Leisure, Dec 2003, 5.99, 352 pp.
In 1893 Lady Katherine Smithfield travels to Egypt where she is to fulfill her late mother's death bed wish that she marries a family friend, Nazim. Katherine is not too happy with this arrangement, but besides honoring her deceased mother she rationalizes that it is not like she has any other prospects ever since an accident scarred her visage.
However, her father is in trouble and if Katherine wants to see him free and alive she must steal a treasure map from someone named Ramses or the blackmailing tomb robbers will insure an accident occurs. Ramses knows that once he marries his English bride, he will be sworn as a Guardian of the Ages to take the name Nazim and remain faithful to his wife. Katherine tries to buy one of his famous Arabian stallions but the stud discussion leads to a kiss that moves the earth. Though she feels she found her soul mate, she steals the map. Ramses vows the thief of his heart will be his, but neither knows the danger nor whom the other really is.
THE TIGER & THE TOMB, the sequel to the delightful FALCON AND THE DOVE, is a tremendous Victorian era romantic suspense that will make believers out of readers that Bonnie Vanak is a great writer. The story line is action packed yet filled with humor, some of which is erotic. The secondary cast adds depth to the era, the intrigue, or amusing insight into the lead couple. Ramses and Katherine are a charming duet whose adventures in late nineteenth century Egypt is a winner for historical readers of any age.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner