cover image Of Gold and Shadows

Of Gold and Shadows

Michelle Griep. Bethany House, $17.99 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-0-7642-4256-4

An Egyptologist and an antiques dealer tangle with shady imposters, rare artifacts, and an ancient curse in this high-octane historical from Griep (The Sleuth of Blackfriars Lane). In late 19th-century Britain, wealthy antiques dealer Edmund Price receives a shipment of Egyptian artifacts which he plans to sell to settle a friend’s debts. He visits Oxford University to ask famed archaeologist Archer Dalton to evaluate and catalog the artifacts only to encounter the professor’s beautiful daughter, Ami, whom he reluctantly conscripts for the job since her father is away on a dig. After they discover that the shipment contains the Golden Griffon of Amentuk, a statue rumored to curse its owner, even the devoutly Christian Ami can’t help but notice the accidents that start occurring at Edmund’s house. On top of that, Edmund’s business partner Gilbert Fletcher has returned from a stint abroad and is acting very strangely. Just as Edmund secures a buyer for the relics, a sudden crisis puts the sale—as well as his and Ami’s lives and budding romance—in danger. Griep keeps the suspense sky-high throughout and enriches her characterizations by portraying her protagonists’ faith (upon uncovering the supposedly magical artifact, Ami muses that in God “she found strength, a conviction that transcended the bounds of mere reason. Still... there were moments like this” that “sent a shiver down her spine”). Readers won’t be able to put this down. (Sept.)