This marks another splendid chapter in the hugely popular and always thrilling Amelia Peabody adventure series. In this book, a number of prominent characters make decisions that will make future episodes all the more interesting. Long live Amelia!

The year is 1911 and it is time for the Emerson family to make their annual trek to Egypt for another season of archeological discovery. This year, Amelia and Radcliffe Emersons niece Lia is about to marry David Todros, the grandson of their dear late friend Abdullah. Then rumors reach the family that David is accused of selling forged antiquities. All know it is nonsense, but Davids reputation could be shattered if they dont get to the truth.

Undercover work has now become the province of Amelia's son, Ramses. With Davids future at stake, beautiful Nefret also demands to be allowed to help, unaware that she will become the catalyst for a deadly danger that threatens to divide the family.

Extended family members are also causing problems as Amelia's nephew Percy tries to destroy the person he has always hatedRamses. Amelia and Emerson must fight a sinister evil hidden by a friendly face.

(Apr., 464 pp., $6.99—Hardcover published July 1999)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith