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Bestselling author Peters brings back 19th-century Egyptologist Amelia Peabody and her entourage in a delicious caper that digs up mystery in the shadow of the pyramids....

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ISBN : 9781841193878
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Number of Pages : 448 Pages
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The Last Camel Died at Noon Reviews

  • Ana M. Román
    2019-06-06 16:13

    Con un ritmo trepidante, es una digna historia de Amelia Peabody y su familia.Reconozco que a lo que se refiere a estas aventuras no puedo ser imparcial. Desde que cayó una en mis manos hace años las adoré. Pero no fue hasta el año pasado que me animé a leerlas todas y en orden.Creí que echaría algo en falta a Sethos porque adoro a ese personaje, pero ni siquiera me ha dado tiempo a darme cuenta de que, como en la anterior, este no aparece en esta aventura. ¿Cómo echarlo de menos cuando tenemos a los Emerson descubriendo una civilización sumida en las antigüas tradiciones faraónicas e inmersos en una lucha de poder por el trono, entre otras cosas?En fin, que me ha encantado, frente al anterior que no me terminó de gustar, este me recordó por qué me encanta estos libros y por qué de pequeña quería ser arqueóloga o historiadora.

  • Kristen
    2019-06-01 19:27

    This was another great installment in the Amelia Peabody series! Usually, my favourite part is the snappy reparte between Amelia and Emerson, with whatever mystery or mayhem they're trying to solve being secondary. But in this outing, the actual story was pretty fascinating.The Emerson family become caught up in the mystery involving a long-ago friend of Emerson's who disappeared with his young, beautiful wife years ago, while trying to find a lost civilization. A note has been delivered to the family, suggesting that they are still alive after all this time. Through a typically convoluted set of circumstances, the Emersons end up leading the expedition to find and rescue them.But, as is always the case when the Emersons are involved, things go awry. The Emersons - including Ramses, who continues to be hilariously precocious and a thorn in his mother's side - not only find the lost civilization, but become either guests or captives - depending on who you listen to.In order to leave, they must figure out the complicated politics and intrigues related to the competition for who will become the next king of the civilization. Needless to say, both Amelia and Emerson are in their usual fine, interfereing form as they attempt to not only help the right king to ascend, but to figure out a way to not be put to death and get to go home to England.As always, Elizabeth Peters writes a wonderful story, with the main characters on full display with all their delightful quirks, and the supporting characters interesting, likeable and well-developed. I loved this story!

  • Donna
    2019-05-30 19:22

    I pecked away at the first half of this novel, dutifully reading a few pages a day—not high praise for a mystery novel. Of the various elements that can keep a reader engaged, (plot, character, theme, etc.), the only one that worked for me was setting. I was intrigued with insights into problems of survival in the Sahara, as well as information regarding ancient Egypt and archeology (which I presume was, to some degree, authentic). The plot picked up toward the end, and I was able to get engaged enough to finish the book.However, I found Amelia too self-congratulatory, her husband Emerson a brutish bore, and their son Ramses pedantic and unrealistic. I had no particular desire to get to know the characters well and very little emotional investment in their survival. In the first chapters, no plausible reason was given for why several camels dropped dead, one after another, and it occurred to me they might have died of boredom.Elizabeth Peters’ books fill considerable shelf space at my favorite used book store, so I can only assume that she has an audience. The chemistry just isn’t right for me, though, and I doubt if I’ll pick up another of her books any time soon.

  • Jamie Collins
    2019-06-23 15:36

    The plot of this one didn't do much for me, but I nonetheless enjoyed another expedition with the Emerson-Peabodys. They continue to amuse me, and there's a particularly touching bit when the family has a closer than usual brush with death. And of course, the Egyptian scenery is always interesting.I like that this book begins at a crisis point, then flashes back to tell how the family arrived there. It was a nice departure from the usual linear storytelling in this series.I hope to one day see Ramses tell his mother (once, anyway) to shut up and let him finish a sentence.

