The Serpent on the Crown

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The Serpent on the Crown
First edition cover for The Serpent on the Crown
Author Elizabeth Peters
Country United States
Language English
Series Amelia Peabody mysteries
Genre Historical mystery
Publisher HarperCollins
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 350 pp
ISBN 0-06-059178-1
OCLC 57008254
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3563.E747 S44 2005
Preceded by Guardian of the Horizon
Followed by Tomb of the Golden Bird

The Serpent on the Crown is the 17th in a series of historical mystery novels, written by Elizabeth Peters and featuring fictional sleuth and archaeologist Amelia Peabody.

Plot summary[edit]

In 1922, the Emersons are excavating at Deir el Medina when a melodramatic visitor delivers a challenge—and a solid gold ancient statuette—to them: find out where it came from and why it brings bad luck to its owners. Emerson, of course, doesn't believe in curses, but he does believe someone has robbed a find of historic proportions. When their visitor turns up dead and her stepchildren disappear, everyone except the Emersons believe the murder is a family affair.

Ramses, meanwhile, finds a papyrus which he suspects to be of historic importance, and an assistant who is not all he seems.


The book's title is from the Poetical Stela of Thutmose III:

"I have robbed their nostrils of the breath of life and made the dread of you fill their hearts. My serpent on your brow consumed them."

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