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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Evocation of Ancient Egypt
Lauren Haney magnificently recreates everyday life in ancient Egypt during the interesting reign of the only female Pharaoh. Where this series differs from the other novels set in Egypt, is that Haney's stories concern the lowley offices of a provincial police force, rather than those at court. Here the head of the local Police force, Bak, has a case of ivory...
Published on 10 April 2000 by R. Chagouri-Brindle

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not interesting at all
Using a setting like Ancient Egypt for a crime novel seems like an interesting premise. However to carry this off the book has to either be historically interesting or a very good crime story or preferably both. Unfortunately this book is neither and does not engage or hold your interest at all. If you like historical thrillers try Lindsey Davis for stories of Ancient...
Published on 27 Aug. 2003 by djenkins3


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Evocation of Ancient Egypt, 10 April 2000
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R. Chagouri-Brindle "RickCB" (Sussex, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Face Turned Backward: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt (Mass Market Paperback)
Lauren Haney magnificently recreates everyday life in ancient Egypt during the interesting reign of the only female Pharaoh. Where this series differs from the other novels set in Egypt, is that Haney's stories concern the lowley offices of a provincial police force, rather than those at court. Here the head of the local Police force, Bak, has a case of ivory smuggling to contend with, which rapidly escalates into a series of murders. Well worth a read !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 28 Dec. 1998
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This review is from: A Face Turned Backward: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt (Mass Market Paperback)
More, please. Lieutenant Bak and his cohorts have many mysteries with which to contend. The characters which people these books are very enjoyable. Enough history for those who enjoy it, mixed with human interaction.
I am interested in more about Lieutenant Bak's background as a charioteer and what he did to be sentenced to the Belly of Stones.
I recommend this to all who enjoy historical fiction set in Ancient Egypt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great summer reading any time of year, 1 Jun. 1999
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This review is from: A Face Turned Backward: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt (Mass Market Paperback)
I enjoyed this book so much. It was a great follow up to The Right Hand of Amon. Lt. Bak is a sleuth as intelligent as a Sherlock Holmes and the way he embraces his world is facinating. Lauren Haney did a terrific job and I can't wait for her next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, intelligent ancient Egyptian mystery series, 14 Dec. 2008
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gilly8 "gilly8" (Mars, the hotspot of the U.S.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: A Face Turned Backward: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt (Mass Market Paperback)
Lt Bak is an Egyptian charioteer who somehow got in trouble with Pharoah Hatshepsut, and was therefore sent to the "frontier" for punishment, and placed in charge of an army command of Medjay.

The Medjay were, in actuality, the traditional police force of ancient Egypt. They were originally of pure African ancestry, but had been absorbed into Egyptian culture and religion for many hundreds of years at this point in Egyptian history. They guarded forts along the frontier (in this series) and also did police work all through the empire. They were highly admired and considered loyal beyond question.

This series is not as strong as the Lord Meren series of Lynda Robinson but still enjoyable. First of series (I think) (Don't you wish publishers would NUMBER these series!!!)
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not interesting at all, 27 Aug. 2003
This review is from: A Face Turned Backward: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt (Mass Market Paperback)
Using a setting like Ancient Egypt for a crime novel seems like an interesting premise. However to carry this off the book has to either be historically interesting or a very good crime story or preferably both. Unfortunately this book is neither and does not engage or hold your interest at all. If you like historical thrillers try Lindsey Davis for stories of Ancient Rome instead
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