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The Spies of Sobeck
Ancient Egyptian Mysteries - Book VII

by Paul Doherty

      The dust has barely settled after the campaign against the Sea People, when Egypt is once again threatened. This time the threat is coming from Nubia, a province once independent but now under the yoke of Egyptian rule. Those terrifying terrorists, the Arites, are suddenly everywhere, but as they are a secret sect nobody knows who they are. When a few are captured and sentenced to execution, one decides to tell all, but his is only the first of many deaths. It is up to Amerotke, the Chief Judge, to discover the identity of their leader, the Sgeru.

As in most of Doherty's books, Ancient Egypt comes roaring to full-blooded life from page one. Here is one writer who can mix together the ingredients of a cracking plot, some interesting characters, a feeling for the period and sometimes a soupçon of the supernatural (not in this book) and serve up a highly palatable novel. There are plenty of red herrings in the recipe too, in the best classic whodunit tradition, as well as sinister spies and assassins as the seamy underbelly of an Ancient Egyptian city mixes with high society. If you like Doherty's own particular brand of detective story you will love this, a good example of his style on top form.

The Book

11 December 2008
0755338456 / 9780755338450
Historical Mystery / 1477BC Egypt
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2009
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