Children of the Storm by Elizabeth Peters
Genre: Historical Mystery
Series: #15 in the Amelia Peabody series publication order, #17 in story chronology order
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 2003 Recorded Books (Book originally published 2003)
Length: 15 hours, 10 minutes
Read by: Barbara Rosenblat
The Short Version:
With World War I over the extended Emerson/Peabody clan is all together for the first time in a long time but they’re still in danger.
Why I Read It:
This is one of my favorite series and I’m doing a bit of binge listening even though I know I’m going to be sad when I finish the final two books.
From the publisher:
The Great War has ended at last. No longer must archaeologist Amelia Peabody and her husband, Emerson, the distinguished Egyptologist, fear for the life of their daring son, Ramses, now free from his dangerous wartime obligations to British Intelligence. The advent of a season of joy and peace marks a time of new beginnings in Luxor, with delightful additions to the growing Emerson family and fascinating wonders waiting to be discovered beneath the shifting Egyptian sands.
But in the aftermath of conflict, evil still casts a cold shadow over this violence-scarred land. The theft of valuable antiquities from the home of a friend causes great concern in the Emerson household. Ramses’s strange encounter with a woman costumed in the veil and gold crown of a goddess only deepens the mystery. And the brutal death of the suspected thief washes the unsettling affair in blood.
Note on series order: I read this one out of publication order because I’m reading the series in order of the story. You can find the chronology here.
I always enjoy an adventure with Amelia Peabody Emerson and her family. I’m down to the last few books in the series and I’m binge listening to them close together and having a wonderful time.
My favorite part about this one was having all the extended family in Egypt and the multiple generations all together for the first time in many books.
With the war over and Ramses done working for Military Intelligence it seems like a peaceful time is ahead for the family but it’s not to be. A kidnapping followed by multiple occurrences of obvious sabotage make it clear that someone is out to get the family and their friends.
Amelia is her usual intrepid and hilarious self and she made me laugh along the way. The way the solution to the mystery played out was both interesting and fun.
Barbara Rosenblat does such a masterful job of voicing a wide variety of characters in this series. She manages to portray a large cast with varying accents and I never lose track of who is speaking.
This continues to be one of my favorite series to experience via audio but you really need to start at the beginning with Crocodile on the Sandbank.
Rating 4.5/5 for the book
Rating 4.5/5 for the narration
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