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Lion in the Valley: 06/27/13

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Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters is the fourth book in the Amelia Peabody series. For services rendered in The Mummy Case, the Emersons are given permission to work on the black pyramid in Dashoor.

Their work is hindered by a pair of twins (Ronald and Donald), the return of the master criminal who is now smitten with Amelia, and a young lady. There's also an opium addict and the usual mayhem.

This mayhem stems (in part) from a spirit in white who is haunting the dig site. The local workers are growing convinced that the area is cursed, making it harder and harder to find reliable workers.

While I enjoyed Rosenblat's performance, in trying to sit down and write a coherent review of my re-read, I'm having a devil of a time remembering what happened. I keep remembering details from The Mummy Case, probably in light of it's near by location. Part of it too, is the Master Criminal's growing importance in this part of the series. He, after Ramses, is my least favorite character. He is too much like an Egypt based Moriarty — and I don't like Moriarty either!

Three stars

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