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In this novel, Amelia Peabody Emerson accidentally runs into her dread adversary, Sethos, but this time Sethos isn't the mastermind behind this. Amelia and family are in a tight position. Kidnappings, murder, and risks don't fail to escape this family.
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The archaeological season of 1907 brings the Emersons back to Egypt, where they plan to continue their work in the Valley of the Kings. However, after the younger Emersons acquire an authentic copy of The Book of the Dead, the mutilated corpse of a young woman is found in the Nile. Whether the crime is related to the theft of Mr. Geoffrey Romer's Egyptian antiquities collection in London - and perhaps to the Master Criminal, Sethos - is the subject of an investigation by the Emersons that could put all their lives at risk.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1900-1920's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Kind of investigator    -   dog/cat investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for valuable art/artifacts    -   search for gems/treasure/money Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   scholar    -   explorer Age:    -   40's-50's


Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa Desert?    -   Yes Desert:    -   hostile arabs City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   moving train

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Unusual forms of death    -   crushed    -   drowned    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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