  • Cherie
    2019-06-03 14:12

    I really liked this story. I think it is my favorite one too. It seemed more complex and there was a lot of Egyption archeology information going on throughout. Lots of difficult names to keep track of, was the only complaint I had. There were some great lines between Amelia and her husband!

  • Sue Moro
    2019-06-13 15:30

    This book, for me, is were the series took a downward turn. I did not like the introduction of Nefret, and the plot was a departure from the usual archaeology driven story lines of the previous books in the series.

  • Suburbangardener
    2019-06-07 12:38

    In this book, the author has taken a departure from her usual style to pay homage to her heroine's favorite author, Rider Haggard, who wrote such classics as "King Solomon's Mines." It's a fun romp through the desert with less archeology than adventure.

  • Rebekah Giese Witherspoon
    2019-06-03 15:14

    This is my new favorite Amelia Peabody book, the best so far in the series. Funny and intriguing.

  • Hortensia
    2019-06-10 19:09

    Aunque las aventuras de Amelia Peabody, Radcliffe Emerson y su pequeño hijo me gustan muchísimo, hay un punto negativo en sus libros; por momentos es un poco tedioso de leer, ya que la autora utilizó muchos de sus propios conocimientos en arqueología para escribir estas maravillosas historias, pero, a veces son tan demasiado técnicos y precisos en sus descripciones que se vuelven aburridos. Eso sí, las escenas de acción, los procesos de deducción y las tramas y subtramas son buenísimos y claro, ya he hablado antes sobre los diálogos entre los protagonistas: ¡sublimes!Es una serie que no tiene desperdicio, apenas voy en el número séis, espero que los demás que faltan (alrededor de diez) no desmerezcan.

  • Laurel Hicks
    2019-06-11 12:13

    Campy and twee. Great fun!

  • JenniK
    2019-06-07 18:36

    I actually had to join Good Reads just to review this book. I have frequently read reviews on here and appreciate the reviews in general. In the case of this book, I do not understand the great reviews for The Last Camel..which is many times cited as being the 'best of the series.' For perspective, I love mysteries of all kinds and historical fiction. I never met a Barbara Michaels book which I did not LOVE. Hard to believe this is the same author. This book was just boring to me. It seemed as if the same thing happened over and over (mysterious, dangerous journeys down dark passages where nothing important ever happened.) Several times I thought I had lost my place and was rereading a previous chapter, but No, the scenarios were just too similar. I actually like the premise of the story and the setting was interesting, but the plot toooo slowing and repetitive. Then there are the characters. I am sorry, but I found them obnoxious and ridiculous. I have to question the author's own happiness and self confidence because it seems the entire novel was devoted to proving how sexually alluring the heroine was. A man, married many years to the same woman, who daily spews forth constant declarations of how his wife is the most wonderful, amazing, sexy woman in the world is hard to believe. Then there is the fact that he absolutely cannot keep his hands off her and that sex is the only thing on their minds, even when their own child is missing and in grave danger....? Let's not worry about our 10 year old son, whom the King has decided to kill, let's hurry to our room and have sex because Emerson's muscles looked so masculine in his sweaty struggle.??? A mother who NEVER acts out of concern for her child, but only out to concern for herself and her husband is not only difficult to believe, but also difficult to like and to tolerate. The only reason I kept going with this book is because people here loved it so much, but I never 'got to the good part' as another reader so aptly put it.

  • Jonathan Palfrey
    2019-06-07 17:12

    This is the Elizabeth Peters tribute to H. Rider Haggard. She's chosen to do what Arthur Ransome did a few times: to take her familiar set of characters and put them into a fantasy situation, for fun and variety.It's a relatively mild fantasy, there's nothing supernatural about it, but she allows the Emerson family to be led into a mad quest for long-missing persons in the desert, where they almost die of thirst before finding themselves captives of a lost ancient civilization hidden in obscure African mountains.There is conflict between rival factions of the lost civilization, and much intrigue and peril ensues before they eventually escape.Looking at some other reviews of this book, I notice that some people seem to have picked it up without having read any of the others. Folks, if you're going to read a series of books, it's advisable to start at the beginning!I would also comment that this whole series of books is not supposed to be taken seriously. Least of all this one.I can't say it's one of my favourite books, but it's quite fun, and it introduces a new regular character to the series, of whom more will be heard later.

