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Death of an Eye

(Eye of Isis #1)

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Alexandria, 47BCE: Cleopatra shares the throne with her brother Ptolemy under the auspices of Julius Caesar, by whom Cleopatra is heavily pregnant with child. A shipment of new coin meant to reset the shaky Egyptian economy has been stolen, the Queens Eye has been murdered and Queen Cleopatra turns to childhood friend Tetisheri to find the missing shipment and bring the ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 5th 2019 by Head of Zeus (first published December 6th 2018)
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Paromjit
Dana Stabenow has moved on from Kate Shugak and Alaska into the realm of historical fiction with aplomb and gusto. She takes us back to 47 BCE and Alexandria, the House of Ptolemy throne is shared by Cleopatra and her spoiled and over privileged brother, Ptolemy. It is Cleopatra who is the able one, but there are tensions and enemies all around her, waiting for any opportunity, no matter how slight, to bring her down. Pregnant with Julius Caesar's child, her Eye, her special spy agent, Khemet, ...more
Linda
"The only thing of value on her body was the Eye, and no self-respecting thief would have left that behind."

Dana Stabenow begins with murder right out of the gate. Khemit, the queen's faithful spy, has been found dead on the back streets of Alexandria in the wee early morning hours. She was struck from behind with a deadly blow to the head. Were her eyes transfixed on something happening in the shadows to report to the queen? And why was she out and about at that hour?

Stabenow sets the stage
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Susan Johnson
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
3.5 stars

Stabenow writes an entertaining series about Native American Kate Shugak set in Alaska. She now turns us to the times of Cleopatra and introduces us to Cleopatra's childhood friend, Tetisheri. Tetsheri is a respected merchant at her uncle's import business. Cleopatra is heavily pregnant with her child with Caesar and runs into a problem. She calls Tetsheri into help as she needs someone she can trust implicitly.

Cleopatra has minted some new money and it has been hijacked. She asks her
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The Book Valkyrie
DNF at 54%

I'm not usually one to abandon books, but Death of an Eye just failed to engage me.

I absolutely love Egyptian history, so I'm rather bummed that I didn't enjoy this one.

Oh well. It wasn't awful, but the plot lacked action and excitement.
Lauri Saplad
Excellent mystery with well-researched historical detail! Ms. Stabenow does a wonderful job making ancient Egypt in the time of Cleopatra come alive. Evocative, multicultural Alexandria as well as very interesting and likable characters make the storyline exciting and believable. I'm now on a quest to read all this author's work in order!
Laz the Sailor
This is a second series set in ancient times by a favorite author. While the story of Marco Polo's grand-daughter was all about travel and culture, with a limited plot, this story has a solid murder mystery to drive it. But the number one word for me is "texture". This books has texture in the descriptions and the characters. Some are rough, others smooth, some oily. The story moves slowly, but the mystery is clever, with few red-herrings.

The setting of Alexandria Egypt during the time of Caesar
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Karen
I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback.

When Cleopatras most trusted servant is murdered and her newly minted coins stolen she asks her childhood friend Tetisheri to investigate both crimes. As Tetisheri is plunged into the shadowy heart of Alexandra she discovers that nothing and nobody can be taken at face value, and that she cannot trust anyone, not even her old childhood friend.
I requested this book as I love history and historical
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Jen
Death of an Eye by Dana Stabenow
254 pages.
Read June 1-3, 2019.

I'm very pleased and rather surprised to be giving this book five out of five stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

It was very dense and took me three days to read! It also had VERY distracting maps and a cast of characters that I kept referring back to for nearly the whole book! I only stopped (mostly) after passing the halfway point.

