The Mummy Case

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For the novel in the Hardy Boys series, see The Mummy Case (Hardy Boys).
The Mummy Case
Paperback cover for The Mummy Case
Author Elizabeth Peters
Country United States
Language English
Series Amelia Peabody mysteries
Genre Historical mystery
Publisher Congdon & Weed (dist. St. Martin's Press)
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 313 pp
ISBN 0-86553-140-4 (Congdon & Weed), 0312925476 (St. Martin's Press)
OCLC 11290775
813/.54 19
LC Class PS3563.E747 M8 1985
Preceded by The Curse of the Pharaohs
Followed by Lion in the Valley

The Mummy Case (1985) is the third of a series of historical mystery novels written by Elizabeth Peters and featuring the character Amelia Peabody.

Plot summary[edit]

Amelia and her husband, Professor Radcliffe Emerson, return to Egypt for the 1894-95 season[1] to excavate the ruined pyramids of Mazghunah, which pale in comparison to the nearby dig at Dahshoor – but that is all Emerson could get after annoying the Department of Antiquities. On this trip, the Emersons bring along their young son Walter (aka Ramses) and his cat Bastet, along with a sturdy footman to keep Ramses out of trouble. This is Ramses' first trip to Egypt, after studying and hearing about it for all his young life.

Ramses got off his donkey. Squatting, he began to sift through the debris...[He] held up an object that looked like a broken branch. "It is a femuw," he said in a trembling voice. "Excuse me, Mama - a femur, I meant to say." [...]
Ramses rose obediently. The warm breeze of the desert ruffled his hair. His eyes glowed with the fervor of a pilgrim who has finally reached the Holy City. (TMC, chapter 5)

While in Cairo, Amelia hears rumors of a scrap of papyrus which no one will confess to owning, but which has the local antiquities dealers living in fear of the man who is after it.

No sooner does the family settle in near their dig than they are paid a visit by a group of American missionaries who have set up shop nearby, then the rival archaeologist who did get permission to dig at Dahshoor, then a German noblewoman with more money than taste...and then a thief who steals one of the objects the Emersons find at Mazghunah, a mummy case.


  1. ^ The Emersons' Journeys

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