The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog by Elizabeth Peters
The Snake, the Crocodile & the DogRadcliffe and Amelia Emerson are returning to Egypt. They are leaving their son, Ramses, with Nefret, the girl they have taken guardianship of, back in England. Word of their previous trip to the Sudan has circled through archeology circles. Someone has realized there is more the Emersons are not telling.
Suspicious events start occurring to them shortly after they arrive in Cairo. Their hotel room is searched. They are lured to the slums of Cairo and almost attacked. Amelia was almost kidnapped by an Emerson pretender at a costume ball. Back in England, an attempt was made to kidnap Ramses.
Then one of the schemes was accomplished. Emerson is kidnapped. Amelia is beside herself as she tries to locate him. Their old American archeologist friend, Cyrus Van der Gelt, offers his assistance to find Emerson. Amelia and Cyrus work both separately and together to get Emerson back safely and to discover who is behind the attacks.
As usual, I found this Amelia Peabody novel to be humorous as well as mysterious. The solution is devious with an extra (to me) unexpected twist at the end. While this novel could stand alone, it is better if it is read after the one before, The Last Camel Died at Noon. Too much of this mystery is based on occurrences from that one.
If you enjoy light mysteries and have not yet met Amelia Peabody, start with the first novel, Crocodile on the Sandbank.