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The Painted Queen: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense (Amelia Peabody Series) by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

The Painted QueenThe Painted Queen finds Amelia and Emerson in Cairo on their way to another seasonal dig. While staying in Cairo before departing for the dig, a stranger intrudes upon Amelia while she is bathing, although he poses no threat given that he has a knife in his back. He is holding a piece of paper with Amelia’s name and room number as well as a card with “Judas” written on it. The beginning of this book is so typical of the series that I had great hopes. Alas, as the rest of the book unfolded, those hopes were dashed.

The Painted Queen is the final Amelia Peabody book. Joan Hess was contracted to finish this after Elizabeth Peters’s death. It was my understanding before I read the book, that Peters had left behind the book in an unfinished form and Ms Hess was to finish the book. That does not appear to be the case. I cannot imagine that anything other than a very rough outline was left behind, because, sadly, the characters in this, the last chapter in a long running and well written series hold on the shell of a resemblance to the Peters’ characters. Read the rest of this entry »