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Posted October 30, 2010
Usually I love the Lord Amerotke series, since it is clear the ancient Egyptian culture is well-researched by the author. And this book is no exception, with rich descriptive passages detailing daily life in ancient Egypt. Of course the thing to BE at that time was either royal or very highly-placed in royal favor, with vast palaces, temples, and gardens at one's disposal. P.C. Doherty writes of all these with the usual elegance. The problem is that the plot seems lacking in orginiality, as it revisits an element of his earlier novel The Assassins of Isis, with mysterious assassins managing to breach the most secure locations, leaving dead bodies behind and no trace of the killers. I also felt there was more graphic violence in this mystery than in the others. Nonetheless, the story has excellent and complicated puzzles at the heart of the story, something many modern mysteries do not. The reader will enjoy trying to figure them out before Amerotke does.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 19, 2010
Ancient Egypt comes alive in P.C. Doherty's THE SPIES OF SOBEK, the last entry in the series. Amerotke, chief judge of Pharaoh Hatusu, faces danger and intrigue. The judge, along with his staff, have to find the killer in the Temple of the Nubians. Good story, with lots of information on daily Egyptian life thrown in.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I think it's a good book to read, I'd recommend it. The writing style wasn't fabulous, defintely no Michelle Moran. With that said, this was the first mystrey novel I have read in many years.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 15, 2010
In the fifteenth century BC, fundamentalist Nubian followers of Nema the hyena goddess led by High Priest Khufu want their freedom from the Great House of Egypt. They feel the opportunity is perfect as the country is run by a female pharaoh so make plans to liberate their province. The Nema worshippers believe they must cause fear and panic by assassinating prominent people in their homes or key locations.
In Thebes and in the nearby Oasis of Asiwah, elite people including imperial messengers are murdered behind locked doors; the city loses faith in Pharaoh Hatusu who has recently replaced her late father. She understands who is behind the murders and why, but not how. The Pharaoh also knows she cannot cede Nubia if she wants to keep the Great House united and soonest expanded. After consulting with her lover the Grand Vizier Senenmut, she turns to the Chief Judge in the Hall of Two Truths Amerotke to find the killers and their leader. However, both objectives prove difficult as the murderous criminal Arite sect are involved and seditious avaricious activity by several prominent citizens makes his investigation more convoluted than he expected.
As always this is a great Ancient Egypt police procedural (see The Poisoner of Ptah and Mask of Ra) that contains a powerful vivid look at life in the capital city Thebes and to a lesser degree in Nubia. The story line is fast-paced even with an incredible amount of background that has the audience feel they are working the case along side of Amerotke while visiting the reign of Hatusu. P. C. Doherty provides another Great House of Egypt tale.