Nefertiti's Heart : The Artifact Hunters

  • by A. W. Exley
  • Narrated by Gemma Dawson
  • Series: The Artifact Hunters
  • 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A steampunk adventure with a serial killer, romance, and a few broken hearts.
Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and impetuousness, but tangling with a serial killer might cure that. Permanently.
London, 1861: Impoverished noble Cara has a simple mission after the strange death of her father - sell off his damned collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan goes awry when aristocratic beauties start dying of broken hearts, an eight-inch-long brass key hammered through their chests. A killer hunts amongst the nobility, searching for a regal beauty and an ancient Egyptian relic rumored to hold the key to immortality.
Her Majesty's Enforcers are in pursuit of the murderer and they see a connection between the gruesome deaths and Cara. So does she - somewhere in London her father hid Nefertiti's Heart, a fist-sized diamond with strange mechanical workings. Adding further complication to her life, notorious crime lord Viscount Nathaniel Lyons is relentless in his desire to lay his hands on Cara and the priceless artifact. If only she could figure out his motive.
Self-preservation fuels Cara's search for the gem. In a society where everyone wears a mask to hide their true intent, she needs to figure out who to trust, before she makes a fatal mistake.


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What made the experience of listening to Nefertiti's Heart the most enjoyable?

It was an exciting steam punk adventurure, a murder mystery and a love story all wrapped into one--WITH an Egyption twist? What more could you ask for?! Witty characters which exploded into life thanks to this extra cool reader. Gonna go straight to the next one in series. Never seen this author before but Lovin her (or is it him?) so far!

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- Amazon Customer

steampunk is an afterthought

Where does Nefertiti's Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've been listening to audiobooks fo 30 years so that is a little hard to say, but I will say it kept my interest.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cara, she's a spunky nonconformist, with a traumatic past to overcome. The last book I listened to had a female character who didn't do anything without her husband's permission, (ugh!, I returned it). So it was nice to encounter a pistol packing heroine who had her own mind.

Have you listened to any of Gemma Dawson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Possibly, if so I don't remember it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

An Egyptian artifact, a serial killer who wants it, and an unconventional romance, all set in an alternate Victorian England.

Any additional comments?

First off, the steampunk is only window dressing. The modern vernacular could be off putting at times, but I was able to ignore it for the most part. The serial killer denoument is predictable. The characters should have had more development. All that said, I thought it was a fun, quick listen. Not great, but I will continue the series. Story 3.5.

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- Elisabeth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-12-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios