The Golden One (Amelia Peabody Series #14)

The Golden One (Amelia Peabody Series #14)

by Elizabeth Peters

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A new year, 1917, is dawning, and the Great War that ravages the world shows no sign of abating. Answering the siren call of Egypt once more, Amelia Peabody and her family arrive at their home in Luxor to learn of a new royal tomb ransacked by thieves. Soon an even more disturbing outrage concerns the intrepid clan of archaeologists: the freshly and savagely slain corpse of a thief defiling the ancient burial site.

Yet this is nothing compared with the lethal fate that threatens Ramses. Besieged by the British and defended by formidable Turkish and German forces, the fortified seaport of Gaza guards the gateway to the Holy Land. Answering a call he cannot refuse from British military intelligence, Ramses must journey to this ancient, fabled city to undertake a mission as personal as it is perilous. Death will surely be his lot if he is caught or exposed. Meanwhile, Ramses's wife, Nefret, guards a secret of her own....

Once again the incomparable and bestselling carries us to a breathtaking realm of ancient wonders and crumbling splendor — from the hectic bustle of the Cairo markets to remote, sand-swept corners of the Egyptian desert where the gods of antiquity sleep. Returning visitors to the world of Amelia Peabody will be enthralled by the latest mesmerizing adventure from the award-winning grandmaster, and newcomers will succumb to her wiles as they are caught up in the tantalizing spell of the remarkable Elizabeth Peters and The Golden One.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060093860
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/02/2002
Series: Amelia Peabody Series , #14
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago’s famed Oriental Institute. During her fifty-year career, she wrote more than seventy novels and three nonfiction books on Egypt. She received numerous writing awards and, in 2012, was given the first Amelia Peabody Award, created in her honor. She died in 2013, leaving a partially completed manuscript of The Painted Queen.

Barbara Rosenblat is a multi-award-winning voice actor for audiobooks. On Broadway, she created the role of 'Mrs. Medlock' in 'The Secret Garden'.


A farm in rural Maryland

Date of Birth:

September 29, 1927

Place of Birth:

Canton, Illinois


M.A., Ph.D. in Egyptology, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1952

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Chapter One

When I am in one of my philosophical moods, I am inclined to wonder whether all families are as difÞcult as mine.

I was in such a mood as I dressed for dinner on the penultimate evening of our voyage. We would dock at Alexandria in two days, unless, of course, the ship was sunk by a German torpedo. A winter voyage from England to Egypt is never comfortable; but in that fateful December of 1916, after more than two years of war, the possibility of submarine attack had been added to the perils of rough seas and stormy weather.

I was not thinking of that danger -- for I make it a habit never to worry about matters that are beyond my control -- nor of the difÞculty of trying to keep my footing while the þoor of the cabin rose and fell and the oil lamps swung wildly on their brackets -- for mine is the sort of mind that rises above such things -- but perhaps these considerations did affect me more than I realized, giving a pessimistic cast to my normally cheerful reþections.

Mind you, I had no legitimate grounds for complaint about my immediate family. My husband, Radcliffe Emerson, is the most distinguished Egyptologist of this or any other era. His sapphirine-blue eyes, the cleft, or dimple, in his strong chin, his thick sable hair, and muscular but symmetrical frame are additional attractions to me and, I regret to say, to innumerable other females.

He has a few minor eccentricities: his command of invective, which has earned him the Egyptian sobriquet of Father of Curses, his explosive temper, his autocratic, arbitrary method of dealing with theauthorities of the Service des Antiquités, which had led in the past to our being barred from most of the interesting sites in Egypt...

