Review: The Last Camel Died at Noon by Elizabeth Peters

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Title: The Camel Died At Noon

Author: Elizabeth Peters

Narrator: Susan O’Malley

Series: Amelia Peabody #6

Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins

3 stars out of 5
3 stars – I liked it

Amelia and Emerson set off for a new archeological dig, this time in Sudan. They are unwillingly drawn into the search for an explorer and his young bride who went missing twelve years ago. This leads to a very dangerous journey through the desert that leads to them being taken prisoner. 

When I picked this up, I wasn’t expecting an adventure through the Sudan for Amelia, Emerson, and Ramses. This started as a normal excavation for them but they quickly found themselves roped into a potential rescue mission for a missing explorer that Emerson once knew. As usual, I enjoyed Amelia and Emerson’s relationship a lot. They definitely showed the strength of their bond in this one because they could easily predict each other’s feelings and actions. Ramses has also become a better character, but I was glad with the smaller page time for him. 

This was definitely an interesting story. I enjoyed the treacherous journey through the desert and how it led to them being prisoners. They definitely had a few close calls in this one. The hidden civilization was fascinating and also terrible at their treatment of non-royalty. I did find Amelia’s white savior complex to be very extreme with this group of people. 

This was a solid Amelia Peabody story. I enjoyed listening to this story but the audio quality wasn’t the best at times. This is definitely an older audio recording. There was static, cracking, and fluctuations in the audio throughout this, but not so bad as to where it prevented me from enjoying the story. 

Trigger Warnings: extreme dehydration, white savior complex, animal deaths, violence, murder

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Previous books and reviews for the series:

  1. Crocodile on the Sandbank
  2. The Curse of the Pharaohs
  3. The Mummy Case
  4. Lion in the Valley
  5. The Deeds of the Disturber

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