Reading a book by Georgette Kaplan is always fun and at times mind-boggling, and it’s true once again. Candice Cushing and the Lost Tomb of Cleopatra is the sequel to Easy Nevada and the Pyramid’s Curse and picks up right where the latter ended. Do not read it as a standalone, you’ll miss out on most of the fun. Also, why would you deny yourself the pleasure of more Cushing and Nevada?
I won’t even try to summarize what the story is about, other than saying that, still looking for Cleopatra’s secret tomb, Nevada, the tomb raider, and Candice, the earnest archeologist, keep escaping death, fighting and flirting, sometimes all at the same time. There’s a lot happening, it’s hot and dusty as the Sahara and thrilling as can be.
I love and hate Easy Nevada in equal measure. She’s like the blasé (but surprisingly kind at times) spawn of Indiana Jones and Lara Croft and she also reminds me of the male heroes in old black and white comedies. She’s obnoxious and arrogant and selfish and greedy yet so sexy. She’s the epitome of the sexy scoundrel. Candice on the other hand is both very British and hoping to reconnect with her roots in Sudan. She’s respectful and reliable. They couldn’t be more different, so much so that Candice isn’t even sure she likes Nevada, but she has a tough time resisting her. Nevada is much more complex than she wants the rest of the world to believe, but she doesn’t really fool Candice.
Like Easy Nevada and the Pyramid’s Curse, Candice Cushing and the Lost Tomb of Cleopatra is exhilarating and deeper than the story, the cover (which I love), the title would have you believe. In this crazy adventure, Candice learns to appreciate the simple fact of being alive. Not dead, as she herself puts it. She gets closer to Nevada, better understanding her motivations and the way she thinks and acts.
If you’re hoping for romance, you might be disappointed, although there’s a lot of flirting, and it gets hot for other reasons than the desert every now and then. A third book is announced for 2020 and, fingers crossed, Easy and Candice will finally get there. Or maybe not. I love the interaction between them so much, I don’t really care where it goes.