  • Joanna
    2019-05-29 16:08

    I read a bunch of these cozy mysteries when I was a kid. For a reading challenge, I needed something published in 1991 and, for my commute, I needed that book to be available on audio from my library. I spotted this and thought it might be fun to revisit this series. The narrator did a great job with the book and made this a fun and easy listen. I had completely forgotten (or maybe didn't notice) just how much sex there is here. None of it is explicit -- it's all innuendo and side comment -- but much more going on between Amelia and Emerson than I picked up on as a young reader.In any event, this is an adventure story set in Egypt. The plot is rather fanciful and far-fetched, but does involve discovery of a lost city where people are still living (somewhat) as they did in ancient Egypt. Overall, the plot carries the story forward, but the heart of the book is reading the interactions between the characters and the amusement to be had from watching these proper British archaeologists blunder about.

  • BJ Rose
    2019-06-13 18:35

    Instead of solving a mystery that develops as they're excavating, Amelia & Emerson are off to find out what happened years ago to a missing archaeologist and his wife. There is much mention of H. Rider Haggard and King Solomon's Mines. After a grueling trek through the desert, which almost kills Amelia, there is a hidden city and of course information about the missing archaeologist (did we ever doubt that they would be successful?!) An interesting conclusion to their search, and of course Amelia insists that she knew the truth before Emerson did. Ramses plays a big part in the adventures; his doting mama, of course, is torn between pride at his abilities and chagrin at being upstaged. Love that Ramses!

  • Louise
    2019-06-16 18:31

    I love this series, which is the book equivalent of comfort food for me. I've been steadily rereading them. In this novel, Elizabeth Peters pays homage to H. Rider Haggard. It was a fun romp, with the usual tongue in cheek style, and laugh out loud moments. Here we are introduced to the character of Nefret for the first time, who of course plays such an integral role in the later books of the series. Ultimately, this and the later book which also takes place at the lost oasis were not my favourites, but still great fun.

  • Betty
    2019-06-26 11:27

    This is one of my favorite books by Elizabeth Peters. I have read it many times as I have the series. I treasure my books. I miss my visits with Amelia and family. I learned a lot aBout the times and Egypt.

  • Britney Dillon
    2019-06-05 16:21

    This was a reread for me, but I enjoyed it as much this time (maybe more?) as I did when I first read it. I am deeply saddened to know there will be no more of Peters' Peabody-Emerson books - it's like losing a friend. One thing I adore about these books (I am currently rereading The Mummy Case is the relationship between Peabody and Emerson - a partnership in every way. They are fully aware of each other's strengths and weaknesses, and don't think a second thought about praising one another, letting the other have the upper hand, and shoring up the other when they need it. Though there is some loving rivalry, there is no competition. I think this is such a lovely example of how a partnership is supposed to be. (Yes, yes, I know it's fiction, but a girl can dream, can't she?)

  • Gillian Kevern
    2019-06-11 15:10

    Of all the Amelia Peabody books I've read so far, this is the one I enjoyed the least. Not to say it's bad or anything, but I found it more difficult to get into. I think that's because the opening scene starts with Amelia, Emerson and Ramses in very dire straits with their last camel dead, and then jumps back to the events leading up to the camels, then the camels, then the aftermath. This slowed down the story enough that I ended up putting it down and forgetting it so many times, that I'm actually a day overdue and have to return it tomorrow or be fined.

