I’m re-visiting some of my photograph albums and the locations where I’ve set key scenes in my series of action-adventure-mystery novels following Meredith Pink’s Adventures in Egypt. I think of these as ancient Egyptian mysteries wrapped up in modern adventures. The drama unfolds in and around some of the most iconic sites along the Nile.
So, I thought I’d combine a trip down memory lane with a few pictures of some of the key locations I used in the second book in my (now 10 book) series Tutankhamun’s Triumph. A few days ago, I published the location photos from book 1 in the series, Carter’s Conundrums. The action in book 2 picks up literally where it left off in book 1. Merry has solved set of hieroglyphic clues and made an intriguing discovery. But this is only the start! In book 2 her quest continues…
Merry is staying at the Jolie Ville hotel on a post-redundancy time-out holiday when she gets caught up in the adventure of a lifetime. The hotel is a beautiful oasis, set on its own island (King’s Island) in The Nile, a little way outside Luxor on the east bank. It has fabulous views of the Nile looking across to the Theban Hills.
Soon, Merry is on her way to Cairo, eager to rescue a damsel in distress from a gang of antiquities thieves. In Cairo, the action takes in the Egyptian Museum, where Merry is lucky enough to see the behind-the-scenes parts of the museum. This wonderful Victorian building is full of atmosphere but not big enough to display all its treasures. Soon everything will be re-housed in the new Grand Egyptian Museum built near the Giza Plateau.
Once back in Luxor, a series of misadventures leads Merry to stake out The Luxor Temple. This ancient structure dates from the “Empire” period and was extended in the New Kingdom by great pharaohs such as Amenhotep III, Tutankhamun and Ramses the Great.
One of the key scenes in the book takes place at the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut on the West Bank, and in the craggy hills above it. This fabulous ancient temple is set against a curtain of cliffs that rise above it. It is a wonderful example of a temple built in harmony with its natural environment. Dating from the early part of the 18th Dynasty of the New Kingdom, it is some 3,400 years old. It has been extensively restored over the last century from the rather more tumbledown structure that Howard Carter would have known. The Hathor Shrine plays an important part in the story.
One of the most important ‘clues’ Merry has that will help her solve the mystery she has stumbled across relates to the Mehet-Weret Couch. Howard Carter famously found this along with thousands of other fabulous funerary objects inside the tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamun. Carter found the tomb in early November 1922. The Mehet-Weret couch was on display in the Cairo Museum for many years. It has been recently moved to the new Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza ready for the opening.
The Mehet-Weret couch will become the key to unlocking the ancient mystery that wraps up book 2.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing pictures from some of the key locations in Tutankhamun’s Triumph. Maybe you’ll consider reading the books. If so, I recommend you start with book 1, Carter’s Conundrums.
Fiona Deal, Author of Meredith Pink’s Adventures in Egypt, fiction books all available on Amazon. To join Merry on her adventures please click on each picture for the link.