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Shadows on the Nile [Kindle Edition]

Kate Furnivall
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'I'll find him. I will.'



It's 1932 and 27-year-old Jessica is living London life to the full when her younger brother Tim, an ancient Egyptian archaeology expert, goes missing. Teaming up with Sir Montague Chamford - who can resist neither a damsel in distress nor the chance of adventure - Jessie vows to find her beloved brother.



Following the clues Tim has left in his wake, Jessie and Monty head to Egypt. In the relentless heat of the desert, romance is kindled between them, but danger also lurks in every shadow. And then Jessie starts to wonder how much Monty really knows about her brother's disappearance . . .



A dramatic story of adventure, excitement, love and romance can all be found in the SHADOWS ON THE NILE

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

At age seven, Jessie Kenton&'s upper-middle-class London world revolved around her emotionally disturbed younger brother, Georgie. One night, with no explanation, their parents took Georgie away, replacing him with an orphan boy named Timothy, whom they had adopted. After the initial pain of separation, Jessie gradually warmed to Timothy, but never forgot Georgie. Twenty years later, in 1932, Timothy, now an up-and-coming archaeologist, has disappeared, leaving behind cryptic clues for Jessie taken from their favorite Sherlock Holmes novels. She quickly deduces that he&'s in Egypt and leaves for Cairo to try and track him down. With Egypt shaking off the last footholds of British colonialism and artifact smugglers lurking in the shadows, Jessie faces danger at every turn. What&'s more, she doesn&'t yet know that Timothy has forged a strange, but durable, bond with Georgie, and that finding answers to one brother&'s disappearance will lead to a new understanding of what happened to the other. Furnivall laces this fast-paced historical adventure with surprisingly poignant interludes that ultimately connect to the family mystery at its heart. There are a few awkward plot twists, and a largely superfluous romantic subplot, but that won&'t keep readers from connecting deeply with the Kenton siblings. Agent: Teresa Chris, Teresa Chris Literary Agency. (Oct.)

From Booklist

When Jessie Kenton was young, her beloved brother, Georgie, was whisked away during the night and replaced by a different boy before morning. Jessie begged to know where Georgie had been taken but over time came to love her new, adopted brother, Timothy. Twenty years later, though, it’s Tim who goes missing, and this time Jessie goes in search of him herself. Following clues in the manner of her idol, Sherlock Holmes, Jessie chases one confusing lead after another. As the search takes her ever farther from home, it brings her closer to a connection to the lost Georgie and to a new courtship with the immensely helpful Sir Montague Chamford. Though the romance is easily predicted, it’s offset by the many surprises sprinkled throughout this historical whodunit. Setting her novel in the early twentieth century, Furnivall highlights the archaeology craze in Egypt and the turbulent political climate in London to create an enjoyable, page-turning blend of history, mystery, and love that will intrigue readers, especially admirers of Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody novels. --Cortney Ophoff

Product Details

  • File Size: 667 KB
  • Print Length: 442 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425265080
  • Publisher: Sphere (December 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008S4G0M2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,106 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, but a good read December 2, 2013
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Having previously read all of Kate Furnivall's novels and loved them I had high expectations of her latest. It began rather perplexingly for me, as I couldn't really grasp what the genre of the novel was meant to be. Set in the 1930s, yes, but not necessarily historical fiction per say, as the story itself was not based upon historical events. Then I got the impression that it was a coming-of-age story, especially when the relationship between the siblings Jessie, Timothy and Georgie started being explored in greater detail. Finally, about one third of the way through the novel, it hit me. This is an historical mystery. Complete with Sherlock Holmes references and clues heavily based in Egyptology, this in fact is an excellent historical mystery. It just took me some time to appreciate it!
The female protagonist of this novel, Jessie, travels to Egypt to find her archaeologist brother whom she fears is in trouble. Tagging along by her side is a near-stranger to her, Sir Monty, a man in whose house her brother was last seen. The reader is given a strong notion that Sir Monty isn't telling Jessie the entire truth, and yet for some reason I still liked him. I think the author truly wanted the reader to realize that Monty was not a bad guy and was a good man for Jessie.
The most interesting aspect of the book for me wasn't the descriptions of the Egyptian desert or artifacts, nor the in-depth references to Sherlock Holmes and his cases, but rather the character of Jessie's brother, Georgie. Without using the word autism, for it wasn't around at that time, the author has made it obvious to a modern-day reader that autism is what Georgie has.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was hoping for. December 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Did you ever decide that you just had to read a book; put it in your wishlist and start it the first chance you get? This was this book for me. I love Egypt. I love two storylines woven together. I have always wanted to read a Kate Furnivall novel. ALWAYS. I have about three of her other books on my wishlist, but I decided that this was to the one I would start with. It wasn't out yet when I read it so there weren't many reviews. I don’t usually read reviews before I start a book, but for some reason I wanted an idea of what to expect from a new to me author. So…. I read some. Readers were not liking this book; didn’t think it was as good as her other books. I began to doubt my decision to start with it. Some loved it though, so I decided that I would probably agree with them, and jumped right in.

