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Pyramid of Secrets

(Seven Wonders #1)

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An unpredictable Pharaoh. An unprecedented pyramid. An unconscionable murder. When all the gods seem to be failing him, Grand Vizier Hemiunu must seek answers among a mysterious Egyptian sect who claim to worship only the One True God.

Hemiunu, Pharaoh’s Grand Vizier, orders his life with justice, truth, and precision. In like manner he orders the unprecedented building pro
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Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Thomas Nelson (first published November 19th 2009)
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Jill Williamson
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hemiunu, architect for the Great Pyramid of Giza, struggles to stay on schedule and in the good graces of his cousin, Pharaoh of Egypt. When a sadistic killer is taking the lives of Hemiunu’s closest friends, he does all he can to discover who the killer is and to keep a dark secret from coming to light.

Wish I’d read this one a long time ago! What a great story. T.L. Higley completely sucked me into ancient Egypt and her character Hemiunu. He was a deep and interesting character to follow. I lik
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Sonal
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder mystery set in ancient Egypt- this is exactly what I needed after my last tiring read. This is one of my favorite periods in all of history. The story is set in the time of Pharaoh Khufu when Pyramid of Giza was being built by his grand vizier Hemiunu. The story is fast paced and gripping with a series of high profiled murders of closest friends to Khufu and Hemiunu; all linked to a dark childhood secret. I like the way the author keeps the murder mystery going and reveals the past secret ...more
Alex
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
City of the Dead is book two in T.L. Higley’s The Seven Wonders series. I enjoyed this book, from the in-depth character profiles to the wonderful historical setting. Higley did a wonderful job of drawing me into the emotions & thoughts of Hemiunu and his past. Tinged with romance & the developing of a faith & belief in God, City of the Dead is definitely a must-read for those that enjoy a thriller with a twist.
Yin Chien 인첸

I am truly fascinated by this book. City of the Dead, the second novel of the Seven Wonders Series by T. L. Higley brings us on a journey to the past to ancient Egypt, when The Great Pyramid of Giza (also called the Pyramid of Khufu and Pyramid of Cheops) is built.

The story is fast-paced and well-written. It captured my attention from the moment I set my eyes upon the first page of the book. I find myself completely immersed in the story when the murder cases occur one by one, with no witnesses
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Monique
So after the Holidays, my introduction to the Sims 2 and 3 and just life I have been neglecting my reading but am back!! So read this story and it was kinda slow moving but interesting. This story revolves around the building of the great pyramids of Giza in the city of Memphis so the pharaoh Khufu can be buried there and remembered forever..His Grand Vizier Hemiunu is responsible for overseeing this construction and takes his job seriously until mysterious murders start to happen, and to people ...more
Xarah
Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I found this book to be okay - nothing great, however. I wasn't drawn into the characters very well (no sympathy at all for Meni) and felt the love story was strained and unbelievable. I wish the author would have had more description (of the land, the smells, the people... basically of everything) and less dialogue. I really only finished the book because I was curious who the bad guy was and how the incident of the past occurred and tied in with the story.

If I had known this was also
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Mesu
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I've read of T.L. Higley's works, but it won't be the last. I picked it up as a freebie on Kindle but was quickly drawn in. Higley masterfully weaves a story of intrigue, keeping the reader engaged throughout. I loved the sweet undercurrent romance between Hemi and his overseer's daughter that opens his heart to the One. I found it fascinating that the author could so clearly depict faithful followers of Yahweh in a foreign culture without ever mentioning His name. Well d ...more
Carol Phelps
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in ancient Egypt, City of the Dead is set against a fascinating backdrop - the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza. The story is told from the perspective of Hemiunu, the brains behind the design and construction of one of the most impressive manmade structures ever built. As his masterpiece rises into the sky, Hemi is tormented by a horrible secret from his past, and the very real threat of a killer who is picking off his friends one by one.

