This was not my first Elizabeth Peters / Amelia Peabody book, and I didn't like this one as much as I did others that I've read. I found it a bit confusing, as it jumped around a lot. It was suggested reading for my dd's high school world history class.
I really loved some of the lines in this book:
"I see nothing wrong with comfort if it does not interfere with efficiency."
"The facts will be less alarming that the fancies a loving imagination can invent."
"Contemplate the future with courage and optimism."