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The Cairo Curse

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i enjoyed following along on Grace and Frederick’s adventure.  Rich in atmospheric detail, I felt transported to Egypt. They are vivid characters and very interesting. 
Many thanks to Barbour Publishing and to Netgalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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I adored The Mistletoe Countess, so I was excited to read more about Grace and Freddie’s story. It was cute, funny, fast-paced, and full of mystery.  
I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
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Ah, yes, newlyweds gushing all over each other.  A fun adventurous read back in a time when it wasn’t common for women to wear pants.  It took a few chapters for me to get into the groove of things as I learned of Frederick and Grace’s history.  For those who love a good mystery there is a sequel to Cairo’s Curse called The Mistletoe Countess.  The characters in the story were a lively bunch and Grace; a joy to be around.  This mystery reminded me of one of my favourite childhood board games; Clue. Who is behind all this drama?  I recommended with a nice cup of coffee.  I received this book for free from Celebrate Lit Tour and the opinions I express are honest and my own.
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Pepper's books are always on must read list. She never disappoints! Her books are a perfect mix of romance and humor which is one of my favorite combinations. This latest release was pretty much perfect! We get to catch up with Freddie and Grace after meeting them in "The Mistletoe Countess," and we get a fantastic mystery involving murder, theft and Egyptian tomb excavations. This was a fantastic read and I need more Grace and Freddie stories asap!
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I must reluctantly admit to DNFing this book. It's just a lot. There's a level of almost careless naivety that can only be had in small doses, and as curious as I am about the case, I can't seem to revisit our main character long enough to see its ending. I was hoping for a bit more growth as Grace is more settled into married life. If I find myself able to finish the book, I'll update my review accordingly. At this time, I will not be posting broadly about the book, wishing the author the very best in finding other readers who can appreciate the full work.
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This book is part of the Freddie and Grace Mystery Book 2, Christian Historical Fiction read.   Freddie and Grace are on their honeymoon in Egypt, not the first plan, but they both agree.  They plan on seeing all the pyramids, camels, ancient artifacts and so much more.  When they find a tomb and a secret to it, they are bound and determined to solve the mystery.   What will they find?  Will they put themselves in danger?  Is this really their honeymoon they expected?

If you like a good page turner, many twists and turns in the story then this book is for you.  It can be read by teenagers and up, it is a fun laughing story with a whodunit atmosphere......  this would make a great Hallmark Murder Mystery Channel movie.  It is book 2 of the series, but can be read as a stand alone.  I would suggest to read book 1 first to get the full background of the couple.... but you won't miss any of this adventure if you start with this book.  

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, "Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.
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Frederick and Grace are on their honeymoon in Egypt. People are getting murdered or that is what Grace thinks. Grace is determined to find out what is going on. I love how Grace figures it all out. She has to be very careful. I love her young friend. The Cairo curse is a very enjoyable and entertaining book.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. This book review is my own opinion.
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The Cairo Curse by Pepper Basham is a beautifully written historical fiction novel. I love the time period it is set in and the mystery that surrounded Egypt at that time. The main characters were so fun and I loved how the story was told. Probably my favorite part of the story was the author’s descriptions of Egypt. I’ve been to Egypt and I can tell you that she has depicted Egypt just as it is. Her setting comes to life with such veracity that I felt transported back to my own trip, just as I felt transported into her story. Great book! This book can be read as a standalone novel, but I’d recommend reading the previous book first because it would give more context to the adventures of this book. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.
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This story was so much fun to read.  It has just a little bit of a “Raiders of the Lost Ark” kind of vibe, except it’s the heroine of the book, Gracie, who finds herself in the adventure of a lifetime in Egypt.

Gracie, who previously appeared in the book “The Mistletoe Countess”, is now married to Lord Astley.  They are on their honeymoon in Egypt, and Gracie is having a wonderful time seeing the things she’s only read about: camels, tombs, and mummies.  Gracie, who considers herself quite the detective, decides to investigate the strange circumstances that seem to be developing around her.  There’s danger ahead for both Lord and Lady Astley, and once you begin reading this book in the series, you’ll find yourself delightfully drawn into Gracie’s adventure, too.

