Title: The Deeds of the Disturber
Author: Elizabeth Peters
Series: Amelia Peabody #5
Genre: Historical Mystery
Read: March 2, 2021
Back in London, Amelia and Emerson discover that the night watchmen at the museum have been killed and rumors of a mummy’s curse is the cause. Between spending time with her son and niece and nephew, she does some sleuthing to try and solve the mystery.
This mystery was different from all the previous ones because it wasn’t in Egypt. This is the first focused solely in London and around the London museums collection. I enjoyed the mystery on this one because it wasn’t easy to figure out and I was surprised by who the bad guy was. I also liked the introduction of Miss Minton, who is trying to survive in the male centered journalistic world.
My issues with this book were, one, the children again. Amelia’s niece and nephew just took away from the mystery and were instantly annoying to me. I didn’t mind Ramses so much since it was clear he was being used as a scapegoat for all the bad things those two did. And two, Amelia and Emerson weren’t working together on the case again. There are even some very emotional, on Amelia’s part, sections about the possibility of infidelity which was upsetting and, in the end, felt unnecessary.
Overall, this was a good book but I want to see these two work together again to solve the mystery. They are a great team and it isn’t being utilized.
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