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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece Ed edition (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007128673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007128679
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Startlingly new… my already insensate admiration for her leaps even higher.” Observer

“More realistic than many a thriller-writer’s idea of London.” Evening Standard

“A fascinating problem… baffling the most perspicacious reader.” Scotsman

“A decided novelty – startling in all directions.” Weekly Book Review

“As ingenious and baffling as ever.” Daily Sketch

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However not all the members of his family welcome her and when she is found dead it is Imhotep’s daughter Renisenb who suspects it might not have been an accident.

This death unleashes the greed and hate that have been building up within the family and the horrific events that follow tear it apart. With few allies she can confide in, even Renisenb has to constantly look over her shoulder.

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By A Customer on 15 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
I have read everything Agatha Christie has ever written, and i think this one is definitely the best.
Even such masterpieces as Murder on the Orient Express, Towards Zero, Murder in Mesopotamia and Ordeal by Innocence pale in comparison with this brilliant piece of writing. With this book, she outdoes Paul Doherty and Ellis Peters at their own game with just a single blow.
The characters are great, the plot is great, the setting is the most interesting ever.
This is her best novel. It's nothing short of fabulous.
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It is often said that Christie is good on plots and poor on characters. I tend to disagree. She excels at presently characters economically. Motivation is everything in this book. The desires, weakness and capabilities of each character are examined. It is all about what drives people and what they are capable of if their happiness or desires are threatened.
The setting of ancient Egypt is convincingly presented and adds an extra dimension to the story. This book is so much better than any TV presentation of her stories.
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Life on the estate of the ka-priest Imhotep doesn't seem to have changed at all in the eight years of Renisenb's marriage; returning to her father's house upon her husband's death, its stability comforts her, even though it isn't entirely peaceful. But how much of the impression of changelessness is wishful thinking?
Her eldest brother, Yahmose, gentle, conscientious, reliable, is still henpecked by his strident wife Satipy, urging him to demand that Imhotep create a legal agreement giving Yahmose formal administrative status. The middle brother, Sobek, is a womanizer given to high living, who fancies himself a great man; his wife, Kait, may seem solid and stupid, but she's devoted to her children, and won't let him abandon their heritage however piqued he is with his father. Young Ipy, at sixteen, is no longer a pretty sight after being spoiled for so long.
Then middle-aged Imhotep returns from a trip to Memphis and puts a cat among the pigeons: he introduces his new 19-year-old concubine, Nofret. She's unhappy at being tied to this fussy old tyrant on his backwater estate, after Memphis, but works to ensnare his affection - and facing the family's hostile reaction (except the amusement of Imhotep's aged mother, Esa), begins undermining them with him. (Christie gradually, skillfully illuminates Nofret's character; she's no cardboard evil temptress, and not really evil at all.)
During another of Imhotep's trips, the cold war between Satipy, Kait, and Nofret comes to a head when Kait slaps Nofret - who then reports the truth and nothing but the truth in a letter to Imhotep, supported by testimony from the staff. Imhotep's reply falls like a boulder into a pool: Yahmose and Sobek are to be disinherited, while Imhotep will marry his concubine.
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This Christie novel eschews her most famous detectives and although I'm fond of both Poirot and Miss Marple, it's good to leave them behind occasionally. This book is, I believe, rather unfairly overlooked when assessing the Christie catalogue - that is a big mistake as it is a superb read.

A historical mystery set in ancient Egypt and told from the POV of young widow Renisenb who returns to her family home after the death of her husband. Members of her family are murdered in turn by varying methods and each time you think you have the guilty party sussed they fall victim themselves. It is atmospheric and downright creepy at times and I could absolutely feel the undercurrents of evil within the claustrophobic surroundings of the family. Not having a character in the story actively 'solving' the murders works just fine.

This is a really enjoyable and inspired read.
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I am amazed that this book is not better known, I have read everything that she has written but this is definitely her best. Real characters, fanatastic historical content and an excellent plot. Also an impressive body count.
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An old favourite of mine which I first read many years ago.The appeal then,as now,was the setting of this book in ancient Egypt.I still consider it one of Agatha Christie's best books, as the dialogue,the lifestyle and the setting appear entirely authentic.The author transports you back in time.Very clever.
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The most underrated Christie.

Why this isn't on top ten or even top 5 Agatha Christie lists- that's the real mystery.

Wasn't able to put it down, finished within the day- the end will take your breath away.
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I hadn't come across this before and as a Christie fan I enjoyed it. Frankly, it could be any Christie mystery set in rural England just transplanted to ancient Egypt but I enjoyed it nonetheless. And I didn't guess 'whodunnit' which is always a good sign!
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