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Ancient Egypt during the reign of the pharaohs is once again the setting for Lynda S. Robinson's masterfully detailed series featuring Lord Meren, the god-king's chief protector and investigator. Here the author takes a little-known incident from the 14th century B.C., when Pharaoh Akhenhaten, husband of Nefertiti, commanded the disestablishment of Amun, Egypt's chief deity, and his powerful priesthood. Meren is commanded by the young Pharaoh Tutankhamun--who undid Akhenhaten's work and revived the worship of Amun--to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding Nefertiti's untimely demise.

Aided by the beautiful Anath, Meren sets out to discover who poisoned the beautiful queen, beloved by her stepson Tutankhamun. But uncovering the conspiracy behind Nefertiti's death leads Meren to discover treachery much closer to home than he ever imagined and imperils this complex and compassionate investigator's own beloved son and daughter. This is Meren's sixth outing, and like Robinson's previous Meren books, it brings ancient history to breathtaking life, bolstered as it is by solid research, intelligent writing, and a command of the craft of storytelling. --Jane Adams

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In her sixth masterful historical mystery set in ancient Egypt (Murder in the Place of Anubis; Murder at the God's Gate; etc.), Robinson presents a tantalizing what-if scenario. The story opens in the fifth year of the reign of the pharaoh Tutankhamun. The previous pharaoh, Akhenaten, the heretic king, forced the people of Egypt to abandon the worship of their ancient gods, especially Amun, in favor of a minor sun god, Aten. He moved the royal court from Memphis and Thebes to found a new city, Horizon of Aten. Tutankhamun, in an attempt to restore the old ways, once again worships Amun and has moved the court back to Memphis. Historically, Akhenaten's wife, the beautiful Nefertiti, mysteriously disappeared from the monuments and royal correspondence after the 12th year of Akhenaten's reign. In an imaginative twist, royal adviser Lord Meren discovers that, contrary to rumor, Queen Nefertiti died not of the plague but was poisoned. To give the pharaoh peace of mind, Meren determines to discover the murderer. Enlisting the help of Anath, a seductive female spy known as the Eyes of Babylon, he sets out on a dangerous quest for the truth that will threaten not only his life but also the lives of his family. With a seamless blend of fact and fiction, the author makes ancient places and historical figures seem extraordinarily real. A compelling story does the rest to keep the reader hooked. (June

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press; First Edition edition (June 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892967056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892967056
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Now in his fifth year as the pharaoh, Tutankhamun continues his efforts to restore the ancient ways that his predecessor Akhenaten disdained. Tutankhamun somewhat finds success in returning to the old capital of Memphis and worshipping the ancient gods instead of just Aten. However, Tutankhamun has never fully recovered from the sudden disappearance of Akhenaten's Queen Nefertiti, who acted like a mother towards him.

Detective Lord Meren learns who poisoned Nefertiti, but not the identity of the high-ranking instigator of the dastardly act. To provide some closure for his King, Meren begins a dangerous journey to uncover a truth cloaked in a deadly conspiracy that could prove quite deadly to him, his enlisted partner the Babylonian spy Anath, and even his family.

The sixth Lord Meren Ancient Egypt mystery is the best of a powerful series as Lynda S. Robinson combines fact with conjecture and turns it into a wonderful historical fiction novel. The story line is clever and fourteenth century BC Egypt appears thriving today. The cast, including real persona, adds to the feel of authenticity and plausibility. Historical fiction and mystery aficionados will derive joy from SLAYER OF GODS.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2002
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I agree with both the reviewer from Guatemala and the reviewer from Georgetown Texas. The series started out splendidly, but the modernization of the characters (particularly the Nancy Drewization of Bener) leaves a great deal to be desired. The reason I read historical mysteries is to immerse myself in a culture that is as alien to contemporary life as any Star Trek episode. I also would give it a 3.5 were that possible-it's better than a 3, but doesn't deserve a 4. Ms. Robinson, please return to the cultural norms of 1300 B.C!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Edward Alexander Gerster VINE VOICE on December 30, 2001
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Against the backdrop of King Tut's Egypt, Lynda S. Robinson has set up a series of mysteries that truly bring the era to life. The struggle of re-building faith in the years following the devastating rule of heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten and his bride Nefertiti makes for fascinating and entertaining reading.

Lord Meren, the Pharaoh's chief protector and investigator, is recovering from injuries sustained while previously attempting to resolve the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the Queen. It is an 11-year old mystery that deeply distresses Tutankhamun and it's solving has expanded to involve Lord Meren's family members, trusted assistants and even Anath, the Eyes of Babylon. The field of suspects has narrowed, the circumstances of Nefertiti's last days are becoming clearer and the resolution is both exciting and satisfying.

Indeed, this is the best novel of the series as it provides clear means and motive for the mystery. There are red herrings aplenty and Robinson relies much less on supernatural trappings and solutions that appear in earlier books. I may not agree with her fictional interpretation of history, but I genuinely applaud her skill at weaving a highly entertaining and enlightening novel. Highly Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brenda VINE VOICE on August 17, 2001
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Slayer of Gods is the sixth title in Robinson's Lord Meren series, which takes place in the mid 1300s BC. This one takes place during year five of the boy king Tutankhamun's reign.
King Tut has assigned Lord Meren to an 11-year-old mystery. They are both sure the King's foster mother, Nefertiti, did not die of the plague, but of foul play. Lord Meren, god-king's chief protector and investigator, his adopted son Kysen, and daughter Bener are put in danger as they search for the evil that murdered a queen and continues to lurk in the heart of Egypt. Also helping Meren is the woman warrior known as the Eyes of Babylon, Anath. As the story moves from place to place, traps turn foul, unclear clues surface, and the list of suspects grow.
Ms. Robinson's characters are intriguing to say the least. Her passion for Egypt's history is unmistakable as it merges effortlessly with her gift for writing mysteries.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE on June 14, 2001
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Readers of this suspenseful, colorful, and mesmerizing series have wondered for quite a while--Who Did It? Who poisoned Queen Nefertiti, the beautiful queen of the heretic pharaoh Akhenhaten! In “Slayer of Gods,” author Lynda S. Robinson feels enough is enough and brings the longest “narrative hook” in mystery fiction to a close. Thank goodness! This is not to say that this series, now numbering six, isn’t worth the time it takes (years, if you read them as they were published!). Dr. Robinson expertly weaves the historic with the histrionic and has, truly, legions of followers. Her narrative description seems unquestionable, her knowledge of history keen, and her grasp of the basics of mystery writing far exceeds the minimal!
This series, her “Lord Meren” adventures, is set in the 14th century B.C. and young Tutankhamun is on the throne (and we know it’s only a brief sit!), but his “eyes and ears” (Lord Meren) is directed to solve the queen’s death, questionable under any circumstances. Of course, delving into this investigation is far more complicated than it would seem. Conspiracies abound--some real and some imaginary. Lord Meren discovers that numerous plots continue to run rampant--from the priests in the temples to outside instigators who stand to gain, not only with Nefertiti’s death, but that of her husband.These enemies of the state do not hesitate to kill the opposition, often quite cruelly (as we’ve seen in the previous five episodes, too). In “Slayer of Gods,” Meren finally has his suspects narrowed to one.
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