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The Painted Queen

By Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess

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Adventures on the Nile...

Egypt, 1912. Amelia Peabody and her dashing archaeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, are once again in danger as they search for a priceless, stolen bust of legendary Queen Nefertiti...

Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia is relaxing in her elegant hotel suite when a man with knife protruding from his back staggers into her chamber and utters a single word -'Murder' - before collapsing on the floor, dead. It soon becomes apparent that someone has saved Amelia from a would-be assassin-someone who is keeping a careful eye on the intrepid archaeologist. And there can be only one answer: the brilliant master of disguise, Sethos.

For Amelia, this excavation season will prove to be unforgettable; one where a brilliant criminal will offer his final challenge . . . and perhaps be unmasked at last.

'Think Miss Marple with early feminist gloss crossed with Indiana Jones' The Guardian

Biographical Notes

Elizabeth Peters (Author)
Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz, who earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Over the course of her fifty-year career she wrote more than seventy mystery and suspense novels, and three nonfiction books on Egypt. She was the recipient of numerous writing awards, including grandmaster and lifetime achievement awards from the Mystery Writers of America, Malice Domestic, and Bouchercon. In 2012 she was given the first Amelia Peabody Award, created in her honor, at the Malice Domestic convention. She died in 2013, leaving a partially completed manuscript of The Painted Queen.

Joan Hess (Author)
Joan Hess is the author of the Claire Malloy Mysteries and the Arly Hanks Mysteries, formally known as the Maggody Mysteries. She is a winner of the American Mystery Award, the Agatha Award, for which she has been nominated five times, and is a member of Sisters in Crime and a former president of the American Crime Writers League. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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  • ISBN: 9781472126818
  • Publication date: 25 Jul 2017
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  • Imprint: Constable
A jewel of a series — New York Times Book Review
Elizabeth Peters' books are great entertainment. — Angela Rippon, Angela Rippon
Think Miss Marple with early feminist gloss crossed with Indiana Jones — Guardian
A joyously entertaining romp which manages to give the reader the clear impression of having been right there in the heat and the dust of the desert, besieged on all sides by diabolical scoundrels and head-strong camels — The Book Bag
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