  • Joyce Melzer
    2019-06-15 15:25

    Great story with lots of intrigue, maybe the best yet in this fascinating series

  • Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
    2019-06-11 19:37

    Amelia and Emerson are all abuzz. Parts of the Sudan are once more under British control. All new archaeological sites are at their fingertips! All Amelia can think about is the pyramids. All those pyramids that have been not been studied due to political conflict and strife. But, never can the Emersons be allowed to just work, oh no. There must always be something more. That something more comes as a plea from a Mr. Forthright, who happens to pass out at Amelia's feet. Luckily Viscount Blacktower soon arrives to explain the situation in full, unconscious grandson and all. Over a decade ago, his eldest son, Willoughby Forth, set out to explore the Sudan with his new bride. They were never to be heard from again, until now. What with the conflict in the region there is a slim chance that a message might have taken this long to reach them. Now that England has reclaimed the land and the mysterious note has arrived scrawled on ancient papyrus, Lord Blacktower hopes that the rumors of the Emersons going to the Sudan are true and that they can help in his cause. Despite having known Willoughby, Emerson does not hold out hope for the Forths. The unique message and map drawn on a page from one of Emerson's own journals, does not raise Emerson to the bait. He is for pyramids and pyramids alone, but if he should hear of something, well then... he'll pass along the information.Soon the Emersons are ensconced near the British regiment in Napata with a whole plethora of pyramids and Mr. Reggie Forthright. Thinking that perhaps he should be on the scene if news of the Forths reach them he has brought himself all the way to the Sudan. Things start to escalate, as they always do. Ramses is almost kidnapped, Reggie is attacked and then decides to head off into the dessert in search of his uncle, against the better judgement of everyone, where he soon disappears. Whence Reggie went, Emerson and Amelie feel it their duty to go. The mysterious map they follow appears to be eerily correct. Could the Forths still be alive in some secret oasis? As time passes it looks as if they will never know. Not only do their men desert them, but soon the last remaining camel dies. They are miraculously saved and awaken to find themselves in the secret oasis that the Forths discovered years ago. Ancient Egypt is alive and well in the secret land. Time has stood still for thousands of years. It's an archaeologists dream come true. If only they were treated as honored guests and not as well maintained prisoners. Embroiled in the fight for the crown between two brothers, one of which was secretly working at the Emersons' site, they must find out what truly happened to the Forths and then make good their escape. The natives seem a little too keen on keeping them in their hidden valley with their masked maidens waiting on them forever. Biding their time, the mysteries start to unfold, but hopefully, this mystery won't end in death or imprisonment.Going in an entirely different direction than her previous novels, this is Amelia Peabody does Indiana Jones, or, as the author herself says, H. Rider Haggard. Only, it's more like the crappy forth Indiana Jones movie then the wonders of the earlier films. It's all just too far fetched having them stumble upon this "lost tribe," but thankfully it wasn't aliens. There has always been a grounding in reality with the Amelia Peabody stories. The ghosts aren't ghosts, the mummies don't actually walk amongst us, despite all evidence to the contrary leading up to Amelia's Scooby Doo reveal. But here, here it is like the mummies walking amongst us. It's just silly and stupid all at once. So the Forths found this secret place by accident and then lived out their days there, and now it appears the same thing has happened to the Emersons. So? I really couldn't be bothered to care. They sat around all day in a house with a nice courtyard which occasionally had a cat. The cat was the high point, they mainly sat around. So what if Mrs. Forth is still there? Once they finally get to the good part, it's convoluted and nothing is openly resolved. It's a mess of a novel which I pushed through. I'm just hoping we never end up in this bizarre Never-Neverland of the Peabody cannon again. Please, I want this series back on track, not meandering with dead pachyderms in the desert.

  • Angela
    2019-06-25 16:33

    You really need to point at Book 6 of the Amelia Peabodies, The Last Camel Died at Noon, as one of the pivotal books of the series--because it's here that arguably the most important character in the entire cast (aside from, of course, the Emersons themselves) is introduced. The Last Camel Died at Noon is the book that introduces Nefret, and it's the tale of how the Emersons discover and rescue her from a lost civilization deep in the Sudan.It's this book as well where Peters starts throwing around references to H. Rider Haggard, and in particular, King Solomon's Mines. Amelia harks back a lot to Haggard's writing as she tells the reader all about what proves to be one of the Emersons' most exotic adventures ever. Word comes to them that the explorer Willoughby Forth, long presumed to have been lost in the desert along with his young wife, may not actually have died--and that, moreover, the lost oasis they were seeking might actually exist. The Emersons are begged by Forth's father and cousin to go in search of proof of his eventual fate; the Emersons being who they are, they agree. But the journey is deeply perilous, and after the deaths of their camels, abandonment by their men, and the threat of illness and thirst and heatstroke, they are rescued by the people of the very civilization Forth had set out to locate.What happens when they get there--and how Nefret comes into it--I won't say because that'd be hugely spoilerrific. Suffice to say that there is political and social intrigue, treachery from several quarters, and Amelia getting the biggest shock of her life when Ramses encounters someone who can actually make him shut up. Five stars.

