Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Tomb Of The Golden Bird (Amelia Peabody #18), by Elizabeth Peters
★★★★ (rounding up to 4½, with a ♥ for the whole series)
Synopsis: Banned forever from the eastern end of the Valley of the Kings, eminent Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerson's desperate attempt to regain digging rights backfires—and his dream of unearthing the tomb of the little-known king Tutankhamon is dashed. Now Emerson, his archaeologist wife, Amelia Peabody, and their family must watch from the sidelines as Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter "discover" the greatest Egyptian treasure of all time. But the Emersons' own less impressive excavations are interrupted when father and son Ramses are lured into a trap by a strange group of villains ominously demanding answers to a question neither man comprehends. And it will fall to the ever-intrepid Amelia to protect her endangered family—and perhaps her nemesis as well—from a devastating truth hidden uncomfortably close to home . . . and from a nefarious plot that threatens the peace of the entire region.
In A Sentence: A decent conclusion to the series, but not my favorite
My Thoughts: Well, chronologically speaking, this is the last in the series, and it ends with a historically famous event: the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. I really enjoyed reading about this event from the perspective of the Emersons; it was pretty entertaining. The mystery element of the story takes a little bit of a backseat so we can learn more about what was going on when Howard Carter found the tomb, which makes the book drag a little, in my opinion. The lack of action didn’t help the book much, and there were multiple things going on, which made it a little confusing. To top it off, I found the Emersons to be just a little hypocritical in this book, saying that Howard Carter and Lord Carnavon shouldn’t have entered the tomb without permission, yet entering the tomb themselves “to make sure everything was all right”.
I still liked the read, though. The humor was funnier this time around, and everyone gets a happy ending, which is nice. I would have loved to see what happens to everyone after the books, and I keep thinking that some of the books in this series would make for some awesome movies or a TV show. Maybe one day…
Anyway, if you have been reading this series, and managed to make it past the 9th or 10th book, you might as well make it to the end. While this isn’t the best book in the series, it is still worth a look.
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