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The Slayers of Seth (Amerotke #4)

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The past comes to life once again in the fourth installment of this Ancient Egypt murder mystery series that the New York Times calls "resurrectionist magic!"

Lord Amerotke, Pharaoh's chief judge, is already in the midst of a murder case. A young, ambitious scribe, Ipumer-supposedly in love with the daughter of a powerful general-had hoped to become betrothed. Instead, he i
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 3rd 2002 by Minotaur Books (first published 2000)
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Anna Bergmark
Jul 17, 2016 Anna Bergmark rated it liked it
The mysteries of this series continues to be... I would like to use the Swedish word "snåriga", a combination of shrubby and complicated is the best translation I guess. I go on reading them though because I like the overall feel of the books, the details and the atmosphere. And even if they never seem to reach the 4 star waterline, they never really sink either and I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys both history and a bit of Agatha Christie like old fashioned unrealistic convoluted ...more
Marti Martinson
Dec 27, 2013 Marti Martinson rated it really liked it
Fourth one in the series that I have read. Again, consistent characterizations, descriptions, dialog, etc. Still unsure as to the historicity of evidence, testimony, and court procedures, however. The comic relief characters, Shufoy and Prenhoe, were toned down a bit and it was appreciated. Pace was much more smooth and fast than the other three (Anubis, Horus, and Sobek). The ending is NOT just with the solution to the murder. Doherty is clever, and the inclusion of the "List of Characters" ...more
Siegfried Gony
Vraiment très étayé, on apprend beaucoup à la lecture de ce roman de Paul Doherty, le maître du roman historique. L'empire vient réunir le royaume de basse et haute éguypte, Hatchepsout a vaincu les Mitanniens, elle étend son pouvoir du pays de Canaan aux confins du delta du Nil et jusqu'en Nubie. Mais les généraux de la victoire contre les Hyksos, 30 ans avant, sont soudainement assassinés, après le suicide d'un scribe chargé des mémoires de leurs faits d'armes...
Mais Amérotké est un juge probe
Jun 18, 2009 Melea rated it really liked it
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P.C. Doherty kept me guessing. I thought I had the crime figured out, but I was never sure because I couldn't grasp the motive. Of course, The Divine One, Hatusu's (Hatsupshet) chief judge, Amerotke, did grasp the motive. However, it wasn't revealed to the reader until the showdown in The Hall of Divine Justice. The showdown was a real page-turner!
Jul 26, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
I thought it was pretty good. I think that this is one of the better ones of the series. Sometimes the way the books are constructed makes the stories seem repetitive but because the characters are interesting they are still enjoyable to read.
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Mar 22, 2015 Penguin Tummy rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Paul Doherty and this unexpected find at the op shop was great. The Chief Judge is as always thinking ahead and is a good man. I couldn't guess the killer until right near the end. His attention to the details of ordinary Egyptian life is amazing.
Feb 18, 2012 Melliemom rated it really liked it
Well written and very descriptive. I like the author sharing how the Egyptians lived and the different classes of people back then. Some of the murders are a bit gruesome and this time, there were so many extra characters and twists, I had a hard time trying to figure out who did it and why.
Mar 13, 2012 Joy rated it it was ok
In the reign of Hatshepsut a series of murders centers around a group of aging war heroes. The plot is complex and tragic, the visuals are vivid, but Doherty didn't make me feel with it in the least.
Sep 01, 2014 Sue rated it did not like it
I didn't finish this book. It was too gory/explicit for my tastes (which, I admit, are somewhat mild).
Oct 30, 2012 Mortira rated it really liked it
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The Slayers of Seth is a great little whodunit that keeps you guessing, while bringing to life both the beauty and hardships of Ancient Egypt.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

He has been published under several pseudonyms: P.C. Doherty, Celia L. Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas, Vanessa Alexander, Michael Clynes and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name.

Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough (North-Eastern England) in 1946. He had
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Other Books in the Series

Amerotke (7 books)
  • The Mask of Ra (Amerotke, #1)
  • The Horus Killings (Amerotke, #2)
  • The Anubis Slayings (Amerotke, #3)
  • The Assassins of Isis (Amerotke, #5)
  • The Poisoner of Ptah (Amerotke, #6)
  • The Spies of Sobeck (Amerotke, #7)

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