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The Cairo Curse
by Pepper Basham
Pub DateFeb 01 2023
Barbour Publishing |Barbour Fiction
Christian| Historical Fiction| Romance

Barbour Publishing and Netgalley provided me with a copy of The Cairo curse to review:

When Lord and Lady Astley's honeymoon trip takes them to the mystical land of Egypt, not even Grace with her fiction-loving mind is prepared for the dangers that await.

From untrustworthy adventure-seekers to a newly discovered tomb with a murderous secret, Frederick and Grace must rely on each other to survive. The suspects in an antiquities' heist of ancient proportions are mounting. Will Frederick and Grace's attempts to solve the mystery result in another death?

I give The Cairo Curse five out of five stars!

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This adventure was SO much fun, I flew through this book! We are back with Frederick and Grace while they are traveling for their honeymoon. Their trip takes a detour in Egypt and they are thrown into another mystery.  I loved everything about this book, it definitely has Clue and Indiana Jones vibes and the romance is SO sweet. Frederick and Grace are one of my new favorite couples. They are just so cute! 😍

This book has a fun mystery full of action, adventure and romance. Also, Pepper does a fantastic job with her characters they are always so loveable, fun, quirky and have a love of books. I really appreciate the depth her characters have.

I am excited to dive into The Juliet Code!

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Charming and full of adventure. Pepper Basham never disappoints when it comes to daring and romance. I felt every skipping heart, the beating of the hot sun, and the danger around every corner.

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This book takes us on the honeymoon of Lord and Lady Astley. They have already seen their share of murder and kidnapping. Lord Astley decides to take Lady Astley to Venice by way of Cairo for a visit with his cousin who is sponsoring an archeological dig. Of course they find themselves in the middle of a mystery when they get there. Lady Astley has a vivid imagination which isn't helped by all the books she reads. She also has a very spontaneous nature that gets her into trouble. She approaches every situation as if she were Sherlock Holmes.

This book involves murder, tomb robbing, and kidnapping. It's not a suspenseful novel. But full of mystery. This is the second novel in the Freddie and Grace Mystery series. This book sort of fills the reader in on what happened in the first book so it would be possible to read this with out reading the first book.

The only negative I have for this book is that sometimes I felt like I was reading a history book instead of a novel. Other than that, I enjoyed it.

I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

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Isn't it such a thrill when book two is every bit as good as book one? I read The Mistletoe Countess last year and fell in love with the delightful characters. I couldn't wait to dig into the second episode of this couple's saga.

The story picks up a bit after book one leaves off. The couple has had a delayed honeymoon and to make up for that Freddie has a surprise trip to Egypt planned for Grace. Of course Grace is delighted, I mean who wouldn't be . . . camels and pyramids!

What unfolds is anything but a typical honeymoon. Adventure, mystery, and mayhem ensues because of course Grace is involved. While the storyline is mainly about Grace and Freddie, we also get a new look at Elliott, Freddie's valet and Grace's often unwitting accomplice. He's such an interesting character.

Speaking of characters, we get to meet a whole new batch. Wait until you experience Zahra, Amelia, and a whole host of others. Some are upstanding. Some appear to be upstanding, but they're not. And some are outright scoundrels. It was such a fun read and I look forward to their next adventure. These are characters that I hope have a long series of adventures.

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While I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series and chose to overlook the parts that I didn't love, this sequel fell flat for me, unfortunately. Without the marriage of convenience trope, I couldn't get into the story. I didn't end up finishing.

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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.

Update: I did finish it on a wifi-less plane. The second half was better than the first, but it still wasn't great. I continue to see too much infanilization and not enough character growth in Grace. I've upgraded it from 2 stars to 3. But I think I'd have to hear of some major growth before I'd pick up Book Three.

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While I enjoyed the fun settings and the characters, this book didn't really hold my attention. I have a feeling this is more the reader's fault (ME!), as I am a huge fan of Pepper Basham, and I usually love all of her books. This one would be a good book for me to revisit one day.

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I want to live this the way I adored Mistletoe Countess, but it’s been such a struggle to get into. It might just be a mindset thing, could be my continued frustration at the publisher’s horrific formatting creating a terrible reading experience. I’ll have to come back and leave feedback on GoodReads and Amazon in the future when I’m in a better frame of mind to finish and can get my hands on a published copy that doesn’t murder my brain.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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