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    Did she leave any unpublished manuscripts that might be completed and published posthumously?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

  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.

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