Mummy Dearest (Claire Malloy #17)
After a somewhat long and, at times, strange courtship, Claire Malloy -- a single, widowed mother of a teenage daughter and a bookseller in Farberville, Arkansas - has finally said 'I do' to her swain, Lt. Peter Rosen of the Farberville Police Department. Now they are on their honeymoon in Luxor, Egypt. Well, Claire is on her honeymoon - accompanied by Caron, her teenage
As you might have guessed from previous book reviews, I love Elizabeth Peters. Love, love, love Elizabeth Peters. She's used her study and love of Egyptology to write more absolutely delightful books than I can count. We ...more
However, Mummy Dearest held my attention and was LOL funny. Perhaps it was because Claire had more in common this go-around with a favorite character of mine: Amelia Peabody. In fact, Joan dedicates this book to Barbara Mertz (aka Elizabeth Peters).
This was only three stars, though. Part of that may be my distraction with the Olympics and a craft project, but this seemed to move slowly. Or it had a lot going on, but none of it seemed directly connected to a crime. The murders all happened "off-screen," and seemed very remote. Plus, this e ...more
She is more laid back in this book and it almost gives you hope that she and her husband, Peter Rosen, can forge a working partnership (in terms of her amateur investigations and his professional law enforcement role). She is not in your face ...more
Caron and Inez's relationship is taking ...more
Moving the action to the banks of the Nile doesn't reduce Claire's curiosity. With more than a hint of Agatha Christie's "Death on the Nile," Mummy Dearest is rife with suspicious characters, suspicious Egyptia ...more
I was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked the story and the characters. Claire Malloy seems like a fun heroine and I'd like to read more books about her.
I'll continue to read the series but I hope the next one is better.
Joan Hess also writes a mystery series under the pseudonym of Joan Hadley.
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