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Marilyn StasioAnd so it goes, each stage of Lord Amerotke’s investigation presenting a more expansive view of everyday life in this exotically beautiful and astonishingly complex ancient society.
— The New York Times
Posted January 9, 2007
This is a fine addition to P.C. Doherty's series of mysteries set in ancient Egypt, featuring Amerotke, Pharoah's chief justice and truth finder. This time the clever judge is up to his ears in various puzzles - missing temple girls, the death of an honored general, and a spate of tomb robberies. In addition, Amerotke's own life is in danger from masked assassins who appear and disappear like smoke all over Thebes. The author creates a sense of ancient Egypt that is amazingly evocative and seems to place the reader right THERE, from the exquisite temple gardens to the noisy marketplace to the starry desert nights filled with the night creatures' roars. Oh, to sit in a perfumed garden of ancient Thebes, surrounded by the heady scent of the blue lotus!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
In 1478 BC Egypt¿s XVIII Dynasty, Pharaoh Queen Hatusu assigns the Hall of Two Truths Chief Judge Lord Amerotke to investigate the stealing of artifacts from the 'Houses of a Million Years' in the Valley of the Nobles. The intruders obviously have insider information as they knew precisely where to go and much about the guards. This makes it easy to kill the patrol and plunder the tombs. Lord Amerotke, his wife Norfret, their two sons (Ahmase and Curfayhas), and his servant Shufoy capture most of the thieves, members of the Sebaus sect but the leader remains hidden amidst the shadows of the affluent just out of sight. --- Mercenaries try to assassinate Amerotke, but he survives their attempt to kill him. Instead he switches inquires from finding the Sebaus leader to investigating the murder of retired General Suten, killed by horned vipers. Evidence points towards the macho military man having releasedthe snakes to prove his courage, but Amerotke finds flaws with that logic and wonders if the victim¿s wife Lupherna, his scribe Menna and or his valet Heby killed him. Amerotke has another case to investigate involving four young women who have vanished from the Temple of Isis. He finds the connection tying the three cases together but if he is not extremely careful his efforts will lead to a fourth inquiry, headed by someone else, to solve who killed the Chief Judge. --- THE ASSASSINS OF ISIS is a fantastic entry in the Ancient Egypt mystery series. The fast-paced story line grips readers from the onset of the Sebaus sect members begin their looting and never slows down until the final twist. The cast is strong especially the hero, but the novel as with the predecessors (see THE MASK OF RA, HORUS KILLING and THE SLAYERS OF SETH), belongs to the background. P.C. Doherty paints a powerful vivid look at Ancient Egypt within a strong police procedural. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 19, 2015
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