THE SERPENT ON THE CROWN

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After being banished from excavating in the Valley of the Kings for years, Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson and her clan have been given the OK to return. As usual, things get off to an unusual start when a frightened woman gives Amelia and her husband Emerson an exquisite ancient gold statue, claim-ing it is cursed. Mrs. Pringle Petherick blames the statue for her husband's recent death, and she wants Emerson to remove the curse. Emerson wants to know where the statue come from. Since there's no record of its discovery, he suspects it was looted.

When Mrs. Petherick disappears under strange circumstances, Amelia is caught up in another mystery that she must solve before it endangers her beloved and expanding family.

Set in 1922, the newest chapter of this saga is amazing. As always, humor, adventure and mystery combine for a tale that will have you utterly entertained and desperately wanting more. (Apr., 416 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith