Covert in Cairo
by Kelly Oliver
April 24 - May 19, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
Ancient mummies aren’t the only bodies buried in the tombs of Cairo.
The notorious Fredrick Fredricks has lured Fiona to Egypt with a cryptic threat on the Suez Canal.
But when a cheeky French archeologist is murdered, and an undercover British agent goes missing, the threat moves closer to home.
Is the notorious Fredrick Fredricks behind the murders? Or is the plot even more sinister?
Competing excavators, jealous husbands, secret lovers, and belligerent spies are the leading suspects.
As they dig deeper, soon Fiona and Kitty are up to their donkeys in dead bodies.
If they can’t unwind the clues and catch the killer, they might end up sharing a sarcophagus with Nefertiti.
With humor as dry as the Arabian desert, and pacing as fast as a spitting camel, Fiona and Kitty are back in another sparkling adventure, this time in WW1 Egypt.
PRAISE FOR FIONA FIGG:
“Perfect for fans of Downton Abbey and Maisie Dobbs.”
“Tantalizing and riveting with a good dose of humor while keeping the heartbreaking reality of war in the mix.”
The Los Angeles Post
“A clever mix of humor and espionage that will keep you turning the pages and laughing all the way!”
Dianne Freeman, author the Countess of Harleigh mysteries.
“A perfect blend of wit, fun, and intrigue.”
Debra Goldstein, Author of the Sarah Blair Cozy Mysteries
“The perfect wartime spy: Fiona Figg. Smart, sneaky, and full of surprises… A fun whodunit that will keep you turning the pages!”
Cathi Stoler, author of The Murder On The Rocks Mysteries
“Fun, easy-to-read, witty mystery that had me happily turning the pages.”
“Humor, action, and intrigue. I found myself thoroughly entertained.”
Urban Book Reviews
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This is a fun novel of mystery and intrigue set in WW I Egypt. My favorite aspect of this series is the well developed characters. Clifford is portrayed as a typical clueless British man. Kitty is a daredevil, skilled in all things investigative and always up for an adventure. And our heroine, Fiona, is a capable office person turned spy. She's not always perfect in her work, but she gets the guy, in more ways than one.
The plot contains interesting information about antiquities and the archaeologists who were looking for them. There is also information about German influence to incite Egyptians to expel the British. There was also concern for the Suez Canal, its operation essential to the war effort.
I appreciate Oliver clarifying what figures and events are historical fact and which are fiction. It was fun having figures like Lawrence of Arabia, Gertrude Bell and Howard Carter appear in the narrative. Other characters in the novel are based loosely on actual people. Reading Oliver's Note is like getting a little history lesson.
This is the second novel in a series but reads relatively well on its own. You can read my review of the first one: Chaos at Carnegie Hall. It would seem more adventures are on the horizon for Fiona, Kitty and Clifford so I will be watching for the next one featuring them.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Boldwood Books
Publication Date: April 2023
Number of Pages: 300
ISBN: Coming Soon
Series: A Fiona Figg & Kitty Lane Mystery, 2 (These are Stand-Alone Mysteries)
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)