This book is a tribute to Rider Haggard, the author of "King Solomon's Mines" and the prototype of the Indiana Jones movies. So it's a bit different from the rest of the series. But Amelia and Emerson are the same characters we know. This is the first time we really get to know Ramses, who begins as an obnoxious, loquacious 10 year old, but becomes a real part of the Emerson detecting team. The plot's silly, (the title is my favorite of all the series), but the family is in severe danger all the same. They fall for a story about rescuing a couple who have been missing for a decade in the desert, when what really attracts them is a treasure map. What they find is brothers feuding over who'll be king in a replica of ancient Egypt. They meet the daughter of the couple they came to rescue, and while we learn little about her except that she's blond and beautiful, and can sing, she comes with them when they escape, and it's clear Nefret will play a part in their lives from then on.
Professors and spouses Radcliffe Emerson and Amelia Peabody travel to Egypt for research but decide to help find a couple who disappeared 14 years ago. The couple's heir gives them a map, and their travel has many turns, beginning with the death of all their camels. They are rescued/kidnapped and don't know who is trustworthy. They go from one danger to another, always with courage and some humor. I enjoy the characters and the setting.
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