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BOOK REVIEW:
THE LAUGHTER OF DEAD KINGS
BY ELIZABETH PETERS

We hope you enjoy this book review by Caryn St. Clair.

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Vicky Bliss fans will be thrilled to know that author Peters has finally given readers a new installment in the Vicky Bliss series. Back after a fourteen year absence, Vicky hasn't really aged all that much. Through the wonders of fiction, authors can have their characters jump ahead in time without aging. Thank goodness Peters decided to handle the gap in time between books this way. Without aging Vicky, Peters doesn't have to spend time bringing readers up to speed on Vicky's life, so she is free to jump headlong into her new case. And what a case it is!

Someone has stolen King Tut's head! While Vicky is awaiting a visit from Anton Schmidt, the director of the National Museum in Munich, John and Vicky's old friend Feisal, shows up, quite distraught. While Feisal, Inspector of Antiquities for Upper Egypt, was away on business, a group of official looking British men showed up with official looking papers at Tut's tomb and demanded entry. Ali, the guard on duty, fearing repercussions if he didn't immediately comply, let the men into the tomb. Later, when Feisal arrived and the two of them went in to check that everything was all right, the found the mummy of King Tut in disarray and the head missing. Now Feisal is desperate to find the head before anyone else discovers the loss, he's come to ask Vicky and Sir John Smythe to help him. So begins this fast paced story. Once again, Vicky is pulled into Sir John's slightly shady, but highly effective, methods of operation. Readers race with John and Vicky back and forth between London, Egypt an Munich.

Back too is an old nemesis Jan Permutter, Schmidt and “Suzy Umphenour” who is now Schmidt's girlfirend, Saida and Ashraf. After visiting with these old friends, readers may be tempted to reread all of the earlier books-I was.

Not only does The Laughter of the Dead Kings bring back Peters ever popular sleuth for another madcap adventure, but readers find out a little more about Vicky's mysterious “Sir John Smythe.” Could he possibly be related to Amelia and Emerson Peabody?

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, CARYN ST. CLAIR


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