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A sign from the gods… or the work of a deadly enemy?

The Horus Killings is the second in the stirring and enthralling series set in Paul Doherty’s Ancient Egypt, featuring Judge Amerotke. Perfect for fans of Lauren Haney and Wilbur Smith.


‘The period detail is fascinating, but not tediously overdone. Doherty catches atmosphere as well… And Judge Amerotke is an engaging, distinctive sleuth’ – Glasgow Herald

At the divine temple of Horus, a crowd gathers to celebrate the triumphant return of Hatusu, the widow of Pharaoh Tuthmosis II, after her successful battle against the Mitanni. Hatusu’s achievements confound her opponents who refuse to believe that a woman is capable of ruling Egypt, but she cannot silence the court gossips who whisper that Hatusu’s stepson is the true heir to the throne. Hatusu is determined that Egypt will accept her as the first Pharaoh-Queen, but she needs to win the favour of the gods. When a spate of savage killings takes place in the Temple of Horus, the priests interpret this as a sign of celestial disapproval of Hatusu. Only one man, Amerotke, a respected judge, can be trusted to find the truth among the intrigue surrounding the deaths.

What readers are saying about The Horus Killings:
‘The plot is engrossing, and the murderer, unlike many murder mysteries, is not obvious, making their revelation at the end of the book a satisfying conclusion to a very entertaining story’
‘This was a compelling book, and I found that I just couldn’t put it down
Paul Doherty at his very best!

Reviews

Praise for Paul Doherty: The period detail is fascinating, but not tediously overdone. Doherty catches atmosphere as well... And Judge Amerotke is an engaging, distinctive sleuth
Glasgow Herald
If you like the Paul Doherty style you will enjoy this hugely... The pace never flags and despite all this larger-than-life flamboyance Doherty's Egypt has the ring of truth about it... Doherty has done his homework well and it shows
Historical Novels Review
As ever, Doherty dazzles with his knowledge an intimate feel for ancient Egypt
Time Out
Doherty evokes atmospherically the sounds, smells and texture of ancient Egypt
Scotsman
All the glamour and glory of Ancient Egypt is brought breathtakingly back to life in this whodunit from the Land of the Pharaohs
Northern Echo
Doherty excels at historical detail, bringing ancient Egypt to life in his descriptions of daily life and characters drawn from every caste
Publishers Weekly
Paul Doherty has a lively sense of history
New Statesman