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
From Publishers Weekly
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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