The Amelia Peabody series, of which this is the 6th, is one of my favorites in mystery fiction. By all means, if you haven't already done so, begin with the first book of the series, Crocodile on the Sandbank. This one, The Last Camel ..., is a little different from the previous five mysteries. This is an adventure story in the tradition of H. Rider Haggard, set in one of Earth's unexplored corners, the deserts of Sudan. Giving us a change of pace, as well as introducing a new character, who (I assume) will be important in succeeding volumes, this installment is not to be missed by Peabody fans. With regret, however, I felt that some of the touches that added to the delight of the previous volumes became a bit stale in this one, such as Amelia's admiration of Emerson's physique and her often repeated coy Victorian references to bedtime activities. At 10, Ramses seems hardly older than he was at a precocious seven. Even so, I can't wait to find out what happens next.