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message 1: by Delaney (new)

Delaney Diamond (delaney_diamond) I read a book several years ago about a murder set in ancient Egypt. The opening chapter involved the death of a woman. The main character was male and worked in the government as an investigator or something. People were also stealing treasures from one of the pyramids.

In one scene, several boats were floating down the Nile and the hero fell or was cast overboard. The details are sketchy.

Does that ring a bell for anyone?

The book was part of a series. I'd like to read the series b/c I remember enjoying the book, but can't remember the author's name or the title. I have found someone named P. C. Doherty who writes about murder in ancient Egypt, but from the description of his books, I don't think he's the author.

Any other suggestions?


message 2: by Hayes, Co-Moderator (new)

Hayes (hayes13) | 2060 comments Mod
Sorry Delaney. That doesn't sound familiar to me... although I can't wait for one of our intrepid members to come up with the title because it sounds like something I would adore!!


message 3: by Delaney (new)

Delaney Diamond (delaney_diamond) Believe me, it was a really good book, Hayes. It held my attention and the author really did their research. I learned quite a bit about the culture, how they prepared bodies for burial, and the forensic techniques used during that time period.


message 4: by Bettie (last edited Dec 04, 2010 09:54AM) (new)

Bettie I would also have thought Doherty, of how about Christian Jacqs, or even Wilbur Smith or Pauline Gedge.

Hmmm - I have recently read....*light bulb moment*

Is it by author Nick Drake I wonder - he has written a series about Rai Rahotep


message 5: by [deleted user] (last edited Dec 04, 2010 10:01AM) (new)

Have you tried asking this GR group:

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1...

What's the Name of That Book?


message 6: by Delaney (new)

Delaney Diamond (delaney_diamond) I found it! As I was reviewing the suggestions from Bettie on Amazon, I found the book: Year of the Hyenas: A Novel of Murder in Ancient Egypt. And Bettie, I'm going to have to check out those other authors. Pauline Gedge and Wilbur Smith especially. They have some very good reviews.

Thanks, guys!


message 7: by Hayes, Co-Moderator (new)

Hayes (hayes13) | 2060 comments Mod
Yum Yum Yum! Thank you Delaney


message 8: by [deleted user] (last edited Dec 05, 2010 02:37PM) (new)

I found his book in German, too. But, that doesn't help much either. He doesn't seem to be very well-known, yet, from the little blurb I found. And, he has a rather "un-Icelandic" pen name.

http://www.etonnants-voyageurs.com/sp...


message 9: by Bettie (last edited Dec 05, 2010 02:42PM) (new)

Bettie But really, given the current interest in Scandinavian mystery writers, you would think he would be available in English!

How arrogant we are, us westerners, in assuming that everything should be in a goodtogo package where other(ew!) languages are not given the light of day

*le sigh* (doubly funny given the context)

I need to brush up on xenophobia...
(as you can imagine my tummy is splitting with all the fun)


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

I don't think it's xenophobic to wish for a translation of a book into a language you can read. I don't know too many people who can read Icelandic. I imagine Mr. Mani would be happy if his book was available to a larger audience.


message 11: by Bettie (new)

Bettie At a pinch I would say that is exactly the mind-set that revolts other communities around the globe.

In global terms 'who are you' to be asking for a translation?


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

Then, with that attitude, there would be quite a few books I will never be able to read, quite a few voices I will never hear. And, they will never hear mine, either, unless English books are translated into other languages. So, who wins in your scenario? I don't demand a translation, I merely desire one.


message 13: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Desiring rather than demanding is quite a different kettle of fish, and I am SO with you on this but tip my hat at those who do not wish it to be so.



When you say this in outrage "unless English books are translated into other languages", I ask why that is so preposterous to your demeanour. Gandhi I am not but I do appreciate his logic.


message 14: by Shay (new)

Shay | 13 comments Was it either Lynda S. Robinson or Lauren Haney?


message 15: by Hayes, Co-Moderator (new)

Hayes (hayes13) | 2060 comments Mod
Shay wrote: "Was it either Lynda S. Robinson or Lauren Haney?"

She found it... (see message #6) It's Year of the Hyenas: A Novel of Murder in Ancient Egypt


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