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The Painted Queen: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Joan Hess, Elizabeth Peters

Narrated By: Barbara Rosenblat

Publisher: HarperAudio

Date: July 2017

Duration: 13 hours 20 minutes


Egypt, 1912—Amelia Peabody and her dashing archeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, are once again in danger as they search for a priceless, stolen bust of legendary Queen Nefertiti and Amelia finds herself the target of assassins in this long-awaited, eagerly anticipated final installment of Elizabeth Peters’ bestselling, beloved mystery series.
Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia is relaxing in a well-earned bubble bath in her elegant hotel suite in Cairo, when a man with knife protruding from his back staggers into the bath chamber and utters a single word—'Murder'—before collapsing on the tiled floor, dead. Among the few possessions he carried was a sheet of paper with Amelia’s name and room number, and a curious piece of pasteboard the size of a calling card bearing one word: 'Judas.' Most peculiarly, the stranger was wearing a gold-rimmed monocle in his left eye.
It quickly becomes apparent that someone saved Amelia from a would-be assassin—someone who is keeping a careful eye on the intrepid Englishwoman. Discovering a terse note clearly meant for Emerson—Where were you?'—pushed under their door, there can be only one answer: the brilliant master of disguise, Sethos.
But neither assassins nor the Genius of Crime will deter Amelia as she and Emerson head to the excavation site at Amarna, where they will witness the discovery of one of the most precious Egyptian artifacts: the iconic Nefertiti bust. In 1345 B.C. the sculptor Thutmose crafted the piece in tribute to the great beauty of this queen who was also the chief consort of Pharaoh Akhenaten and stepmother to King Tutankhamun.
For Amelia, this excavation season will prove to be unforgettable. Throughout her journey, a parade of men in monocles will die under suspicious circumstances, fascinating new relics will be unearthed, a diabolical mystery will be solved, and a brilliant criminal will offer his final challenge . . . and perhaps be unmasked at last.


  • Kristina M

    I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Peters and while this book is not up to the standards of the ones she wrote, the author did a very good job. I consider Barbara Rosenblatt the "Meryl Streep" of narrators and she does a wonderful job with this series and the many accents and voices. Her male voices are first rate and her love of her job is evident in her performances. If you are new to this series, find the first book(Crocodile in the Sandbank) and listen in order, you will love them. I had no interest in Egypt when starting this series, but I have learned a lot and learned to appreciate the mystery, history, character development, humor, and dialogue that marks Ms. Peters as my favorite author.

  • Siobhan G

    To be honest, to me it is very apparent Elizabeth Peters is gone. I enjoyed most of the story but it was not the same as her previous novels. I am glad however for the work of the co-author but I will probably not listen to this book again. It just doesn't have the same feeling as the other Amelia P. Emerson series. Barbara Rosenblat is always a wonderful narrator and performer.

Painted Queen: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense

by Joan Hess, Elizabeth Peters

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Painted Queen: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense, Joan Hess, Elizabeth Peters