Candice Cushing and the Lost Tomb of Cleopatra by Georgette Kaplan

And as Bette Davis most famously said
“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night”.”

What was the book about?
This is the continuing adventures of Easy Nevada and Candice Cushing. You definitely need to read “Easy Nevada and the Pyramid’s Curse” before you start this book.

The romp through the desert starts off from when the previous novel ended. Easy is on the hunt for the final skull for her shady employer.  Seeing as the twelfth skull is supposed to be located in the lost tomb of Cleopatra, Candice, ever the archaeological purist, comes to realise that to get through journey safely and to make the find of her career, she has to try to trust her travelling companion.

Crazy flights, bombs, bullets, fun and a snappy repartee, this is not a journey for the feint hearted! You will find yourself pulled along with the excitement and danger Easy and Candice encounter.

Featured Tropes:
Adventure, intrigue

Book Strengths:
I love these two characters. Both so different from the other. One always pushing boundaries and gung-ho and the other playing everything by the book. As with the first novel, this is full of amazing descriptions of where the story takes place and I could feel the sand under my feet and the heat of the sun on my neck. If you are looking for a “reaslistic” true to life story this is not it. This is a story where you suspend belief a little and hold on for a wonderful ride.

Book Weaknesses:
The wait for the next book in the trilogy

Character Chemistry:
Easy is forever pushing and needling Candice with everything from sexual innuendos to light teasing. Candice’s wall is slowly crumbling but not fast enough for Easy. The obvious connection between these two characters is fun to read and I was really rooting for Easy to finally win Candice over. Does she, you’ll just have to read the book and find out.

Heat Rating: 4

Wrap up:
Ok I have to admit I’m a sucker for anything relating to archaeology and considering the main characters are archaeologists I was all in before I started reading. I loved this quote from the novel:

“What can I say? I worked retail”

“What does that mean?”

“It means, be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

And as Bette Davis most famously said “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night”

Star Rating: 4

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