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April 6, 2023

Heart of the Nile by Will Thomas ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Things are quiet at the Private Inquiry office of Barker and Llewelyn as the year nears a close when a woman of little means visits their office. Her husband never came home after his overnight volunteer job at the British Museum where he has been helping to catalog the Egyptian mummies. Barker has a soft spot for the downtrodden; since they are doing little else, they take on the case. A case that might be their most dangerous yet.

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book cover of historical mystery novel Heart of the Nile by Will Thomas
April 2023; Macmillan Audio; 9781250886644
audio (10 h), ebook, print; historical mystery

Heart of the Nile
 is the 14th book in the Barker & Llewlyn mystery series. I just started with this series with book 12 so there's no need to read the previous books to enjoy this one. I read book 12 but I've listened to the last book and this one and I enjoy the stories more as audiobooks.

1890s England isn't usually a time period I read but I like Thomas Llewlyn. As the story is told by him, he is the character we know best, but even Barker is growing on me. The 1890s was a harsh era. The wealthy gave little thought to anyone who wasn't a peer while the poor lived in abject poverty - not to mention the corruption in many social institutions. I like that Barker and Llewlyn have no qualms about championing those the rest of the world is willing to ignore. 

The mystery is interesting and definitely deadly as everyone wants the treasure found in the mummy. There are a few twists that I didn't see coming. It really kept my interest.

One character that I've come to really enjoy was mostly absent. I always find Llewlyn's wife to provide a bit of levity to the story. 

If you enjoy historical mysteries then you really should try this series. And if you have tried this series, but only felt lukewarm about it, I recommend trying the audiobook. The narrator is great and the story is easy to follow.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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