Modern adventures – Ancient mysteries – Escapist fiction
Hi. I’m the author of escapist fiction series: “Meredith Pink’s Adventures in Egypt”, available in both Kindle and paperback at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
They’re a blend of modern adventure story and ancient Egyptian mystery, with a sprinkling of romance and humour; all set in the fabled land of the pharaohs.
The inspiration for Carter’s Conundrums came standing inside his house which opened to the public as a museum late in 2009. For a long time I had the place to myself… And it got me thinking… What if I were to be trapped in here…?…what secrets might it reveal to me….? From these questions Meredith Pink was created. Getting accidentally locked inside the Carter House sets her off on the adventure of a lifetime.
Tutankhamun’s Triumph picks up where Carter’s Conundrums ends and explores some of the mysteries surrounding the fabled Armana period of ancient Egypt and Tutankhamun’s role in burying some “precious jewels”. Meredith (Merry) is making new friends in Egypt, who join her on her madcap adventures as she unravels more mysteries from Egypt’s ancient past and unlocks more of its secrets.
Hatshepsut’s Hideaway continues the modern adventure while delving further back into Egyptian history. The female pharaoh Hatshepsut, to me, is the most fascinating. For my mystery I chose to focus on whether her courtier Senenmut was more than just a good friend and why Thutmosis III left it twenty years to seek to obliterate Hatshepsut from the king-list.
Farouk’s Fancies is set just before the events of the summer of 2013 which saw President Mohammed Morsi removed from office. It’s asks whether the Dead Sea Scrolls might perhaps have proved some link between the Bible and Pharaonic history. It also tells the story of Egypt’s last monarch, King Farouk, his love of excess, and some of his more outlandish habits. He was exiled from Egypt in the 1950s revolution.
Akhenaten’s Alibi picks up a couple of months after Farouk’s Fancies finishes. Set during the turbulent events of the coup d’etat, which removed President Morsi from office, this story explores whether the pharaoh Akhenaten was similarly forced to abdicate his position. The action in this story moves between Luxor, Cairo and Amarna, once the city of Akhet-Aten built by the rebel pharaoh when he created his new religion, breaking with centuries of traditional worship.
Seti’s Secret is my take on the Exodus story. It explores the links between the Amarna period in Egypt and the ‘Greatest Story Ever Told’, and puts forward a new identity for Biblical Moses, who grew up as a royal prince in Egypt. There’s a treasure map thrown in for good measure, all linked to the mysterious Copper Scroll, found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, which appears to be a record of the burial of vast quantities of gold.
Belzoni’s Bequest moves the action to the British Museum in London. Giovanni Belzoni, once a circus strongman, was one of the earliest explorers of Egypt, travelling there in the early 1800s. Remarkably, his wife travelled with him, and had adventures of her own. Is it possible it was more than just the temples and tombs of ancient Egypt they dug out of the sand.
Nefertari’s Narrative takes Merry back to Egypt to follow in the footsteps of the Belzonis, while also exploring the origins of Queen Nefertari, the favourite wife of Ramses II. In 2016, Nefertari’s tomb in the Valley of the Queens was opened to the public for the first time since World War II. The story asks whether its possible Nefertari, who never claimed royal titles was nevertheless descended from the royal house.
Ramses’ Riches continues Merry’s mission to retrace Giovanni Belzoni’s adventures in Egypt and Nubia. This time, the destination is Abu Simbel, where Belzoni famously dug the Great Temple of Ramses II from the sand. This time, the story explores the epic story of Helen of Troy, and whether she was ever in Egypt. There’s also a link to a more recent slice of – British – history.
Ramses’ Revenge moves to the mysteries surrounding the ‘harem conspiracy’ to murder pharaoh Ramses III towards the beginning of the 20th Dynasty of the New Kingdom. The mummy of Ramses III, on display in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, reveals that he had his throat slit. While a huge amount of monumental and textual evidence survives from this rather violent chapter in pharaonic history, almost nothing is known about the royal queen who incited the insurrection to remove her husband, dispatch the Crown Prince, and place her own son on the throne.
As you can see, I love ancient Egyptian mysteries. Are there more undiscovered royal tombs? What riddles does the Sphinx pose? Are the pyramids aligned with the stars? I hope my protagonists Merry and Adam can grapple with some of these questions and provide an enjoyable lighthearted read at the same time.
I’m also the author of “Shades of Gray” (no, not that one !!). Mine’s a romantic family saga, written under the name of Fiona Wilson and also available on Kindle or in paperback via Amazon. Click here to find out more or buy now.
I live in Kent, England, with my two impish Burmese cats.
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