Cairo Caper by Barbara Silkstone

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    The way Ms. Silkstone plays with words is unrivaled and the way she incorporated segments from favorite movie clips was genius. She uses sharp wit throughout her stories, her plots are strong, and the action nonstop.

    Hot on the trail of Cleopatra’s grave all we had to do was get from Cairo to the Temple at Taporisis. Morning sunlight glared from the muddy surface of the Nile. Six floors down a body in white sprawled in a splat of blood. My first official kill as a tomb raider and it was an ashtray-rubout. How embarrassing.

    Professor Roger Jolley and I were in the first trimester of our third archaeological case. The adrenalin high of tomb raiding had become an addiction. As we sat in the Smiling Camel Café, I noticed Roger was wearing two left shoes. Brown wingtips. We were definitely starting off on the wrong foot.

    Review by G. McCullough:

    Barbara Silkstone
    Barbara Silkstone

    Having enjoyed both the previous Wendy Darlin books I was delighted to see a third in the series published, and I’ve had as much fun reading this one as both the others. Wendy is a heroine you can’t help liking. She is brave, resourceful and clever; but in spite of this she constantly gets into the sort of trouble that can be labelled as slapstick comedy.

    Her weapon of choice in this particular book is a marble ashtray, after her success with one right at the start in demolishing a villain who is attacking her lover Roger Jolley, but she doesn’t hesitate to use anything else that comes to hand. Who else but Wendy Darlin would bodily tackle her newly met librarian friend Fiona to retrieve the tampon-like MUDD diviner which the friend has just ‘borrowed’, bring her adversary down, and then realise that she herself is actually completely naked? This is one of the many laugh out loud moments in this very enjoyable comedy mystery.

    And, yes, there is a very exciting and puzzling mystery as well. As Wendy floats off with Roger and Fiona in a river boat down the Nile, she thinks, ‘The only thing missing was Agatha Christie.’ Barbara Silkstone not only gives us great characters, continual action, a load of laughs and a gripping mystery, but she also describes her setting and brings it to life in a way which makes us feel we are really there.

    I’ve said this before about Barbara Silkstone’s books, but if you enjoy the Stephanie Plum books, then this will suit you down to the ground. Warmly recommended.

    Wendy Darlin joins her archaeologist boyfriend, Professor Roger Jolley, in a quest across Egypt looking for a lost artifact for the Egyptian Antiquities Society that will assist them in locating Antony and Cleopatra’s burial tomb. All they had to do was get from Cairo to the Temple of Taporisis Magna alive. However, not everyone is who they say they are and they find themselves running for their lives.

    Review by ?watitthinkin:

    Wendy Darlin joins her archaeologist boyfriend, Professor Roger Jolley, in a quest across Egypt looking for a lost artifact for the Egyptian Antiquities Society that will assist them in locating Antony and Cleopatra’s burial tomb. All they had to do was get from Cairo to the Temple of Taporisis Magna alive. However, not everyone is who they say they are and they find themselves running for their lives.

    The non-stop action starts in the first chapter with Wendy hurling a large glass ashtray, the only weapon she could find, into the nose of an assassin on their sixth floor hotel room balcony in Cairo, sending him toppling over the railing.

    His body apparently disappears from the sidewalk and Wendy and Roger are followed on a comedic run through a crowded Egyptian market place. Poor Wendy, she is one smart gal and very capable, but things just seem to happen to her. Unsurprisingly, Wendy soon becomes instrumental in being able to fulfill their quest.

    With the addition of characters like Habib, Petri Dische, and librarian, wannabe-author Fiona Feelgood, who was looking for her own Egyptian treasure and material for her book Erotica for Dummies, put me in mind of Silkstone’s own true fiction book, The Adventures of a Love Investigator. Then there is the mystery of who is legit and who is involved in the antiquities black market.

    The way Ms. Silkstone plays with words is unrivaled and the way she incorporated segments from favorite movie clips was genius. She uses sharp wit throughout her stories, her plots are strong, and the action nonstop. I really enjoyed reading about Wendy and her tomb raiding adventures and hope to see more of Habib and quite possibly Tickemoff, the friendly street peddler, in future Wendy Darlin books.

    FYI: This story stands on its own, and is young adult appropriate.

    **Originally written for “Books and Pals” book blog. May have received a free review copy.**