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Joan Hess

by Joan Leotta


It’s the Egyptian 1912-1913 archeological season. Our encounter with Amelia and soon, The Painted Queen (Nefertiti, wife of Akhenaton) is exciting. Amelia is startled in her hotel bubble bath by a would–be assassin who is himself brought down by a dagger. The fast start is typical of the series, but what is not typical is that this book comes out after Peters’ death. It was finished by Peters’ friend and fellow mystery writer, Joan Hess.

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by Sharon Tucker



In the interest of variety, it’s always fun to compare what is somewhat similar but is really so not. Why not examine two rather traditional cozy mysteries about rather traditional mothers—Mother’s Day is May 12, you know–and then look at Robert Bloch’s masterpiece about a different kind of mother altogether?

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