Tomb of the Golden Bird, Elizabeth Peters - 05.27.07 *****
The Amelia Peabody Series is one of my favorite series, and I've waited anxiously for nearly a year for Tomb of the Golden Bird to be published in paperback. The series follows the exploits of the Emerson family who are Egyptologists in the early 1900's. Amelia seems to have a knack for getting involved in mysteries, and as her dear friend Abdullah often laments, "Every year, another dead body!"
In the newest installment of the series, the Emersons have been banned from the eastern end of the Valley of the Kings, and their dream of finding the tomb of king Tut has been crushed. When Howard Carter uncovers the tomb (exactly where Emerson predicted is would be) they watch helplessly as the tomb yields up it secrets to their rivals. But their own work is suddenly disrupted by a string of kidnappings - where no one is ever hurt - and threats, and questions that no one understands.
As the family prepares for the Christmas holidays, Amelia begins making her famous "little lists" to try and get to the bottom of the mystery. Secret codes, a mysterious death, spies and jounalists in disguise, Amelia must conquor them all to protect her family and friends, and uncover a sinister plot that may destroy the fragile peace of the middle east.