird Ancient Egyptian Priest impersonator. On top of that, Amelia foolishly agreed to take in the execrable children of her awful brother while their mother recovers from illness, and Ramses seems unhappy. This book is crazily vivid in my memory but Barbara Rosenblat makes it even better. Hurrah for Inter-Library Loan and no more attempts to listen to a sub-par reader.

  • ✨ Gramy ✨

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    Mrs. Amelia "Peabody' Emerson shares her charming wit and eccentric humor in this enthralling series. The tale produced such a comically, vivid picture of this family with their superior attitudes, geological adventures, and warped mystery solving spats. that it had me laughing out loud. I am thoroughly enjoying this clean book series that provides wit, humor, and tons of new words to devour.

    This is the fourth book of the series and by this time, Ramses was eight years old. This amazingly

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    Mrs. Amelia "Peabody' Emerson shares her charming wit and eccentric humor in this enthralling series. The tale produced such a comically, vivid picture of this family with their superior attitudes, geological adventures, and warped mystery solving spats. that it had me laughing out loud. I am thoroughly enjoying this clean book series that provides wit, humor, and tons of new words to devour. 

    This is the fourth book of the series and by this time, Ramses was eight years old.  This amazingly precocious child is so advanced, that he knows as much about Egyptology as his highly educated parents, if not more sometimes, which is totally incomprehensible, but extremely entertaining. This tale takes them on an adventure throughout London and again they are ensconced in the investigation of another set of murders. Then there is also the enlargement of their charges as Ameilia's brother deposits his two children into their care for the summer they had scheduled to complete a book and article about their previous work in Egypt. What devious reason could have inspired him to do so?

    Amelia has the utmost respect, love, and desire for her dear husband, Emerson, even though they enjoy their witty banter and try to outdo one another. However, she shockingly comes face to face with a new emotion, jealousy. Does she have reason to fear?

     

    This historical romance delivers clean and wholesome entertainment with a cast of quirky characters working together to catch a murderer.  This time the willful and witty duo, comprised of Radcliff and Amelia, are involved in catching murderer and both end up prisoners of the devious villain. What a unique experience being held hostage with her husband and the inspector. Oh, but don't underestimate the involvement of Ramses.

    The author expresses herself so dramatically that it captures the reader's attention. Just when you may begin to feel a little lost or bored, her personal outburst, usually toward Emerson or Ramses, will recapture your attention, or she might strike someone with her trusty parasol and then, just continue the story.  She has a distinct way of portraying each intrinsically humorous experience, giving the reader a unique and uncommon perspective to observe. Ms. Peters is the only one who could aptly describe it the way she was able to.

    Each book in the series is a stand-alone mystery which can be read without previous knowledge. However, the characters age throughout the series and events in previous books (including spoilers concerning some of the main characters) are referenced in later books. I am enjoying this clean book series immensely,

    In my opinion, any romantic insinuations were referred to in a charmingly and discreet manner.  Although this book does not always follow the social protocol, instead of taking leaps in many directions, the content delivers great entertainment. The sparkling gems of dry wit were fabulous and plenty to be had!  Oddly enough, there will most assuredly be reviews all over the chart for this writing, depending on the different perspectives from multi-faceted readers.

    I listened to this incredible story through Hoopla, which I access through my local library. It is thrilling when I discover a series I enjoy in audio as much as I did this one, by the talented and versatile narrator, Susan O'Malley.

    Elizabeth Peters is quite the storyteller and expresses herself so dramatically that it captures the reader's attention and compels them to journey on. Just when you may begin to feel a little lost or bored, her personal outburst will recapture your attention, or she might strike someone with her trusty umbrella, defend those she loves with her pistol, or slash away at whatever offends.   I was delighted with the notes within the book to the reader to explain what the author was trying to convey.  I hope you enjoy this experience as much as I did!

    You may be interested in more of this author's many other novels in the future.  She writes under her pen names Elizabeth Peters, Barbara Michaels, and her real name - Barbara Mertz.

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  • Pamela

    This book is definitely a change of pace for Peabody and Emerson. Instead of being set in Egypt, like the first four books in the series, this one takes place in London, though the mystery still centers around Egyptology.

    Ramses became infinitely more interesting to me in this book. Before he was a fun sort of curiosity, but now i'm taking him much more seriously as a character. His cousins? Are horrid.

    I particularly liked the insertion of jealously on the part of both Peabody and Emerson. It's

    This book is definitely a change of pace for Peabody and Emerson. Instead of being set in Egypt, like the first four books in the series, this one takes place in London, though the mystery still centers around Egyptology.

    Ramses became infinitely more interesting to me in this book. Before he was a fun sort of curiosity, but now i'm taking him much more seriously as a character. His cousins? Are horrid.

    I particularly liked the insertion of jealously on the part of both Peabody and Emerson. It's about time we had a little conflict in their otherwise fantastic relationship, heh.

    The mystery itself was great; I actually gasped when the villain was revealed.

  • Jenifer

    "Never, I venture to say, has there been a more suitable ambience for eerie adventure than the reeking murky muddy streets of dear old London..."

    I love Amelia Peabody. I especially love Barbara Rosenblat, the distinguished english voice of Amelia. She can (and does) inject innuendo, sarcasm, indignation or whatever she wants into any sentence.

    The plots are good, but I read for the characters. Amelia, whose "brain works to swiftly to be organized", her darling Emerson that "magnificent specimen

    "Never, I venture to say, has there been a more suitable ambience for eerie adventure than the reeking murky muddy streets of dear old London..."

    I love Amelia Peabody. I especially love Barbara Rosenblat, the distinguished english voice of Amelia. She can (and does) inject innuendo, sarcasm, indignation or whatever she wants into any sentence.

    The plots are good, but I read for the characters. Amelia, whose "brain works to swiftly to be organized", her darling Emerson that "magnificent specimen of manhood" and their darling, precocious boy Ramses never fail to entertain.

  • Kate Howe

    My favorite in the series thus far!

  • Phrynne

    The difficulty with reviewing a series is finding something new to say with each book. Failing that can I just say that all the things I like are still there in this fifth book about Amelia Peabody.

    * Amelia is still a credit to womankind and still subject to self delusion.

    * Ramses remains my favourite character by far and is still never allowed to finish a sentence.

    * The cat Bastet is sadly absent for most of the book but she has much more important issues on her mind.

    There are some different

    The difficulty with reviewing a series is finding something new to say with each book. Failing that can I just say that all the things I like are still there in this fifth book about Amelia Peabody.

    * Amelia is still a credit to womankind and still subject to self delusion.

    * Ramses remains my favourite character by far and is still never allowed to finish a sentence.

    * The cat Bastet is sadly absent for most of the book but she has much more important issues on her mind.

    There are some different things - this book takes place in London for example, far away from the usual pyramids and desert.

    And there are some new things - Gargery the butler was marvellous. I really hope he gets a role in future books.

    I am still left loving this series and am very happy I have plenty more to read.

  • Jamie Collins

    I'm enjoying these, but I think I need to space them out a little more. It's starting to feel like I'm reading the same novel over and over again. The Emerson-Peabody family is subjected to kidnappings, beatings, bullets and threatening letters; ancient artifacts appear and disappear; there are young lovers in distress; there's a supposedly cursed mummy; and Ramses is still never allowed to finish a sentence.

    The setting is at least different this time: Amelia and family are in London. They are

    I'm enjoying these, but I think I need to space them out a little more. It's starting to feel like I'm reading the same novel over and over again. The Emerson-Peabody family is subjected to kidnappings, beatings, bullets and threatening letters; ancient artifacts appear and disappear; there are young lovers in distress; there's a supposedly cursed mummy; and Ramses is still never allowed to finish a sentence.

    The setting is at least different this time: Amelia and family are in London. They are highly unsuited for living in London, which they realize. The mystery is very weak, but the characters are a lot of fun.

    For whatever reason I was annoyed by the contrived references to the previous novels, complete with footnotes giving the titles.

  • Algernon (Darth Anyan)

    The fifth episode in the Egyptian Mystery investigations of Amelia Peabody.

    What sets this volume apart from the usual formula of the family going for excavations of ancient tombs in the desert is the movement of the action to London, where bodies are starting to crop up around the British Museum and its latest mummy exhibit. There is no dearth of suspects and mysterious personages - a priest with supernatural powers, colleagues from the arhelogical field, journalists, concerned friends and

    The fifth episode in the Egyptian Mystery investigations of Amelia Peabody.

    What sets this volume apart from the usual formula of the family going for excavations of ancient tombs in the desert is the movement of the action to London, where bodies are starting to crop up around the British Museum and its latest mummy exhibit. There is no dearth of suspects and mysterious personages - a priest with supernatural powers, colleagues from the arhelogical field, journalists, concerned friends and relatives, gypsies, janitors, members of the high society :

    Elizabeth Peters is confident enough of her material to poke fun at her own clichees and mannerism. Of course there are some romantic entaglements, and Amelia is ready to jump into the fray with her trusted umbrella and confuse the issues further with her signature aplomb:

    While I was less favorably impressed by the actual plot of this fifth book, I continue to enjoy the humour and the family dynamics of the Emersons, each of them out to prove that he or she is the best detective, with precocious Ramses winning my vote for the most subversive and hilarious of the team.

    There is little to comment or to analyze beside the holiday entertainment vibe of the offering and the delights of Amelia's precious phrasing. We can still find the occasional feminist rant from Amelia, but it is more subdued than usual:

    These exclamations are usually followed by our heroine blissfully succumbing into the strong arms of her faithful husband, but that in no way negates the truth of the issues.

    All in all, a decent addition to the series, but not one my favorite episodes. I plan to continue reading the adventures of Amelia, Emerson and Ramses.

  • TheSkepticalReader

    DNFd at pg 142 because of this nonsense:

    DNFd at pg 142 because of this nonsense:

    Not only is Amelia Peabody, the supposed “feminist”, disregarding “foolish” English women by how they dress but further states that they were “willing victims” who don’t seem to understand what’s good for them. As if that wasn’t bad enough she follows it up with something as ignorant as a statement that says Indian women were “misguided” by misogyny who “fought to fling themselves into the funeral pyres of their bigamous husbands”

    that their problems were resolvable only by the “enlightened British laws.” This screams to me of ignorance and white superiority complex.

    I didn’t expect this kind of air of superiority coming from Amelia Peabody. I know she has strong opinions but her anti-everything-that-doesn’t-meet-my-approval attitude is shit. I expect things like this in English classics that I read. But not from a modern author. I have no tolerance for this.

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