Title: An Egyptian Affair The Regent Mysteries, Book 4
Author: Cheryl Bolen
Genre: Mystery, Historical Romance
Story Setting: 1808, Egypt
Published by: Harper & Appleton
Published Date: December 15, 2015
About the Story: An Egyptian Affair (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?
My Thoughts: I normally read Cheryl Bolen’s historical romances which are light and quite humorous. This is the first of her mysteries I’ve read. I wanted to read this one because I’m familiar with the Middle East and this story took place in Egypt.
I enjoyed the forward which gave me some idea when archaeological expeditions got started. The French were very prevalent in Egypt during the year when this story takes place, less so the British. Both had interest in the Suez Canal which would shorten trade routes to India and the Orient where much wealth was coveted—silks, teas, etc.
Captain Jack Dryden a man who chafed from living an unadventurous life once his time with Wellington was over, was happy to take the job Regent Prince had asked of him – to locate an Indian, Prince Edward Duleep Singh, active in the purchase of priceless art throughout the Orient. The Regent prince had purchased an ornamental mummy’s mask coming from the coffin of pharaoh Amum-re. But he seemed to have disappeared—disappearing in Cairo.
Lady Daphne, Captain Jack’s husband was quite intelligent and worked alongside her husband to solve certain mysteries in the past. This expedition was very enlightening for all parties. Ms. Bolen’s character Stanton Maxwell was quite the tour guide for the three traveling together. Things start to erode as events seemingly accidental at first, became real danger. So not only do you have a mystery needing to be solved –where is the Indian prince, but who is trying to kill Rosemary, Lady Daphne’s sister?
Stanton Maxwell is a character with many sides and interesting to follow. I enjoyed the tour, the excitement, history and danger! Westeners know so little about Cairo. Ms. Bolen takes us to Ibn Tulun Mosque, we sail on a felucca, we visit Khan El Kahlili Market, we learn what a dragoman is, we go to Ezbeekiya Square and of course enter the Great Pyramid. I’ve added pictures of some of these places so you can better envision the mystic of the story.
About the Author (bio from Cheryl’s website http://www.CherylBolen.com)
Cheryl Bolen is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen Regency-set historical romance novels. Her books have placed in several writing contests, including the Daphne du Maurier, and have been translated into 11 languages. She was named Notable New Author in 1999, and in 2006 she won the Holt Medallion (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent) for Best Short Historical Novel. Her books have become Barnes & Noble and Amazon bestsellers.
A former journalist who admits to a fascination with dead Englishwomen, Cheryl is a regular contributor to The Regency Plume, The Regency Reader, and The Quizzing Glass. Many of her articles can found on her website, www.CherylBolen.com, and more recent ones on her blog,www.CherylsRegencyRamblings.wordpress.com. Readers are welcomed at both places.
Cheryl holds a dual degree in English and journalism from the University of Texas, and she earned a master’s degree from the University of Houston. She and her professor husband are the parents of two sons, one who is an attorney, and the other a journalist. Her favorite things to do are watching the Longhorns, reading letters and diaries of Georgian Englishmen, and traveling to England.
Cheryl’s Writing Awards
My Lord Wicked ~Winner Best Historical Novel in the 2012 International Digital Awards
Christmas at Farley Manor ~ Winner 2012 Best Historical Novella (Hearts Through History RWA chapter)
With His Lady’s Assistance ~ Finalist, 2012 International Digital Award for long historical
The Earl’s Bargain ~ Finalist, 2012 International Digital Award for long historical
One Golden Ring ~First Place, Best Short Historical, Holt Medallion Contest, 2006 Third Place, Best Historical, Texas Gold, 2006
The Counterfeit Countess ~ Honorable Mention, Daphne du Maurier Award for Historical Romantic Mystery Suspense, 2006 Fourth Place, Best Historical, Texas Gold, 2006
An Improper Proposal ~ Third Place, Best Historical, Texas Gold, 2005
With His Ring ~ Finalist, Best Historical, Texas Gold, 2003
A Duke Deceived ~ Notable New Author Award Winner, 1999 Holt Medallion Honorable Mention, Best First Book, 1998
Houston Press Club: 1st. place, series 2nd. place, features 3rd. place, spot news reporting 3rd. place, headline writing
Texas Community Newspaper Association: 2nd place, series 2nd. place features and have been translated into almost a dozen languages.