Murder in the Place of Anubis (Lord Meren Series #1)

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Who has dared to desecrate the sacred place of embalming with a murdered corpse? Pharaoh Tutankhamun orders Lord Meren, his chief investigator, to find out quickly, before power-mad priests use the incident to undermine his royal authority.
Everyone is a suspect, for the body belongs to the notorious scribe Hormin, hated by all who knew him. However, Lord Meren is no mere courtier but the Eyes and Ears of the living god. In the terrifying Place of Anubis, where unquiet spirits ...
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Overview

Who has dared to desecrate the sacred place of embalming with a murdered corpse? Pharaoh Tutankhamun orders Lord Meren, his chief investigator, to find out quickly, before power-mad priests use the incident to undermine his royal authority.
Everyone is a suspect, for the body belongs to the notorious scribe Hormin, hated by all who knew him. However, Lord Meren is no mere courtier but the Eyes and Ears of the living god. In the terrifying Place of Anubis, where unquiet spirits dwell, in the sunstruck city of Thebes, where Hormin's sons and his beautiful concubine plot, and in the royal court, where intrigues abound, Lord Meren hunts his quarry, peeling back the secrets of nobles and slaves in his quest for the truth. But more important by far is Meren's responsibility to protect the young Pharaoh from his enemies — who are no farther away than the length of a dagger . . . .
"This exceptional debut melds ancient Egyptian religious beliefs and practices with court intrigue to produce a riveting mystery." — Publishers Weekly

The first book in a suspenseful new series of historical mysteries set in the ancient Egypt of King Tut. Boy-king Tutankhamen calls upon his trusted chief investigator, Lord Merren, to search out a killer who has desecrated the sacred Place of Anubis, where the dead are embalmed and prepared for their journey to the afterlife.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
More than a period puzzle, this exceptional debut melds ancient Egyptian religious belief and practice with court intrigue to produce a riveting mystery. The court of the young Pharaoh Tutankhamun still suffers some of the tumultuous aftereffects of the reign of his father, the iconoclastic monotheist, Akhenaten. When the body of the scribe Hormin is found with an obsidian embalming knife sticking from its neck at the Place of Anubis, Tutankhamun assigns the task of finding the murderer--and the desecrator of holy places--to his ``Eyes and Ears,'' Lord Meren. Meren and his adopted son Kysen begin with Hormin's family, whose members lay both murder and the theft of an expensive beaded collar at the feet of Hormin's mistress, the sultry Beltis, who returns the charges. To solve the murder, Meren and Kysen retrace the scribe's last day, using surprisingly sophisticated, but credible, investigative techniques. Especially appealing is the personality of the boy king who wants desperately to join the investigation but refrains in deference to his exalted position as monarch. His interaction with Meren, who thinks of him as a son, is a poignant addition to a memorable tale. Even readers who aren't usually drawn to historical mysteries will likely delight in Robinson's fully developed characters and her deft building of suspense. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Investigating protagonist Lord Meren, a keen-minded 34-year-old, serves Tutankhamun as privy councilor and friend, so when Theban embalmers find a stabbing victim in their sacred precincts, the teenaged king dispatches Meren to solve the crime. With the aid of his adopted son, Kysen, Meren questions artisans in the Valley of Tombs and members of the victim's family. The key to the murder ultimately resides in a shapely and aggressive concubine who uses sex as a tool. Not bad for a first historical mystery and series opener.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345389220
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Series: Lord Meren Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2004

    Smith Reviews

    This book was a great find. My father had boxed it away and I have just found it. This book as a mystery rivals every mystery that I have read in my life and I have read over 200 mystery's in my time. This book takes you back to the time right before the teen Pharaoh Tutankhamun is murderd. Some one has been murderd in the sacred place of Anubis. If you know anything about Egyptian myth than you know that is sacrilige to kill in the place of Anubis. This book uses all the details of the time correctly as we know how they were used at the time. I intend to read the rest of the authors books in time. I give my thanks to the author and everyone who was involved with the book at one time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2001

    Another Great Book by Lynda S. Robinson

    I just recently started reading this series and it has been my favorite series, ever! I am a fanatic about ancient Egypt and this is the only series that I could find that was actually all set in ancient Egypt. I loved this book along with all the others. I have only two more to read and then I'll be done with the series. I can read about a book a day because they are so engrossing. I can't put any of them down because of the suspense! I can't wait to see who the murderer is! I would be heartbroken if Lynda S. Robinson stopped writing these books after we find out who killed Neferititi! I hope that won't be for a while, maybe she'll continue with Kysen. I recommend that everone in the world read these books. I can't wait until the next one comes out! If anyone knows of any series that takes place in Ancient Egypt, please please email me!

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