Judge Amerotke to pits his wits against a deadly enemy...
Paul Doherty delves once again into the world of Ancient Egypt in The Poisoner of Ptah - a gripping murder mystery featuring his ever-popular sleuth, Judge Amerotke. Perfect for fans of Christian Jacqs and Wilbur Smith.
'This is another fine performance' - Publishers Weekly
Pharaoh-Queen Hatusu's Egypt is in a new and glorious ascendancy. But for all its prosperity and power it is not without its weaknesses - or enemies. 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 poisoning. And when a prosperous merchant and his wife are found drowned rumours sweep the imperial city. The Poisoner of Ptah has returned. Pharaoh Hatusu orders Amerotke, Chief Judge of the Halls of Two Truths, to find the perpetrator of these abominations. His hunt for the Poisoner uncovers a seething mass of suspicion and danger. Now Amerotke must pit his wits against a cunning opponent intent on vengeance and survive the twilight world of Thebes where life can be so rich and yet death so swift and brutal...
What readers are saying about The Poisoner of Ptah:
'A dazzling evocation of the past and a gripping mystery'
'Paul Doherty has the rare talent of making you feel as though you are there, be it Ancient Egypt, medieval England, or battling with Alexander. The sounds and smells of the period seem to waft from the pages of his books'
Prolific British author Doherty (The Assassins of Isis) spins a rich, complex tale of murder in this gripping ancient Egyptian mystery, his latest to feature "the Chief Judge in the Hall of Two Truths," Lord Amerotke. In 1478 B.C., Hatusu, the pharaoh queen, ably rules Egypt, but she must still reckon with foreign rivals, including Libya. Just as delicate negotiations with a Libyan delegation result in a valuable peace treaty, three prominent Egyptian scribes are poisoned, and Hatusu calls on Amerotke to find the killer. Suspicion soon falls on Rekhet, a man convicted years earlier of a series of royal court poisonings. Amerotke discovers Rekhet recently escaped from prison, possibly with the assistance of the very Libyans negotiating the peace treaty with Egypt. Doherty, the author of a number of other historical series, manages to include an impossible crime among the puzzles the sage and insightful judge must solve.