by Tara Kingston
Intrigue and secrets in the cut and thrust 19th century world of the antiquity hunter. What was it about? It was a time when Egyptologists went in droves to ancient sites risking life and limb to unlock the mysteries of the Pharos with their discoveries of ancient tombs and cities. Jealousy and competition were rife. There is no doubt that countries heritages were ravaged, their cultural histories decimated. Some worked for the riches involved, selling priceless artifacts to the highest bidder, others committed to making sure the treasures stay within the countries who had the right to them.
Benedict Weston, Viscount Marlsbrook, a brilliant archeologist, was of the former set, using his skills to right his family's fortunes. In taking that path he threw aside his chance for happiness with the only woman he ever loved.
Intelligent Alexandra Quinn, a renowned Egyptologist, is disturbed by an intruder, intent on not only stealing an artifact sent to her by her mentor, but it seems she is on the menu. Ok so in a Harrison Ford raider of the lost ark move, Benedict arrives in time to save her. What seems like attempted robbery is placed in the light of other innocuous deaths of persons associated with her now deceased mentor and his last quest.
A trail of bloodshed leads from Cairo to the drawing rooms of Lomdon. Who is behind it is unknown, but their hand appears to reach everywhere and Alexandra is a prime target.
Of course the interplay between Alexandra and Benedict is the new unknown. Can Alexandra ever trust him again? Can Benedict be someone other than he is?
A grand adventure with a tortured romance and menacing evil overtones. Ah! The Dance!
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