Well, but no proud mother could have asked for a better son than mine. Ramses had been named for his Uncle Walter, but everyone called him by the nickname given him by his father in infancy. He was as handsome and intellectually gifted as his father, idealistic, kind, and courageous...A little too courageous, perhaps? He had been one of the most infuriating children I have ever had the misfortune to encounter, and his reckless disregard for danger, when he believed the cause he supported to be morally right, was one trait that I had been unable to eradicate. The most terrifying of his adventures had occurred during the winter of 1914-15, when he had taken on a secret assignment for the War OfÞce. He and his best friend, David, had completed their mission successfully, but both had been seriously injured, and Ramses's true identity had been exposed to agents of the Central Powers. I had hoped his marriage would sober him, but although he was as passionately attached to his beautiful wife as Emerson was to my humble self, Nefret had not been the calming inþuence for which I had hoped. She would have thrown herself in front of a charging lion if Ramses were its destined prey, but what I wanted was someone who would prevent him from provoking lions in the Þrst place.

Nefret had been our ward, dear as a daughter, before she married our son. As a Þrm believer in the equality of the female gender, I could only approve the determination with which she had achieved against considerable odds her goal of qualifying as a surgeon. As a person of high moral principles I could only commend her for spending part of her large fortune in establishing in Cairo a hospital for women that served even the lowest and most despised members ofthat sex. If only she would consent to settle down -- devote her ardent energies to medicine and to archaeology, and to Ramses -- and perhaps...

The boat gave a great lurch and I dropped the earring I was endeavoring to insert. With a muttered “Curse it” I lowered myself to hands and knees and began feeling about on the þoor -- without, I hardly need say, losing the track of my mental musing.

Honesty compels me to admit that the propensity of my son and daughter to become engaged with individuals who desired to wreak grave bodily harm upon them was not entirely their fault. Emerson and I tended to attract such individuals too. Over the years we had dealt -- effectively, I hardly need add -- with murderers, forgers, tomb robbers, and criminals of various sorts. Several of them had been related to us.

As I crawled under the dressing table in pursuit of the elusive earring, I remembered something Emerson had said about my side of the family, to the effect that not one of them had any redeeming qualities whatever. This was rude, but undeniably correct. One of my nephews had been -- I am happy to employ the past tense -- a thoroughly repellent human being. Sennia, his little daughter by a Cairo prostitute, who had been callously abandoned by her father, was now part of our family.

The boat bounced again and the top of my head came into painful contact with the underside of the dressing table. Since I was alone, with no one to overhear, I permitted myself a few expletives. I do not approve of bad language, but everybody else in the family employs it freely. It is Emerson's fault. He cannot or will not restrain himself and of course the children emulate him. There are times when Nefret's language...

The cursed earring continued to elude me, but I endeavored, as is my habit, to look on the bright side. Emerson's kin were exemplary human beings: his brother Walter, a true scholar and gentleman; Walter's wife, my close friend Evelyn; and their Þne brood of children, in which category I must include the husband of their daughter Lia. David, a talented artist and trained Egyptologist, and Ramses's best friend, was the grandson of our dear departed reis Abdullah. We...

