Oddly–because I’m a historical fiction/mystery fan and enjoy well researched and written mid 19th through mid-20th century settings — I never heard of Lady Emily. This is a series I’ll dip into more. Secrets of the Nile finds Lady Emily and husband Colin Hargreaves heading to Egypt with Colin’s mother and his young adult daughter Kat. It is 1904 and they are guests of Mrs. Hargreaves childhood friend Lord Bertram Deeley. They are in Luxor, near archeological digs. Deeley collects Egyptian antiquities and this book contains two stories: Deeley’s and Meryt’s. Meryt is a young woman living in the town populated by craftspeople working on Pharaohs’ tombs around 1500 BC. Her father is a famous sculptor, her twin brother a painter and she sculpts small figures for the graves that are unique for their individual faces. The stories intertwine beautifully as the 1904 party is disrupted early by a murder and multiple guests have motives. Lady Emily and Colin investigate, with “help” from Kat. This is an entertaining house party mystery, with a few nods to Agatha Christie and Elizabeth Peters but a style and story all its own. The characters are engaging. Definitely a fun read.
Published by Emily Leader
I have been an avid reader since Dick and Jane met Sally. At age 7, I read my parents' first edition of "To Kill a Mockingbird." I am a retired lawyer and so read almost only fiction for pleasure. I'm adding in nonfiction these days, largely on social justice matters but also history, biography, and weird topics that catch my imagination. I used to read only serially, one book at a time. Presently, I read paperbacks, hardcovers, listen to audible, listen to CDs and read online through Net Galley. Covid-19 has caused me to read a lot so I have re-upped my Goodreads challenge for 2021 and am starting to review at least my favorite finds annd, perhaps, some stinkers. View all posts by Emily Leader