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He's done it again! Another brilliant read from Paul Doherty
on 11 March 2003
For all those who don't know the author yet: Doherty writes about murder mysteries in ancient and medieval times. This is a book from his series set in ancient Egypt. He truly excells, not only in writing intriguing murder mysteries set in ancient times, but also in bringing the culture and its people closer to you. He has a veritable knack for making you feel part of that civilisation, as if you were Doherty's star-sleuth Amerotke, Pharao's Chief Judge yourself, piecing together all the clues and finally revealing the killer.
In this book, Amerotke is faced with the murder of a young, handsome scribe when a second murder is committed. A veteran war hero, member of the much revered Slayers of Seth is found killed. Amerotke discovers that the deaths are linked and sets out to find the killer as soon as possible.
Doherty's eye for detail gives an incredible insight into the lives of the ancient Egyptians and tastefully describes the emotions and daily life of characters in every caste. His characters are very lifelike and the recurring characters such as Amerotke and his servant Shufoy feel like old friends to me already. If you are interested in ancient Egypt and if you like murder mysteries, you should definitely read the Slayers Of Seth. The Mask of Ra, The Horus Killings and The Anubis Slayings are also page turners and definite must reads!
Enough said, I hope I've intrigued you enough to buy this brilliant book :-)