Elizabeth Peters's unforgettable heroine Amelia Peabody makes her first appearance in this clever mystery. Amelia receives a rather large inheritance and decides to use it for travel. On her way through Rome to Egypt, she meets Evelyn Barton-Forbes, a young woman abandoned by her lover and left with no means of support. Amelia promptly takes Evelyn under her wing, insisting that the young lady accompany her to Egypt, where Amelia plans to indulge her passion for Egyptology. When Evelyn becomes the target of an aborted kidnapping and the focus of a series of suspicious accidents and mysterious visitations, Amelia becomes convinced of a plot to harm her young friend. Like any self-respecting sleuth, Amelia sets out to discover who is behind it all.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful: The begining of it all..., June 21, 2003 Reviewer: A reader from New Market, MD United States Ah, the begining of it all! Of course you should start out with this one, to understand what is going on. Emerson turned me off in the begining, (foolish males), but he grew on me in the end. The mystery was a bit weak, I enjoyed the develoment of the characters more. The end was wonderful, and I confess I was relieved, but I'm not going to give it away. Most readers will figure it out, the Peabody-Emerson relationship, I thought was inevidable. If you are just starting out, welcome, come in and enjoy the ride. If you are rejoining them, welcome back.