In the seventh Amelia Peabody mystery, our heroine and Emerson head off to the digs at Egypt in 1898 without their son Ramses in tow. He is left in Britain, in the care of in-laws Walter and Evelyn Emerson, along with 13-year-old Nefret, the princess from an ancient and hidden Egyptian civilization the couple encountered in _The Last Camel Died at Noon_. (Ramses does send several lengthy and hilariously self-important letters to his folks over the course of the story.) Unfortunately, during the couple's layover in Cairo, Emerson is kidnapped, drugged, and knocked hard on the head so that he loses his memory, at least to the extent of recognizing Amelia or that he is married to her. So they proceed to the Royal Wadi near El Amarna, in search of the tomb of Nefertiti, with a cool and at times antagonistic condescension on Emerson's part. With the admiring help of American financier Cyrus Vandergelt and the less helpful British reporter Kevin O'Connell, Amelia tries to restore her husband's memory while protecting him and the expedition from the murderous emissaries of the Master Criminal.
This report prepared by David Loftus