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- Print Length: 283 pages
- Publisher: Harper & Appleton (December 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 15, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018RH0HZK
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An Egyptian Affair (The Regent Mysteries Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Captain Jack Dryden and his bluestocking wife, Lady Daphne, come from different worlds. She was raised the privileged daughter of an earl and received the best education money could buy. Her sharp mind and inquisitive nature make her the perfect undercover investigator. Captain Jack Dryden grew up outside of the aristocratic world but his military prowess and knack for ferreting out the truth garnered him a position as a trusted confidant and investigator for the Prince Regent. Individually, they are good. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with.
The Prince Regent finds himself in need of this dynamic duo once again when a close friend, who happened to also be a sometimes-above-the-board-sometimes-under-the-table acquirer of antiquities for the royal collection, comes up missing after going to Egypt to purchase a rare and very valuable mask. Not only is the Prince out the money he paid for the artifact, his friend is missing and feared dead. Nothing will do but to have Jack and Daphne board the next ship to Egypt.
Of course, Jack’s first instinct is to leave his lovely wife at home, safe and sound, but she and the Prince have other ideas. Before the Captain knows what hit him, he is on a packet ship sailing with not only his wife, but her young, quite unmarried sister as well. Rounding out their party is Stanton Maxwell, England’s premier Egyptology expert as their guide and interpreter--and a troop of soldiers sent by the Regent that are under strict orders to protect the earl’s daughters at all costs.
As the adventurers travel through this strange country filled with political intrigue, strange new customs, breathtaking scenery, and the occasional smelly camel, they keep digging (a little archeological pun, there) until their adventure comes to a hair-raising climax worthy of an Indiana Jones movie. The author does a wonderful job describing the settings and inserts just enough historical information to make the story authentic without becoming a dry history lesson.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a historical romance without a good dose of love and affection. Of course, Jack and Daphne are still hopelessly, romantically in love, but the main source of happily ever after comes from Daphne’s sister Lady Rosemary. Long enamored with the perfectly handsome Captain Cooper of His Majesty’s Dragoons, Rosemary doesn’t even notice the bookish Mr. Maxwell, despite their common interests in Egyptology. After all, Captain Cooper is so brave and strong. Mr. Maxwell is probably never wielded anything mightier than a pen, right? Or maybe there is more to the quiet scholar than meets the eye.
I absolutely loved this lighthearted book from beginning to end. It has just the right mix of mystery, romance, and humor. A book like this one that is entertaining and makes me smile is a wonderful thing. A true test is whether or not a book is one I would read all over again, and I’ve done just that with this entire series. Everything written by Cheryl Bolen is worthy of the keeper shelf.
The Prince Regent has turned over a substantial sum of money to a trusted Indian dealer in antiquities, Prince Edward Duleep Singh, for the purchase of a golden mask of the mummy of the pharaoh Amun-re. Now the dealer, the money, and the mask have all gone missing in Egypt, and the Regent wants Jack and Daphne to track them down.
Jack is more than ready for the job, but he thinks it may be too dangerous for Daphne (not to mention her propensity for sea-sickness). Daphne, however, is not about to be left at home, and the Regent agrees. Jack can hardly refuse when the Regent announces he will send ten of his own House Guards as security, and Stanton Maxwell, a young but renowned Orientologist, as guide and interpreter.
With Daphne’s youngest sister, Rosemary, along for the voyage, the party arrives in Egypt, where they are welcomed by Ralph Arbuthnot of the British Consulate in Cairo. Their trip down the Nile, complete with naked farm workers on shore, serves to convince the British travelers that they’re definitely not in London any more.
Cairo swarms with suspicious characters. Habeeb, the local dragoman hired for them by Arbuthnot, disappears from time to time. Gareth Williams, a deserter from Jack’s company at the Battle of Badajoz, pops up when least expected. What does the Turkish Pasha who rules the country know about the missing antiquities dealer? Is Ahmed Hassein, a rival antiquities dealer, not quite the “friendly competitor” he claims to be? And what about rival antiquities collector Sheik al Mustafa? Or Lord Beddington, the British explorer whose location is so hard to pin down?
Before long Jack and Daphne have discovered a murder, and things only become more complicated when Rosemary disappears from her tent during a visit to the pyramids.
Jack and Daphne take the reader on a tour of early nineteenth century Egypt while searching for answers to their many questions. An Egyptian Affair combines exotic locations, mysterious disappearances, and a bit of romance into a very entertaining story.