Amelia finds good luck - in her dreams! 'Stay away from tomb Twenty-Al' says an ominous message delivered by an unseen hand. The year is 1903, the place is Cairo, and it's time for Amelia's ninth adventure. She is asked for help by an old friend whose husband has fallen for a spiritualist; then a plea arrives from an expat colonel whose daughter ...Read MoreAmelia finds good luck - in her dreams! 'Stay away from tomb Twenty-Al' says an ominous message delivered by an unseen hand. The year is 1903, the place is Cairo, and it's time for Amelia's ninth adventure. She is asked for help by an old friend whose husband has fallen for a spiritualist; then a plea arrives from an expat colonel whose daughter is threatened by an unknown enemy, and Ramses, now a headstrong teenager, undertakes an adventure that is guaranteed to turn his mother's hair white! Amelia then dreams of a large cat, an Egyptian sign of good luck - which as the situation stands, is in precious short supply...Read Less
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Ever-delightful, the Emerson family continues to enchant. Returning to Egypt for the 1903 dig season, Amelia's dreams of a large cat --the dearly-departed Bastet, childhood friend and protector of the now-adolescent Ramses-- are supposedly a symbol of good luck in Egyptian lore. But the luck in evidence seems quite the opposite, and Amelia has her hands full trying to contend with the antics of her son and lovely young ward, as well as the grisly discovery of a mummy much "fresher" than she is accustomed to handling.
Peters paints a sumptuous picture of turn-of-the-century Egypt, but more than that she demonstrates her continuing capacity to develop her characters. There is a new feel to young Ramses, who is no longer a precocious boy but now every inch a young man, and the reader gets a strong sense that great things are on the horizon for all members of the ever-expanding Emerson clan. The loss of Bastet may be read as a subtle warning that while these books may be set in the past, they are not frozen there; characters we have come to care about are thrown into turmoil as Peters once more demonstrates her literary prowess. A deeply engaging read.
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