Reading this book, the fifth in the Amelia Peabody series, was a bit of a slog for me. I don't know if it was the change in our heroes' location (from the sands of Egypt to the grime and soot of London) or what, but it just did not capture my attention the way the previous 4 books did.
That being said, there were parts of the story that I did enjoy. Seeing Emerson and Peabody hit a kind of rough patch sparked a bit of interest. I have always loved their relationship, but it's nice to see that they aren't always perfectly in love with one another, that they have problems crop up like any couple.
I admit, I also enjoyed the addition of Peabody's nephew and niece to the Emerson household. I was actually kind of hoping the family might exert a good influence on the kids, seeing as their own parents are a pair of twits, but alas, things didn't go in that direction. Still, I enjoyed the subplot for what it was.
The mystery itself wasn't all that interesting overall, though there were moments that got to me. Still, looking forward to the next book, though I might take a small break after that one, just so I don't get bored.