By Elizabeth Peters
Set in 1884, this is often the 1st installment in what has develop into a loved bestselling sequence. At thirty-two, strong-willed Amelia Peabody, a self-proclaimed spinster, makes a decision to take advantage of her plentiful inheritance to indulge her ardour, Egyptology. On her method to Egypt, Amelia encounters a tender girl named Evelyn Barton-Forbes. the 2 turn into quickly associates and shuttle on jointly, encountering mysteries, lacking mummies, and Radcliffe Emerson, a speeding and opinionated archaeologist who does not want a woman's support -- or so he thinks.
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