Elizabeth Peters was responsible for over seventy mystery and suspense novels and was acknowledged for the quality and quantity of her works by being awarded the Malice Domestic Lifetime Achievement Award. She earned a doctorate in Egyptology from the University of Chicago when she was just 23 and was hoping to establish a career as an archaeologist. This is the first book in the "Amelia Peabody" series (1975). Set in Egypt in 1884, this witty and descriptive story has feminist overtones as the amateur, yet clearly intelligent and bold Amelia, a British spinster, explores the pyramids complete with a mummy that is trying to scare the crew away. With hints of adventure and romance, this is a fun read from a great Illinois author.