>> Monday, March 5, 2007
This is a new series for me. I’ve heard good things about Peters’ Amelia Peabody series and decided to give the first one a try as an audiobook. The setting and heroine are unique. Amelia Peabody is a wealthy 32 year old single woman in the 1880’s. She combines a bit of conventionalism with a hefty dose of some fierce independence and intelligence. After Amelia’s father dies, leaving his previously unknown fortune to her instead of her 5 brothers who have gone on to lead their own lives, Amelia decides to travel. She hires a companion because it’s not appropriate for a single woman to travel alone. In Rome this companion becomes ill and returns to England. Amelia then meets and hires Evelyn Barton-Forbes to travel with her to Egypt. Unsurprisingly the two women become close friends who seem to balance out each others characteristics.
Once in Egypt, the women set off on their travels and adventures and meet up along the way with the Emerson brothers (Radcliffe and Walter) who are archeologists battling to explore and preserve history while also battling roaming mummies and various other mysteries and complications.
I enjoyed this series and went ahead and picked up the next 2 books on cd from the library and already have them in my itunes library so I can listen on my ipod. I'll be alternating this series with the Agatha Raisin series for a while for my in-car listening.