Look out Miss Marple and Nancy Drew: Here comes Grace Percy!
Ms. Basham has once again put on her sleuthing cap and penned a story worthy of Agatha Christie. It reminded me of a Poirot mystery as it is set in Egypt.
Fredrick has a surprise for Grace: a belated honeymoon to a dig in Egypt sponsored by his cousin Georgia and her husband Sydney. But they get more than surprises when several people turn up dead and they come upon a hidden tomb that is being secretly raided. Fredrick: “Yes, God had given him much more than he deserved, and sometimes, he wondered if God had given him more than he could manage.”
With her signature witty humor, the author delights us with lovable book loving heroine Grace, a swoony hero husband Fredrick and other interesting characters. The story pulls us in with beautiful scenery and descriptions of the inside of a Pharaoh’s tomb.
There is danger in abundance, dashing heroes to the rescue and crafty villains to suspect, a moral lesson of second chances, and not to forget: romance for good measure.
This is the best of the best. I look forward to more escapades with Grace and Freddy.
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and an underlying faith thread
"Sometimes when you speak of things like the realm of the dead with such enthusiasm and delight, I . . . I'm uncertain how to respond."
Lady Grace Astley . . . and her husband Lord Frederick Astley have arrived . . . in Egypt. Taking a slight detour from their original honeymoon plans, Grace can scarcely contain her excitement over seeing things like camels, pyramids, mummies, treasures and a murder? Oh, my! That little detail failed to be documented properly on their itinerary. Was Grace going to have to put her sleuthing skills to good use once again? Something "nefarious" (great word, isn't it?) was going on.
Pure delight! It's the only way to describe this dynamic duo who practically leap off the page every time one turns. Freddie's ability to anticipate his wife's antics (flowing from her generous heart, of course and her positive, her positive . . . her positive everything) has already grown and matured in a short amount of time, to the point that he knows just about everything that she is going to do and say, he just can't prevent any of it. Nor would he want to . . . until . . . her passion for rescuing "napping" friends nearly concludes their very short story.
"How many brides have died on their honeymoon? It seemed a horrible spin on all the fairy tales Grace loved so much."
A fun, romantic (remember, they are honeymooners), intriguing, (so many suspects, all these people are criminals??? Surely not!) romp through the desert sands of Egypt!
Clue meets Indiana Jones with a fiction-loving twist only Grace Percy can provide.
Newlyweds Lord and Lady Astley have already experienced their fair-share of suspense, but when a honeymoon trip takes a detour to the mystical land of Egypt, not even Grace with her fiction-loving mind is prepared for the dangers in store. From an assortment of untrustworthy adventure-seekers to a newly discovered tomb with a murderous secret, Frederick and Grace must lean on each other to navigate their dangerous surroundings. As the suspects mount in an antiquities’ heist of ancient proportions, will Frederick and Grace’s attempts to solve the mystery lead to another death among the sands?
The Cairos Curse is a delightful sequel to The Mistletoe Countess by Pepper Basham in the Freddie and Grace Mystery series.
Barbour Publishing, February, 2023
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