It Happened in Egypt

Read by Sibella Denton

(4.2 stars; 27 reviews)

Lord Ernest Borrow and Captain Anthony Fenton think they know a secret - a secret that could make them both rich. En route, they are sidetracked by Sir Marcus Antonius Lark, a woman who thinks she's Cleopatra reincarnate, a Gilded Rose of an American Heiress, and Mrs. Jones, a mysterious Irish woman with a past. Will they find the secret? Or will the trip up the Nile on the Enchantress Isis net them another discovery altogether? (summary by Sibella Denton) (13 hr 11 min)


01 - Chapter I 25:25 Read by Sibella Denton
02 - Chapter II 29:09 Read by Sibella Denton
03 - Chapter III 14:02 Read by Sibella Denton
04 - Chapter IV 25:41 Read by Sibella Denton
05 - Chapter V 20:35 Read by Sibella Denton
06 - Chapter VI 16:30 Read by Sibella Denton
07 - Chapter VII 19:11 Read by Sibella Denton
08 - Chapter VIII 27:55 Read by Sibella Denton
09 - Chapter IX 24:40 Read by Sibella Denton
10 - Chapter X 24:04 Read by Sibella Denton
11 - Chapter XI 28:56 Read by Sibella Denton
12 - Chapter XII 31:38 Read by Sibella Denton
13 - Chapter XIII 10:07 Read by Sibella Denton
14 - Chapter XIV, part 1 22:22 Read by Sibella Denton
15 - Chapter XIV, part 2 18:37 Read by Sibella Denton
16 - Chapter XV, part 1 22:17 Read by Sibella Denton
17 - Chapter XV, part 2 18:57 Read by Sibella Denton
18 - Chapter XVI 16:59 Read by Sibella Denton
19 - Chapter XVII 20:59 Read by Sibella Denton
20 - Chapter XVIII 20:54 Read by Sibella Denton
21 - Chapter XIX, part 1 19:27 Read by Sibella Denton
22 - Chapter XIX, part 2 19:38 Read by Sibella Denton
23 - Chapter XX 21:09 Read by Sibella Denton
24 - Chapter XXI 18:36 Read by Sibella Denton
25 - Chapter XXII 21:10 Read by Sibella Denton
26 - Chapter XXIII 25:34 Read by Sibella Denton
27 - Chapter XXIV 25:22 Read by Sibella Denton
28 - Chapter XXV, part 1 18:39 Read by Sibella Denton
29 - Chapter XXV, part 2 17:47 Read by Sibella Denton
30 - Chapter XXVI 22:34 Read by Sibella Denton
31 - Chapter XXVII 25:00 Read by Sibella Denton
32 - Chapter XXVIII 29:51 Read by Sibella Denton
33 - Chapter XXIX 18:49 Read by Sibella Denton
34 - Chapter XXX 16:21 Read by Sibella Denton
35 - Chapter XXXI 22:14 Read by Sibella Denton
36 - Chapter XXXII 30:47 Read by Sibella Denton


A lot to like, but probably not truly memorable

(3 stars)

We take a long pleasure cruise along the Nile to visit all of the most interesting historical and cultural spots in Egypt. There is much intrigue, clean romance, silliness, racism, desert camping with the rich and privileged, secrets, spying, danger, changing identities, and they even throw in trying to save a woman from life in a harem. The story was ok, and I liked most the characters, but it’s not memorable.


(3 stars)

It Happened in Egypt isn't bad, but it is pretty typical. The Williamsons — a husband-and-wife pair — wrote lots of these romantic adventure novels. This one centers around a group of English and American tourists traveling through Egypt. The narrator is Lord Ernest Borrow, an slightly impoverished Irish nobleman whose older brother is the marquis of something or other. He and his pal Anthony Fenton, an army captain stationed in Egypt, think they know where to find a buried treasure, and Lord Ernest has just taken four months’ leave from his job in the diplomatic corps to join Anthony in Egypt. Ernest was born there, but this is the first time he’s been back since he was four. On the boat over, he runs into Brigit O’Brien, a childhood friend he used to be in love with. Her husband, now dead, was some kind of radical political figure, and Brigit is convinced that his enemies are still after her and her stepdaughter Esme. Brigit’s traveling with Rosamond Gilder, a famous American heiress. She makes up for having such a heroine-y name by going by “Monny”. Brigit thinks that Ernest should marry Monny. Monny’s other traveling companions are a schoolteacher from Salem called Rachel Guest and Monny’s aunt, Mrs. East, who believes herself to be a reincarnation of Cleopatra. All kinds of stuff happens. There’s a creepy Armenian guy who follows them around, a Turk who married an American girl under false pretenses and is keeping her under lock and key, a possible conspiracy to kidnap Monny — the kidnappers are under the impression that she’s Brigit’s stepdaughter–and various people trying to excavate the spot where Ernest and Anthony hope to find treasure. The whole bunch of them — and many more, after Ernest and Anthony become the directors of a tour group — go up the Nile together, various people get engaged to each other, and they do eventually find the treasure, but Monny won’t let them keep it. All in all, a fun book, aside from the unfair ending. I was pretty impressed by the fact that it took me a couple of chapters to figure out who was going to fall in love with who.

Good mystery, good characters mixed with Egypt travelogue

(4 stars)

This is a fun and diverting yarn. There are mysteries large and small woven into a loving and detailed tribute to Egypt. The descriptions are rich and immediate: the shimmering scarves of the multudinous, chattering vendors; the green spit of foul-tempered camels; the biting cold and silence of nights in the desert. Characters are interesting and often surprising. Lovers of Egypt will especially love the book.

(4 stars)

If you want cover to cover action, not the book for you. However, if you like character development that leads up to action, its a great listen, despite the ridiculous ending

Great adventure tale

(5 stars)

Pleasantly read, well written, engaging !