SYNOPSIS: While cataloguing looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison discovers that her daughter has vanished in France, and her son’s bride has been attacked in Switzerland. After the Madison family unearths a relic whose taproot pierces the Ancient Near East, they realize that before they can save themselves, they must rescue an old friend. If he’ll let them.
“Brothers’ Keepers’ is the second book in the ‘Parched’ series, after ‘When Camels Fly’. As this installment begins, we have a newly married Jeff & poor Maggie is yet again kidnapped. At this point, Maggie should just never leave her home as she has quite a knack for getting taken.
Along with a fast-moving plot, we have betrayals & danger. Being that Grace is an archaeologist, we have some relic mystery mixed into the kidnapping. Some of the intrigue involves whether or not the Vatican possesses as relic that everyone wants which always makes for a good read. As per most relic-based mysteries, you have your villains who are out for greed and your hero/heroines who are out for the world’s best interest.
What sets Horton’s novels apart is the familial aspect. In her first novel, we had the never-say-die mother/daughter team. Now we have the whole family participating to a greater extent. I think it’s a fresh change from the lone wolf novels that are typical of this genre.
While I’m not a huge fan of scenery descriptions, Horton uses hers in the best possible way. Readers will enjoy the exotic locales are a necessary part of the story that adds a richness that other authors fail to utilize. She’s done a fabulous job & I enjoyed this one even more than the first. It’s a 5 star rating from me.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.