A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters

A River in the Sky (New York:  William Morrow-HarperCollins, 2010) is Elizabeth Peters‘ most recent installment in the Amelia Peabody series.  As with most lengthy series of novels, the later books aren’t as good as the first ones.  They become father formulaic as the author churns them out.  This is true of A River in the Sky.

In addition, as the series has progressed, I’ve found Amelia less and less likable.  She has gone from naively confident to arrogant.  I’m also not sure I like the integration of passages from “Manuscript H.”

A few years ago, I reread the then existing Amelia Peabody novels in chronological order according to when they were set not when they were written.  This latest novel was written and published out of sequence.  According to the “Amelia Peabody series” article at Wikipedia, the novels occur in the following order:

  • Crocodile on the Sandbank
  • The Curse of the Pharaohs
  • The Mummy Case
  • Lion in the Valley
  • Deeds of the Disturber
  • The Last Camel Died at Noon
  • The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog
  • The Hippopotamus Pool
  • Seeing a Large Cat
  • The Ape Who Guards the Balance
  • Guardian of the Horizon
  • A River in the Sky
  • The Falcon at the Portal
  • He Shall Thunder in the Sky
  • Lord of the Silent
  • The Golden One
  • Children of the Storm
  • The Serpent on the Crown
  • Tomb of the Golden Bird

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