Book two in T.L. Higley’s Seven Wonders series
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Adrienne Rivera
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Very interesting and exciting book

I was not sure what to expect from this book. The story was a bit slow to start, but, after a few chapters, I was hooked! I even thought of the story, and characters, during the day. I thought I had it figured out, but the twists kept coming! Excellent!
Barbara
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book. It gave me more info into the worship of the Egyptians. I teach a Bible Study and we just finished studying Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers. In Exodus we read about the Hebrews being slaves in Egypt and of the gods that the Egyptians worshiped. I would recommend this to others.
Kristin
I was so excited to pick up this book as I have an autographed copy. That is always motivation enough to pick up a book! I was also drawn to the beautiful cover as well. The cover model is exotic and the traditional eye makeup is enchanting. The cover alone made me want to visit ancient Egypt! I will admit though—I did inwardly groan when I realized that it was written in first person but I figured since I liked The Hunger Games then I may like this one too. I’m glad I gave it a chance!










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Michael
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction set in ancient Egypt.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith

Deep in the heart of Egypt where the worship of the gods of Ra and Osiris is common practice, murders are happening. In the wake of the discovery of the body, a golden death mask is being left behind on the victim. The people being murdered are the high ranking official of Pharoah, Mentu who was in charge of building Khufu's giant pyramid and then the Queen herself, Merit.

The Grand Vizier, Hemiunu, wants to find out just who the killer is and have them brought to justice, but the Pharaoh wants t
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Debbie
"City of the Dead" is a Christian historical suspense novel with a romance. This is the second book in the Seven Wonders series, but it's a stand alone novel. The only connection between the novels in this series are that they take place near one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.

The characters were likable or interesting, complex, and acted in realistic ways. The historical and setting detail helped to bring the world alive in my imagination, but there weren't as many details as in some
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Cheryl
Feb 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hemiunu is a great architect. His latest project is building the Great Pyramid of Giza. His cousin is the Pharaoh of Egypt. So you can imagine the pressure to complete the pyramid and quickly, no matter what. Something happens to put a wrench in Hemi’s progress. Mentu-hotep the Overseer of Constructions has been found murdered. As much as Hemi would like to grieve he is on a strict time line, so he convinces Senosiris, the construction supervisor to take over as Overseer. A few days later; anoth ...more
Ruth
May 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
City of the Dead is one of a series of books by T.L. Higley that tell a story related to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. I already reviewed another of these books, In the Shadow of Colossus. City of the Dead is set in ancient Egypt and the main character is Hemiunu, the Grand Vizier and architect of the Great Pyramid. It combines a murder mystery, romance, history and religion. In a nutshell, some people who are close to Hemiuno start turning up dead, and covered with beautiful de ...more
J. Else
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Higley pens a very authentic-feeling narrative set in ancient Egypt. The main characters live in the time the pyramids were built, which is during Egypt's 4th Dynasty.

Its all about the details for me! I liked the descriptions regarding the work site and the mechanisms used to build up the walls of the pyramid. The metaphors and imagery used all helped to bring to life this ancient society. Higley did a great job with characters and setting details.

The only thing that felt "off" in the story wa
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Lisa Marie
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
A murder mystery set with the backdrop of Egypt during the building of the pyramids. Grand Vizier, Hemiunu, is head of the project - determined to bring honour to both himself and to his cousin, the Pharaoh. But a unspoken mysterious event in the past is thrust into the present when his closest friends start getting murdered in what is referred to as the Scourge of Anubis. Hemi's life is thrown into a whirlwind as he searches for the murderer and answers to the questions in his heart.

As usual,
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Herb
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I understand that this is a rewrite of a book by Tracy entitled “City of the Dead”. Having not read the original I can’t comment on whether or not this is a better version. I can only state that if you like historical fiction and/or murder mystery with lots of plot twists and intelligent, well-researched writing, you will love this book.

Tracy does an excellent job of placing the reader at a location in geography and time. You can almost look around and take in the landscape and people. I love hi
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Janet
May 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Review by my 16 year old daughter, she is tougher on books than I am. lol

She said,

Review by my 16 year old daughter, she is tougher on books than I am. lol

She said,

The book is well-written and truly captures the sultry landscape of Egypt. I thought the characters were believable and all had differing personalities. I personally don't know much about the actual historical people in the timeline the author wrote about, but I really didn't need to to enjoy this story. I liked how the story was
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Virginia
May 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in ancient Egypt, City of the Dead is set against a fascinating backdrop - the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza. The story is told from the perspective of Hemiunu, the brains behind the design and construction of one of the most impressive manmade structures ever built. As his masterpiece rises into the sky, Hemi is tormented by a horrible secret from his past, and the very real threat of a killer who is picking off his friends one by one.

