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Elizabeth Peters

Pen Name: Barbara Michaels

Connection to Illinois: Elizabeth earned a Ph. D. in Egyptology at the University of Chicago.

Biography: Peters writes best-selling books under the pseudonym Barbara Michaels. She currently lives in Frederick, Maryland.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Elizabeth Peters on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

A river in the sky :
ISBN: 0062686852 OCLC: 973114435

Amelia and Emerson follow an expedition searching for the vanished treasures of the Temple in Jerusalem. Besides suspecting the leader of the expedition of inept excavation practices, they believe him to be secretly working for German intelligence.

  Crocodile on the sandbank
ISBN: 9781455102044 OCLC: 890272062

Blackstone Audio, Inc. : [United States] : 2005.

Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her first Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. On her way, Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been?ruined? and abandoned on the streets of Rome by her rascally lover. With a typical disregard for convention, Amelia promptly hires her fellow countrywoman as a companion and takes her to Cairo. Eluding Evelyn's former lover, who wants her back, and Evelyn's cousin Lord Ellesmere, who wishes to marry her, the two women sail up the Nile to an archaeological site that is home to a rather lively mummy. Soon strange visitations, suspicious accidents, and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn.

  Lion in the valley
ISBN: 9781481598934 OCLC: 924253112

Blackstone Audio, Ashland, Or. : ℗2002.

The 1895-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Amelia Peabody and her archeologist family. But there is a great evil in the wind sweeping through Cairo in the presence of a notorious looter of the living and the dead.

  The curse of the pharaohs
ISBN: 9781455572366 OCLC: 855088580

One of the best-loved of mystery writers weaves another tale of intrigue featuring Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe of Crocodile on the Sandbank. This time the willful and witty duo must catch a murderer at an excavation of an ancient Egyptian tomb.

  The hippopotamus pool
ISBN: 9781455572397 OCLC: 854858181

The 19th Century archeologists, Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson, arrive in Egypt with children to explore the site of Queen Tetisheri's tomb in Thebes. All goes well until their son, Ramses, is kidnapped.

The Mummy Case
ISBN: 9780061808579 OCLC: 845345728

HarperCollins, [Place of publication not identified] : 2009.

Radcliffe Emerson, the irascible husband of fellow archaeologist and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, has earned the nickname Father of Curses--And at Mazghunah he demonstrates why. Denied permission to dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor, he and Amelia are resigned to excavating mounds of rubble in the middle of nowhere. And there is nothing in this barren area worthy of their interest -- until an antiquities dealer is murdered in his own shop. A second sighting of a sinister stranger from the crime scene, a mysterious scrap of papyrus, and a missing mummy case have all whetted Amelia's curiosity. But when the Emersons start digging for answers in an ancient tomb, events take a darker and deadlier turn -- and there may be no surviving the very modern terrors their efforts reveal.

  The serpent on the crown
ISBN: 9781449892241 OCLC: 794243331

Recorded Books, Prince Frederick, Md. : ℗2005.

It's 1922, and The Great War is over. With the world at peace, Amelia and her family return to the Valley of the Kings to explore its storied sands. But they are quickly troubled by treacherous secrets and murder. A woman presents them with a priceless but dangerous artifact--a golden king said to bring death to all who possess it. The woman's husband has already fallen, and now she needs help to return the relixc to its tomb.

  The snake, the crocodile and the dog
ISBN: 9781449880347 OCLC: 827687669

Recorded Books ; Prince Frederick, Md. : 2011, ℗1992.

Amelia hopes to rekindle some of the old fire with Emerson in a return journey to Amarna, Egypt where they met 13 years before. But her plan is foiled when Emerson emerges from a night-time ambush typically furious and with absolutely no memory of who Amelia is!

  Tomb of the golden bird
ISBN: 9781449895433 OCLC: 794243333

Recorded Books, Prince Frederick, Md. : ℗2006.

Amelia and her husband Emerson are on the brink of one of the greatest archaeological finds in history--the tomb of King Tut. But the path to discovery is strewn with dangers, and Emerson's halfbrother Sethos might be more involved than he admits.