Murder in the Valley of the Kings

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For Professor Omar Sayeed, excavating KV5 in the Valley of the Kings in search of the lost tombs of Ramesses II is the thrill of a lifetime. And when ancient artifacts are uncovered in Luxor at the construction site of a new office building, he and his students find an extraordinary treasure: six scrolls written by the pharaoh's chief scribe. Describing the death and funeral of Amonhikhopshef, the first son of Ramesses who died as a result of the tenth plague brought against the Egyptians by Moses, the scrolls' ...
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Overview

For Professor Omar Sayeed, excavating KV5 in the Valley of the Kings in search of the lost tombs of Ramesses II is the thrill of a lifetime. And when ancient artifacts are uncovered in Luxor at the construction site of a new office building, he and his students find an extraordinary treasure: six scrolls written by the pharaoh's chief scribe. Describing the death and funeral of Amonhikhopshef, the first son of Ramesses who died as a result of the tenth plague brought against the Egyptians by Moses, the scrolls' discovery also brings a threat from the sinister Sons of Ramesses, an ancient cult descended from the high priests of Egypt: cease your search...die.

Determined to find the truth at any cost, Sayeed forges ahead and is soon found murdered. Yasmin, the professor's daughter, continues the excavation with pathologist and amateur archaeologist Dr. Parker Ashworth. And as they grow closer to the truth, the Sons of Ramesses' assassins deliver another life and death warning-which is also defied. From the deserts of Egypt to the cobblestone streets of Paris and the Louvre, Yasmin and Parker hunt desperately for the clues that will lead them to the lost tomb as fanatical killers close in.

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Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-06
A swiftly paced, imaginative Egyptian murder mystery anchored by a randy band of tomb raiders. Dedicated to "everyone who has ever been entranced, thrilled, and mesmerized by the glory, grandeur and mystery of ancient Egypt," Michaelson's (Romosa, 2013, etc.) thriller is set in Cairo's sweeping Valley of the Kings, home to scores of pharaohs' tombs. Professor Omar Sayeed, an esteemed archaeologist, leads an intrepid excavation troupe of Sorbonne University students into intricate, multichambered tomb "KV5." This communal burial site, which supposedly holds the sarcophagus of the first son of Pharaoh Ramesses II, would bear proof of the presence of Hebrew slaves in Egypt, a fact validating Sayeed's life's work. The hefty importance of the dig isn't lost on others who prefer to keep the site sacred, such as the cryptic cult Sons of Ramesses, who for centuries and with deadly force have been protecting the Ramissede dynasty burial grounds from desecration. Also challenging the professor's work is Sayeed's professional rival and archnemesis, Arthur Guttman. A hot lead redirects the exploration team elsewhere to excavated ancient ruins in Luxor, where six clay vases are unearthed containing papyrus scrolls scripted with curses on anyone who desecrates the tomb. With Guttman's henchmen on his tail, Sayeed and his crew return to Cairo to continue the excavation of KV5, but death threats toss two unexpected characters into the fray: the professor's daughter, Yasmin, and Dr. Parker Ashworth, a pathologist and fledgling archaeologist. Both ably sleuth through the suspense from Egypt to Paris and continue the good professor's excavation spadework as danger lurks ever closer. Is Guttman capable of coldblooded murder, or has an ancient spectral curse been unleashed across the Cairo desert? Bringing the precious mythology of ancient Egypt into clear focus, Michaelson's fascinating Egyptian lore adds an appealing narrative boost, while his deft characterizations further bolster the serpentine nature of this rousing mystery. A bold, atmospheric tale of murder set amid the ruins of a mystifying ancient civilization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781490974675
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 11/21/2013
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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