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The Poisoner of Ptah (Ancient Egyptian Mysteries 6) Hardcover – 5 Apr 2007

4.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; 1st ed. edition (5 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075532885X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755328857
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 24.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 778,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the sixth novel in a series set in Ancient Egypt, following The Mask of Ra, The Horus Killings, The Annubis Slayings, The Slayers of Seth and The Assassins of Isis.

About the Author

Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough. He studied History at Liverpool and Oxford Universities and obtained a doctorate for his thesis on Edward II and Queen Isabella. He is now headmaster of a school in north-east London and lives with his family in Essex.


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Paul Doherty is the consummate professional when it comes to writing historical novels. I for one do not know how he can be so prolific with his offering of books and yet make sure that each of them is well researched. He has now written a number of books set in Ancient Egypt and they are attracting as big a following of readers as his medieval novels. Whether he is writing about the 13th, 14th, or fifteenth century they are always true to the period. He has also taken to writing about Alexander the Great. Paul Doherty has the rare talent of making you feel as though you are there, be it Ancient Egypt, medieval England, or battling with Alexander. The sounds and smells of the period seem to waft from the pages of his books.

This is another in the series of books featuring Judge Amerotke, a crime solver in the reign of Pharoah Hatsu.. Disaster strikes, at of all things a peace treaty signing, a treaty between Egypt and Libya that is taking place in Thebes. Three of Egypt's leading scribes die a violent death on the forecourt of the Temple. They are the victims of poison. Rumours begin to sweep through the city, the Poisoner of Ptah has returned.

It becomes the task of Amerotke, Chief Judge to investigate these crimes, but by doing so Amerotke has to enter the twilight world of Thebes, where anything is possible if you have money in your pocket. Virtually anything can be bought or sold for a price, but death stalks the streets for the unwary . . .
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More mystery and murder in ancient Egypt - despite a convoluted plot involving an escaped poisoner seemingly back to wreak further havoc in Thebes, this was less enjoyable than previous titles. The characters seemed to spend most of their time explaining the relevant plot points to each other (yet again), and the vivid descriptions of barges on the Nile and the teeming poverty stricken life in the Necropolis palled the third time through, this really felt like the author padding out the tale, and having the Pharaoh's right hand man tell the Pharaoh's judge who the Imperial guard are seemed artificial in the extreme. I hope the next one is less sloppy.
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Paul Doherty is properly my favorite author as his mysteries combine knowledge and feeling for ancient Egypt and fast-paced plots adding up to a great reading for both mystery fans and history buffs.

The new Doherty is no exception and Amerotke, Chief Judge in the Hall of Two Truths, features in another gripping mystery. This novel has all the right ingredients, bound to increase Doherty's alraedy large number of fans. In short: historical crime writing at its best.
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I enjoyed this Egyptian Mystery as much as the others. Paul Doherty keeps you thoroughly entertained until the last page leaving you looking forward to the next adventure.
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Great story and storyteller, have read most of Paul Doherty's books and enjoy them immensely. I do look forward to all of his releases.
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Paul Doherty always paints a good picture of ancient Egypt - and the story is spellbing too! Paul, keep tem coming!
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