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Tomb of the Golden Bird
by Elizabeth Peters
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William Morrow, 2006 (2006)

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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

I have just finished Elizabeth Peters' eighteenth Amelia Peabody novel, Tomb of the Golden Bird. What can I say? Another great book? Another ingenious plot? Another adventure into Egypt? Another chance to spend time with the Emerson family who seem as familiar as my own? Another colorful and exciting trip to Cairo and Luxor?

All of the above and more. Howard Carter, excavating for Lord Carnarvon, discovers King Tutankhamon's tomb. Emerson, Father of Curses, tried to have that particular site assigned to him, but failed to do so. Carter is being very secretive about the treasures found in the young king's tomb and is not above a little chicanery.

Emerson, devastated, works desultorily on his own site. He is also driven to distraction (which doesn't take much) by the appearance of his half-brother Sethos, who works undercover and usually has trouble nipping at his heels. Amelia, as always, rises to the occasion and works her particular brand of mitigation and detection. She also likes to dabble as a go-between with young lovers. Or even not so young lovers.

One cannot say enough good things about Peters' books. They are highly readable and enjoyable with wonderful, wholesome (and some unwholesome) personalities. Amelia is a strong woman of character, and a good upbringing. She has an open mind and is deeply in love with her handsome husband. Intrigue and murder often lurk in the corners of their lives, which only seems to enrich their relationship and deepen their love. I can't get enough of Amelia and her brood and already look forward to her next exploits.

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