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C. P. Lesley

Bookworm, writer, radio host—I blog about history, fiction, and publishing in the Internet Age. You can find the full blog on my website. This space is for books.

Lion in the Valley: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense - Elizabeth Peters

It is always interesting to return to a book I once loved. Sometimes the books are better than I remembered—as the same author's Curse of the Pharaohs proved to be. Sometimes they don't seem as good. Alas, that was the case here. The series is becoming more Rider Haggard-like, Amelia increasingly prolix (not to mention a bit dense at times), and Ramses less credible as a human being—never mind a child.


The basic mystery is sound, the setting of Egypt's Western Desert as stunning as ever, and the essential triangle of Emerson—Peabody—Ramses a family too good to ignore. The cat Bastet also deserves every second she gets in the sun. I am glad I read this book for a third time. Even so, I can’t help noticing that the author has her tongue just a bit too firmly in her cheek....