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The Poisoner of Ptah

A Story of Intrigue and Murder Set in Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt Mysteries

P. C. Doherty

Minotaur Books

At a peace treaty signing between Egypt and Libya in Thebes, three of Egypt`s leading scribes die violently on the Temple forecourt, the victims of a vile poisoning. To add to the mounting unease, a prosperous merchant and his young wife are found drowned. Rumors soon sweep the imperial city. The Poisoner of Ptah has returned. It falls to Amerotke, Chief Judge of the Halls of Two Truths, to investigate these hideous crimes - his hunt for the Poisoner leads him to discover yet more suspicion and potential danger. This story sees the Judge pit his wits against a cunning opponent who seems intent on spreading his death-dealing powders. Amerotke enters the twilight world of glorious Thebes where life can be so rich and yet death so swift and brutal.

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"Whether he's writing about medieval England or ancient Egypt, Doherty sticks to the period with the integrity of a historian, using each of his meticulously constructed mysteries as a portal into a living world." --The New York Times Book Review on THE ASSASSINS OF ISIS
 
"Meticulously researched and full of lively, funny, fascinating details." --Contra Costa Times on THE HORUS KILLINGS
 
"Doherty excels at historical detail,bringing ancient Egypt to life in his descriptions of daily life and characters drawn from every caste. This novel launches a series-and that's good news." --Publishers Weekly on MASK OF RA

"A rare example of historical crime fiction that isn't overloaded with history and doesn't give suspense short shrift." --Publishers Weekly on THE HORUS KILLINGS

"Meticulous historical detail creates a colorful background for political intrigue and murder. Ancient Egypt fans who enjoy Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series of Michael Pearce's Mamur Zapt novels will want to catch up with this series on the double." --Booklist on THE HORUS KILLINGS

"An intriguing bibliomystery . . . Amerotke is a fascinating character and an unusual sleuth, and the role of women in this society is well told. The story is full of wonderful details about Ancient Egypt and is an engrossing read." --Romantic Times on THE HORUS KILLINGS

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  • P. C. Doherty

  • P.C. Doherty is the author of several acclaimed mystery series including The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan, the Hugh Corbett medieval mysteries, and the Canterbury Tales of mystery and murder. He lives in England.
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    A Story of Intrigue and Murder Set in Ancient Egypt

    Ancient Egypt Mysteries

    P. C. Doherty

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