I'm giving this book five stars because I laughed at least three times, once in the first half, I think, and twice in the
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Eleanor
Gulped down nearly in one go (five chapters in bed last night, and the rest on the bus this morning), this delightful historical crime novel was just what I needed to reset. Cleopatra VIIs Alexandria is more stable than its been for centuries, but thats not saying much, and when a shipment of new currency is stolen, and the Queens Eye is murdered, theres only one woman trusted to investigate: Cleopatras childhood friend Tetisheri, now a partner in her uncles business. Sheris pasta terrible ...more
Rosanne Lortz
A young woman from ancient Alexandria, Tetisheri works in dealing luxuries and antiques with her merchant uncle. She also happens to be the lifelong friend of Cleopatra, a friend sorely needed in the dangerous world of Roman and Alexandrine politics. When Cleopatra asks Tetisheri to find some newly-minted currency that's gone missing, Tetisheri cannot refuse.

As the "eye" of the queen, Tetisheri teams up with hunky bodyguard Apollodorus to investigate Cleopatra's envious brother Ptolemy and the
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Fred Svoboda
This was okay, but really the nifty, shimmery dust jacket was its best feature. It starts out slow, describing the ancient Egypt setting, with dialogue that somewhat reminded me of sword and sandal Hollywood epics of the 1950s. Fortunately Stabenow got over this, and the characters were somewhat interesting, but its court intrigue is intricate enough and ancient character names arcane enough that I consulted the included list of characters with some regularity. (There are maps, too, and useful ...more
Stephen
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series for many years and, although I know she's written books in other genres and settings, I haven't given them a try. If Death of an Eye is any indication, this has been a mistake: Stabenow spins a captivating tale here with well-drawn and interesting characters in a interesting and exotic setting.

I've studied the ancient Mediterranean world for much of my life and read both ancient Greek and Latin. As far as I'm concerned, Stabenow has handled
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Vivienne
My thanks to Head of Zeus for an eARC via NetGalley of The Death of an Eye, the first in the Eye of Isis series set in the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt during the reign of Cleopatra VII.

47BCE Alexandria is a melting pot of different cultures bubbling with ethnic tensions, aristocratic feuds, and courtly intrigue. The young queen rules uneasily and also must deal with Julius Caesar, whose child she carries. When a shipment of newly minted coin goes missing and her Eye is murdered, she turns to her
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Nancye
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will keep saying it, I love anything written by Dana Stabenow. This new book is amazing. Historic fiction is one of my favorite genres and I am always intrigued by the Egyptians. Love that once again Dana introduces us to a strong female character (besides Cleopatra). I am hoping there will be more books in this line.
Kirsten #aprilfoolsday #internationalediblebooksfestival #lupusalertday #nationalsourdoughbreadday #readingisfunnyday
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Sharron Browinski kurland
Its set in Ancient Egypt, what more needs to be said? 😊 looks like its setting up to be a series which fills the Egyptian hole in my heart that Amelia Peabody left when Elizabeth Peters died. ...more
Eileen Lynx
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good new series from Dana Stabenow. Looking forward to the next one.
Connie Howard
I like Stabenow's books set in Alaska better, but this first of an Egyptian series was promising.
Kim McGee
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has everything we look for in ancient historical fiction - a spunky fearless female serving an even more spunky Queen, an intriguing mystery and a love interest with brains and brawn. Tetisheri is on of Queen Cleopatra's oldest friends and so she is trusted with being a spy and finding what happened to the shipment of gold coins that have gone missing as well as a series of murders. Along with the help of another one of the Queen's trusted advisors Apollodorus, Tetisheri must overcome ...more
Valerie
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was going to be a really good fantasy epic, but it's mostly just a main character solving a mystery. The plot line is convoluted and doesn't make sense. Most of the characters are highly one-dimensional. And there is a lot of smut. I think the author mentions Cleopatra's pregnancy about 30 times in the book. In short, if you want low-quality writing that is highly artificial, like junk food for your brain, read this book.
Thomas Mihalich
I came into this hooked on "Ancient Egyptian murder mystery" and left disappointed that the second half of those four words didn't really pan out all that well.

