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The Hippopotamus Pool by Elizabeth Peters
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Feb 07, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: adventure, family-story, historical, mystery
Read in February, 2012

In this episode, Ramses is 12, Nefret is 15, and Emerson is about to make the discovery of his life--the almost-undisturbed royal tomb of Queen Tetisheri. Of course there are many people who will stop at nothing to get in first, including kidnapping any or all of the children--who soon number three, with the addition of the Egyptian boy David, discovered working for a local forger, but proving to be Abdullah's grandson and a talented artist.

This is such a fun series, and it's nice to go back to some of the earlier books after having read the ones set in the 1920s. I don't know that this was one of her better efforts mystery-wise, but lots of threads and characters that recur in later books get their start or continue here, including David, Sir Edward, the hidden villain. And it's nice for once for Emerson to have a real excavation, rather than the boring villages and Roman mummies his temper often lands him with.

Part of the delight of these books is listening to them on CD, with wonderful narration by Barbara Rosenblatt. How a woman can manage to convey the ultimate masculinity of Emerson I don't know, but she does it brilliantly.
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