By Lynda S. Robinson
Who has dared to desecrate the sacred position of embalming with a murdered corpse? Pharaoh Tutankhamun orders Lord Meren, his leader investigator, to determine fast, ahead of power-mad monks use the incident to undermine his royal authority.
Everyone is a suspect, for the physique belongs to the infamous scribe Hormin, hated by means of all who knew him. besides the fact that, Lord Meren isn't any mere courtier however the Eyes and Ears of the residing god. within the terrifying position of Anubis, the place unquiet spirits reside, within the sunstruck urban of Thebes, the place Hormin's sons and his attractive concubine plot, and within the royal court docket, the place intrigues abound, Lord Meren hunts his quarry, peeling again the secrets and techniques of nobles and slaves in his quest for the reality. yet extra very important through a long way is Meren's accountability to guard the younger Pharaoh from his enemies -- who're no farther away than the size of a dagger . . . .
"This unheard of debut melds historic Egyptian non secular ideals and practices with courtroom intrigue to provide a riveting mystery." -- Publishers Weekly
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I haven't been in a homicide earlier than, and i have misplaced my wits. possibly considered one of us left the amulet within the shed by way of mistake. now not everyone seems to be as cautious as I, yet i am so stricken by way of this sacrilege. possibly that is why it took me see you later to recollect the unguent. " Meren leaned over the priest and snapped, "Unguent? The body spray on Hormin's kilt was once unguent? fast. " "I'm an outdated guy, lord, that's most likely why I did not keep in mind the scent of this unguent. there are such a lot of beauty salves, affordable and expensive. but this one, this one is unusual certainly. " Meren studied Ranch's vibrant eyes. "Rare or now not, every body makes use of unguents. " "Not this one, my lord. this is often no universal salve for peasants. Qeres is an unguent made up of candy resins and myrrh from a formulation as soon as recognized in basic terms by way of Pharaoh's fragrance makers within the days of the pyramid developers. The recipe used to be passed down for centuries. Its price will be past the succeed in of any yet princes and nice ones similar to your self. " "Curse it," Meren stated. "There was once not anything love it in Hormin's treasury hoard. but he bought into a few among the time he slept with the concubine and the instant he died. " "Yes, lord, yet qeres is simply too useful for one equivalent to Hormin. One reveals it simply within the palace of Pharaoh, or the manor of a prince, or the temple of a god. i have never obvious qeres in lots of years. It used to be infrequent in my adolescence, for the directions for making it have been misplaced some time past and shops of the salve depleted. Even the wealthiest aren't any longer buried with a offer of it, as we of where of Anubis not own any. " Meren nodded absently. Wandering again to his chair, he thanked the priest and lapsed into silence. Raneb bowed himself out of the room. a unprecedented unguent, a center amulet, a scribe wealthier than he must have been. Had Hormin been a thief? Had he taken bribes hello go back for falsifying tax files? He may ship Abu to make inquiries. however the unguent— that inquiry he might pursue himself. If he desired to learn about beauty salves and perfumes, he may well do no greater than to hunt the knowledge of the king's fragrance makers within the royal workshops close to the palace. His journey to where of Anubis and different plans must be not on time. where of Anubis. What a strange position to common within the darkness. Few went to where of Anubis in sunlight voluntarily. It was once crowded with useless souls watching for recovery to their our bodies. It reeked of deterioration. The residing abandoned where of Anubis at evening. as a result, if Hormin went there, he should have had a cause of preeminence, a life-threatening cause or person who promised such present that worry was once a small expense to pay. In both example, Hormin went in such haste that he hadn't troubled to alter a kilt dirty by means of an extraordinary unguent. The unguent, it used to be an indication, a mysterious one, as used to be the center amulet and the large collar. just like the connections among Hormin and his relatives and neighbors, they have been indicators to be learn. Like these wedge-shaped jottings the Babylonians used, they appeared indecipherable. The unguent. He would wish permission from the king to go to the royal workshops and query the executive fragrance maker.