  • Amanda
    2019-06-23 12:29

    Of all the Amelia books, this and the next one are the two I find most troublesome. This book is a tribute to H.Rider Haggard, with all the delights therein. Except... I'm not really a big fan of Mr. Haggard. I like pulp, don't get me wrong, but I find original source material pulp to be too heavy on the Victorian crap -- racism, sexism, the whole Masters of the Universe shtick. I like my pulp to be more like... well... Amelia. Strong female character, the men are sex objects, racially enlightened. Fun!But if you take Amelia too far out of her milieu -- Egypt and, to a lesser degree, London -- then it gets hairy. The fantastical plot contrivances get to be a bit much, even for a die-hard Amelia fan. Plus, this is the book that introduces Nefret, for which I still have a hard time forgiving Ms. Peters. BUT! There's a line. And it makes up for so very much. It almost makes up for Nefret: "If all else fails, we will simply have to drug our attendants, overpower the guards, raise the (oppressed peasants to arms, and take over the government." That's my Amelia.

  • Colleen
    2019-05-30 19:32

    I have to say this is my favorite Amelia Peabody novel after the very first one. I don't know what exactly it is about this novel, maybe it is the fact that it is the first one in the series I ever read, that makes me love it but it is one of my favorite. Amelia and Emerson are as amazing, brilliant, and funny as ever, but I think the fact that we see some weakness in them is another reason that I love this novel so much. They need outside help to get them out of their situation this time and I love that. Ramses also is much more likable in this novel and not at all annoying. Also I love that the setting for most of the novel is a fantastical place instead of the ruins of some old temple as the last novels were. Of course part of the charm of the Amelia Peabody novels is that they could, hypothetically, happen, but this lost oasis story line was so full of mystery and the allure of ancient Egypt. Two princes fighting for the throne and all the other people caught in the cross hairs. Everything in this story was absolutely amazing and a great story line with great characters.

  • Tara Carpenter
    2019-06-25 16:19

    This is a great series starring Amelia Peabody Emerson. I loved the first book, Crocodile on the Sandbank, but since then they have gotten a little formulaic. This book was a refreshing departure from the norm. We find the Emersons discovering a modern-day (to them) civilization populated by the descendants of the ancient peoples this archaelogical family lives to study. And you can imagine the chaos that ensues with the introduction of the Father of Curses and the Sitt Hakim to this hidden city. Soon things are a mess of intrigue, assasination plots, and hostile takeovers.I love the narrative voice of Amelia and her confidence in her own and Emerson's abilities and talents. I love their stoic calm and their enthusiasm for the "marriage perquisities." I love little Ramses and would really enjoy reading about their adventures from his point of view.The Last Camel Died at Noon renewed my appetite for this series by Elizabeth Peters and I will be checking out the next book very soon!

  • Alisha
    2019-06-16 13:22

    Fun reread. This is Elizabeth Peters' love letter to the novels of H. Rider Haggard. I've never read any of those, but to judge by this homage, they must be rip-roaring!!Emerson, Amelia, and their precocious son Ramses get drawn in to a search for a missing explorer and his wife, rumored to have found a lost civilisation in the western Egyptian desert.They find themselves living every archaeologist's dream... observing firsthand A LIVING ancient nation. But there's much more than scholarly pursuit at hand. They find themselves squarely in the middle of a power struggle of the royal class. Meanwhile, desperate to find a way out of this lost oasis, they still have to figure out if there's anything left of the old explorer and his wife.Plenty of slight Gothic touches, adventurous thrills, running around in tunnels, and general fun. This book contains one of my favorite Amelia quotes, "If all else fails, we will simply have to drug our attendants, overpower the guards, raise the oppressed peasants to arms, and take over the government."I quite recommend this.

