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The Spies of Sobeck

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Want an interesting lesson in Egyptian history? With all of the richness of the land, time and people? Read Paul C. Doherty's Egyptian mystery series; trust me, you will be enthralled. You will also gasp and grimace in pain and disgust. You will, eventually, realize, understand and appreciate everything Doherty has just told you. Granted, The Spies of Sobeck, though the 7th book with Chief Judge Amerotke, is the first book I've read of his, but it has me wanting to read all of the others now! You don't need to read them in order, by the way.
Set in the time of the Pharoah Queen Hatusu - 14th century B.C. - this is a thriller and a mystery, rich with the simple and divine details that made up the lands of Egypt. It begins with the death of a Medjay scout, followed by an attack on the Pharoah, and then the death of two others, all sinisterly gruesome enough to set the tone of the novel. Enter Lord Valu and Amerotke, the Eyes and Ears of the Pharoah and the Chief Judge of the Ha…

The Death of the Adversary

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I doubt there is much to say about this book other than READ IT!
Written by Hans Keilson and set in Germany in the time of World War II - it's onset and during, to be precise - this book is strange, anonymous and engaging. It's a slow read, mind you, as you have to sift through the pages with care lest you may get lost in the timeline. The first person narrative shifts between memories - events and people, that are promised to play larger roles later in the story - and current events. What had me getting through this novel was the almost ironic manner in which no one is named, a few maybe but not significantly enough given the time period it is set it. But the enemy, the nameless ominous adversary that the narrator battles throughout the novel, rises to such a powerful level to induce literary fear mainly because he's called -.
Keilson describes, very beautifully, mundane activities that no one would really see any beauty in; the main one being how the protagonist sees his j…

The Brunetti Mysteries

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I stumbled upon Donna Leon by sheer accident at the British Library back home. The first book I ever read was 'Death at La Fenice', and it was love at first touch. I remember my mum and I scouring the shelves at libraries in search of all of Leon's books, and read whichever we could find! This was a good eight years ago. I stumbled upon her latest book, again, by sheer accident! I was at the Harold Washington Public Library and noticed a familiar face on a flyer posted in the elevator: Donna Leon discusses and signs her new book. And that did it! I went on a Guido Brunetti splurge!

To say that I remembered every book featuring the wonderful Commissario Brunetti would be true. Every book that I have read, that is. I was shocked to realize that I had missed a lot of Brunetti's mysteries! So, I did what every normal book lover would do. I picked up every book that I had not read, and began crossing them off my 'To Read' list. In less than a week I have seen Brunett…