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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (15 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747259720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747259725
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough (North-East England) in 1946. After A-levels, he went to Ushaw College in Durham for three years to study for the Catholic priesthood. In 1967, he was admitted to Liverpool University where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in History and won a state scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford. While there he met his wife Carla Lynn Corbitt. He continued his studies but decided that the academic world was not for him and became a secondary school teacher.

Paul worked in Ascot, Newark and Crawley, before being appointed as Headmaster to Trinity Catholic School, Woodford Green, Essex, in September 1981. Trinity is a large comprehensive (1700 on roll) which teaches the full ability range, ages 11-18. The school has been described as one of the leading comprehensives in the U.K. and has been awarded "Outstanding" in four consecutive OFSTED inspections. All seven of Paul and Carla's children have been educated at Trinity.

Paul's other incarnation is as a novelist. He finished his doctorate on the reign of Edward II of England and decided to start writing about the "undergrowth of history", beginning with THE DEATH OF A KING, published in 1985. Since then, Paul has written nearly 100 books and has published a series of outstanding historical mysteries set in the Middle Ages, Classical Greece, Ancient Egypt and elsewhere. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and are available in several formats, including large print, audio books, and more recently e-books.

He has been published under several pseudonyms: C. L. Grace, Paul Harding, Michael Clynes, Ann Dukthas and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name. Paul has also written a number of non-fiction titles, among them: ISABELLA AND THE STRANGE DEATH OF EDWARD II, a scholarly study of The Great Crown Jewels Robbery of 1303, THE SECRET LIFE OF ELIZABETH I, and a study of the mystery surrounding the death of Alexander the Great.
Paul lectures for a number of organisations, particularly on historical mysteries, many of which later feature in his writings. A born speaker and trained lecturer Paul loves to tell stories and "bring history to life."

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'Doherty excels at historical detail, bringing ancient Egypt to life in his descriptions of daily life and characters drawn from every caste. This novel launches a series - and that's good news' Publishers Weekly

'The historical mystery genre is still thriving and Paul Doherty's THE MASK OF RA is the best of its kind since the death of Ellis Peters. As ever, Doherty dazzles with his knowledge an intimate feel for ancient Egypt' Time Out

'Paul Doherty has a lively sense of history' New Statesman

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The stunning second mystery in Paul Doherty's intriguing Amerotke series set in Ancient Egypt


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By gilly8 on 14 Dec. 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is PC Doherty's ancient Egyptian mystery/detective series, with the lead character a judge, serving under Pharaoh Hatshepsut, the female pharaoh. (The author refers to her by another form of her name: Hatusu ).

P.C. Doherty is a British historian who writes MULTIPLE series under MULTIPLE names (see his website). I have no idea how he keeps up with it all! This series is light and enjoyable, very different from his darker trilogy about ancient Egypt, set in the time of Pharaohs Akhenaten and Tutankhamun: "An Evil Spirit Out of the West", "The Season of the Hyaena" and "The Year of the Cobra". He's also written a non-fiction book about the death and possible murder of Tutankhamun.

Judge Amerotke seeks to solve crimes with the usual group of helpers/ sidekicks. Not as good as Mr. Doherty's more serious books, but light and easy reading, especially if you like mysteries and detective novels. There are multiple books in this series, and I hope he continues to write more.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Sept. 1999
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Being a fan and part-time student of Egyptology, I didn't have the highest hopes for this book - too many books set in Ancient Egypt fall short on the historical details and tone. However, Paul Doherty obviously has an interest in the Ancients, and has taken some trouble to get things, in general, right. The story itself moves along at a fairly rapid pace, once it gets started. A classic whodunit, it nevertheless manages to spring a few surprises on the way, and I certainly didn't manage to guess who the culprit was. The main characters come to life, although they still feel half-formed in many ways. All in all, this is a good (although not great) book, but will mainly be enjoyed by those who have some interest in Ancient Egypt. I am looking forward to reading "The Horus Murders", and to further development of the characters from the first book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun. 1999
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The Mask of Ra begins a new mystery and adventure series by Paul C. Doherty. As he does with each of his first novels in a series, Mr. Doherty takes time to establish the site and atmospheric setting of his story. He sets out his characters and their relationships and tensions. He then presents an intricate puzzle which his primary investigatior and his foil must solve. This novel has all the hallmarks of a Doherty tale: murder, treason, witchcraft, impossible thefts, mysterious messages, vipers, the dead of night and enough cups of wine to swell the Nile. I barged through the book in one night.
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Set in the times of the Pharohs this is a 'who dun it' with a good historic theme.
Paul Doherty is a higly rated author who has the necessary background to provide authentic background to a good novel.
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By allenr on 7 Jan. 2014
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This series provides an easy-read look at ancient Egypt. Diverting, pleasant fare. Will keep you entertained on a plane or on a beach, though it might not make you seek out the subsequent volumes.
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By Carol Hill on 26 Mar. 2013
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A very easy read lots of imagery based on ancient Egypt which I felt transported me back to the era. The build up of the characters leads me to want to read the rest of the series
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carla Vilela on 18 Dec. 2002
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This is a simple and classic "who-did-it" book. The story is played in Ancient Egypt and starts with the strange death of a Pharao and ends with the rise to power of his wife. The story is interesting and keeps you going until the end. I'd say it's a good book to enjoy in a quiet afternoon.
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By jackiec on 18 April 2014
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After reading his series about Hue Corbett I did not think I would enjoy his Egyptian murder mysteries...How wrong was l.........I'm hooked
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