47. The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King by James Patterson and Martin Dugard (2009)
Length: 357 pages
Genre: True Crime
Started: 16 April 2014
Finished: 18 April 2014
Where did it come from? From Paperback Swap
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 27 October 2012
Why do I have it? I like true crime and since Mareena also knows how much I’m fascinated by ancient Egypt (particularly the life and death of King Tut), she got this book for me in October of 2012.
Ascending to Egypt’s most powerful throne at the tender age of nine, King Tutankhamen’s reign sparked debate from the very outset. Behind the palace’s veil of prosperity, bitter rivalries and jealousies raged among the Boy King’s most trusted advisers, and after only nine years, King Tut suddenly perished, his name effectively purged from Egyptian history. To this day, his death remains shrouded in controversy – a secret buried for centuries.
Enthralled by the ruler’s tragic story and hoping to unlock answers to the 3,000 year-old mystery, Howard Carter – an English archaeologist and Egyptologist – made it his life’s mission to discover the pharaoh’s tomb. He began his search in 1907, but encountered numerous setbacks and countless dead-ends, before he finally, finally uncovered the long-lost crypt and ultimately found the keys to an unsolved mystery.
In The Murder of King Tut, James Patterson and Martin Dugard reveal the clues that point to murder. Digging through all the evidence – X-rays, Howard Carter’s files, forensic clues, and stories told through the ages – the authors reveal their own account of King Tut’s life and death. The result is an exhilarating true crime tale of intrigue, passion and betrayal that shines a bright light on the most ancient mystery of all.
I’ve always had an interest in Egyptology, and specifically in King Tutankhamen himself, so reading this book was absolutely fascinating for me. I found all three sections of the book – King Tut’s story, Howard Carter’s story, and the present-day story of how the book was written – extremely interesting in their own right. I learned so much more about each individual and their own personal histories, as well as the various periods of history, than I already knew before I read this book. I give The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King by James Patterson and Martin Dugard a definite A+!
A+! – (96-100%)
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