Children of the Storm brings a welcome return to form of Amelia, her husband, Emerson, their son, Ramses and his wife, Nefret along with all their ever expanding family in tow - and in this case, that is virtually every one - ligitimate, illigitimate and extended are involved in the storm that plagues another of their archeological expeditions. The Great War is over, but the effects of the conflict still linger as the Emerson family prepare for another season in Luxor. Before long, some valuable artifacts are stolen form the home of one of the Emersons' closest friends which causes concern and suspicion. Then Ramses has a strange encounter with a lady disguised as the goddess, Hathor. Other members of the family are threatened and suffer misfortune. Before long, a not so fresh corpse is found and is somehow linked to the attacks on the family and Amelia must use all her skills to get to the bottom of the mystery before another little incident finishes off one of them.
For those not in the know, this is the 15th book in the series that was first set in the late Victorian era about the adventures of a lady Eygptologist, Amelia Peabody and her family and over the subsequent books progressed to the beginning of the 20th Century. It was originally written from the acerbic point of view of Amelia, but later books introduced another narrator which gives another perspective to the proceedings of the adventure. This is not a book for new readers to the series as much of the it follows on from the previous book, The Golden One. It would be advisable to read Crocodile on the Sandbank first, and work your way through the series, or failing that, read from Seeing A Large Cat onwards.
Fans of the series will enjoy the the inclusion of many of the cast from previous books as well as the introducion of some very new members to the clan who will bring a smile (or even laughter) to the reader. There are new revelations about the Emerson clan and some long asked questions are answered. As usual, the book is witty, full of fiendishly complicated plots, the odd red herrings, lots of history and background to the difficult political situation in Egypt in the early part of the 20th Century and a suprising twist to the tale and of course several more shirts are ruined!