Elizabeth Peters (aka Barbara Mertz) is an Egyptology expert who has created an action filled series featuring the exploits of the archeological Emerson family as they confront various villains in Egypt. Her most popular character is plucky Amelia Peabody Emerson whose adventures in this series are chronicled from Victorian England through World War I. In this novel it is her son Ramses who faces a most dire threat during a time when the Great War shows no sign of abating.
An excellent companion guide to the Amelia Peabody mysteries is Amelia Peabodys Egypt: A Compendium by Elizabeth Peters and Kristen Whitebread. The fascinating book is full of maps, old engravings, illustrations, vintage photographs and serious historical and archeological information about Egypt at the time of the mysteries.