The Painted Queen (Amelia Peabody, #20) by Elizabeth Peters

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Read The Painted Queen (Amelia Peabody, #20) Online Free - Egypt, 1912—Amelia Peabody and her dashing archeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, are once again in danger as they search for a priceless, stolen bust of legendary Queen Nefertiti and Amelia finds herself the target of assassins in this long-awaited, eagerly anticipated final installment of Elizabeth Peters’ bestselling, beloved mystery series.

Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia is relaxing in a well-earned bubble bath in her elegant hotel suite in Cairo, when a man with knife protruding from his back staggers into the bath chamber and utters a single word—"Murder"—before collapsing on the tiled floor, dead. Among the few possessions he carried was a sheet of paper with Amelia’s name and room number, and a curious piece of pasteboard the size of a calling card bearing one word: "Judas." Most peculiarly, the stranger was wearing a gold-rimmed monocle in his left eye.

It quickly becomes apparent that someone saved Amelia from a would-be assassin—someone who is keeping a careful eye on the intrepid Englishwoman. Discovering a terse note clearly meant for Emerson—Where were you?"—pushed under their door, there can be only one answer: the brilliant master of disguise, Sethos.

But neither assassins nor the Genius of Crime will deter Amelia as she and Emerson head to the excavation site at Amarna, where they will witness the discovery of one of the most precious Egyptian artifacts: the iconic Nefertiti bust. In 1345 B.C. the sculptor Thutmose crafted the piece in tribute to the great beauty of this queen who was also the chief consort of Pharaoh Akhenaten and stepmother to King Tutankhamun.

For Amelia, this excavation season will prove to be unforgettable. Throughout her journey, a parade of men in monocles will die under suspicious circumstances, fascinating new relics will be unearthed, a diabolical mystery will be solved, and a brilliant criminal will offer his final challenge . . . and perhaps be unmasked at last.

Title : The Painted Queen (Amelia Peabody, #20)
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ISBN : 0062201360
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 544 pages


Laine rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 30, 2017

It is obvious Joan Hess admired Barbara Mertz greatly and wanted to do her stories justice. Her introduction is heartfelt and I can only imagine the difficulty of writing a book in the middle of such an established series. Unfortunately, I agree with those who have described the Painted Queen as...

OutlawPoet rated it ★★★★★

May 02, 2017

***ARC received via Amazon Vine*** The first Elizabeth Peters novel I read was The Seventh Sinner (highly recommended if you haven’t read it). After reading it, I immediately went and read every book of hers I could find. Then, when I discovered she also wrote under the name Barbara Michaels, I re...

The Library Lady rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 25, 2017

There have been examples before of someone taking the unfinished work of a beloved author, and doing a very good job of it. The prime example I would think of is Jill Paton Walsh, who not only took Dorothy L Sayer's Thrones, Dominations and completed it believably, but has gone on to write her ow...

Moonlight rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 27, 2017

I love the Amelia Peabody books. I was won over by Elizabeth Peter's humor and the extraordinary way she wove mystery, archaeology, history and social commentary. She could juggle a cast of dozens and make you feel like each character was a three dimensional human being. I would have loved to rea...

Renee rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 30, 2017

After rereading one novel in the Amelia Peabody universe, my excitement for The Painted Queen grew exponentially, as did the poignantly bittersweet ache of returning to my absolute favorite fictional family for the final time. The Painted Queen takes place the year after Falcon, in the lead up to...

Jane rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 30, 2017

Like most avid readers of this series, I was eagerly looking forward to spending time with Amelia, Emerson and their family and friends. I realized that it would be a daunting task for Ms Hess to capture the style and wit of Elizabeth Peters writing, but I wasn't expecting a story full of so many...

Andrea rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 29, 2017

I adore Amelia and her clan so was extraordinarily excited when this book was announced. Unfortunately, the pacing and dialogue are off, the characters are not themselves, and the plot makes no sense. There are numerous glaring conflicts with the Amelia canon, which drove me nuts. Shouldn't the ed...

Terry rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 30, 2017

I am a long time fan of Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels/Barbara Mertz. I own the Amelia Peabody series in hardcover and paperback and e-book. This book will not be added to my collection. The relationships were off, the voices were off. Stupid mistakes threw me out of the story. Then Nefret star...

Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 21, 2017

To be reviewed over at Fresh Fiction!

LK rated it ★★★☆☆

May 18, 2017

I hate to let Amelia go but this was a fine final installment. Ms. Hess did an admirable job finishing Ms. Peters manuscript - a task that must have been intimidating.

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