By Elizabeth Peters
Constable & Robinson - February 2002
ISBN: 1841193879 - PB
Historical Crime - Egypt & The Sudan, 1890s

Reviewed by: Rachel A Hyde,
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Of all the novels written by Elizabeth Peters the sixth of her Amelia Peabody series, first written in 1991, is my very favourite. A departure from the usual whodunits, this is a truly high adventure in the style of Rider Haggard to which the book is a tribute. Maybe I am biased, as he is one of my all-time favourite authors, but this is one story that is impossible to resist as Amelia, Emerson and ten-year-old Ramses race across the desert in search of missing explorers. What they find is a lost city, and to say any more would spoil an absolutely delightful story that has everything this series has and more - humor, endearing larger-than-life characters, mystery, romance, adventure… compare it with the later books into which a more somber note has crept and which contain fewer incidents and sometimes rather too much verbiage. Indiana Jones, eat your heart out - hugely enjoyable!

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