The Cairo Curse
Clue meets Indiana Jones with a fiction-loving twist only Grace Percy can provide.
Newlyweds Lord and Lady Astley have already experienced their fair-share of suspense, but when a honeymoon trip takes a detour to the mystical land of Egypt, not even Grace with her fiction-loving mind is prepared for the dangers in store. From an assortment of untrustworthy adventure-seekers to a newly discovered tomb with a murderous secret, Frederick and Grace must lean on each other to navigate their dangerous surroundings. As the suspects mount in an antiquities’ heist of ancient proportions, will Frederick and Grace’s attempts to solve the mystery lead to another death among the sands?
The Cairo’s Curse is a delightful sequel to The Mistletoe Countess by Pepper Basham in the Freddie and Grace Mystery series.
In this fast-paced second installment of the Freddie and Grace series, Basham (The Mistletoe Countess) delivers a high-octane mystery set in early 1900s Egypt. At the outset, newly married Lord Franklin and Lady Grace Astley are planning their honeymoon in Italy. Before they leave England for the trip, Lord Astley's cousin, Georgia, invites the two to stop at the Egyptian archaeological dig she and her new husband, Sydney, are financing. Grace—Franklin's pistol-wielding, irreverent American wife—relishes the idea of riding a camel and discovering mummies, and quickly agrees. Upon arrival, the Astleys are immediately tipped off that trouble's afoot. Sydney, a cruel and opportunistic man, has depleted Georgia's dowry and is clearly hiding an unsavory past; the women's jewelry goes missing; and no one else on the dig is quite who they seem either. Grace and Frederick rapidly become entangled in a web of intrigue involving a newly discovered tomb, stolen antiquities, and murder, and must use their wits (and weaponry) to come out alive—drawing on their faith as a steadying force in dicey situations (climbing the Great Pyramids, attempting escape from thieves). The sharp characterization is complemented by a plot that's by turns funny and suspenseful, and Lady Grace Astley will especially steal readers' hearts with her independence and humor. This is a pleasure.
Freddie & Grace, At It Again!
I really enjoyed this second Freddie and Grace mystery!
Indiana Jones meets Clue is the perfect description for this Egyptian adventure. Complete with conjecture, conflict, camels and a curse, this mysterious trek will drop the reader into the midst of a vast array of eccentric characters. In fact, this series would make great movies!
I must say, I did not see this romance coming! I would never have guessed this character would be the new romance of this story!! So unexpected but loved learning more about him and his past. He is such an endearing character.
Freddie and Grace are such the perfect pair! Freddie is the grounded husband who adores his wife and allows her to be her fiction loving self while Grace brings so much joy and freedom to his life. Their love story proves to be a bit more fiery since they are a married couple, but I can always trust that these “sizzlingly romantic” scenes do not cross the sweet and clean romance boundaries.
My only question is where do Freddie and Grace go from here? I hope I find out soon!
This book is suitable for teens and older with no inappropriate intimate scenes and no bad language. I received this book from the author/publisher free of charge, with no expectation of a positive review.
A lot of action
I loved the first book about Freddie and Grace so much (The Mistletoe Countess). I was really looking forward to this sequel. But for some reason, I wasn’t into this book as much as the first one. Maybe it was all the talk of treasure and history, or just the suspense in general since suspense isn’t what I normally prefer. Of course Freddie and Grace were as lovable as they were in the first book. Dear Elliot was as well. There was a lot of action in this book. So for those who love action and suspense, this will be a hit.
I’d like to think that unusual for all the right reasons is still a good thing. This statement fits this wonderful book so well. Another Freddie and Grace mystery that keeps you guessing all the way through, wondering if our intrepid investigators will be able to figure this one out. Freddie has improved so much in those very important skills and Grace, if anything, figures out the answers with more skill than fiction.
This most enjoyable book will have you laughing out loud at times and at others, just giving a sigh at how well these two seem to fit together. Their trip to Egypt brings plenty of excitement with possible murders, pyramids, tomb raiding and even the discovery of a long lost - you really must read it to find out!
This early copy was received through Barbour Publishing and NetGalley. These impressions are my own and were in no way solicited.