Book Review: Cleopatra’s Dagger by Carole Lawrence


How I got the book?

I got this book by following my 2022 book challenge:  “Read a Historical Fiction Book” so I chose “Cleopatra’s Dagger” by Carole Lawrence.  I got it as an ebook free through the Amazon Prime subscription. I also have an A – Z Reading Challenge, so this book also checks the “C” on the list.

The book has a staggering 4.1-star rating out of 5 with over more than 2,900 reviews, which is truly impressive.   I chose the book after reading the premise of the book. I really liked the idea of reading a book that was Historical Fiction wrapped in a Thriller and Suspense plot. The book can be bought in paperback, Ebook format, and Audiobook.

Information about the author

Author Carole Lawrence is an award-winning novelist, poet, composer, and playwright. Among her published works are eleven novels, six novellas, and dozens of short stories, articles, and poems, many of which appear in translation internationally.

She also writes under the names C. E. Lawrence and Carole Buggé.

What is the book about?

As taken from Amazon and Goodreads the premise of the book is:

“New York, 1880. Elizabeth van den Broek is the only female reporter at the Herald, the city’s most popular newspaper. Then she and her bohemian friend Carlotta Ackerman find a woman’s body wrapped like a mummy in a freshly dug hole in Central Park—the intended site of an obelisk called Cleopatra’s Needle. The macabre discovery takes Elizabeth away from the society pages to follow an investigation into New York City’s darkest shadows.

When more bodies turn up, each tied to Egyptian lore, Elizabeth is onto a headline-making scoop more sinister than she could have imagined. Her reporting has readers spellbound, and each new clue implicates New York’s richest and most powerful citizens. And a serial killer is watching every headline.

Now a madman with an indecipherable motive is coming after Elizabeth and everyone she loves. She wants a good story? She may have to die to get it”

My Personal Opinion:

I enjoyed reading this book a lot. In my opinion, the book is a solid 3.75

I liked the plot a lot, with the murders having an Egyptian theme and having the journalistic point of view of trying to find out what the murder scenes were revealing.  I also did enjoy the majority of the characters, some characters were better structured than others, but they did give you a solid view of the scene, their thoughts, and their mannerisms. 

The end was great, with the murder mystery unraveling at the last minute, but I felt that when I go back and put the pieces together, I find that there were gaps I was not able to close due to lack of information or hints. 

Overall, a really fun, delightful, focused, and somewhat dark novel that is worth the read!

The Highlights of the Book:

In my opinion, the highlight of the book is the main character Elizabeth. Her strength and vulnerability were reassuring throughout her journey to become a credible woman journalist in 1800s New York.   She was consistently brave, intelligent, curious, and vulnerable.

The Negatives:

Although the book was a murder mystery, at times it felt that was more of a historical fiction novel based on the main character Elizabeth’s pursuit to become a credible journalist in a mean dominating field.  Her journey to get and maintain her serious journalism goals while at the same time accepting minor writing jobs like covering socialite tea parties. 

Information as found in Amazon:

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Thomas & Mercer
  • Publication date: April 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 361 pages
  • Genre: Fiction / Historical Fiction / Murder Mystery Thriller

What are you reading right now? What book would you recommend to me? Would you like a personal review of a book? Let me know! I am always looking for recommendations and suggestions to add to my reading list.

Enjoy reading!!!


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