Synopses & Reviews
A Great War has ended, but evil still casts a long shadow over a violence-scarred land. One woman an adventurer and archaeologist with a brilliant mind must now confront a dreadful adversary more fiendish and formidable than any she has ever encountered. But by doing so, she may be feeding the flames of a devastating firestorm that threatens the fragile lives of the tender and innocent.
"Peters has always known how to romance us; but by letting history sweep through her fanciful tale, she also proves herself a conscientious scholar." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"A fast-moving, intrigue-filled plot....[A]n enjoyable read in its own right, powered by evocative depictions of 1919 Egypt and the engaging voice of Amelia herself..." Publishers Weekly
"Readers who enjoy this series for its crisp repartee and interpersonal dynamics will be sufficiently entertained; those who long for more old-fashioned heroics and adventure will have to wait for the next book." Stephanie Zvirin, Booklist
"This wickedly entertaining tale from the prolific Peters is an essential purchase..." Library Journal
"This complex series continues with witty dialogue, mysterious twists and turns, and delightful characters." School Library Journal
About the Author
Elizabeth Peters was born and brought up in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Peters was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She is also the author, as Barbara Mertz, of Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt and Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt. She lives in western Maryland.