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Egyptian Enigma : Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth Series: Book 3 - L.J.M. Owen

Egyptian Enigma

Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth Series: Book 3

Paperback Published: 1st March 2018
ISBN: 9781760407919
Number Of Pages: 384

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Filled with ancient murder, family secrets and really good food, Egyptian Enigma is the third adventure in the charming series Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. Really cold cases.

Dr Elizabeth Pimms, enthusiastic archaeologist and reluctant librarian, has returned to Egypt. Among the treasures of the Cairo museum she spies cryptic symbols in the corner of an ancient papyrus. Decoding them leads Elizabeth and her newly formed gang of sleuths to a tomb of mummies whose identities must be uncovered.

What is the connection between the mummies and Twosret, female Pharaoh and last ruler of Egypt’s nineteenth dynasty? How did their bodies end up scattered across the globe? And is the investigation related to the attacks on Elizabeth’s family and friends back in Australia? Between grave robbers, cannibals, sexist historians and jealous Pharaohs, can Dr Pimms solve her latest archaeological mystery?

Review by Sarah McDuling

Egyptian Enigma marks the third installment of the Dr Pimms series and if my love for Dr Elizabeth Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth, was not already firmly established it is now thoroughly set in stone. Every book in this series is better than the last, and each one manages to leave me desperate for the next!

For those unfamiliar with this delightful series, allow me to introduce you to your next obsession! It’s part cosy crime, part contemporary thriller and part historical crime. L.J.M. Owens has a marvellous talent for writing compelling stories interwoven with fascinating historical facts and packed full of likable characters. These books are brimming with suspense, mystery and loads of interesting information about archaeology and ancient history. Try to imagine a version of Kathy Reich’s Temperance Brennan series in which the protagonist is an archaeologist and the crimes are thousands of years old and this will give you a good idea what to expect from Dr Elizabeth Pimms!

This third installment in the series has a strong feminist plot which examines the way women are so often overlooked and written out of history. I learned a lot while reading this book- especially about Twosret, the female Pharaoh of the 19th Dynasty of Egypt – and found myself hungry for more information. A number of times while reading Egyptian Enigma I was compelled to put the book down briefly in order to hit Wikipedia for more information.

I love the vivid glimpses into ancient Egypt depicted in this book. The descriptions of the royal family and the intrigue of the royal court really brought the past to life. I also adore the way this series perfectly blends the feel of an old fashioned detective novel with a modern forensic mystery. It takes all of my favourite things and mashes them together!

Perfect for cosy crime addicts and ancient history buffs… plus anyone who ever secretly dreamed of being a crime solving archaeologist!


Loved it


I have now read all three in the series and while I loved all of them, this one is my favourite. I cannot wait for the next one.





Third book in this fun mystery series. Am loving getting to know the characters & has been interesting getting to learn about each ancient civilisation. Can't wait for more.



cosy crime series


Egyptian Enigma is the third book in the Dr Pimms, Intermillenial Sleuth series by Australian author, L.J.M. Owen. While on vacation in Cairo, Elizabeth Pimms is fascinated by the mystery of just whose was the Golden Tomb. On Elizabeth's return to Canberra, her New York friend, Henry Evans proposes they investigate. But not only are they physically a long way from the scene, and a good distance apart from each other, it's also a mystery that is over three thousand years old: the coldest of cold cases. And it's not that Elizabeth has nothing else on her plate: she has a living to earn at the library; she needs to get her papers on her Olmec and Maya investigations ready for publication; she has taken on a tutorial role for archaeology students; and, with the addition of a newly discovered older sister, her family's dynamics are somewhat askew and need attention. Nonetheless, Elizabeth and Henry enlist the help of a small team with skills and influence in different fields. Their common interest is fuelled by Elizabeth's passion for her project. A combination of their diverse expertise, their contacts and a novel use of modern technology provides a solution to the problems of distance and time, as they examine skeletal remains, shrouds and scrolls. Once again, the narrative is split between two time periods: events in the life of female Pharaoh Tausret in Egypt during the period 1192-1187 BCE; and Elizabeth's activities in present-day Canberra. The wealth of information that is included is just kept from being overload by virtue of being dropped into the natural dialogue of interested novices in the field. It features plenty of surprising facts about ancient Egypt including the number of female Pharaohs, the status of women at that time, certain tortures, and the unusual treatment of Tut Ankh Amun's body for mummification. Readers who are left salivating at the mention of delicious dishes served during this tale will be pleased to find three recipes for duck at



Egyptian Enigma

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"A splendid fusion of ancient and modern narratives. Her Ancient Egypt is scholarly, well-chosen and intricate. And there are recipes. What else could a reader possibly ask for?" --Kerry Greenwood, author, Phryne Fisher series

ISBN: 9781760407919
ISBN-10: 1760407917
Series: Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st March 2018
Publisher: Bonnier Echo
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 12.8 x 19.7

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