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King Tut's Private Eye
 
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Lee Levin
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King Tut's Private Eye

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A jaded archaeologist makes a stunning find on the final dig of his mediocre career. He unearths a box, carefully secured with the seal of Eye, grand vizier of Tutankhamen. Upon breaking the seal, the archaeologist realizes that he holds a sensation in his hands - the world's first murder mystery. Eye had served as the grand vizier to Akhenaton until the death of the mad, ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by St. Martin's Press
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Karen GoatKeeper
Oct 15, 2014 Karen GoatKeeper rated it liked it
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This was truly imaginative. King Tut's [Yes, that Pharaoh] grand vizier Eye is given the task of solving the murder of the Pharaoh's father's murder eight years before.
Was Akhenaten murdered? No one said so at the time. There were a number of people who wanted him dead including Vizier Eye.
Eye has no choice but to try to solve this murder, if it was a murder.
Levin does try to put humor in his book. I'm not good at his brand of humor so I missed most of it.
He was or is a history professor and th
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David
Jan 01, 2009 David rated it it was amazing
The premise is that the author is translating a scroll that has just been found on a dig. The Main character is the Eye, co-regent of Egypt, grandfather of king Tut. He is assigned to find the murder of Tut’s father. That pharaoh was the Eye’s son-in-law. At this point the murder, if it was a murder was eight years old. It is also told he must solve the crime in 7 days and he can’t use torture!
The Eye is vain, sexist, shrewd and ruthless. But he is so open about all these faults he somehow becom
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Marfita
Jun 21, 2011 Marfita rated it it was ok
Meh, what can I say? There were a few groaners in there, but the author does a nice job of describing a time period in a light, bantering style. Ha ha, very funny - the Vizier Ay/Aya/Eye (Private Eye, get it?) is commanded by young King Tutankhamun to discover the murderer of his father, the monotheist Akhenaten. He has less than seven days (and six suspects) to find the culprit or he dies. Or perhaps he just loses his precious "family jewels"? Oh, and he's not allowed to use torture.
Instead, E
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Sarah Sammis
May 24, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
I went through a phase where I read every fiction and nonfiction about Tutankhamen I could find. Recent technology though has figured out how he probably died and it's nothing as dramatic as in this book. Doesn't matter. The book was still a ripping good yarn.
Kacie
Jul 01, 2011 Kacie rated it liked it
Technically I shouldn't have this book. I borrowed it from the library back when I was about 15... I still have it (sheepish grin)
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Jun 15, 2014 Tess rated it really liked it
I loved this quirky book. Made me howl in places.
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sort of good, but also a little hard to get thru
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found at the library, looked interesting.
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