I am indulging in a pictorial journey through some of the key locations used in my travel adventure series Meredith Pink’s Adventures in Egypt. Set in modern times, my stories all have an ancient Egyptian historical theme or mystery at their heart. They are a fun, escapist series of books, with a chunk of Egyptian history thrown in for good measure as this has always fascinated me.
In book 5, Akhenaten’s Alibi, Merry is caught up in an adventure that explores links between ancient Egypt and The Bible, in particular whether Biblical Moses and the ‘heretic’ pharaoh Akhenaten might have had anything in common.
Merry is now living on The Nile in Luxor aboard a converted Victorian dahabeeyah. Her daily life is spent enjoying the beauty of the river. Here are some shots to show you the typical riverbank scenes that Merry looks at every day.
My challenge with setting my books in modern times is the need to stick within the boundaries of current events as well as be historically accurate. This book is set during the protests in Egypt that resulted in President Morsi being forcibly removed from office. This was a turbulent and violent period in Egypt’s recent history and provides the backdrop against which my story unfolds.
Some of the key action takes Merry on her first visit to Amarna. This is the site of the ancient city of Akhet-Aten, built by the ‘heretic’ pharaoh Akhenaten, when he moved the religious capital from Thebes (now Luxor). The city was systematically demolished after Akhenaten’s death. Today, very little remains. But it is possible to get a sense of the basic layout in the dustbowl between The Nile and the cliffs. Modern visitors are now able to visit The Royal Tomb, although it is unclear whether Akhenaten (and other members of his family) were interred there.
As always, Merry & co get into innumerable scrapes and make some remarkable discoveries along the way. A blend of fact and fiction, ancient and modern, adventure, mystery, romance and history, I hope you will consider reading them. If so, I suggest you start with the first book in the series, Carter’s Conundrums, in which Merry gets caught up in her first Egyptian adventure.
It is always a joy to me to look at my photographs of treasured times in Egypt. I hope you have enjoyed looking at my pictures too.
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.