I've loved the first few books in the series, so much so that I actually went to the trouble of tracking down the UK versions so I didn't have to wait for the US releases to catch up. Up until this book, I'd been pretty happy to continue on with that pattern. I have to say, I was rather disappointed by this entry into the series & I think that from here out, I'll just wait for the US releases since we should be completely caught up by the end of this year.
Following up on the events of the previous book, this one finds Eddy & Nina falling on hard times. The whole "Eden fiasco" & Rothchild's dismissal of Nina has left her without a job or a good reputation- the entire world views Nina as a joke. When college student Macy contacts Nina claiming to have pictures of a tablet that could lead to one of the biggest discoveries yet: the tomb of the Egyptian god Osiris. Unfortunately there's also a powerful cult full of influential people standing in Nina & Eddie's way, people who are fully willing to eliminate anyone who gets in their way.
While I did enjoy this book, it was far from the five star read that I was expecting it to be. Much of the charm of the series has been that the books have been potato chip reads that have plenty of action, lots of intriguing historical mysteries to uncover & nice chemistry between the two lead characters. It's just that this book sort of felt a little flat & wasn't as interesting as the previous books were.
I think part of it was that the bickering between Eddie & Nina took up a good chunk of the book. While it is fun to an extent, there's just way too much of it in this book. I can understand *why* there's more of it (no job & a depressed Nina will lead to arguments), but that still doesn't make the bickering any less of a chore to read.
Then there's the treasure hunting. It just wasn't as thrilling as the previous books were & most of it felt incredibly rushed. I can't help but feel that if McDermott were to pace himself better with his books (he releases 2 a year), this book would have been far better. I can't help but worry that he's beginning to burn himself out by attempting to write so quickly.
I enjoyed this book, but I can't help but think that it needed to simmer for a little bit longer. This book was just underdone. Fans of the series will like this well enough, but newcomers are better off starting with the first books. (For the backstory as well as the better written entries in the series.)