Recently orphaned Jenny Benet, a spirited woman raised on the American frontier, accompanies her oh-so-British archaeologist uncle to Egypt. Uncle Neville is seeking the legendary Buried Pyramid, said to be sunk below the desert and protected by the gods. Others seek the pyramid, including the treacherous Lady Audrey Cheshire, and mystical forces may be working to hinder their quest. But secret organizations, threatening letters and mysterious occurrences are no match for our intrepid adventurers.

The setting is impeccable, as are the characters' manners, with rich details that bring the era vividly to life. Jenny is a charming heroine, at once practical and daring, and the secondary characters comprise a worthy cast of intellectuals and eccentrics, both English and Egyptian.

With its combination of Victorian opulence and Indiana Jonesstyle adventure, this tale is perfectly suited to fans of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody mysteries, as well as readers of historical fantasists Judith Tarr and Marion Zimmer Bradley. A definite keeper, and a story to be savored. (May, 432 pp., $26.95)
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