Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cairo Caper / Barbara Silkstone

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Genre: Humor/Mystery /Adventure

Approximate word count: 55-60,000 words

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Barbara states on her blog, “My writing history began humbly enough when I started an underground newspaper in Catholic grade school. I was threatened with excommunication by the nuns so I went further underground. I’ve packed many adventures into my life excusing even the disasters as ‘material for my next book.’… I enjoy doing playful things with language, blending two distinct words to create a new word…  I now write criminally funny fairy tales ripped from the headlines… shaken, not stirred, and served with a twist and a chuckle.”

This is Ms. Silkstone’s third novel in her Wendy Darlin series. She has three other comedic mystery books along with her “true fiction,” The Adventures of a Love Investigator, 527 Naked Men & One Woman. Silkstone contributed to the anthology Indie Chicks and The WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies: Spring Hop Edition. Her books are also available on You can connect with Ms. Silkstone at her new blog although she’s been messing with us by posting recently on her old blog, too. Her facebook page is yet another option.


Wendy Darlin joins her archaeologist boyfriend, Professor Roger Jolley, in a quest across Egypt looking for a lost artifact for the Egyptian Antiquities Society that will assist them in locating Antony and Cleopatra’s burial tomb. All they had to do was get from Cairo to the Temple of Taporisis Magna alive. However, not everyone is who they say they are and they find themselves running for their lives.


The non-stop action starts in the first chapter with Wendy hurling a large glass ashtray, the only weapon she could find, into the nose of an assassin on their sixth floor hotel room balcony in Cairo, sending him toppling over the railing. His body apparently disappears from the sidewalk and Wendy and Roger are followed on a comedic run through a crowded Egyptian market place. Poor Wendy, she is one smart gal and very capable, but things just seem to happen to her. Unsurprisingly, Wendy soon becomes instrumental in being able to fulfill their quest.

With the addition of characters like Habib, Petri Dische, and librarian, wannabe-author Fiona Feelgood, who was looking for her own Egyptian treasure and material for her book Erotica for Dummies, put me in mind of Silkstone’s own true fiction book, The Adventures of a Love Investigator. Then there is the mystery of who is legit and who is involved in the antiquities black market. The way Ms. Silkstone plays with words is unrivaled and the way she incorporated segments from favorite movie clips was genius. She uses sharp wit throughout her stories, her plots are strong, and the action nonstop. I really enjoyed reading about Wendy and her tomb raiding adventures and hope to see more of Habib and quite possibly Tickemoff, the friendly street peddler, in future Wendy Darlin books.


This story stands on its own, and is young adult appropriate.

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No issues with editing or formatting. 

Rating: ***** Five stars


Gerry McCullough said...

This is a very accurate review. I myself really loved this book – so funny and also exciting.

?wazithinkin said...

Thanks for dropping by Gerry McCullough, I have enjoyed all of Ms. Silkstone’s books that I have read so far.

She also has a Treasure Hunt Winner Celebration FB page for the contests she is running on her old blog site for the release of this book. If you haven’t seen it you should stop by.

Barbara Silkstone said...

Thank you, both. And thank you for mentioning the Treasure Hunt on Barb's Wire. The next prize is really terrific... engraved, stainless steel, gunmetal dog-tags. So cool. Wendy wants to keep them.

Once again... I am so tickled you like my tales.
"You really, really like me!"
~ Sally Fields :)

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

Great review. I look forward to checking it out.

Georgina said...

I agree, I LOVED Cairo Caper! It's the perfect third in what is so far the Wendy trilogy, though rumor has it a fourth book is in the works! I agree that Silkstone's comic word play is unrivaled. I remain in awe of her!

?wazithinkin said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Ms. Silkstone. You are offering some great prizes. I will be sending lots of luck to all who enter your contests. It has been a lot of fun so far.

Karen Wojcik Berner, thank you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. :)

Georgina, thank you for dropping in and posting a comment. I appreciate the fact that we are like minded here. :) I can’t wait to see where Wendy goes next.