This second novel of the Amelia Peabody series is unfortunately not quite as enjoyable as the first one.
The setting is still the 19th century Egyptian archeological milieu and there is still a good dose of humour throughout the book, but the convoluted plot is hard to follow and of course totally unrealistic. Secondary characters are rather stereotypical and one-dimensional: an Irish journalist, an American millionaire, a French nun, a German archaeologist, etc.
More care could have been taken in editing. Some elements, though amusing at first, become tediously repetitive. Such is the use of the window to enter their bedroom by the main characters. Also, specific expressions such as `time is of the essence' are repeated two or three times in a few pages for no plausible reason.
Someone looking for light entertainment with a touch of information on Antiquity will however consider this book worthwhile.