The Poisoner of Ptah: A Story of Intrigue and Murder Set in Ancient Egypt [NOOK Book]

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At a peace treaty signing between Egypt and Libya in Thebes, three of Egypt's leading scribes die violently on the Temple forecourt, the victims of a vile poisoning. To add to the mounting unease, a prosperous merchant and his young wife are found drowned. Rumors soon sweep the imperial city. The Poisoner of Ptah has returned. It falls to Amerotke, Chief Judge of the Halls of Two Truths, to investigate these hideous crimes - his hunt for the Poisoner leads him to discover yet more suspicion and potential danger. ...

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At a peace treaty signing between Egypt and Libya in Thebes, three of Egypt's leading scribes die violently on the Temple forecourt, the victims of a vile poisoning. To add to the mounting unease, a prosperous merchant and his young wife are found drowned. Rumors soon sweep the imperial city. The Poisoner of Ptah has returned. It falls to Amerotke, Chief Judge of the Halls of Two Truths, to investigate these hideous crimes - his hunt for the Poisoner leads him to discover yet more suspicion and potential danger. This story sees the Judge pit his wits against a cunning opponent who seems intent on spreading his death-dealing powders. Amerotke enters the twilight world of glorious Thebes where life can be so rich and yet death so swift and brutal.

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Publishers Weekly

Prolific British author Doherty (The Assassins of Isis) spins a rich, complex tale of murder in this gripping ancient Egyptian mystery, his latest to feature "the Chief Judge in the Hall of Two Truths," Lord Amerotke. In 1478 B.C., Hatusu, the pharaoh queen, ably rules Egypt, but she must still reckon with foreign rivals, including Libya. Just as delicate negotiations with a Libyan delegation result in a valuable peace treaty, three prominent Egyptian scribes are poisoned, and Hatusu calls on Amerotke to find the killer. Suspicion soon falls on Rekhet, a man convicted years earlier of a series of royal court poisonings. Amerotke discovers Rekhet recently escaped from prison, possibly with the assistance of the very Libyans negotiating the peace treaty with Egypt. Doherty, the author of a number of other historical series, manages to include an impossible crime among the puzzles the sage and insightful judge must solve. (Feb.)

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Three scribes from the Temple of Ptah are poisoned after signing a peace treaty between Egypt and the Libyans, an event that causes great humiliation for the Pharaoh Hatusu (more widely known as Hatshepsut). On the same day, the bodies of a wealthy merchant and his young wife are found drowned in their pool. In his latest adventure after The Assassins of Isis , Amerotke, the pharaoh's chief judge, must investigate these deaths and discover what is the driving force behind them. Doherty, author of several other historical series, including "The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan," knows a thing or two about locked-room murders and employs the devious plot devices needed to confound the reader. Ancient Egypt is fertile ground for an intriguing mystery, and Doherty uses the Egyptian fascination with poisons and the many intrigues surrounding Hatusu's reign to keep Amerotke and his cohorts busy protecting their monarch. Highly recommended for all mystery collections. The author lives in England.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466834002
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/19/2008
  • Series: Ancient Egypt Mysteries , #6
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 280,219
  • File size: 459 KB

Meet the Author

P.C. Doherty is the author of several acclaimed mystery series including The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan, the Hugh Corbett medieval mysteries, and the Canterbury Tales of mystery and murder. He lives in England.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    In 1478 B.C. Pharaoh Hatusu rules Egypt with a firm but gentle hand. She feels no major internal threats to her keeping the throne in spite of her gender. Her biggest concerns come from outside her kingdom as foreign rulers assume she is weak because she is female. Still, she negotiates peace treaties with her royal peers for the betterment of her nation.---------- While working on a treaty with Libya, three Egyptian scribes die apparently by poison. Hatusu directs her Chief Judge in the Hall of Two Truths Lord Amerotke to uncover the identity of the killer. The prime suspect is Rekhet, who just escaped from incarceration having been sent to prison for life for royal poisonings. Amerotke finds a link between Rekhet and the Libyans that makes him wonder if the foreigners are negotiating in bad faith.------------ The Lord Amerotke Ancient Egypt investigations continue to be some of the best whodunits on the market. The latest tale THE POISONER OF PTAH is an excellent entry both as a mystery and as a historical thriller. Amerotke is terrific as he holds the story line together with his investigation while the support cast helps bring to life Ancient Egypt and to a degree Libya through its delegation. This series (see THE ASSASSINS OF ISIS, THE MASK OF RA, HORUS KILLING and THE SLAYERS OF SETH) remains top of the line.--------- Harriet Klausner

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