The Golden One by Elizabeth Peters

Amelia Peabody, Book 14

Synopsis: It is 1917, and the Great War rages. In Luxor, Amelia Peabody and her family learn that a royal tomb has been ransacked. Not soon after, one thief returns to the tomb as a corpse. Peabody to the investigation!

Dateline: New Year’s Eve, l9l7. Risking winter storms and German torpedoes, the Emersons are heading for Egypt once again: intrepid Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her brilliant archaeologist husband Radcliffe Emerson, their son Ramses and his wife Nefret, not to mention their ward, their butler and their cat. Emerson is counting on a long season of excavation without distractions, but loyal readers know this is a forlorn hope. Another dead body, only too fresh, is found in a looted tomb, and it leads the clan on a search for the man who has threatened them with death if they pursue their excavations. If that weren’t distraction enough, the intelligence services are trying to recruit Ramses for another dangerous assignment and this is one he can’t refuse. Meanwhile, Nefret keeps a secret of her own…

Review: I have difficulties to read these days. After trying to launch myself into several novels of different genres without success, I finally moved on to a series which I always have a great time with. I’m almost finished with the series, but it’s still nice to see all the characters!

Since the novels do not come out in the chronological order, we can fall at any time in the Emerson’s life. So, in the end, I no longer pay attention to which volume I’m getting into.

The war is raging and our little family is heading to Egypt for further excavations. However, the climate is not easy, and while graves are being robed as it’s complicated to protect them, it may be that Sethos is back and has switched sides.

It was again a very good novel and how to resist Ramses, Nefret, Emerson, Peabody or even Sethos. Elizabeth Peters always manages to get me carried away in each of her stories!


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