The Amerotke Omnibus is a collection of three Paul Doherty mysteries, featuring Amerotke, the Chief Judge in Thebes, Egypt during the time of the Pharoah Hatusu (more commonly spelled Hatshepsut). The three books, which are numbers 2, 3 and 4 in the series, are:
THE HORUS KILLINGS: At the divine temple of Horus, a crowd gathers to celebrate the triumphant return of Hatusu, the widow of Pharaoh Tuthmosis II, after her successful battle agains the Mitanni. Hatusu is determined that Egypt will accept her as the first Pharaoh-Queen, but she needs to win the favour of the gods. When a spate of savage killings take place in the Temple of Horus, the priests interpret this as a sign of celestial disapproval of Hatusu. Only one man, Amerotke, a respected judge, can be trusted to find the truth amidst the intrigue surrounding the deaths...
THE ANUBIS SLAYINGS: Hatusu, the remarkable young widow of Pharaoh Tuthmosis II, has forced Egyptian society to acknowledge her as Pharaoh, and her success in battle is spreading Egypt's glory well beyond its frontiers. In the Temple of Anubis, negotiations are taking place between Hatusu and the defeated King Tushratta of Mitanni for a peace treaty that will seal her greatest victory. But, in one night, two hideous murders in the temple and the theft of the Glory of Anubis threaten the tentative truce. The respected judge Amerotke must find the truth or Egypt's fragile peace could be destroyed for ever...
THE SLAYERS OF SETH: Lord Amerotke, Pharaoh's Chief Judge, is in the middle of a murder case. A young ambitious scribe, Ipumer, allegedly in love with the daughter of a powerful general, is dead. The prosecution has accused Lady Neshratta - apparently tired of the dalliance - of the crime. If found guilty, she will be buried alive in the desert sands of the Red Lands.When Amerotke is summoned to the Temple of Seth by Lord Senenmut, it seems there is another grave murder to investigate. One of Egypt's great heroes has been brutally killed and Pharaoh Hatusu herself has decided to intervene, and she calls on Judge Amerotke for help. There is more to link the deaths than originally meets the eye - but can Amerotke track down the killer before he strikes again?
The Omnibus is $9.99 for the three at Amazon, and even less ($9.15 right now, exclusive of Rewards dollars) at Books On Board. This works out to a fairly reasonable price for backlist books, IMO. These were never big sellers in the US, but I picked up several in the series in DTB while in the UK on various business trips, and enjoyed them all.
Most (all?) of the rest of the series have recently become available as e-books in the US. A few were available previously as agency books, but now more are available and they are discountable, although not bargains, other than the Omnibus.
I recommend these if you like historical mysteries.
Links (hopefully affiliate free, since I started in each case by typing in the main URL and searching from there, although they look a bit messy):
Books on Board: http://www.booksonboard.com/index.ph...R=Paul+Doherty