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Murder in the Place of Anubis

(Lord Meren #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,072 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Who has dared to desecrate the sacred place of embalming with a murdered corpse? Pharaoh Tutankhamun orders Lord Meren, his chief investigator, to find out quickly, before power-mad priests use the incident to undermine his royal authority.
Everyone is a suspect, for the body belongs to the notorious scribe Hormin, hated by all who knew him. However, Lord Meren is no mere c
Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 28th 1994 by Fawcett Books (first published 1994)
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2.75 stars

The first in the series and I have the next three volumes, picked up at the second hand book store quite a while ago. I'm relieved that I don't mind Lord Meren, the Eyes and Ears of the Pharaoh. And of course, he doesn't serve just any old Pharaoh, he reports to Tutankhamen himself.

Which makes it somewhat ironic when the mystery ends up involving a tomb robbery, discovered by Meren's adopted son who has his own “Howard Carter moment.” There are a very few det
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is a well written, interesting mystery that sweeps the reader into the daily lives of the ancient Egyptian upper class. Entwined throughout the mystery is the side story of Meren and Tutankhamen-and Meren’s attempts to keep the King alive while he is surrounded by traitors everywhere.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it liked it
The story moves along at a quick clip and doesn't demand much from you. Meren and his adopted son, Kysen, work together to investigate different angles of a murder committed in a sacred place; Meren's close relationship with Tutankhamun puts Meren in danger and Kysen is nervous about returning (incognito) to his childhood home and abusive father.

Characters aren't terribly complex, and the writing is very direct. If someone is fat or has a big nose, everything they do will be done in a fat or bi
Stephanie (Bookfever)
I picked up Murder in the Place of Anubis kind of randomly and it turned out to be an unexpectedly entertaining read. I’m not going to say that I haven’t read better books in the same setting or that it was a super amazing story but I read it fairly quickly and I had a hard time putting the book down so those are all good things in my opinion.

A murder mystery set in ancient Egypt doesn’t seem to be the easiest thing to write about but somehow the author made it work fairly well. I liked reading
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this as recommended for people who enjoyed Paul Doherty . I'm glad I did !!
This was an excellent ancient Egypt mystery

I couldn't put it down

I loved the fast paced mystery and descriptions!
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this series - I really enjoy ancient egypt (as well as greece and Albion)and this is one of the best written.
Unfortunately it is extremely hard to get a copy, but after 14 years, I finally have the whole set.
My only complaint is that there aren't enough of them!
Susan Moore
Jul 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The book moves at a good clip. The time setting is interesting, just as the boy king Tutankhamun is in his teens. You don't find that many mystery books in this time period. ...more
Oct 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Entertaining mystery; I liked the history better than the mystery, but the characters are human and likable and I will read the next books in the series.
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The mystery was good and the characters interesting. I plan to read other books in this series.
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mystery was 3-3.5 stars but the setting and characters were terrific. Set in ancient Egypt during the reign of Tutankhamun, I have no idea how historically accurate this was but it felt pretty believable. The "detective" characters, the "Eyes and Ears of the Pharaoh", have a lot of baggage and so are in themselves interesting. Plus, everyone knows what happens eventually to Tutankhamun so I'm kinda on tenterhooks to read the rest of this. These last three all bump it up to 5 stars in my book. ...more
Apr 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Unfortunately it has been a long time ago since I read thise books. They are unforgetteble. I remember liking some more than ohters, but can not remember then apart now. So my rating might not be as accurate as I'd like. Anyway, I remember first being struct by the intensity of the plots and later by the beauty and detail in each book. She sets such a convinsing every day life as well as party into agent Egypt that you really feel like you are there. Thise are some of my favorite books. ...more
Aug 02, 2009 rated it liked it
An enjoyable, cozy murder mystery set in Ancient Egypt.
Set in a time before forensics and DNA, this is a fun murder mystery to read.
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
three words. Oh My Gosh. This is one of the best book IN THE WORLD! i have read it at least ten times! now i just need to find the next one!
I do love Ancient Egyptian mystery stories. I like that this one includes some interesting political knowledge and details on the burial practices.
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've always enjoyed this book and have read it a couple times. Finally got around to adding it to this list ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Over the past several years I have read two mystery series where the stories were
set in the time of ancient Egypt. I periodically check on these books to see if the authors have written
any sequels. Unfortunately they haven't, so I found this series by Lynda S Robinson. Murder in the Place of Anubis is book one about Lord Meren, confidant of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. By the court and others he is considered King Tut's eyes and ears. By reporting the murder to his master Meren finds
himself assigned t
The second (after A. Christie's) riddle taking place in Ancient Egypt that I've read. The riddle itself was quite good if maybe a bit underwhelming - especially in terms of resolution which turned out to be... a bit random. It had a couple of nice plot twists, though, and (well-explained) coincidences that provided for red herrings.

