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Golden One
by Elizabeth Peters
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William Morrow, 2002 (2002)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

It's 1917. Amelia Peabody and a family that now includes a happily married Ramses and Nefret, and their adopted daughter Sennia, are en route to Egypt once more. There Emerson is immediately frustrated by a too brief encounter with his half brother Sethos, previously Master Criminal and now master spy for the British. Early on, Amelia has one of her famous forebodings, which of course, Emerson does not want to hear about.

While sniffing around the wadis of the Western Desert in search of undiscovered tombs, they smell another recent corpse (no archaeological season would be complete without one). Amelia continues to don her handy tool belt and to carry a parasol (she has an innovative application for it this time around), and Jumana emulates her. When Peabody dreams of her old friend Abdullah, he hints about the next generation.

Since the setting is still WW I Egypt, there are more spying shenanigans. Sethos is suspected of being a traitor to the English, which fact sends Ramses on a mission to Gaza, then under Turkish control. Unwilling to see him head into danger alone, his parents and wife lurk nearby. There is an encounter with the chief of the Turkish secret service, and a new addition to the cast of the series, a young, feminist Turkish woman, named Esin.

Nefret has a surprise for the family and there are inklings of a new enemy to keep up the series suspense. Sethos' daughter Molly blames her father and Amelia for her mother's death; Peabody is warned 'The young serpent also has poisoned fangs.' Good news for fans, who are always ready for more mayhem and mystery in archaeological Egypt!

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