The story follows a trusted friend of Cleopatra's court who is trusted to discover both why her "Eye of Isis" (read: head spy and informant) was killed and to track down a stolen shipment of newly minted coins. Only about half the book actually winds up really focusing on these things, partly because a lot of the major portions of the
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Dyana
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was attracted to the pretty eye-catching cover, was excited to see that it was a mystery set in ancient Egypt, and did a double-take when I saw who the author was! I have read half of her Kate Shugak series set in modern day Alaska. What a change of genre! This book was historical fiction that seamlessly mixed fictional and real life characters and provided detailed rich descriptions that put you in time and place effortlessly. Stabenow has, as the main character, another strong independent ...more
Lynette
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK since Im out of Danas Alaska books (which I love), and I like Egypt why not? Well, Ill tell you why not this book is so irritating I wanted to scream only a third of the way through. Its as though Dana learned a whole bunch of new words and she wants to use them to prove her superiority over the reader and impress us with her research rather than educate. One of the things I normally love about historical fiction is learning the lingo, the associated history, etc. this book goes out of ...more
Clay Kallam
Dana Stabenow is a veteran mystery writer (the Kate Shugak series), but in "Death of an Eye," first in the Eye of Isis series, she places her heroine in Alexandria at the time of Cleopatra.

This is catnip to me, as I studied ancient history, and Cleopatra is the last of the Macedonian rulers that followed Alexander the Great 275 years earlier. And Alexandria itself is fascinating, with its great library, cosmopolitan atmosphere and progressive Hellenistic society. ("Progressive," of course, is
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Mary Smith
Strongly reminiscent of my favorite book: where is the dedication to Mara?

I am a long standing fan of Stabenow's Kate Shugak series. And I have loved history and historical fiction since I was 9. One of my favorite books for all that time is Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. I recently bought yet another new version of Mara (my fifth) as my old one was falling apart from rereading every year. I also reread Breakup every year--my favorite Stabenow book--and recently bought a new
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Riley
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
This mystery, set in ancient Alexandria is a little different from most of the historical mysteries I have read, because of the setting. The author uses quite a bit of Egyptian, Greek, and Latin terminology meant to set the scene. Most of it may have been inferred by the context, but I was not able to glean enough meaning for my taste. My Kindle allowed me to highlight the text and, in some cases, provided a definition. Some I had to look up later.

On the other hand, the setting is what makes
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Belinda Witzenhausen
I received a complimentary ARC copy of Death of an Eye by Dana Stabenow from NetGalley and Head of Zeus Publishing in order to read and give an honest review.

...an original, quick and entertaining read which I enjoyed...

Fans of Dana Stabenows Kate Shugaks series set in Alaska will be surprised by her new series Eye of Isis. In her first instalment in this series Death of an Eye seems to be a more cosy mystery than historical fiction. Not quite as gritty as her Shugak series but still quite
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Lauralee
Tetisheri is Queen Cleopatras childhood friend. When Cleopatras most trusted friend is murdered and that a new shipment of minted coins has been stolen, the queen asks Tetisheri to solve the crime and bring the murderer to justice. As Tetisheri begins to investigate the crime, she realizes that there is more to the case than meets the eye. Soon, she starts to doubt everyone near her, including her dearest friend, Cleopatra.

On paper, Tetisheri seems like an interesting character. She is smart,
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jammaster_mom
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have adored Ms. Stabenow's Kate Shugak series and this book was just as amazing!

This book centers on Tetisheri, a woman of mixed heritage but a childhood friend of Cleopatra VII. Yes, The Cleopatra. Sheri, as she is often known, is a divorced woman who is a partner in a successful import/export business with her Uncle. She is called on to help the Queen when the Eye, the secret agent of the Queen, is discovered dead. The agent was tasked with finding the stolen shipment of newly minted coin
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BookDragon
It is 47 BC Alexandria and the trusted Eye of the queen has been murdered and newly minted coins have been stolen. Cleopatra can not trust anyone around her. So what can she do?

Tetisheri works along side her uncle as a merchant and is ready to help him with his inventory when she is summoned by her close friend the queen. There she is appointed the Eye. She is also tasked with finding out who murdered the now deceased Eye and to find out who stole the coins and bring them back.

So I love all
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