Hot on the trail of Cleopatra's grave all we had to do was get from Cairo to the Temple at Taporisis. Morning sunlight glared from the muddy surface of the Nile. Six floors down a body in white sprawled in a splat of blood. My first official kill as a tomb raider and it was an ashtray-rubout. How embarrassing.
Professor Roger Jolley and I were in the first trimester of our third archaeological case. The adrenalin high of tomb raiding had become an addiction. As we sat in the Smiling Camel Café, I noticed Roger was wearing two left shoes. Brown wingtips. We were definitely starting off on the wrong foot.
~ Egypt, You are loved and respected around the world. ~
About the Author
Barbara Silkstone is the best-selling author of:
Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider series
Wendy and the Lost Boys
Criminally Funny Fables series
The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters
Wendy and the Lost Boys
Zo White and the Seven Morphs
Cold Case Morphs.
The Adventures of a Love Investigator, 527 Naked Men and One Woman.
Silkstone's writing has been described as “perfectly paced and pitched - shades of Janet Evanovich and Carl Hiaasen - without seeming remotely derivative. Fast moving action that shoots from the hip with bullet-proof characterization.”
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We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis
Stars: Overall: 5 Narration 5 Story 5
I never quite know what I’ll get with a Barbara Silkstone title beyond the giggles, but in this installment to the Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider series, I got laughs, danger, slapstick and some ick with adorable camapoos and Wendy’s trademark neuroses and her ever-present search for new ones.
Wendy and Roger are seeking the tomb that holds Cleopatra and Marc Antony: Roger is in possession of one piece of the puzzle that legend claims will lead them to the unknown and unmarked tomb. Of course, there are Russian Oligarchs looking to acquire the antiquities for their own purposes and displays, and the never ending series of misadventures seem to plague Wendy from the get-go.
With several secondary characters, one is never quite sure who will pop up around the next corner: and paying attention to the names helps readers in understanding the jokes: subtle tweaks and inclusions of names that are related to these characters behavior and personalities, also infuses the story with some fun parallels from classic film, pop culture and even an aspiring author in the form of Fiona Feelgood, a librarian who has determined her new title, Erotica for Dummies will be the next big thing. Fiona is a highlight in much of the wordplay, and she is possibly my favorite secondary character. Wendy is hard NOT to like – she’s a committed neurotic, each new situation or encounter has her stopping to wonder if she has a fear or phobia, if there is a name for it, and should she adopt the new diagnosis. This alone is enough, but when you add her sense of humor and ability to hold a running commentary about her thoughts and fears WHILE running is just enjoyable.
Narration is provided by Nicole Colburn and again she provides a wonderful performance and captures the essence of Wendy as she navigates the threats, mystery and her relationship with the often distracted Roger. Never taking her performance too far, she manages to indicate differences in characters, accents and the sense of their emotional impact upon the story without overreach, and each voice suits the characters and incorporates them seamlessly into the story. These characters come to life and propel listeners through the story making it a true treat.
If you want fun, funny and offbeat humor with insets of actual history and archaeological interest – this is the series for you!
I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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