Book Review: Elizabeth Peters’ A River in the Sky

Posted January 10, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

This book came from the library, and I will never give you less than an honest review, no matter its source. I do provide informational and purchase links to make it more convenient for you to access the book. I also receive a percentage of the sale if you use one of my links to buy it. And that's not enough money to be less than truthful *grin*.

Book Review: Elizabeth Peters’ A River in the Sky

A River in the Sky

by Elizabeth Peters


Series: Amelia Peabody #12 (chrono), Amelia Peabody #19 (pub)

Genres: Amateur Sleuth, Historical Mystery

This Paperback has 307 pages and was published by William Morrow on April 6, 2010. Discover more about it at Goodreads. You can also buy it at Amazon

Twelfth chronologically in the Amelia Peabody historical amateur sleuth mystery series and nineteenth publication-wise. The series revolves around husband-and-wife archeologists, the redoubtable Amelia Peabody and the headstrong Emerson.

(A River in the Sky takes place in 1910 and slips between Guardian of the Horizon [1907-1908] and Falcon at the Portal [1911].)

My Take

I was disappointed with this one; it felt as though Peters had to get a novel out to fulfill a contract, and so she ran this one up.

In Jerusalem, a friend of Emerson’s finds them a house and help which Amelia just can’t wait to fix up. Finding staff allows Peters to fill up more pages and demonstrate the Emerson’s thoughtfulness. And just as they’re settling in, they rescue Ramses and David spoiling the bad guys’ plan. Not that it was much of a plan.

All the usual Emerson hijinks — the Father of Curses’ reputation creates interesting comic relief, and their innate kindness wins them friends who provide help.

To be honest, if you skip this one, you won’t be missing anything.

The Story

A request from His Majesty’s government sends the Emersons to Samaria to pick Ramses up from a dig in which he is participating so they can hotfoot it down to Jerusalem to keep an eye on an unscrupulous archeologist, Major the Honorable George Morley.

Unfortunately, Ramses gets kidnapped before they get there.

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