Reminiscent in many ways of Agatha Christie’s The Man in the Brown Suit, Seeing a Large Cat is a novel of high adventure and mystery. The Emerson family is cobbled together, and Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson do their best to keep everyone safe and grounded, even though they’ve had a slightly unorthodox upbringing as Egyptologists. Ramses, David, and Nefret have been raised as siblings, though Ramses is Peabody and Emerson’s only biological child. Together after a summer apart, Emerson plans to reopen previously discovered tombs until a mysterious note warns him off Tomb Twenty-A. Romantic hijinks and near misses lead to mummies of all varieties.
After seeing Yvette review an Elizabeth Peters book last week, I decided I needed to track down some of these books. I’m so glad I did as I enjoyed everything about Peabody and Nefret’s ranting for equal treatment, Ramses’ secretive exploits, David’s loyalty, and Emerson’s spluttering rages. The family is so thoroughly entertaining that the lack of true mystery didn’t upset me in the least.
Not to say there isn’t a mystery, it’s just that unlike a Poirot novel, the bodies aren’t piling up, which is why I’d classify this as more of an adventure novel. Entertaining and full of interesting insight into Egypt at the turn of the century, including the long-held prejudices, Seeing a Large Cat is a fantastic escapade, and I’m so glad my library had several more books by Elizabeth Peters.
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