In a brilliant homage to Agatha Christie, critically acclaimed author Tasha Alexander sends Lady Emily to Egypt during British colonial rule to investigate a crime that leads back to the era of the Pharaohs.
In Secrets of the Nile, Lady Emily and her husband, Colin Hargreaves, have joined his formidable mother on a holiday to visit the exotic treasures of Egypt. Their host, Lord Bertram Deeley, is a renowned amateur British collector of antiquities, who has invited his closest friends on a lavish cruise up the Nile to his home at Luxor. But on the first night of their journey, he suddenly collapses after offering a welcome toast, a victim of the lethal poison cyanide. Who amongst this group of his nearest and dearest would want to kill their generous host?
Emily and Colin’s investigation soon reveals that even his closest friends had reasons to want him dead: was it the archeologist whose dig Deeley was poised to fund until he suddenly withdrew support? The powerful politician whose career Deeley had secretly destroyed? The dyspeptic aristocratic English spinster whose hired travelling companion seems determined to protect her employer? Or could it be Mrs. Hargreaves herself, who may have spurned the advances of Lord Deeley when they were both younger?
A key clue may lie with several ancient ushabtis, exquisite three-thousand-year-old sculptures that played a role in a hidden story from the time of Ancient Egypt, one of a sister’s unshakeable loyalty to her brother, a tale of betrayal and revenge. In an unforgettable finale, Emily and Colin gather their fellow travelers together to unmask a killer whose motive is as shocking as it is brilliant.
In bestseller Alexander's intriguing 21st Lady Emily mystery (after 2021's The Dark Heart of Florence), Lady Emily and her intelligence agent husband, Colin Hargreaves, travel to Egypt in 1904 at the invitation of Lord Deeley, an antiquities collector. At Deeley's first dinner party, amid friends and acquaintances, he's poisoned and dies. As usual, Alexander offers multiple suspects who have long personal histories with the victim—including Lady Emily's mother-in-law—and plenty of clues and red herrings to discover and interpret. Lady Emily's investigation alternates with chapters focused on a young woman sculptor named Meryt who lived along the Nile thousands of years before. Meryt's struggles to carve figures out of alabaster while attempting to discover who vandalized her studio and threatened her family provide a nice counterpoint to Lady Emily's investigation and efforts to build relationships with her mother-in-law and her stepdaughter, Kat. A murder in the past, meanwhile, turns out to have a link to Lord Deeley's death. The resolution is surprising, with a twist readers won't see coming. Alexander consistently entertains. Agent: Anne Hawkins, John Hawkins & Assoc.