This is the second Amelia Peabody Emerson mystery I have read and it has not disappointed me in the slightest. The story has good pace, has credibility and has a good mixture of characters from the pioneering Emersons to the rich and idle aristocrats.
Peters' descriptions of sounds, sights and smells are almost tangible. The vocabulary is rich and challenging and any translations from Arabic are once only, and unlike many books, she assumes that the reader is able to retain information.
This book is the 4th volume of Amelia's memoirs, and one can only assume that there must be a wave of fear in Egypt each year when the Emersons descend to carry out their archaeological digs as all sorts of foul deeds, murders, attempted murders and kidnapping occurs. However, don't think that this book humourless, parts of the book were amusing.
Overall, I found this more entertaining than the benchmark who-dunnit of Agatha Christie and I really can't wait to get cracking with the other Amelia Peabody titles.