The Mummy's Curse is a book I'd have loved to have read as a kid. It's full of all those sorts of puzzles, mysteries that I used to love. Its characters were really good, a nice mix of different types of children. Throw in some beloved elder statesmen of the nineteenth century, HG Wells and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a time train and you've hooked me. Travelling forward in time to the 1920's they have to try to find the tomb of Tutankhamen.
Luna, Konstantin and Aidan, the three self styled time thieves are sent by the Butterfly Club, to Eqypt to try to find the tomb so the relics can be brought back to England to financially benefit the Club. Accompanied by Conan Doyle, they board their time train and arrive in the Valley of Kings a couple of days before the discovery. Their plan is to find where the Pharoah is buried and then return to the past and dig up the treasure before him. When they arrive though, things change and Luna and her colleagues see that the treasures must remain in Egypt.
I did enjoy this story. It's uncomplicated to read and had some really nice touches thrown in. Everyone up in arms at Conan Doyle killing off Sherlock Holmes made me chuckle. Like I say, it's a book I would have loved to have when I was that age. It tells the finding of the tomb without the 'boring bits' that the teacher might add. Addressing some moral issues of Britain looting foreign climes, I think it would fit into being a class read.
An old school read, with a modern touch.
Thanks to Netgallery and Welbeck Publishing for an eARC in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.