"Stay away from tomb Twenty-A!" says an ominous message delivered by an unseen hand. The year is 1903, the place is Cairo, and with the new century, everything is changing for Amelia Peabody - except for her affinity for danger. Headed for an archaeological dig in the awesome Valley of the Kings, she hopes the desert will yield up its secrets. Instead it will produce a macabre puzzle of murder, passion, and cruel deceit.
The year is 1903. The place is Cairo. And preparing to tackle and archaelogical dig in the Valley of the Kings, the intrepid Amelia Peabody dreams of a large cat, and Egyptian sign of good luck. In fact, an ominous message warning "Stay away from tomb Twenty-A" only intrigues her. But Amelia soon acquires a fearful headache when teenage son, Ramses, and her beautiful ward, Nefret, sneak about to help a pretty American who thinks she's being stalked. And when tomb Twenty-A yields a mummy wearing silk undies, Amelia finds herself in a labryinth of macrabe murder, passion, and cruel deciet. Now she needs the cat's good luck and more; feline stealth, a nose for something rotten, and nine lives, or her next dig may be her own grave.
As her legions of fans will readily testify, Amelia Peabody Emerson, who wields a mean parasol, is not your usual whodunit heroine. Ladies in 1903 did not climb pyramids or excavate Egyptian tombs. And they certainly didn't solve crimes. Amelia, of course, does all three and always does them extremely well. In this new adventure, she's exceptionally busy. Not only must she make sense of a brutal murder and help an old friend whose drippy husband has gone "over the edge," she must also rein in the feminist sensibilities of her pretty adopted daughter (who models herself after Amelia) and keep her headstrong, lovestruck teenage son, Ramses, out of trouble. As usual, Peters' zesty characters--particularly Amelia's explosive archaeologist husband, Radcliffe ("Good Gad, Peabody")--are marvelous, and there's plenty of lively repartee to push the story along. The comedy is great, as well, with Peters' knowing precisely how to balance starchy Amelia's officious social respectability with her penchant for meddling in other people's affairs.
Amelia Peabody is at it again! Besides solving TWO mysteries, she plays matchmaker. If you're new to this series, I suggest that you start with the first one and work your way forward. They are all fantastic! If you are an Amelia Peabody fan already, heck doesn't mattter what I say about this book, you KNOW it'll be a great read!