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The intrepid Amelia Peabody and company return again for another exotic Egyptian archaeological outing. It is 1911 and Amelia and husband Emerson receive a mysterious accusation of antiquities forgery leveled against family friend David, who is just about to marry Amelia's niece Lia. More intrigue and mystery build up when the Emersons return to Egypt: bullets aimed at Amelia, the discovery of a young American's corpse at their excavation site, and the appearance of a small girl of mysterious parentage. Murder, conspiracy, romance, Edwardian society, and dry British humor all come together in this highly entertaining mystery - but be warned, it's a cliffhanger!
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1900-1920's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   relative Kind of 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:    -   scientist Age:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa Desert?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)    -   dangerous

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   impregnation/reproduction A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   archaeology Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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