I never quite know what I’ll get with a Barbara Silkstone title beyond the giggles, but in this installment to the Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider series, I got laughs, danger, slapstick and some ick with adorable camapoos and Wendy’s trademark neuroses and her ever-present search for new ones.
Wendy and Roger are seeking the tomb that holds Cleopatra and Marc Antony: Roger is in possession of one piece of the puzzle that legend claims will lead them to the unknown and unmarked tomb. Of course, there are Russian Oligarchs looking to acquire the antiquities for their own purposes and displays, and the never ending series of misadventures seem to plague Wendy from the get-go.
With several secondary characters, one is never quite sure who will pop up around the next corner: and paying attention to the names helps readers in understanding the jokes: subtle tweaks and inclusions of names that are related to these characters behavior and personalities, also infuses the story with some fun parallels from classic film, pop culture and even an aspiring author in the form of Fiona Feelgood, a librarian who has determined her new title, Erotica for Dummies will be the next big thing. Fiona is a highlight in much of the wordplay, and she is possibly my favorite secondary character. Wendy is hard NOT to like – she’s a committed neurotic, each new situation or encounter has her stopping to wonder if she has a fear or phobia, if there is a name for it, and should she adopt the new diagnosis. This alone is enough, but when you add her sense of humor and ability to hold a running commentary about her thoughts and fears WHILE running is just enjoyable.
Narration is provided by Nicole Colburn and again she provides a wonderful performance and captures the essence of Wendy as she navigates the threats, mystery and her relationship with the often distracted Roger. Never taking her performance too far, she manages to indicate differences in characters, accents and the sense of their emotional impact upon the story without overreach, and each voice suits the characters and incorporates them seamlessly into the story. These characters come to life and propel listeners through the story making it a true treat.
If you want fun, funny and offbeat humor with insets of actual history and archaeological interest – this is the series for you!
Stars: Overall: 5 Narration 5 Story 5
Title: Cairo Caper
Author: Barbara Silkstone
Genre: Contemporary Mystery, Women Sleuths
Narrator: Nicole Colburn
Published by: Self-Produced
Audio Length: 6 Hours: 48 minutes
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Part-time tomb raider and full-time real estate broker, Wendy Darlin joins her lover, archaeologist Roger Jolley, in a quest for Cleopatra’s tomb. All they have to do is get from Cairo to the Temple of Taporisi Magna alive.
Armed only with a couple of hijacked ashtrays and faced with a trek across the blazing Sahara desert can Wendy out-maneuver Russian oligarchs, a dozen Dark Force mercenaries, and Roger’s chubby ex-girlfriend in time to find the tomb and seal it before chaos erupts in Egypt?
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A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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