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The Egyptian Antiquities Murder


Loved it! 😍

A charming entry in a Golden Age-style mystery, with believable characters in a post-Great War "Upstairs, Downstairs" setting.

This is my first Sara Rosett book, and a good introduction it is. Written in the style of the Golden Age mysteries, it’s the third book in a series featuring amateur sleuth Olivia Belgrave. It’s set in England in the 1920’s, in a society recovering from the Great War and experiencing the slow erosion of the class system that supported estates and mansions with large downstairs staffs.

Rosett weaves those dynamics into a story wrapped about the public fascination with Egyptology. She has done her research, so the context feels genuine and believable. Little details reveal that subtle understanding – like the kind of notepaper in use in a big house and the way a valet interacts with his master.

This isn’t a complex read – the plot is straightforward without in-depth personality explorations, but the characters are distinct and recognizable, with needs and wants we can relate to. That’s an accomplishment inside a first-person narrative, where every scene must unfold under the protagonist’s eyes. Rosett is skillful in reporting events where Olivia isn’t present, with secondary characters acting as her ‘eyes and ears.’

Rosett has the makings of a great series detective with Olivia Belgrave. The only suggestion I’d make is that her next entry be a bit longer with more depth of reveal about Olivia’s life and her recurring characters like Jasper. That richness can create a real bond with readers.

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About the author

“USA Today” bestselling author Sara Rosett writes lighthearted mysteries for readers who enjoy atmospheric settings and puzzling whodunits. “Publishers Weekly” called Sara's books "satisfying and "sparkling." Sara is a travel junkie and considers dark chocolate a daily requirement. view profile

Published on April 15, 2019

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60000 words

Genre: Historical Mysteries

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