(Look closely. There's a camel on that cover.)
Can you believe I've never read this book?
I know! How remiss of me, considering my affection for camels.
It's not that I don't like Elizabeth Peters--I do. I adore her Vicky Bliss novels. And I've long since devoured everything by her alter ego, Barbara Michaels.
But for some reason, I've never gotten into her Amelia Peabody books. Not really sure why.
Anyhoo, this is what Publisher's Weekly said about The Last Camel Died at Noon:
If Indiana Jones were female, a wife and mother who lived in Victorian times, he would be Amelia Peabody Emerson, an archeologist whose extraordinary adventures are guaranteed entertainment. This time Amelia, her handsome, fearless husband, Radcliffe, and their precocious 11-year-old son, Ramses, are in the Sudan, searching for archeologist Willoughby Forth, who disappeared 14 years earlier with his new wife. Rescued in the desert after every camel in their caravan dies, the Emersons are taken to a lost city where ancient Egyptian customs have been carried into modern times. There, entangled in two half-brothers' battle for the throne, Amelia and family fight for the freedom of the slave class while ferreting out the fate of Forth and his bride, and arranging to escape with their lives. Peters (The Deeds of the Disturber), who also writes as Barbara Michaels, laces her usual intricate plotting with Amelia's commonsense approach to hygiene and manners, and coyly delicate references to vigorously enjoyed connubial pleasures. Combining a fierce affection for her family with indefatigable independence, stalwart Amelia proves once again an immensely likable heroine.
Sounds pretty good to me. Have any of you read it? Would you recommend it? Are there any other camel-related books you'd like to recommend?
Alternate questions for those of you who don't give a darn about books with camels:
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Was it good?
Would you have preferred something else? (Perhaps French toast with strawberries and whipped cream?)
Because I haven't eaten yet, so I'm looking for breakfast recs, too.