Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Amelia and her husband, Emerson, are looking forward to this season's dig as they return to the Black Pyramid in Dashur which taunted them the previous season. They return with their precocious son, Ramses, who seems to be a walking disaster as well as a talking encyclopedia.
The season has hardly begun when Ramses is kidnapped and mysterious things begin to happen at the dig. Always aware of the villager's superstitions, Emerson is trying to make light of the bad luck and danger that seems to haunt the dig. Even Emerson has to come to believe in the Master Criminal, an interesting character who seems to have a peculiar interest in Amelia.
I read parts of this book again, as it is confusing. The reader should be aware that the Master Criminal is a genius of disguise and he appears in several guises throughout the book.
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