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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,435 ratings  ·  176 reviews
The new novel from the author of THE RUSSIAN CONCUBINE and THE WHITE PEARL.

1932, London. 27-year-old Jessica Kenton's stable life is torn apart when her younger brother, Timothy, vanishes. Vowing to find him, she follows Timothy's trail to the lush and exotic lands of Egypt but she doesn't expect the danger she is confronted with. There are powerful people who do not want
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Sphere
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Setting: 1900s England & Egypt

3 1/2 Stars

In 1912, Jessie's brother Georgie is stolen in the middle of the night. Much to Jessie's dismay, her parents refuse to discuss it and wont allow her to speak of him. The next morning,a boy named Timothy is asleep in her brothers bed and she is told he is her new sibling. Two decades later, he too has vanished so Jessie sets out on a quest to find him. Her journey takes her to the Egyptian desert, and along the way she collects several companions who all s
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Jess The Bookworm
3 and a half stars.

I only realised once I had started reading this book that it was the same author who had written the Russian Concubine. If had known that, I probably would not have picked the book up in the first place.

Anyway, I am glad that I did pick this book up.

The story follows Jessica, as she deals firstly with the disappearance of her brother Georgie when she is younger, and now as an adult, the disappearance of her brother Timothy. Her brother Timothy's disappearance causes her to tr
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Jenny
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This took a long time to get into. I persevered as I liked the character Jessie and was a little curious where the story could go.
Although it was a bit far fetched and cliched, this was entertaining and a fun book to read.
Kerry Hennigan
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shadows on the Nile begins in London in 1912, with our young heroine, Jessie and her changeling brother. It’s a cracker of a start to a story that then leaps ahead to 1932, when the principle characters are now adults.

Jessie and Timothy’s wealthy parents are in thrall to Oswald Mosely’s Fascist views, and the theory of eugenics. Meantime, discontented and down at heal Londoners are on the march against the imposition of the Means Test.

Then Timothy disappears, and through an improbable collection
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Christine PNW
I have mixed emotions about this one. It wasn't as good as I had hoped. I felt like the disparate elements - the pre-WWII rise of fascism, autism in the early twentieth century, Egyptology & romance - just didn't mesh well together. I liked the individual parts, but don't feel like the combination was effective. I was hoping for something more like Deanna Raybourne's Night of a Thousand Stars. ...more
Michelle Ryles
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After immensely enjoying Kate Furnivall's The Liberation and checking out her back catalogue, I added Shadows on the Nile to my wishlist, as I have a keen interest in Egyptian history. I recently popped into my local library and the breathtaking cover of Shadows on the Nile was shining in front of my eyes like the golden rays of the sun god Ra. So I put my feet up with a nice glass of wine and prepared to be whisked away to Egypt.

With a dramatic, heart-wrenching first chapter, the story starts i
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Stephanie Thornton
I'm a huge fan of Kate Furnivall's novels, especially The Russian Concubine, and found this to be a new and entertaining direction for her. Shadows on the Nile is a mix of historical fiction, romance, and mystery, and best of all, it's set in Egypt and is chock full of Sherlock Holmes references!

As always, Furnivall's descriptions are lush and every scene is action packed. I particularly liked Malak, the plucky Egyptian boy-guide, and the relationship between Jessie's brothers, Georgie and Tim,
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Christina
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, historical
The love story was perfect! It was believable and moved at a great pace. The historical/ geographic context was well incorporated and intriguing. I was skeptical about the chapters from Georgie's perspective, but as the book goes on it became more relevant. I liked it! ...more
Deborah Swift
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate Furnivall’s 'Shadow on the Nile' is a rip-roaring adventure full of the dry dust of Egypt. From the beginning, we are drawn into Jessie’s world as she searches for her missing brothers – the one who was taken as a child, and the one who is missing in Egypt. Her determination to follow the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ type clues, make her an engaging and resourceful character. Everything you’d want from this sort of novel is here – the quest for antiquities, old tombs, and the danger caused by greed an ...more
Mandy
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Well what can I say... this is a bit like an Agatha Christie story with so many coincidences it is beyond belief (although I am not sure being believable is a quality the author aspires to). I like the way the author describes her characters and the atmosphere in Egypt in the 1930s. One of the characters, Georgie, is interesting and well observed but a distraction in someways. The heroine, Jessie, encounters an amazing amount of mishaps with some miraculous lucky escapes. This is an enjoyable re ...more
Heidi
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was a book with plenty of potential but there was something missing. I just didn't feel the chemistry between the main characters and the multiple, intersecting storylines felt clumsy and forced. I made it to the end but it felt like an effort. ...more
Melissa A Comer
This was a challenging read overall--plenty of intrigue and mystery which, of course, was the author's intent but those things got somewhat tiresome. The plot seems overly contrived. ...more
KayDee

Mystery, romance, intrigue, corruption and exotic settings all combine into one terrific read. In 1912 London, Jessie Kenton hears her younger brother crying in the middle of the night. The next day, Georgie is gone and her parents refuse to let her ask questions or speak of him. They soon adopt a new child, Timothy, whom Jessie grows to love as if he were her own brother. Fast forward to 1932. When Timothy vanishes without a trace, Jessie is haunted by the same nightmarish scene. Frantic to loc
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Jaclyn
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shadows on the Nile is a mystery set in 1932 London and Egypt. Jessica Kenton’s stable life is threatened when her younger brother, Timothy vanishes. Jessica is charged with finding her brother, never dreaming that it will take her to exotic Egypt. Along the way, Jessica gains the “help” of impoverished aristocrat, Monty, who has his own motives for getting involved. On the trail for her brother, Jessica finds herself with more trouble than she bargained for and her family’s closely held secret ...more
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had never read a book by Kate Furnivall before, and after finishing this, it definitely won’t be my last…I’m already very excited about reading more of her novels.