Gracie is becoming one of my favorite characters in Christian fiction with her spirited personality, compassion for others, and devotion to her husband.  I’m already looking forward to her next adventure.

I voluntarily received a copy of this book from the publisher.  I was not required to write a review.  All opinions are my own.
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Happiness is reading a book by Pepper Basham!  It is pure pleasure to see what antics Grace has gotten herself into! Trouble seems to follow her, but she bravely turns around and confronts it, trying to help people. In this case, her newly married husband Frederick tries his best to keep up with her in their Egyptian honeymoon. Their adoration of each other and dependence on God are refreshing! Grace's personality is delightful and will draw me in to each book the author wants to offer!
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Lord and Lady Astley (Fredrick and Grace) are honeymooning in Egypt. Grace is a young woman with a love of fictional detective stories and a fertile imagination. Fredrick is stalwart and brave, supporting his adventurous wife and helping solve the mysteries she discovers. 

Almost from the moment they arrive in Cairo, Grace is swept up into local mysteries…from defending a young orphan girl to a murder in the house where they’re staying with Frederick’s cousin to tomb robbing. 

Pepper Basham has created some beautifully faceted characters with a charming romance between the two main characters and a well-developed mystery plot. 

An absolutely delightful read with characters you’ll look forward to reading about in future adventures.
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Another Frederick and Grace Story full of mystery and packed with action and Grace’s antics!

I love Frederick and Grace! The character are so well developed and have some quirky aspects! This mystery takes us to Egypt which is interesting too! Grace is a woman after my own heart! I love how prepared she is for anything! I laughed and rooted for Frederick and Grace figure things out!

I look forward to many more adventures!

Audiobook: Narrated by Pamela Klein
Pamela has the perfect voice and accents for this book! I love when the audiobook meets my expectations! She compliments the story itself and allows you to immerse yourself

I received a complimentary ARC of this book from NetGalley on behalf of the Publisher and was under no obligation to post a favorable review.
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There is a Pepper Basham book I haven't loved and The Cairo Curse is no different. 

This adorable couple is supposed to go to Italy for their honeymoon with a side trip to Egypt to help Fredrick's cousin. What ensues is an adventure, camels, mummies (if it were left up to Grace), and romance that only Pepper Basham can pen.

This was a delightful book that had me grinning like a schoolgirl from the beginning all the way to the end. I loved Freddy and Grace in The Mistletoe Countess so it was fun to read another book with them in it. I have found that reading a series with the same characters is like getting together with old friends. It's one of the things I love about series.

If you haven't read The Mistletoe Countess I would highly recommend you read it prior to this one. You'll miss out on all the sweetness of this couple.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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I've been in love with Grace since The Mistletoe Countess, so I was ecstatic to travel with her and Freddie to Egypt, of all places! I've actually visited Cairo years ago, so it was fun having a little idea of what she was seeing, smelling, and hearing. I don't know if the author planned for these to be a mystery series from the beginning, but if not, I'm so glad it worked out that way! 
Grace was as lovely and as brave as I expected. She's such a hoot! She gets into the funniest scrapes and yet, always comes out on top. She's a little immature, but her ADD comes out well in the text. She has a child-like innocence that is refreshing and laughter-inducing, (with maybe a little head-shaking too.) I love how Frederick loves her and looks out for her. 
The author has done an incredible job with the historical research. Everything was so well described that I was certain the author had visited the locations and settings in the story. The mystery isn't too complicated or mind-bending--it's just a fun read with a little danger and intrigue intertwined with the romance. Speaking of romance, I loved the secondary love story for Elliot! I won't give away who he falls in love with, but it was perfect. 
One thing I enjoyed is that while Grace and Frederick are married, the author handled the physical side of their marriage with a great deal of tact and innocency. It wasn't cringey or too explicit, but masterfully done considering married characters.
I highly recommend the Grace and Frederick mysteries to lovers of sweet romance and cozy mysteries; readers looking for something light-hearted and fun. Be sure to start with The Mistletoe Countess to get the full affect. I can't wait for The Juliet Code!
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So excited to read part 2! The first was so great and adventurous, the second book followed with just as much excitement and adventure. Grace and Frederick are much loved and love reading their story.  A great book 1 & 2!
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Delightful. Just delightful.

The Cairo Curse is a fun, frivolous romp escalating into an action-packed, suspenseful final scene that will have you turning pages quickly. The heroine is youthful, dashing, and charmingly naïve, in love with her slightly stodgy but completely besotted husband. They are a wonderful couple. So real and human!

Ms. Basham did a great job with the setting and plot. The mystery wasn’t complex, but the denouement scenes were excellent! The subplot involving the minor characters were fun, too.

I recommend this book to romance readers who like laughter and interesting historical detail. It’s the most enjoyable book I’ve read this year!
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Nothing says 'honeymoon' like murder and mayhem...

I'm always up for a good adventure story set in the sands and tombs of Egypt. Very rarely do I run into one that I dislike and The Cairo Curse proved that rule to still be very true – don't worry, I liked it. Anyway, it has all of the mystery – and surprisingly the comedy –  that a person might wish for in a historical romance. 

I will admit that I have not read the first Freddie And Grace Mystery but as I had hoped I was still able to enjoy this second book in the series anyway. Pepper Basham did a great job writing a story that is definitely connected to its predecessor but can still be enjoyed as a complete story of its own. 

While The Cairo Curse probably isn't my favorite book with an Egyptology theme, that would be Linda Chaikin's Egypt Trilogy, I can easily tell you that it is my favorite Pepper Basham book that I have read. The mix of humor and murder mystery was quite entertaining. The Egypt on the eve of WWI (1914) setting of this Freddie And Grace Mystery was an excellent one. It was an exciting time in Egyptology and in the world making it the perfect backdrop for a tale of murder, intrigue, and discovery. 

I did enjoy reading The Cairo Curse and I think after this I will likely not be a stranger to Pepper Basham's Freddie And Grace Mysteries...

(I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
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Honestly, I struggled with this one. I enjoyed much of the middle of this book, but as with its predecessor, there is much more sexual references than I would want to see in a Christian book. I almost felt like I couldn't look the characters in the eye because I had seen too much. I loved the friendships between Freddie and Blake and Elliot, though.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the first book of this series and knew that I would love this book as well.  The author is amazing and really brings the characters to life!

The Cairo Curse is a wonderful read that will keep you guessing until the very end! Make sure you read the first book first!

I love Grace!  Her character is amazing.  She’s got so much she’s been through(read book one) and yet she is still a breath of fresh air and sunshine to all she meets.  Of course, that’s from God but watching it play out is interesting and keeps me reading for sure. 

Add a new adventure to this book!  Oh and pistols and jewels and a thief plus murder.  Oh yes, it’s a great book!  I loved meeting new characters and catching up with some old ones, though I really will need to get back with some of these characters in another book or two or ten!

I loved the interactions between the characters and how our two main characters look at things differently.  Grace is from a different world than Lord Astley and sometimes it’s very apparent. 

Oh and don’t forget the street urchins!

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received through Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
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The Cairo Curse by Pepper Basham is based around a honeymoon trip between newlyweds Grace and Freddie Astley, where they go to visit Freddie's family in Egypt. It's far from the ideal honeymoon, however, when an archeological dig funded by Freddie's cousins becomes the hotbed of mystery, theft, and murder. 

The story is a romance/adventure novel with a unique narrator, strong character, and solid plot development, but it has a few snags in the fabric. The spiritual aspects are mostly on the nose, with some nuances to unpack regarding salvation. 

Overall, I would rate it a 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

For writing style, plot, and characters, I would rate it at 4 out of 5. Even if the plot was a bit predictable, the characters come off the page with their personalities--especially Grace Astley herself. She's both endearing and aggravating at times, but I know I am too! 

I think there is confusion in comparing Egyptian religion and God. The book does share a message of salvation, even going as to explain Jesus's death on the cross for our sins, but we didn't quite see a full transformation. This was kind of left as a loose end with one particular character. I do hope it'll be touched upon in a later book. 

This is. a solid read, and I would be tempted to pick up a third installment in this series. Thanks to Netgalley and Barbour Publishing for the book in exchange for an honest review.
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