The combination of Agatha Christie, archaeology, ancient civilizations, and the Middle East is irresistable to me, so my perspective on this book may be skewed. But Death in a Desert Land was the perfect summer-afternoon read on my front terrace, and I recommend it for the following reasons.
First, Wilson gets the tone right; I felt as if I were reading a Christie novel. He also gets the desert right; I'll be back again in the MIddle East this fall and can't wait to be surrounded by sand, climbing in and out of archaeological sites. Next, the book reminds me of the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters; I miss that (late) author a lot, and the dig superintendent in Death in a Desert Land could be a twin to the super in the Peabody mysteries.
My one complaint is that I suspected the villian at the 30-percent mark. But the read is pleasant and engaging enough to overlook that. I'll be buying the next book in this series.
- Hardcover: 338 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books (9 July 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501197444
- ISBN-13: 978-1501197444
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
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