A novel of anger, jealousy, betrayal and murder in 2000 BC It is Egypt, 2000 BC where death gives meaning to life. At the foot of a cliff lies the broken, twisted body of Nofret, concubine to a Ka-priest. Young, beautiful and venomous, most agree that she deserved to die like a snake. Yet Renisenb, the priest's daughter, believes that the woman's death was not fate, but murder. Increasingly, she becomes convinced that the source of evil lurks within her own father's household. As the wife of an eminent archaeologist, Agatha Christie took part in several expeditions to the Middle East. Drawing upon this experience and exhaustive research, she wrote this serial killer mystery laid in Egypt 4000 years ago.
As one of the first detective stories to be set in an ancient age, this is undoubtedly one of the best. The plot itself is standard Christie transposed to the west bank of Thebes in 2000 BC; what makes the book of particular interest is the accuracy of the account of ancient Egyptian life. Christie, herself married to an archaeologist, was able to collaborate with the eminent egyptologist Stephen Granville while writing this mystery, and the result is a vibrant fleshing out of an ancient archive, the Hekanakhte letters. Today one cannot read the Hekanakhte letters without visualizing Christie's characters playing out their vivid drama in the heat of the Theban sun. (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 15th October 2001
Dimensions (cm): 18.4 x 10.8 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.178