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I read The Curse of the Pharaohs years ago when I first discovered the archaeological mystery genre (I think it was, in fact, Elizabeth Peters’ books that made me aware of this genre in the first place). I read all of the series within just a few short weeks.
In this second installment of the Amelia Peabody mystery series, we find Amelia and her darling husband, Radcliffe, living happily a quiet and content life in Kent. They have a son, William (also called Ramses – guess why!) and the story starts about 4 years after the end of the first story. Both Amelia and Radcliffe decided to stay at home and away from their archaeological expeditions until their son Ramses is old enough to join them.
Of course, they can’t really stay away at least in thoughts, so they are eagerly reading the newspaper which detailed the death of Lord Baskerville after seemingly opening a tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh. Could he have died of the curse put on the tomb?
If this is not enough, Lord Baskerville’s widow contacts them and asks Radcliffe to continue her husband’s work and go to Egypt to do so. Of course, they jump on the opportunity and soon enough both husband and wife are en route to Egypt. Radcliffe has the job to continue the dig around the pharaoh’s tomb, while Peabody tries to solve the murders and the sabotage of the place.
Another adorable light cozy murder mystery that fans of archaeological mysteries will love as much as I did.