It takes a rare talent to sustain high quality in a long-running series. Elizabeth Peters not only maintains this quality,
she continues to exceed expectations with each new book in the Amelia Peabody series.

While waiting for the Egyptian archeological season to begin, Amelia Peabody Emerson turns to a cause close to her heart, the women's suffrage movement. During a protest that turns into a robbery, Amelia gets a glimpse of her old nemesis, Sethos, the Master Criminal. When an abduction attempt is made on Amelia in London, the family to departs hurriedly for Egypt. Unlike previous seasons, this year looks to be uneventful until Ramses, David, and Nefret stumble upon an ancient papyrus. Suddenly mutilated bodies are turning up, and someone seems bent on eliminating Ramses and David.

Amelia believes that it is not Sethos but another cunning enemy who is behind the grisly attacks. Amelia and Emerson are used to handling danger on their own; lately, however, they find it impossible to keep the younger generation from pitching in.

(May, 384pp., $24.00)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith