Book Review – The Curse of the Mummy’s Heart by Julia Talbot

The Peculiars #1
Publisher: Turtlehat Creations
Pages: 241
Characters: Douglas/Charles
POV: 3rd
Genre: Historical, Paranormal

Something is rising in the desert sand, and between two adventurous men.

Famous 1920s Hollywood actor Douglas Fitzhugh and his brother Donnie are headed for Egypt on a quest. Their mysterious benefactor, a man they call Grant, has sent them to find a stranded archaeologist, and all they have to go on is a handwritten journal. That’s just the kind of adventure Douglas loves, and he never passes up the chance to get away from his studio-driven life.

Charles Angeloff is also on his way to Egypt with a special object his father has asked him to return to the tomb he ripped it from. Charles is just out of university, and when he meets Douglas, he falls hard for Douglas’ charm and his worldly ways.

As they travel, more men of adventure join them: a cowboy, a rich seminary student, and a librarian. When they’re all together, it’s like magic happens, and the men all realize they’re on a mission to stop the horror that stirs beneath the desert sands, even as that horror sets its sights on Charles. Will Douglas and Charles lose each other just when they’ve found what they both think is the man they want to be with forever?

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I loved this homage to the old mummy/slash monster movies. I thought the author did a great job in taking the tropes and characters found in those stories, and giving them a twist with the result being an enjoyable read with interesting quirky characters. I loved the tone of the story which reflects the time period and gives it a feel of authenticity. This is the first story I’ve read by this author and I’d love to read more!

I was intrigued by the story only a few pages in. With its references to other off page adventures and the set up of these men and their employer I think it has the potential for a fun series. I’d love to read stories from the perspectives of the other characters, explore their friendships and relationships, and learn more about them. I want to know what happened in Paris!

Although there is a romance in this adventure, it has a very strong feeling of family and found family as these men with their different backgrounds and personalities come together to solve the mystery and defeat their foe. I liked how each man brought something unique to their group, had their own strengths and area of expertise, and settle into an easy friendship.

I thought Douglas and Charles were a good fit. They’re very different men, yet both strong in their own way. I also liked Douglas and Donald’s sibling relationship. It felt very real. I liked that, true to the time period, Douglas and Charles had to be careful in public because homosexuality is illegal. Donald’s quite right to be worried about how his brother takes a few too many chances with that.

I thought the author did a great job in building the suspense, and the action scenes were well written and exciting. Although I could guess what was going to happen as I’ve seen a LOT of mummy/monster movies I thought those the way the tropes were used added to the tension.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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