A Lady Emily Mystery
by Tasha Alexander
Secrets of the Nile is the fifth title in a long running historical mystery series that I have had the pleasure to read and review. I was delighted to once again spend time with Lady Emily and her husband Colin. For those who don’t know, Colin has had a number of delicate jobs that he has done for the government. Emily is independent and strong, a woman who is educated and feistier than many of her time and social class. Together they make a formidable team.
This time, the two are spending time in Egypt with Colin’s mother and his daughter from a prior relationship. They have gone there at the invitation of Lord Deeley, an old friend of Colin’s mother. Lord Deeley is a prodigious collector of all things ancient Egyptian; he also can antagonize people.
Early in the book, Lord Deeley has a dinner party. The guests are from varied backgrounds including an archaeologist and a politician. As readers of mysteries know, something bad is about to happen at this dinner.
There is a parallel plot set in ancient Egypt. This features siblings who are very close to each other. The young woman is a bit like Lady Emily, better educated than most and a person with talents. How will her and her brother’s story entwine with the Christie like murder in an Egyptian home?
This story is engaging and fun. The author also has done her research. A number of books of interest to budding Egyptologists are mentioned in the text.
Where Colin and Lady Emily go, adventure follows. Go along with them and see how the story unfolds.
I was happy to read this latest enjoyable entry in the series. Cozy and historical mystery fans, this is for you.
Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press-Minotaur for this title.
Pub date: 04 October 2022