In the sixth novel of the celebrated series set during the reign of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Armed with the certainty that Queen Nefertiti did not die of the plague but was murdered, Lord Meren is hot on the trail of her killer. His investigation leads him from the Egyptian countryside to the mysterious tombs of the dead, entangling him in a conspiracy so treacherous he fears for his life.
In her sixth masterful historical mystery set in ancient Egypt (Murder in the Place of Anubis; Murder at the God's Gate; etc.), Robinson presents a tantalizing what-if scenario. The story opens in the fifth year of the reign of the pharaoh Tutankhamun. The previous pharaoh, Akhenaten, the heretic king, forced the people of Egypt to abandon the worship of their ancient gods, especially Amun, in favor of a minor sun god, Aten. He moved the royal court from Memphis and Thebes to found a new city, Horizon of Aten. Tutankhamun, in an attempt to restore the old ways, once again worships Amun and has moved the court back to Memphis. Historically, Akhenaten's wife, the beautiful Nefertiti, mysteriously disappeared from the monuments and royal correspondence after the 12th year of Akhenaten's reign. In an imaginative twist, royal adviser Lord Meren discovers that, contrary to rumor, Queen Nefertiti died not of the plague but was poisoned. To give the pharaoh peace of mind, Meren determines to discover the murderer. Enlisting the help of Anath, a seductive female spy known as the Eyes of Babylon, he sets out on a dangerous quest for the truth that will threaten not only his life but also the lives of his family. With a seamless blend of fact and fiction, the author makes ancient places and historical figures seem extraordinarily real. A compelling story does the rest to keep the reader hooked. (June 6) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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May 01, 2003
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