The Hippopotamus Pool, by Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody #8)

>> Sunday, October 20, 2002

I simply couldn't resist and started the next Amelia, The Hippopotamus Pool.

Plot summary:

The prolific Peters' latest features intrepid British feminist and Egyptologist extraordinaire Amelia Peabody Emerson. Amelia, along with handsome husband Radcliffe, precocious son Ramses, and attractive young ward Nefret, returns to her beloved Thebes, this time to excavate a heretofore undiscovered tomb that supposedly contains the remains--and priceless treasures--of Queen Tetisheri. Amelia's old nemesis, the Master Criminal, may be gone, but there are still plenty of obstacles to overcome: heat, bats, rock avalanches, assorted thieves and scoundrels, greedy antiquities dealers, pesky tourists, and ambitious journalists, not to mention a wickedly tricky art dealer with the physique of a hippopotamus and a mousy governess who's not the quiet scholar she first seems. The excavation is progressing satisfactorily if slowly. Then Ramses and Nefret are kidnapped. Terrified for the youngsters' safety, Amelia must use all of her considerable detecting skills--including the dreaded parasol-weapon--to find out who has taken the children and why.

I'm done with The Hippopotamus Pool, and it was very good, though not as good as other books in the series, so it gets a B+.

I don't even need to mention what I enjoyed about this, because it was the same as always, the Emersons, the archeology, the Egyptian setting, yadda, yadda, yadda. All that was great. With the added bonus of having the archeological part of this even more fascinating this time and having David introduced as a character.

Problems? A couple. Ramses wasn't such an important character here as in other books. The suspense part was a bit too convoluted, and Ricetti wasn't a very good villain. Otherwise, enjoyable, re-readable book.

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