Audio review: Curse of the Pharaohs

Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody #2)

Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The review: Join our plucky Victorian Egyptologist, together with her devastatingly handsome and brilliant husband Radcliffe, in another exciting escapade.When Lady Baskerville’s husband Sir Henry dies after discovering what may have been an undisturbed royal tomb in Luxor, she appeals to eminent archaeologist Radcliffe Emerson and his wife Amelia to take over the excavation. Amid rumours of a curse haunting all those involved with the dig, the intrepid couple proceeds to Egypt, where they begin to suspect that Sir Henry did not die a natural death, and they are confident that the accidents that plague the dig are caused by a sinister human element, not a pharoah’s curse

My review: This is book 2 in an Egyptian themed mystery. We return to Egypt and walk into a new mystery. Except this time there’s one big difference, Amelia is married. Emerson is just as stubborn and just as headstrong as his new wife. He wants take Amelia under his wing, but that’s never going to happen.

The main story line in this one wasn’t as exciting as the first book (hence the lower star rating). I felt it took too long to get going, but when it did things hotted up and I was happy to go with the flow. And, of course, the main characters are feisty and have heaps of personality so how could I stop reading (or listening in my case).

Something I didn’t mention in the review for the first book is the humour. I like the dry humour, the catchy come-backs, and the general banter in these books. It gives the characters charm and substance. What lacked in the mystery, was replaced in abundance with information in Egyptology and the witty characters.

Still love the books. Recommended.

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