Children of the Storm by Elizabeth Peters

Elizabeth Peters is the pseudonym used by author Barbara Mertz when writing her mysteries featuring archeologist and amateur detective Amelia Peabody.

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Children of the Storm by Elizabeth Peters


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful: A Little Boring, June 30, 2003 Reviewer: Gayle Greene from Sacramento, CA USA I have been a fan of Elizabeth Peters since before she started the Amelia Peabody series; she is one of my favorite writers. So I was dismayed to find that the latest sequel in this series falls a little flat, because I have grown so fond of these characters and look foward with keen anticipation to their next adventure. The first part of the book is filled not with action and mystery, but with tedious domestic details. And there are so many members of the three-generation family and extended family that it is difficult to keep them straight, and many of them add nothing to the book at all. The usually razor sharp wit of the characters seemed dulled to me; they just didn't seem to be having much fun (nor was I, for that matter). And the spine-tingling adventure that normally keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seat was sadly missing. The characters never seemed to be in any serious jeopardy, unlike past novels in this series. The plot was pretty transparent as well, and I was disappointed that there weren't the usual red herrings cast about to keep the reader guessing. Fortunately, the book does pick up steam toward the end. However, if you haven't followed the series from the beginning, you may well be lost in the overpopulated maze of too many characters and references to previous books. To be completely fair, the book is reasonably good; it is only in comparison to earlier and far better novels by Peters that it falls short. There is still enough good writing in this to make it a worthwhile read -- Peters is the author, after all, and few write as well as she does, even when she's not at her absolute best.

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