The Golden One. Copyright © by Elizabeth Peters. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Golden One 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peters goes herself one better in the historical (and hysterical) settings of this one. She's spot-on with the WWI facts as well as the local flavor. The espionage sub-plot was my particular favorite, especially the descriptions of the disguises assumed by the family. I'm waiting with bated breath to see how she works T.E. Lawrence (subject of my dissertation) and Howard Carter's world-shaking find into the series! I read this one in one sitting - finishing at 5am.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an avid reader of Elizabeth Peter's books, and in particular the Amelia Peabody series, I must say this has been one of her best. The Emersons are up to their usual adventures, and followers of the series will be thrilled to see more of Sethos, the romantic exchanges, and the incomparable wit of these novels. I have no intention of giving away the plot, but I must say I found it hard to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Few tales are as eagerly awaited as another in the addictive Amelia Peabody mystery series. After all, what other heroine is intrepid, tastefully dressed, and secretes a sword in her parasol - just in case. When first introduced in the 1975 'Crocodile On The Sandbank,' Amelia Peabody was a stalwart spinster who determined to use her hefty inheritance in pursuit of her overriding interest - Egyptology. It was 1884, yet she set out for Egypt where she was to be confronted with a number of perplexing circumstances. With 'The Golden One' it is 1917, and Amelia is married to Radcliffe, the most famous archeologist in Egypt. Ramses, their son is a chip off the old blocks; he is an investigator wed to Nefret, who is, of course, beautiful. Choosing to overlook German submarines lurking in the waters, this encourage sets out for Egypt. Their plans for an anticipated excavation are interrupted with the appearance of Sethos, Radcliffe's ne'er-do-well brother. Matters are further complicated when they hear that royal tombs have been robbed, and a body is found. Those who have read the Amelia Peabody series in the past will be thrilled with this latest adventure. Those who have not have a treat in store.
bookwoman247 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Great War and the Great Game continue. This time the entire Emerson clan follows Ramses on his assignment to Gaza.Meanwhile, they have hired a very competent, eager young, Egyptian girl, and her lazy, incompetent brother, who may be involved in the discovery and pilfering of a very important tomb. They are also having to deal with an obnoxious American famnily who seems bent on openly dealing in stolen antiquities.All in all, it's just anoher season in Egypt for the Emersons, which is always a delight for readers!
krisiti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A while ago, I realised that I read this series, and most mystery serieses these days, as novels of setting and character, not as puzzles. Which was good, because this book was wonderful as a chance to spend more time with Amelia Peabody, family and friends. But as mystery, it left something to be desired. A few extremely incompetent and not at all mysterious tomb robbers, a couple of murders at the beginning that were immediately explained and that no-one really cared about anyways, and a completely unrelated spying diversion, also quite lacking in mystery. And the tomb-robber plot and the spy plot didn't really fit well together. I had the feeling that they were originally intended to be two books, and she awkwardly glued them together after realizing neither could support a book on its own. Really, rather carelessly done.
nolak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Arriving in their home in Luxor in 1917, the Emerson family finds that a newly discovered royal tomb has been ransacked by thieves. A young girl, the sister of a helper on the dig, turns out to be much better at archaeology than her brother, who ends up being in league with bad guys when a dead body is found. The excitement does not end here as Ramses answers a call from British intelligence to help in Gaza, the gateway to the Holy Land. The family tags along in disguise and they pick up yet another young woman who is enamoured of Ramses as well as connect with Uncle Sethos, who is truly a good guy this time.
wizardsheart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another series that I have been too far away from. Amelia Peabody and her family are trying to continue their archaeology admist, tomb robbers, WWI, and nefarious plots of all types. And enjoyable series with extremly likable characters. Although I miss the young Ramses and find the adult a bit less interesting...still this is a series that is well worth the read. Especially if you have interest in Egypt, because it takes place at the turn of the 20th century and it gives lots of info on Egypt and archaeology at that time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Includes interview with author and journal of authors trip to egypt. Great read as usual who wouldn't love a story which includes a character named hon. Brace girdle boisgarden. Love these books and hope for a new one soon. I archive them to reread over and over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book! I liked all the twist and turns, which kept it a very interesting read.
justmarsha More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed this series from Elizabeth Peters. Now, watching Downton Abbey I am seeing some of the period costumes Amelia mentions. Both from the same time period, very fun.
Love2ReadMW More than 1 year ago
I've read most of the Amelia Peabody novels and enjoyed them all. Elizabeth Peters combines a little history with mystery and humor from the characters. A fun read.
AnneAR More than 1 year ago
If you like mysteries, if you like archaeology, if you like well developed characters, this is the series for you. Every time I finish one, I'm eager to start the next. I dread the day in the next few weeks when I finish the series. I will feel as though I have lost an entire family. Love this entire series!
JFD-7 More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed the previous Amelia Peabody books, you will love this one. There all the drama of rescues, misunderstandings, disguises, etc. I really enjoyed this book.
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