Lord Meren is a fascinating character, and the murder of Nefertiti is a grabber. However, I'm glad to see the end of it. I can see stretching a major plotline over two books, but three is pushing it. Also, I'm tired of the sexual discrimination. Yes, I know Egypt at the time was not a women's lib heaven; however, I think Meren's treatment of his daughter Bener is illogical and out of character. He has plenty of evidence that she will join his investigations despite his disapproval. Isn't he bright enough to give her a role that would use her talents without exposing her to danger? Are we supposed to believe that an intelligent man would be unable to see that he can direct her participation but he cannot effectively prevent it? He remembers his wife with love and respect, he feels reverence and admiration for Nefertiti - is it not reasonable to expect him to be able to come to grips with his daughter's wish to be a part of his life? Either marry the character off and remove her from the action, or find a way to end Meren's peevish and useless tirades against Bener's involvement. There are still 4 or 5 years of Tutankamun's reign left - and of course his death is thought by some Egyptologists to have been a murder - plus 3 or 4 years of Ay's reign, all providing fertile fields for Meren's activities. I hope to see the character develop, to see him less as a prisoner of his past and more as a dynamic and maturing individual. When this series started I really loved it, but the last three books have cooled my ardor. I hope that the ending of the Nefertiti plotline will allow the writer to again produce the kind of fiction that takes this reader to that distant yet familiar world.