The Horus Killings

The Horus Killings

Book - 2000 | First U.S. edition
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Baker & Taylor
In the sequel to Mask of Ra, the colorful world of ancient Egypt forms the backdrop to another intriguing mystery as the kingdom is faced with a dangerous plot that could lead to civil war.

McMillan Palgrave
Doherty's second ancient Egyptian mystery, following Mask of Ra (1999), brings the court of Hatusu (short form of Hatshepsut), the pharaoh queen, to life. In 1479 B.C.E., after a great military victory and a purge of opposition in the court, Hatusu assumed the throne. She needed the support of the priests to ensure success. When several priests at the Temple of Horus are murdered, her chief judge, Amertoke, must find and punish the guilty parties.

Blackwell North Amer
A jubilant crowd gathers at the divine temple of Hours: Hatusu, the widow of Pharaoh Tuthmosis II, has defeated the Mitanni. All Egypt should be cheering. But even though Hatusu's achievements continue to confound critics and opponents - who refuse to believe that a woman can rule the empire - she cannot silence the court gossips who whisper that her stepson is the true heir to the throne. Aided by her lover, Senenmut, Hatusu is determined that her people will accept her as the first Pharaoh-Queen. But the acceptance she craves lies first with gods, and only the priests can interpret their wishes.
The initial portents are good. But when a spate of savage killings take place in the Temple of Hours, the priests understand it as a sign of divine disapproval for Hatusu. Confusion and rumor paralyze the royal city. Only the respected judge Amerotke can be trusted to find truth among the intrigue.
The Horus Killings is set during Egypt's Eighteenth Dynasty, evoking the essence of the period, and portraying a time when gods ruled nations and superstition frequently ruled reason.

& Taylor

The world of ancient Egypt forms the backdrop to a mystery as the kingdom is faced with a dangerous plot that could lead to civil war

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2000
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312242633
Branch Call Number: MYS Doherty, P 200.2 2000
Characteristics: xi, 274 pages : map ; 22 cm


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Nov 20, 2015

After being used to seeing the stylized pictures of ancient Egyptians, it is most refreshing to see them as flesh and blood human beings much like ourselves. Paul Doherty gives a view of the people and places of Egypt as well as a good mystery story.

Apr 24, 2015

I read this book in 2000 and made a note saying it was really good.


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