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Sandy Olsen and her best friend are in Cairo for the trip of their dreams with the highlight being the King Tut tomb and artifacts. Things are going great until Sandy's friend Desiree doesn't make it back to the hotel after an evening out. And when her body is found at the Opet's Chapel, Sandy had no choice but to ask for help in finding her killer. That is when Vicki Sanders comes to her aid. Vicki and her partner Paul run an agency in Houston and are known for their ability to solve some of the harder cases. This being their first out of the country job will lead them, especially Vicki, into more problems than she ever expected.
Normally, about half way through a book, I have my ideas as to who the killer/murderer might be. Sometimes I'm right and sometimes I'm wrong. This book was different. I had no idea who the murderer would be nor why he committed the crime, until the end. Author Betty Gordon had me going from page to page in hopes of solving this case before the end. She gave me several suspects but none that I could see would have a reason to kill Desiree. It was truly an enjoyable book and showed me that I'm not as good 'book detective' as I thought I was.
When you first meet protagonist, Desiree Roberts, you're immediately captivated by her on every level. Not only is she gorgeous, she's a woman of the modern age, free-spirited and filled with a passion for life and for Egypt. Her friend, Sandy, holds the reader just as well, and gives us a friendship slant to the story that makes the tale come alive.
Both women soon find themselves caught in a web of secrecy and murder that takes them far beyond their comfort zones. But, because comfort zones are not Desiree's forte', they're launched forward at a page turning pace toward something which eventually proves deadly. One of them is left standing and has the ultimate decision to make, keep going--or run.
This was a fast read for me due to the intrigue and tantalizing information regarding Egypt. The author skillfully placed the information within the story, so as a reader, I found the plot accomplishing what it was supposed to, drawing me in, not giving an information dump. I caught myself making notes for details to research later on. I always think an author has done an excellent job if the reader is left wanting to know more about actual places. Kudos on this one! It held me during the read, and piqued my interest to delve a little further inside the land of the Pharaohs.