Book two in T.L. Higley’s Seven Wonders series
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Mel
Jun 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction & ancient Egypt, with flexible standards
I vacillated over whether to give this an 'ok' 2 stars or a 'liked it' 3, because I was pretty pleased with it until the last 15-20 pages. Up until then, it filled all my expectations that Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead had failed - engaging characters, well-handled suspense, and nice historical detail, all of a high enough quality for the light reading niche.

Ultimately, I decided to go with the higher rating because I enjoyed most of it. But be warned that (view spoiler)
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Erin
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book a few months ago but the 2500 B.C. setting and foreign names kept me from getting more than a few chapters in. I picked it up last week and once I got it going again I had a very hard time putting it down.

Hemiunu is architect of the Great Pyramid of Giza and cousin of the Pharaoh. When a string of murders start claiming some of Hemi's closest friends he begins an investigation that leads him back to a hushed up murder in his past. The adventure picks up as tables are turned
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rjp316
Jun 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book focuses on Hemiunu, architect for the Great Pyramid of Giza, and cousin to Pharaoh of Egypt. Suddenly people that Heriunu loves are being murder – he wants to discover who the killer is but must maintain his schedule to complete the pyramid on time. I found this book interesting – written with a male as the main character, his conflicts with knowing his life will not measure up to perfection that is required by the Gods, and solving the murder mystery. Love the historical aspect of how ...more
Kathleen Molyneaux
Very happy with this considering it was an impulse grab at the library. I've read some historical fiction where the characters feel like modern people grafted into an ancient setting. That's not the case here. The characters felt believable to me. Class structure and religion tinge their actions, thoughts and even their speech. Very interesting read so far. One stupid detail did kind of bother me: we are told that one of the characters picks up and eats a tomato. Tomatos originated in South Amer ...more
East
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read that really took me on an emotional roller coaster. Ms. Higley took me on a journey around an Egyptian city (I didn't ever catch which) without burying me in imagery. She created a story that reached out to me, and let me taste it's world. I really enjoyed how this book read like a murder mystery, and the ending was phenomenal.
I love Hemi. He is everything I want out of a main character. Focused, and determined. I watched Hemi grow in the time frame of this story. Hemi shifted
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Katie
3.5 Stars

Set in ancient Egypt, during the building of the Great Pyramids of Giza, Higley does a fantastic job bringing that culture to life. She describes the challenges and enormity of the work force and engineering designs to build the pyramids & brings to life the culture of many deities and a Pharoah who was seen as diety. Higley also writes about the Hebrews, before Moses, and the worship of the one God. There was also a mystery and a serial killer to catch with several twists.

I enjo
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Kara
This is the fourth T.L. Higley book I've read now...she's a fantastic writer! Petra is still my favorite, but this one comes in second. The mystery was definitely not predictable...every time I thought I had it figured out there was a new twist! Romance, mystery, and ancient Egypt...a great combination! The book is written from the perspective of Hemi, the grand vizier of Pharaoh Khufu, architect of the Great Pyramid. When a killer begins preying on his friends and loved ones, he sets out to fin ...more
Kayley
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I can safely name this as one of the best Christian mysteries I've ever read. The setting, ancient Egypt, is an unusual one for the mystery genre, which I consider a bonus, and I found the story tense, dramatic, and fascinating from beginning to end. I love unexpected twists, especially when there's more than one, and there are several in this novel, and I was left wondering until almost the very end. When beginning the book, I wondered how the author would bring the gospel in, and ended ...more
Margaret Metz
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I waffled between giving this book a four or a five. I decided it should probably get a 4.5 and since it can't - I'm rounding up. I love this period in history and I could feel the dust under my feet, the sun on my skin, see all the colors ... It truly came to life for me.

So did the characters. I loved the way these were people who grew up together and had such a sense of history with each other. It was like their history was another character in the story - impacting everything and everyone.

Th
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also published under the name Tracy L. Higley

T.L. Higley holds a degree in English Literature and has written three previous novels and more than fifty drama productions for church ministry. She is especially passionate about "breaking down emotional and philosophical barriers that people have put up between themselves and Christ."

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Seven Wonders (7 books)
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