  • Wendy Jones
    2019-06-07 12:34

    Now you must forgive my choice of words but this book is a jolly good caper. It takes you back to the days when the British Upper Crust spoke in such a manner. I love the Amelia Peabody mysteries and this one maintains the usual high standards of the others. This Time Emerson and Amelia are excavating archeological sites in the Sudan and before you know it up to their necks in trouble. Elizabeth Peters has an evocative writing style which means you can picture the exotic scenes perfectly. The characters are described vividly and I could almost picture myself talking to them. Their son Ramses is now 10 and up to his usual mischief. As well as being a murder mystery this book is also laugh out loud funny. Although the books can be read as a stand alone it would be better to read the first book of the series before moving on to the others. This will give you the story of how Amelia and Emerson met and sets the tone for the remainder of the books. If you like historical murder mysteries you will love this series

  • Shannon
    2019-06-02 11:23

    This was actually the first book I read in this series as a tween/teen - it was in Mum's bookshelf and the ridiculous title appealed to me enormously. And that one book ended with me tracking down and reading all/purchasing all Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels' books. Bibliophile success!Delightful re-read - the sheer ridiculous adventure a la Rider Haggard (to whom this book is an homage) is enlivened by the sharp storytelling and sharper characters that are so subtly outrageous that even when you miss the sly humour, it's still a great book. Also, the beginnings of Ramses' often painful infatuation with Nefret begins to the entertainment of many more books. Sadly, this is the last audiobook of the series Overdrive has licensed, so I'll have to re-read the remaining books physically - which shouldn't be a problem since I own most of them, just sad that I won't get to enjoy the books while also doing all the mundane housework. Bibliophile problems, I know.

  • Spinster
    2019-06-05 19:18

    I love the Emersons but I wouldn't be able to take more than one book at a time, with appropriate intervals. They're very good entertainment but a bit too much sometimes, especially with the repetitiveness.In The Last Camel Died at Noon the mystery was a little different from the usual, there not being any apparent dead bodies to start with. The setting was also different, which was actually a welcome twist to the usual pyramids and ancient mummies and artefacts. Not that I don't like all those, it was just nice to have something different for a change. The rest was pretty much the same though, deducing bad guys and reading about Amelia's oddly functional family.I really hope Ramses will get more credit in the subsequent books. He's probably the most interesting character and yet half of his actions are left unexplained. Then again, that might be why he's so intriguing... And a cat person! He definitely gets a few extra points for being a cat person.

  • Zoe and the Edge
    2019-06-08 12:18

    Ramses: He could speak Arabic like a native, read three different scripts of ancient Egyptian...Latin, Hebrew, and Greek....sing a wide variety of vulgar songs in Arabic, and ride almost anything with four legs. He had no other useful skills. I always forget how much I love Amelia's humour. But you can't forget Emerson's sense of wit either.Amelia - “I shudder to think what unimaginable horror can have reduced him to such straits.” “No, you don't,” said Emerson. “You revel in unimaginable horrors.”Naturally, the pair have another conventional fool who they have to keep from killing himself in the desert and with his own weapons. The storyline takes a bit of a turn as there is no real murder but the Emersons face a danger and a mystery of a different sort. Though the Emersons do quite a bit of killing themselves.

  • Jesi
    2019-06-19 17:38

    This series is NOT the series I thought it was. Either that, or, after enjoying the Vicky Bliss book I read, I wanted to read Peter's universe in order. Not quite sure why I got this instead of the first VB book, now.For a historical fiction book, it's great. EXACTLY what people who enjoy Victorian era books would enjoy. I, however, am fickle and didn't enjoy just *how* historically accurate the tone of the book was. Because of this, I didn't enjoy the characters. Then there was the plot, which didn't really grab me. The two combined? I think think I'll stick with Vicky Bliss and forgo reading Amelia Peabody books.