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The Deeds of the Disturber

The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 5
Written by: Elizabeth Peters
Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
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After an adventurous season spent excavating at Dahshoor, and narrowly averting the clutches of the Master Criminal, Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson and her spouse prepare for a quiet summer in England. The social and domestic routine, though interrupted by the precocious escapades of their only child, Ramses, hardly seems much of a challenge for the indomitable Emersons.

But, rest assured, dear reader...domesticity does not prevail. When a night watchman mysteriously dies in front of the mummy Lady Henutmehit in the Egyptian room of the British Museum, Amelia is on the scene with her trusty parasol, ready to do battle with the malignant mummy.

Despite the appearance of an ancient sem priest and cryptic notes in hieroglyphics, Amelia surmises that a less-ancient villain is at work, a villain with evil plans for select members of the British archeological community, including her beloved Emerson. Is the villain plotting Emerson's demise, or something even more sinister?

©1988 Elizabeth Peters (P)1993 Recorded Books, Inc.

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  • Wende
  • 2005-03-30

Excellent Narrator

For fans of the Amelia Peabody series, I highly recommend Ms Rosenblat's narration. She provides Amelia with a lovely british accent and appropriate voices for the other various characters. From a gruff and husky Emerson to the high and childlike Ramses her narration is completely entertaining. As this is the 5th Amelia Peabody narration I have listened to, three by Ms Rosenblat, I have established a definite preference for her's.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Robwms
  • 2010-11-17

the Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peters

I am thoroughly enjoying this series, referred to me by a dear friend. I highly recommend this series. I must admitt that the reader (Barbara Rosenblat) has truly made the series live. Also because i enjoy many "period" movies it is easy to place faces, in my minds eye, with each character due of course to the reading of Ms. Rosenblat. Therefore you will understand that when Ms. Rosenblat is not the reader it is a great disappointment. I am now on book 8 "The Hippopotamus Pool" and only one book was not the reader I am so endeared. But please donot allow this to discourage one from reading them all! Many many hours of enjoyment await you all, Robbin Wms

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  • JGrace
  • 2011-06-28

Always good for a laugh

Deeds of the Disturber??? Elizabeth Peters
audio version performed by Barbara Rosenblat

4 stars
Deeds of the Disturber is the fifth book in Peter???s Amelia Peobody series. In this book, Amelia, her husband Radcliff Emerson and their precocious son Ramses have returned to England after a season of excavation and detection in Egypt. While Emerson sets about organizing his excavation notes and preparing for publication by the Oxford University Press, Amelia is burdened with the care of her obnoxious niece and nephew. The plot immediately thickens with the death of a night watchman and the desecration of a mummy at the British Museum. Investigating the crime takes Amelia, Emerson and the intrepid Ramses from the brothels and opium dens of Victorian London to Scotland Yard. The exciting climax occurs in the dark confines of the decaying, gothic Mauldy Manner.
This book is a pastiche of detective fiction and a spoof of Victorian society dramas. I adore Amelia Peobody. More than that, I adore Barbara Rosenblat???s talented interpretation of this entertaining series. Every voice, every inflection and especially every accent she employs is perfect. Rosenblat???s rendition of the young Ramses is one of the funniest things I???ve ever heard. It is worth listening to for this line alone, ???Fortunately, I???ve brought along a little nitroglycerin.???

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  • Alexandra
  • 2006-08-07

Change of Pace

This Amelia Peabody book takes place mainly in England, rather than the adventurous Egypt. I was not sure I would enjoy it in a differnt locale, but the story was fast paced, exciting, and entertaining. Once again, Barbara Rosenblat lends excellent narration to the story. I have thoroughly enjoyed the British accent she uses with these characters. Much more so than the versions by Susan O'Mallay. Of books 1-6, this is by far my favorite.

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  • Cheryl
  • 2014-10-05

My favorite in the series so far!

This is the 5th book in the Amelia Peabody series that I have read and it was my favorite.

The two cousins of Ramses were added to the story, and that made the story more entertaining with the cousins different personalities. I love Ramses; so I enjoyed seeing his interactions with these children.

I loved the love story between Amelia and Emerson. They are such a great couple.

You still get the murder and the mystery in the plot, but the whole family plot is excellent too.

I thoroughly enjoyed the audible!

Barbara Rosenblat, the narrator, was also superb.

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  • Susan
  • 2012-11-20

Lights your day with great storytelling /narration

Where does The Deeds of the Disturber rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For a lighthearted series character development and story telling is both enthralling and enchanting.Quite a different series to most.

What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

Wonderful narration. She brings the characters to life and into your heart.

Any additional comments?

A fantastic series....Far removed from the modern day stresses-a wonderful trip into a bygone era.

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  • Sonja
  • 2012-08-29

Amelia Peabody and her family in high spirits!

What did you love best about The Deeds of the Disturber?

The story takes place in Great Britain and features highborn families, an archeologist and his wonderful family and not so wonderful relatives in a funny and highly entertaining chase for a vicious murderer disguised as an ancient Egyptian priest.
Ramses Emerson is emerging as a skilled investigator, Amelia herself is caught in the throngs of jealousy and Emerson is his usual irascible self.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Deeds of the Disturber?

Ramses disguises himself as a girl and finds that girls are more inhibiting than playing a street urchin.

Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Her performances always are a rare delight. Her work on the British accent could be improved at times.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Amelia Peabody Emerson succumbs to jealousy. Everyone can relate to this!

Any additional comments?

A must for any Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Rosenblat enthusiast!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Christine
  • 2005-09-14

Deeds of the Disturber

I read the first of the Amelia Peabody series and really enjoyed it. Looked for another with Barbara Rosenblatt narrating since she got such excellent reviews and chose this one. I have to say that I was disappointed. Formulaic for sure. But the most irritating part was the "we have such a great sex life" and "Emerson gets my juices going" repetition. I wanted to say "All right, I've got it! You have a good sex life!". However, story was decent, narrator excellent. I am now reading an Amelia Peabody that is much later and the WONDERFUL sex life thing seems to have disappeared - so maybe it was just this book or books relatively early in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-02

Good, but not as good as others in the series

A thoroughly enjoyable mystery novel, and the narrator is fantastic. However, it is sandwiched between two of the best books in the series IMHO and it is not quite to thier level. Nevertheless, a key character is introduced in this book who is key to the later books. Well, worth a read, especially if you plan to read the whole series. As you should.

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  • Mom of 2
  • 2019-03-11

Peabody does it again

Anothet fine reading of Amelia Peabody with a great plot set in London. Intertesting characters with intriguing side twists. Will not disapont.