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The Stolen Papyrus

(The Artifact Guardians #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  28 reviews
It’s every archaeologist’s dream to explore the hidden tombs of Egypt. Unfortunately for me, my dream turns into a nightmare when Xander Harrison, a childhood friend who betrayed me, joins my team.

I came to Egypt to study the ancient past, not to be confronted with my own.

Besides Xander’s questionable motives for joining the excavation, I'm also convinced he’s the one res
Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by Limitless Publishing, LLC
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Verity Buchanan
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did you know you needed an archaeological romance-mystery on your shelf? Well, now you do.

Firstly, can we all take a moment to revel in the color scheme, composition, and blend of symbolism and action in this cover. !!! Such pretty!

The couple’s intimate pose, however, is misleading. It implies an acknowledged relationship that remains internally stable over the course of the book (and possibly, as another reviewer stated, that clothes are optional). Nothing could be further from the truth.

I’ve m
Nov 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
At first, I wanted to strangle Xander for being a horrible person and I couldn't believe Leila still wanted to be with him. But by the end of the book, I want to hug Xander because he needs a BIG hug.

And that's called fantastic writing.
Oct 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Gina Urso
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had everything I look for in a good read, excitement, adventure, and of course romance. My stomach clenched wondering what would happen next as I found myself so caught up in Leila and Xander's lives. I just finished this morning and now I can't imagine what I'm going to do with my day without the promise of reading more at night. I'm hoping Cate M. Turner gets Book 2 out soon. ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this arrived in the mail yesterday, and I made the mistake of reading the first chapter before getting back to work. I never got back to work, so thanks, Cate. 🙄

I ❤ romances, I ❤ mysteries, and (as my BA in Anthropology implies) I ❤ archaeology! If you are like me, you will ❤ this book.

Also it channels some serious The Mummy vibes.

Do not let this cover fool you! Something about that smoldering gaze makes it seem like clothing will be optional. Steaminess is set at a 3 out of 10: 1 being longi
Sheena ☆ Book Sheenanigans

I really really wanted to like this and I was looking forward to reading the novel after seeing all the rave reviews but unfortunately I just couldn't click with the story despite loving the "Mummy Return" vibes I got from this. This typical romance is the usual that I would seek out to yet I was having a difficult time connecting with the story and the leading characters. Sadly me and this novel wasn't a good fit and I had to bury this in my dropped pile.

Amelia Foster
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Stolen Papyrus is an extremely hard to categorize book for me. The best way I can possibly describe it is The Mummy meets National Treasure.

Leila sets out on a VERY exciting archaeological dig and is practically giddy and completely in her element doing so. But nothing can be easy for too long, now can it?

Enter Xander, a British Egyptologist (and let me clarify a super important detail, Leila is half Egyptian so when my man Xander waltzes up in the dig with all his swagger and confident know
Eric Dabbs
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great debut novel by this author!

Wow! What's not to like? Egyptian pyramids...a discovery thousands of years in the making...and an intense character driven plot. The character and unfolding plot drama keeps you on edge, especially the way the author crafts her cliffhangers. Overall, the book was exceptional. Hard to put down, filled with suspense and danger. A highly recommended read. I look forward to book two when it comes out in the future.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
📚 📚 📚 Action and Adventure in Egypt 📚 📚 📚

I’d been looking forward to this book, and once started, I was firmly entrenched in the plot, needing to read it in one hit, even with a massive headache, it was that good.

To be honest, I was expecting a romance, because well, that cover! While it doesn’t induce any ideas of hot moments, it certainly does give the impression of some love going on there. Not so, however, this book definitely fits in the adventure / suspense area with some action thrown in.
William Fleming
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Stolen Papyrus, by Cate M. Turner, is one of the best mysteries I have read in a long time. The author is a true wordsmith that brings the scenery of modern Egypt to life. The characters are compelling, believable, and engaging. The author's use of dialogue is skilled and seamless, and the technical context of the story is accurate in a way that suggests that this author took the time to research the subject matter that she wrote about, which is a major plus for this reviewer.

I don't want to
Debbie Caswell
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes this is a romance but it is so much more It is a rollicking adventure story along the lines of some of the great archaeological story tellers that are more positioned as adventure stories But this one has it all

Our characters have lives of their own they don't fall in instant love they grow and mature as a couple during the story and they have to handle plenty of suspense and drama in the process

Leila is super excited to get a chance to join dig that could establish her name in archaeology b
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received the ARC of The Stolen Papyrus from Cate M Turner and although I had read this book as one of the early beta readers, I loved reading it all over again.

The story has enough twists and turns taking the reader on a wonderful adventure, parts of which reminded me of Indiana Jones and The Mummy. The characters are well rounded and flawed making them very realistic. Leila shows quiet determination and ambition while Xander plays the role of an intriguing archaeologist aka trouble perfectly.
Heather W
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this exciting archaeological mystery. The characters were fabulous with lots of chemistry. There are a number of twists that will leave you guessing and the adventure is amazing.

