This installment of the series takes poor Whyborne far out of his comfort zone as his friend Dr. Putnam summons him to Egypt for his professional expertise. The fact that I read this book while on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean probably enhanced my sympathy for him, which was a fun element.
Four books in, Hawk continues to impress me with their ability to throw wrinkles into the primary relationship between Whyborne and Griffin. These strains are not there for the sake of conflict, but instead an excellent look into how any good relationship continues to evolve over time.
Regarding the other characters in this book, I definitely hope to see more of Dr. Putnam and her new friend. I especially like that this series could easily be called Whyborne, Griffin & Putnam for their solid friendship and fabulous adventures together.
One of my favorite parts of this book (besides Whyborne and his fez) concerns the evolution of Daphne’s character. Not every major plot development needs to be foreshadowed, and this was a delicious reveal.
I’m eager to read more of Whyborne & Griffin’s Lovecraftian adventures, no matter where in the world they may lead. (Though I’m sure Whyborne would prefer they take place close to home.)