In the popular imagination, Ancient Egypt exists as an idyllic place where, for 3,000 years, wise Pharaohs governed a peaceful and plentiful kingdom. Historians, although skeptical of this image, have struggled to explain for the lay reader the realities of life for ordinary Egyptians. Here, archaeologist Joyce Tyldesley meticulously recreates a series of crimes—from grave robbing, false embalming, necrophilia, and bestiality to a graphic recreation of the “murder” of Tutankhamen. These crimes, which were meticulously recorded, provide an eloquent record of Ancient Egyptian attitudes towards sex and death, property and punishment. Inventive and human, lucid and authoritative, this original work adds greatly to our understanding of how Ancient Egyptians lived. Joyce Tyldesley has a doctorate in archaeology from Oxford University; among her many books are Daughters of Isis and Nefertiti: Egypt’s Sun Queen.