THREE MORE NOV­ELS ON AN­CIENT EGYP­TIAN CRIMES

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Death Comes as the End Agatha Christie (1944)

Not all of the queen of crime’s fic­tion was set in the 20th cen­tury. Her se­cond hus­band was an ar­chae­ol­o­gist, and she had a deep in­ter­est in the past. In Death Comes as the End, Christie de­ployed the skills she had de­vel­oped writ­ing about Poirot and Miss Marple in a story from an­cient Thebes. After mor­tu­ary priest Imhotep in­tro­duces a new con­cu­bine into his trou­bled house­hold, a se­ries of mur­ders oc­curs.

Mur­der in the Place of Anu­bis Lynda S Robin­son (1994)

A US writer of both crime fic­tion and ro­mances, Lynda S Robin­son is best known for a se­quence of en­joy­able his­tor­i­cal who­dun­nits fea­tur­ing Lord Meren, the ‘eyes and ears’ of the boy-king Tu­tankhamun. In the first book of the se­ries, Meren is or­dered to look into the death of the scribe Hormin, found mur­dered in the sa­cred Place of Anu­bis. Hormin was a man with many en­e­mies and Meren’s task proves a dif­fi­cult one.

Ne­fer­titi: The Book of the Dead Nick Drake (2006)

This is the first in a tril­ogy of books about Ra­hotep, a so-called ‘Seeker of Mys­ter­ies’ in the po­lice force of Thebes in the 14th cen­tury BC. Ra­hotep is com­mis­sioned by the enig­matic pharaoh Akhen­aten to dis­cover the where­abouts of his queen, Ne­fer­titi, who has gone miss­ing days be­fore an im­por­tant fes­ti­val. If he suc­ceeds, Ra­hotep wins the pharaoh’s favour; if he fails, he for­feits his life.

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