In the beginning of this novel, I thought that the negative reviewers were crazy. This book was pretty good. Some said that it had a slow start, but I was hooked pretty much from the start. The plot was a interesting. I really wanted to know what happened to both of Jessie’s brothers. At 22% in I was still enjoying it.

But shortly after that, it got, well, slow. Not only did the plot drag, the characters weren’t developed well enough. I really didn’t get to “know” Jessie. I didn’t like her and had a hard time visualizing her, except when she was with Monty. Monty changed her, and while I liked him a lot, I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to, and so I worried about their relationship. That leaves only the setting, which was beautifully done, and the political situation, which I frankly wasn’t that interested in.

Jessie’s brother Georgie, and his relationship with Timothy really saved the novel. I started to look forward to Georgie’s first person chapters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to her usual snuff March 30, 2013
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I am reading this book right now, and have to say that I am a bit disappointed. I have absolutely loved all of Kate Furnivall's previous books, but this one is just not grabbing me. Perhaps a bit too far-fetched for my liking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really fantastic read July 15, 2014
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All of this author's books have been outstanding reads. Always waiting for her next book. By reading her books you not only get a history lesson on some interesting area of the world and different era, but a romance and suspense,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 9, 2014
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I enjoy Kate's novels, good storyline . It keeps you riveted to pages, most enjoyable
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shadows on the Nile July 3, 2014
By Gillian
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It took me a while to get into the story but I throughly enjoyed this book Kate Furnivall words capture Egypt so wonderfully you feel like you are there with her characters .It was a captivating story well written .I couldnt put it down and was sory when it was finished
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't my cup of tea May 29, 2014
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not my type of story but did read it all as it was recommended to me took me a long time to finish
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read May 16, 2014
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Interesting and different read. Especially if you are interested (a little) in Egypt. Took awhile to get into this book but then could not stop reading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Kate Furnivall novel. True romance and nice reading.
Published 1 day ago by Bill-san
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Took me a while to get into the story but then I was engrossed. Loved the characters and the ending was satisfying.
Published 2 months ago by Pat Lynch
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I quite enjoyed the storyline in this book. It was different and interesting. I found it quite detailed in information on archeology at times. Other wise a good read.
Published 3 months ago by Alison Hydes
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so much
If you didn't know, you would not recognize this as a Kate Furnivall book. It is an enjoyable read, but not up to the rich tapestry of character development, story weaving,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by bigboppar
3.0 out of 5 stars OK!
This book was a decent read but I was expecting more, given that the author is Kate Furnivall! This can't compare to her other books.
Published 3 months ago by C Gonzalez
4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed mystery/adventure of a young woman in search of her...
Shadows on the Nile was interesting story of a young woman in pre-WWII England and Egypt. While searching through England and Egypt it examined the conditions of both country. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joyce Mizener
2.0 out of 5 stars Once
Let me just start off by saying that this is normally not a book that I would pick up to read. I have to admit that I am THAT girl who has a bad habit of judging a book by its... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Yara Santos
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Like all of Kate's books, from the moment the story begins, the reader is hooked and cannot put the book down until it's finished.
Published 4 months ago by Hania Dickson
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