This enjoyable mystery in Hess' long-running Claire Malloy series takes the reader along for the ride as Claire honeymoons in Egypt. The lore of the ancient civilization and those who study the ruins are at the center of a plot that is somewhat encumbered by a plethora of characters and a series of seemingly unrelated events. Still, this is a splendidly wicked honeymoon.
Her husband is often away meeting with local authorities about secret police business he won't discuss, so Claire is quite happy to have the company of her daughter, Caron, and Caron's best friend, Inez, who are traveling with the honeymooners.
At the hotel, they encounter an odd group of Egyptologists, and strange and potentially dangerous events occur as they tour local attractions. Claire can't puzzle out what it all means, but she and the girls might unwittingly be in the middle of something nefarious.
(St. Martin's Minotaur, Apr., 304 pp., $24.95)