This was an enjoyable read for sure, so much that I just could not put it down until I finished it. The story set in the midst of Egypt, had quite a good amount of mystery, adventure and humor to it. And of course all the characters were equally well matched and entertaining. Especially the two main protagonists Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson! Usually I love strong female characters but Amelia was not only strong but also egg-headed, quirky, sarcastic, charming and fun to spend time with. On the contrary, Radcliffe was cranky, grumpy and sarcastic all the time. The rapport and tête-à-tête shared between these two characters were the most delightful part of this book.