The Emersons receive a dire warning about staying away from an undiscovered tomb, which of course inspires them to hunt all the harder for it. Meanwhile, a silly American debutante insists she needs protection from a stalker (selecting Ramses for the job), and a mummy swathed in modern clothing begins to lend verisimilitude to her otherwise unconvincing narrative.
Amelia and Emerson are in Cairo to greet the 20th century, when a mysterious Mr. Shelmadine presents them with a gold ring from a unknown tombe bearing the cartouche of Queen Tetisheri. The same Shelmadine then goes in a fit that spell out a new case for Amelia. Not even this time will Amelia's archeological season be left alone by criminals and tomb robbers. Only this time she's up against two unknown parties, one to save, one to avenge.
Ramses and Nephret remain in England while Amelia hopes for a 2nd honeymoon with Emerson but he is kidnapped and develops amnesia. He can't tell his captors what they want to know but he doesn't remember Amelia either.
More fun and mystery in a great series.
Satirizes adventure novels in the tradition of Henry Rider Haggard. The title of this book is identical to the first sentence of the 1981 thriller The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follet. The Last Camel Died at Noon most closely follows the tradition with farcical plot elements like a lost and ancient civilization, a young English girl serving as its high priestess, an evil prince, a wronged noble prince who wants to free the slaves, kidnappings, escapes, mazes of tunnels (and palaces) hand-carved from cliffs.
A fun read with Emerson, the perfect romance novel hero and Amelia, ever in charge. Always a tongue in cheek feel to the narative.