I am looking forward to the next story in The Artifact Guardians series.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“The Stolen Papyrus” is the first instalment on “The Artifact Guardians” series by Cate M Turner (and to my knowledge her debut work), an archeological adventure set in Egypt with an underlying romantic plot that loosely reminds of the ‘Wilde and Chase Adventures’ series by Andy McDermott, without by any means being a ‘new version of them’ a plus in my book. And for full disclosure, I admit to have been living under a rock, and no, there is not excuse, this book was originally published back in ...more
Aug 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Stolen Papyrus

The most exciting book I have read in a long time. I have been in love with Egypt since I was a little girl and have dedicated many days, months and years to educate myself on its history, geography, rulers ,and the amazing Nile River. This book brought all my studies together and fulfilled my hunger for the land of the Pharaohs. I loved the book and will highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in mysterious ancient religions specially Egyptology.
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved it but didn’t realize until the last chapter it would end on a cliffhanger. I thought it was a Christian book but other than a reference to a Bible and a calling to a higher power when a character nearly dies I would not categorize it as a Christian book. There is an element of clean romance and lots of suspense and action as well as plot twists. Given the opportunity, I would read the sequel.
Joan Countryman
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Stolen Papyrus (The Artifact Book 1)

I really enjoyed this book it's great . It will keep you on the edge of your seat with action suspense and a little mystery and murders and a little romance .
Peggy H. Nader
I just loved the book. I wonder if Turner has more??
J.A. Crawshaw
Apr 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Interesting concept and something a little bit different. Great
Angel Fults
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This was a great book! Lots of adventure and mystery plus a little romance! It was wonderfully written! Looking forward to the next book!
CW Knight
Okay, I'm just going to get it out of the way and say my biggest gripe before entering the book... I really don't get why the summary is in first person when the book is in third xD The way I've always learned it, summaries are best in third present.   Because of that, I fully expected the book to be first person.  Then it wasn't.  And yeah... Know it's not going to change, but honestly, that really bugged me and I would love to know the reason it was done that way to satisfy my gripes.

Since I s
Ritsert-Clark, Claudia
I don't usually read romances, but I'm a sucker for anything related to ancient history, archaeology, especially if set in Egypt. So, I came to this book from an angle, which might not be the one of a typical romance reader.
But then, this isn't a typical romance either. The whole book reads more like an adventure story for adults, with a romantic subplot and that worked very well for me.
Of course, they would find the tomb, but to work out how they would and what will happen when they do, kept
Jamie Jack
I was very nearly turned off this book when on my first Kindle screen I saw two words that were misused, the close-but-no-cigar type words. This did happen throughout the text, as if the author was grasping to sound either more erudite or poetic. This book did hold a few surprises but not of the good kind. The cover is a bit misleading. While there is a romantic element, it is relatively mild and feels minor compared to the rest of the story. Given that romantic feel of the cover, too, I wasn't ...more
Virginia Henderson
Ancient Egypt. This is a topic that has always intrigued me. Add the thrill of adventure, a dash of clean romance and you have a very entertaining read.

While I'm not a big fan romance, and there was more in this book than I normally tolerate, it wasn't awful.

My favorite parts were the descriptions. Breathtaking, captivating, descriptions. Leila easily got lost in the past and often imagined or tried to visualize what it was like back in that era, and it was so easy to follow her thoughts. It's o
Janet Welling
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not great

I had high expectations for this book since I love Egyptology but, unfortunately the story just fell flat. The writing itself is not bad, it just has an unnatural tone to it that is quite juvenile. The heroine, who is 24 years old, comes across as very immature. She is overly judgmental and constantly jumps to the wrong conclusion. There are lots of twists and turns. Some of them are believable and others are very convoluted. The author definitely keeps you guessing until the end. I wou
A missing papyrus that leads to a lost tomb. Egyptologists and tomb robbers. And some bad blood between characters. Good plot and action. Great reality and interesting background. All together good adventure and pleasurable read

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adventure and Mystery!

I read this first on Wattpad and had to read the polished copy. The characters are engaging, the plot truly keeps you guessing, and the descriptions of the archeological finds make you want to become an archeologist!

It is a well crafted story and I look forward to the rest of the series being polished and published.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It does not have romance. Told from Leila 's POV(Xander's POV was only half/one chapter towards the end). Xander also didn't feature that much in the book.
The book was interesting if you read it without expecting romance.
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Author living a life full of adventure, suspense, and mystery vicariously through imaginary characters while eating way too many cookies. She is currently writing The Artifact Guardian Series. Her debut novel, The Stolen Papyrus, was released by Limitless Publishing on July 16, 2019.

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