Well, I've been enjoying a 15-day trip through Egypt over the festive season (I'm about halfway through at the moment) - experiencing some of the ancient sights still on offer at places like Giza (The Great Pyramid and the Sphinx), Aswan (the Temple of Philae and nearby-ish Abu Simbel), and Luxor (the Valley of Kings etc). It has been a brilliant vacation, complete with a bit of crime fiction reading on buses and trains etc. Though I must confess to feeling a little foolish that I didn't bring a copy of the Christie classic, DEATH ON THE NILE, with me to enjoy while cruising the Nile in a felucca.
Today while browsing a bookstore in historic Luxor, searching for a decent anthology of Ancient Egyptian myths and legends (I like to collect books of local stories from places I visit), I came across several other Egypt-set crime books, and couldn't resist buying one. So I now have in my backpack a nice hardcover of PC Doherty's THE ANUBIS SLAYINGS, the third in his series set in Ancient Egypt.
Doherty is a UK mystery writer who specialises in historic crime fiction. He is the author of several acclaimed mystery series including The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan, the Hugh Corbett medieval mysteries, and the Canterbury Tales of mystery and murder. So I am looking forward to this book (and if I like it, reading more in the series).
Have you read any Egyptian-set crime novels? Do you like murder mysteries set in ancient cultures? Thoughts and comments welcome.