TOMB OF THE GOLDEN BIRD, by Elizabeth Peters

Anyone out there interested in King Tutankhamon? Thought so. This novel (pub 2006 in paperback) follows the irrepressible Amelia Peabody, her thunderous husband Radcliffe Emerson and their irrepressible son Ramses as they stand by and watch Howard Carter make the find of the century. Of course, plotting abounds, and there's the obligatory murder, Ramses continual disappearances, and a host of really fascinating characters. Not least is Howard Carter, the grumpy obsessed archeologist who first viewed those "beautiful things". For an insider/outsider's look at the dig, meticulously researched by a gen-u-wine Egyptologist, this is the read. A 5.