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Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury
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Jun 30, 11

bookshelves: middle-school, historical-fiction, mystery

This book is set in England in 1815 during the time of Englands war with Napoleon. In it Agnes Wilkens is about to be formally presented into society as she's apparently reached marriageable age. It's an age when woman have very little choice in life, but to be married, and even little choice to whom they marry. Agnes is an extraordinary girl, having already learned 10 languages.
This is a mystery that starts during a party at one of Agnes's perspective suitors house. The party is built around the guests taking turns cutting the wrappings off of an Egyptian mummy, and looking for items possible valuable items tucked into the wrappings for the mummy's life in the after life. Agnes is surprised when she's one of the first to be called up to the mummy. She makes a find just as a commotion happens and for reasons not entirely known, Agnes slips the find into her pocket, instead of handing it back in. As the party breaks up a dead body is found. The next day the houses of people who had been at the party are broken into, a mummy's curse is blamed by some people for the death and distrubances. Agnes needs to find out what's going on. When she goes to the museum to try and find out more she comes upon the young man from the party, working at the museum. She get's him involved and the two of them go about trying to solve the mystery.
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