Final Amelia Book Due to Publish in 2017!

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT HARPER-COLLINS HAS NOW ACCEPTED A FINISHED VERSION OF “THE PAINTED QUEEN” – a manuscript partially written by Elizabeth Peters and finished by her dear friend, mystery writer Joan Hess, with help from another dear friend, Egyptologist Salima Ikram. The book goes back to fill us in about the Emersons’ activities during the excavation season when the famed Nefertiti bust was discovered. The projected publication date is July 2017!


  1. Heather Johnson says:

    I am wondering if anyone will take up Amelia’s story and tell us what will happen to the Emerson family.

  2. Betty says:

    Loved the Egyptian series on audio. Trying to remember the word used to describe her morning habits. Used it in a corporate class for promotion. Got it and now Can’t recall! Trying to instill into daughters importance of vocabulary. Save me!

  3. Deb McClanahan says:

    Glad to see the site for my late favorite author is up. Wish there were another book in the pipeline.

  4. Charmaine Ploof says:

    Elizabeth Peters was my most favorite writer. Like all of her fans, Imiss her very much. Thank you for maintaining her wonderful Web site.

  5. Georgia Couch says:

    Did she leave any unpublished manuscripts that might be completed and published posthumously?

    I find myself identifying with Amelia. I have reached, as she would say, ‘a certain age’, and think with mixed feelings about hers and Emerson’s (and their inventor’s) ride off into the sunset aboard The Amelia.

    • mpmmanor says:

      Yes, we were just able to announce that the publisher has accepted a finished version of the manuscript she left — we announced this on our blog, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr accounts (you should be able to get those links on this page…) But, thank you for this prod to update the new webpage as well!

  6. Suzanne Bien says:

    Started rereading Amelia in order. Just as enjoyable and interesting as ever !
    The author was truly talented and is very greatly missed by this reader.
    Thanks for the updated website as I have not read all of her other books.

  7. Sarah Fuller says:

    I’m wondering if The Painted Queen will involve the fling Ramses and the lovely priestess had. I’ve been thinking of the possible complications with Nefret and children, etc. Now I’ll start a re-read to prep for the publication.

  8. Maria Adele Pozzi says:

    I am very glad of the news about The Painted Queen and I look forward to read it.
    Thanks for maintaning the site.

  9. Marilyn Jones says:

    THRILLED to see Painted Queen will come out in 2017..!!!
    I am sure it was very difficult to reach this point.
    My all time favorite author whose humor and interesting adventures saved many a dark day.
    thank you

    • christine vereecken says:

      oh marilyn i so agree, i will be bitter sweet reading when you know our favorite author has indeed passed and now a book echos her spirit, i survived on the emersons for many a year in my life when all was sadness, she brought humor, fun ,adventure and family love

  10. Laura Piotrowski says:

    I have read and listened to her books for years, and they have given me so much pleasure. I am currently listening to The Golden One during my drive to work. It is narrated by the wonderful Barbara Rosenblat. I am so happy to know the The Painted Queen is going to be released next year. I hope that there will also be an audio version done by Barbara Rosenblat. She captures the personalities of the Emerson family so well. Amelia’s comments make me laugh out loud.

  11. shelley says:

    So happy to hear there will be one more book. The Amelia Peabody series is my favorite, for the great characters, the history and archaeology, the setting, and especially Amelia’s and Emerson’s marriage. I went to Egypt about 10 years ago with only my knowledge from these books to guide me and I was not disappointed.

    After reading my reasons for loving this series, does anyone have any recommendations of similar books?

  12. I have come to know and love the Egyptology series through narrator Barbara Rosenblatt. Being a narrator myself I am amazed at her ability to convey not only character voices of all ages, gender, and accents but their detailed personalities. I hope she will do this newest one.

  13. Marianne Mandet says:

    We miss you, dear Ms Peters. So sad you left us.
    But I was really happy to hear that a new book was coming !
    I have discovered two years ago that Ms Peters had written a lot of other books, and now I’m trying to read them all !! But Amelias’ adventures are my favourite.

  14. Gretchen says:

    I am surprised and excited to learn there will be one more story for Amelia and her family. I just hope it lives up to the originals.

    • mpmmanor says:

      Each book has its own charm – and this one will have the added spark of Ms. Hess’s input. As Ms. Peters was quite ill when she was working on this book, we’re just so lucky that she got as far as she did, and that Ms. Hess was willing to step in and devote literally years of her life to finishing the project … a true act of love. (Just as Ms. Peters did when she finished Charlotte MacLeod’s last book, The Balloon Man (see our post on

  15. Alison says:

    I have been chomping at the bit for TPQ for several years! It seemed like the Large Print listing was always up, and the title was tantalizingly always just a few months away. The date would come and go, and I’d sigh and start stalking Amazon et. al. again for a hint.

    This is wonderful news, and a balm to my soul after a difficult week. This may be the last Elizabeth Peters book I have the joy of reading, but it will be treasured all the more.

  16. Astrida says:

    Have been re-reading Amelia series and the Vicky Bliss series. I am overjoyed (seriously, I am really happy) that another book is coming out. I think that Joan Hess will do a great job. Really looking forward to reading it!

  17. Robyn Wright says:

    Will it really happen next year after the disappointment of this one?

    What will I do when I get my copy? Dive right in or sit and hold it for a while, stroking the cover and holding it close knowing it to be the last of a much-loved series?

    Amelia wouldn’t shed a few tears, but I hope she will forgive me if I do.

    • mpmmanor says:

      we’re with you …. but we can always start again at the beginning (as Barbara was known to do with the Harry Potter series, the Lord of the Rings series, and many other favorites…)

  18. Ann Gleason says:

    Yes, I can’t wait. Thank you for a wonderful lifetime of reading.

  19. Mandy says:

    Huge Amelia fan, as read the way only Barbara Rosenblat can. Truly sad when I read the news but now almost ready to wet myself with excitement about the new book. Are there plans for an audio?? Hope Ms. Rosenblat is the narrator!

  20. Cynthia Fulton says:

    I, too, am thrilled to read all of Elizabeth Peters novels about the adventures of Amelia and Emerson. I would like to have the number and order of the total series for my collection. Thank you.

  21. Judy Hostetter says:

    Is there any possibility these stories will be produced as a series on say, “Masterpiece” or any other televised production? I have always thought they would be a highly visually entertaining series.

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  23. Connie De Fazio says:

    Very excited for this publication! Thank you to her friends who have made this possible!

  24. Michelle F. says:

    Yay! But sad that it’s the last in the series (although good that there are lots of others in the series). I actually have a book signed by Elizabeth Peters. I think it was in 1997 and I had her sign The Hippopotamus Pool, her latest one. It was a library event, Authors Authors, where they have a book signing and a speech beforehand. She was just as humorous in person as she is in her books. She’s one of my favorite authors.

    I’d heard that this book might come out and so I’m glad that it really will.

  25. Connie says:

    I was introduced to her series by my librarian in a small town where I was living in my 60’s. I read straight through her series. She opened a new world for me about Egypt.. She became my favorite author! I would like to have her complete set of books so I could read them any time I want. Her books touched my soul and I was so sadden by her death. She was an amazing woman and I would have like to have met her. She was an interesting lady and so talented. She went into a field that was dominated by men and made her own statement in her own way. RIP, Elizabeth Peters, you are missed by so many.

    • mpmmanor says:

      SHe would have loved this comment … small-town librarians were her heroines given her own upbringing (partially in a small town in downstate Illinois)…
      AND she co-founded “Malice Domestic” precisely because she was so irked that women (and genres more typically used by women mystery writers) never seemed to get credit…

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