Sunday 17 January 2016

An Egyptian Affair (The Regent Mysteries Book 4) by Cheryl Bolen

The Regent Mysteries, Book 4 

A fresh romance with each new mystery . . . 

While Captain Jack Dryden would lay down his life for the Regent, he draws the line at endangering his wife in the dark alleyways of Cairo-the place where the Regent's friend and procurer of antiquities has gone missing. 

But Lady Daphne Dryden will not be denied the opportunity to see swaying palms, crumbling pillars, and soaring pyramids in exotic Egypt. She even insists on bringing her youngest sister, Rosemary, who's enamored of all things Egyptian. The Regent insists on sending Stanton Maxwell, England's most imminent expert on Egyptology, as their interpreter and his own soldiers as their protectors. 

Once in Cairo, Jack and Daphne begin their inquiries, inquiries which almost certainly cause the murder of one woman and the abduction of Lady Rosemary. Will Jack and Daphne's wits-and the unexpected bravery of Mr. Maxwell-be enough to extricate them from danger and unmask the evil-doers?

Book 4 in the series but can be read as a standalone. I haven't read the others in the series.
I love historical mystery romances and I was immediately drawn to 'An Egyptian Affair' for this reason. There was just enough mystery to keep my interest but nothing very gripping. I would have liked a more menacing atmosphere and a build up of tension. With the story being set in Egypt there is plenty of scope to give it a more gothic feel and I was disappointed that the author didn't use this opportunity. There was some suspense when Rosemary was abducted but this was resolved very swiftly. The love triangle between Rosemary, Captain Cooper and Mr. Maxwell was not very believable and I didn't feel that Captain Cooper was necessary to the story. I liked Mr. Maxwell but I didn't care much for Rosemary. At nineteen years old she has a lot of growing up to do and her immaturity is reflected in her flighty nature and silly dialogue.

I may read more of the series but I won't be rushing out to do so.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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