I loved this book, I’d even say that it is one of my favourite books of this year, and such a find! I can’t believe that I have not discovered this wonderful author before now, and after this I will be investigating her other books. With shadows On The Nile, I was hooked from the first page, it is one of those books where I was drawn
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Jennifer
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I'll admit this novel was not at all what I expected. Having previously read all of Kate Furnivall's novels and loved them I had high expectations of her latest. It began rather perplexingly for me, as I couldn't really grasp what the genre of the novel was meant to be. Set in the 1930s, yes, but not necessarily historical fiction per say, as the story itself was not based upon historical events. Then I got the impression that it was a coming-of-age story, especially when the relationship ...more
Trisha Smith
★★ 1/2 stars

Eh, I was not a huge fan of this book. I read Kate Furnivall's novel The Red Scarf and loved it! Over five years later, it remains one of my favorite books. I guess I was just expecting something similar. Or maybe the book just wasn't for me. I'm usually not into mysteries and adventure stories unless they have a lot substance to them. I also noticed that lately I've listened to a few English mysteries, and just can't seem to get into them. Maybe it's the narrators?

Twenty years afte
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Jennie
5 stars. Review: I liked this book! A lot! The 5 stars I gave to it, it was worth it. I wish I could give more stars to it. Hahaha!! Now one of my favorite books. There are many reasons to explain why I loved this book. First it said so many things about Egypt and now I’m like *I want to go there*, second it had many references from stories of Sherlock Holmes and some details from the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (which I didn’t knew many things about this writer and his life, I have just only ...more
L F
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A meeting of brilliant minds. Author, Kate Furnivall, is at her very best in this brilliantly plotted story. The plot is structured like a V, as it gradually comes to the tip of the point as the mystery murder story comes to an end in Egypt.
Her, protagonists are all damaged personalities as they engage the depression, fascists and uncaring parents in England during the early 20th century.
It is told from two points of view. Brother Tim and Georgie as they angle toward sister Jessie and Sir Mont
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Krystal
This is a good read! The conclusion is straight melodrama but everything leading up to it makes for a great story. I like when a book gives you insight into different characters so the changing perspective between the heroine, hero and one of the heroine's brothers made it a richer reading experience for me though I imagine it may annoy others. I liked the heroine; girl has some issues but I think with reason. I recommend this also for those who enjoyed Elizabeth Peters books; this book has the ...more
Sarah
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Not her best book, by far. Just a slow, kind-of-boring read for me, compared to her other books. She really should have stayed with one story line--Jessie & Monty, or Tim & Georgie. Personally, I preferred the latter--the story of the brothers. In all honesty, this is, at best, a good book for the bathroom. No offense to Furnivall, but her other books are just SO much better. She's just all over the place with this book. Way too many characters & plot lines--for me, any way--that simply do ...more
Stefanie
I'll tell you a secret: I was going to give up on this book at 34% because I picked it up to read about Egypt and no one had made it to Egypt yet, but when I flipped to the ending I found a gunfight and thought it might be worth reading for. Spoiler alert: It was not worth reading.

This book is just so impossibly dull. There is no suspense, no real intrigue. The characters are all dumb as dishwater. So disappointing.
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Kristen
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Please...do not waste your time. I liked the Russian Concubine series, so I was looking forward to another Kate Furnivall book. Unfortunately, this didn't deliver. The characters were flat, the storyline weak and I really had to force myself to finish it. ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Jun 17, 2013 marked it as dnf
I never started to care
*A
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Furnival's books are my guilty pleasure. This ons is a page turner that you can read in a couple of days. Though there are some cheesy moments, I really enjoyed it! ...more
Szilvamag
3.5 stars
Alicia
I enjoyed this book a lot. I loved that the setting is unusual for a historical fiction novel. It felt new and fresh to move from Britain to Egypt without the book being an ancient Egyptian novel. Interestingly, Kate touched on a taboo topic for historical fiction books, autism. The younger brother of the main character, Georgie, has undiagnosed autism and his struggles are an interesting aside throughout the novel. Overall, as usual with Kate Furnivall's novels, the writing is elegant and wildl ...more
Christie
I picked this book up because I have never really come across a novel about Egypt that took place on this side of of the common era. This one sounded interesting and seemed to touch on the heyday of Egyptian archaeology, so I figured I would give it a try, especially with the mystery aspect.

The book starts off pretty suspenseful. Jessica Kenton awakens one morning to find her beloved brother has been replaced by an impostor. Though she eventually grows to love her adopted sibling as well, she al
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Jillee Sexton
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. I read this book several years ago and remembered liking it, and upon re-reading I found it to be equally enjoyable. This might be the only book I've read (that I can recall) where the author switches between third person and first person and yet it works so, so well.

The mystery is relatively simple, or at least it seems that way once everything comes into the light, but I think the most important thing here is really the characters and the developing relationships, and in that respe
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Kelly Bates
I’m not exactly sure what I was hoping from this book, but it kind of lacked...excitement.

I usually finish audiobooks in about 3-5 days, and this took me several weeks. I found myself mildly interested enough in the characters that I wanted to finish, but not engrossed enough that I was looking for pockets of time to listen to the story.

The storyline seems disjointed, inserting new information to make the story flow conveniently, but without a real connection or foreshadowing to engage readers.
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Kate Furnivall was raised in Penarth, a small seaside town in Wales. Her mother, whose own childhood was spent in Russia, China and India, discovered at an early age that the world around us is so volatile, that the only things of true value are those inside your head and your heart. These values Kate explores in The Russian Concubine.

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