Murder at the God's Gate (Lord Meren Series #2)

Murder at the God's Gate (Lord Meren Series #2)

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by Lynda S. Robinson
     
 

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"DELIGHTFUL. . . Robinson makes ancient Thebes come alive as she describes the personalities, clothing, golden jewelry, the intrigue, and the smells of the desert, the terrors of a hippo hunt."
—San Francisco Examiner
When a priest dies in a mysterious fall from atop a statue of Tutankhamun, many consider the death a fateful one for the fourteen-year-old

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"DELIGHTFUL. . . Robinson makes ancient Thebes come alive as she describes the personalities, clothing, golden jewelry, the intrigue, and the smells of the desert, the terrors of a hippo hunt."
—San Francisco Examiner
When a priest dies in a mysterious fall from atop a statue of Tutankhamun, many consider the death a fateful one for the fourteen-year-old pharaoh and his reign.
Indeed, the Hittites are already at Egypt's borders, and the enemies of the late heretic pharaoh Akhenaten have transferred their implacable hatred to the young pharaoh. Concealed by the luxury of the court at Thebes lie viciousness, evil, and murder. Not even Lord Meren—the confidential inquiry agent who must see to the boy king's safety—can name the master plotters. But until the enemies of the living god are destroyed, neither his body nor his soul is safe from their deadly poison. . . .
"Robinson knowledgeably instructs readers in the cultural and political life of a fascinating period in history while entertaining us with a puzzling plot, accessible characters, and the domestic details of their daily lives."
—Alfred Hitchcock Mystery magazine

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
More than the sum of its parts, this second (following 1994's Murder in the Place of Anubis) in the series featuring ancient Egypt's Lord Meren, advisor to the court of Tutankhamun, is a compelling narrative comprised of vividly depicted background and characters and a well-plotted mystery. When Unas, a priest at the Temple of Amun, falls to his death from a colossal unfinished statue of the young king, Meren sends his adopted son Kysen to investigate. Unas's death, although raising suspicions in the deeply political court, appears to be accidental until another priest is killed by cobras hidden in his box of writing materials. As Meren tries to determine why someone would kill holy ones, Tut confirms his intention to lead his army on a campaign to secure the country's borders. His advisors, including Meren, wonder how they can tell the 14-year-old god that he is too young to go into battle. Breathing life into her scholarship through deft characterization and lucid plotting, Robinson frees her cast from frieze-like immobility, allowing Meren and Kysen to solve the murders and ferret out the source of the unrest at court. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Young King Tutankhamun's chief adviser/agent Lord Meren, known to some as the Falcon, investigates the murder of a priest in a temple dedicated to the teenaged Tut. Robinson (Murder in the Place of Anubis, LJ 2/1/94) surrounds Meren with palace and temple intrigue, authentic details of daily life, and frequent mention of a wide assortment of indigenous animals, such as hippos, elephants, crocodiles, vultures, etc., which are often used to denote character traits. Fans of historical mysteries should enjoy Meren's investigatory techniques and will welcome the reappearance of his adopted son, Kysen.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345395313
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Series:
Lord Meren Series , #2
Pages:
279
Product dimensions:
4.21(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.79(d)

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Murder at the God's Gate (Lord Meren Series #2) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
pendon 7 months ago
would like to see this in e-book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I enjoy history and mysteries, I hadn't read much about ancient Egypt. The Lord Meren series is fast paced, with a good storyline and good characterization. I would recommend reading them in order, although the author does refer to the backstory in the subsequent books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm really into Ancient Egypt, particulary the Later 18th Dynasty. Lynda S. Robinson paints great images into my head of how it must have looked. This was the first Lord Meren book I read and I was really impressed so I bought the whole series. I'm really looking forward to her next book coming out next June.