Short synopsis (Goodreads): Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her debut Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. On her way to Cairo, Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been abandoned by her scoundrel lover. Together the two women sail up the Nile to an archeological site run by the Emerson brothers -- the irascible but dashing Radcliffe and the amiable Walter. Soon their little party is increased by one -- one mummy, that is, and a singularly lively example of the species. Strange visitations, suspicious accidents, and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn. Now Amelia finds herself up against an unknown enemy -- and perilous forces that threaten to make her first Egyptian trip also her last...
My Review: This is, most assuredly, my newest favorite classic! I can’t believe I haven’t read this series before (thank you Alison at the Allure of Books!)! Miss Amelia is too much to handle! And I can’t talk about this book without using exclamation marks!! I’m not really the ‘mystery’ reading type, but this novel has everything: hilarioius dialogue, hot archeologists, good friends, fiends that you don’t know until it’s too late, animated mummies and parasols! If that list doesn’t convince you to purchase it right now, or at the very least rent it from your library…you have other issues. This book is FANTASTIC. For now I am borrowing from my library (the next in the series is already in transit) but rest assured, this will make it into my permanent collection…and there’s around 17 volumes to look forward to *fan girl squeal!*
This book isn’t horribly fast paced, nor is the writing style what is commonly found in more present times. I LOVED it though. Miss Peters does a superb job building the characters and romanticizing the location. I really want to buy a pith hat and get on a time machine. So exciting (and I hate the heat!).
I must admit though, having read this series (FINALLY!) I realized a bit of a similarity to a steampunk newcomer, Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. There isn’t a lot, except for a very amazing female lead who can take care of herself with a parasol just well, thank you very much (and will you kindly remove your elbows from the table). If you haven’t read one or the other of these, you will like the other!