The 'setting' itself wasn't as well-detailed as in other historical whodunnits that I'm used to (Lindsey Davis' and Steven Saylor's mainly) but that may be since the
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Impressive amount of Egyptian history and culture in this book. I'm pretty familiar with ancient Egypt because I used to teach it to elementary school kids. It had been a few years though and I had to stop and look up Akhenaton to refresh my memory. There were a lot of reference to his time period as well as to Egyptian cultural activity. If you aren't familiar with the activities being referred to or aren't a big Egyptian history fan, I would think it could really distract from the book. The my ...more
Timothy Williams
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good book and a great look at the time period. I think it interesting that Meren is placed in King Tut's time, lends a tragic air to everything. My one problem with this book is that it reads like the second book in a series. Don't get me wrong, I like rich backstory but the way it was presented I kept checking fantastic fiction to see if there was a book I missed. Not a deal breaker by any means but kept me from fully immersing myself in the story. Still that is a minor complaint. If you like ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I have always loved the history of ancient Egypt and mysteries. This is a perfect blend of the two. I could barely put it down to go to sleep. The main characters Lord Meren and his son, Kysen, are very liable. While the history isn't entirely correct, it is very close and the error or creative license doesn't detract from the story at all. ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book, but I have a fascination with ancient Egypt. Looking forward to the other books in the series.
Monica Bond-Lamberty
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Entertaining read and interesting window into an aspect I hadn't considered in Egyptian history - the actual rule of King Tut ...more
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I started this series after I ran out of Amerotke books by Paul PC Doherty. I REALLY liked the Amerotke books, and when I found the Lord Meren series, it seemed like a good substitute. In fact, before I started reading Meren, I thought that this author just kind of copied Doherty - then I saw the publication dates, and realized Doherty came after.

The thing I always enjoyed about the Amerotke books was the historical setting. Even when the mysteries weren't top shelf, the setting made up for it.

Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Goodreads put this book on my list of mysteries I might find interesting, and when I located it in a used book store, I snapped it up. Since I'd just read Rick Riordan's THE RED PYRAMID, I thought I was already in Egyptian reading mode, so an ancient Egyptian mystery appealed to me. Reading the two close together was a definite plus since I understood more of the mythology and culture, but one doesn't have to read both to enjoy Robinson's clever mystery.

I will definitely look for more of Robinso
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical-crime
A short but entertaining read - Meren, Eyes of the Pharoah and friend of the living god, and his son investigate a series of murders, with a cast of suspects consisting of some very colourful characters!

The first thing I worry about when starting a new historical series is that the author will be so pleased with their research that they will sacrifice story pacing to lecture about history. I enjoy history, and enjoy reading history non-fiction books, but in a fictional story heavy handed over-wo
Jacob Nelson
Set in ancient Egypt, this murder mystery novel takes place during the reign of the boy Pharaoh Tutankhamun. A murder takes place in the sacred area of the dead and the King's "eyes and ears", Lord Meren, is asked to solve the crime. This is not a very big book with only 190 pages so it moved along rather quickly. What I enjoyed most about the book was the descriptive detail that the author used when setting up scenes and settings within the storyline. What this book lacked for me was excitement ...more
Sarah Sammis
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: released
Murder in the Place of Anubis is the first book in a series of mysteries that take place during the reign of Tutankhamen. The detective-protagonist is named Lord Meren and he reports directly to the pharaoh.

Meren is called to investigate a murder when a corpse is found in the Place of Anubis (where bodies are mummified).

The novel is part period piece and part standard, no frills, murder investigation. Like Lt. Columbo, Lord Meren knows early on who has done it and the likely motive behind the mu
Aug 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I discovered Lynda Robinson's Lord Meren series by accident. The last mystery series I read that was centered in Ancient Egypt was P.C. Doherty's series set in the time of Hatchepsut.

In Robinson's Egypt, it is the time of the reign of Tutankhamun. The boy king depends on the Eyes and Ears of Pharaoh to thwart not only enemies from beyond his kingdom's borders but also enemies within. Lord Meren fills his role with aplomb, especially when news comes that someone has been found murdered in the Pla
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
When I asked a friend about other mystery series that might interest me, she mentioned the Lord Meren series, which contains 6 books, I believe. Murder in the Place of Anubis is the first book in the series. Lord Meren is chief investigator, "Eyes and Ears of the Living God" to young Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Lynda S. Robinson has extensively researched the beliefs and culture of the period. The plot moves quickly, and Lord Meren and his adoptive son Kysen are appealing characters. I think I will def ...more
Holly Lindquist
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Enjoyable and well-executed gritty detective tale from the Egypt of Pharaoh Tutankhamen's reign. Somebody finds a freshly-murdered stiff in the undertaker's sacred workshop and it's up to Lord Meren,Pharaoh's chief investigator to figure out who committed such a downright sacrilegious act. He's aided in his quest by his adopted son, Kysen, and the story switches smoothly between their two vantage points as they head toward a showdown with some satisfyingly unsavory characters. Looking forward to ...more
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Lynda Suzanne Robinson (b. July 6, 1951 in Amarillo, Texas) is an American writer, author of romance (under the name Suzanne Robinson) and mystery novels (under the name Lynda S. Robinson). She is best known for her series of historical whodunnits set in Ancient Egypt during the reign of Tutankhamun and featuring Lord Meren, "the Eyes and Ears of Pharaoh." She lives in Texas with her husband and h ...more

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