The Jolie Ville hotel is a perfect place to unwind and relax. It’s set on its own island in the Nile – King’s Island – a ten minute drive from central Luxor. Currently ranked 9th of 63 hotels in Luxor on TripAdvisor.
Sadly right now it’s off limits and unable to welcome holidaymakers drawn by its fabulous botanical-like gardens, vast swimming pools and dreamy view of the Nile. So while the Coronavirus lockdown is in place in so much of the world, those of you who, like me, love to travel in your imagination, might like a little look at where my central character Meredith Pink was staying when she embarked on her adventures in Egypt.
The Jolie Ville hotel really is the most magical place to stay. These photographs bring it all flooding back, and remind me to book to go back just as soon as I possibly can.
Merry is on a “time out” holiday after taking voluntary redundancy from her job when she stays there. She couldn’t have imagined the thrilling escapades she was about to embark upon, unlocking mysteries from ancient Egypt.
Here are links (just click the picture) to the first three books, all based at this wonderful hotel – although Merry’s adventures take her all over Egypt.
On a mission to Egypt to retrace the steps of the great explorer Giovanni Belzoni, the next stop is Abu Simbel. But Merry and friends have more reasons for wanting to make the trip down Lake Nasser than just to see The Great Temple of Ramses that Belzoni famously dug from the sand.
First, there’s the golden statuette of Helen of Troy apparently found there. And second, the promise – on very good authority – of a stash of treasure.
Intrigued and mystified – as both are surely impossible – Merry sets sail to find out more.
This is the ninth book in my fiction series following Meredith Pink’s adventures in Egypt. The books are escapist fiction – adventure stories – set in the present day. All have an ancient Egyptian mystery at their heart.
The first book in the series is Carter’s Conundrums. It starts with Merry, on holiday in Egypt, getting trapped inside the Howard Carter Museum in Luxor, and making a discovery … This sets her off an a treasure hunt, and the adventure of a lifetime.
The books are aimed at adults who enjoy action, mystery and adventure stories. And at anybody with at least a passing interest in ancient Egypt; its mysteries, treasures and enduring civilisation.
All books are available in Kindle and paperback formats on Amazon. I do hope you enjoy them…
The paperback version of Meredith Pink’s latest adventure in Egypt is now available on Amazon. Nefertari’s Narrative takes Merry on a journey along the Nile where, of course, she gets caught up in another madcap mystery trying to discover what happened to an ancient set of stone tablets which seem to shed light on the origins of the beautiful Queen Nefertari.
As ever, things are not plain sailing for Merry. A series of mishaps leave her wondering if things are quite what they seem, and whether she is the only one hoping to unlock secrets from Egypt’s ancient past.
This version of the paperback has the original style cover. It will be available until end-January 2018 with this cover. I’ll then update it with the new cover design.
I do hope you enjoy this latest Merry adventure. If so please do leave a review on Amazon. I also read and respond to all comments you leave here on my website.
The whole series of Meredith Pink’s adventures in Egypt, starting with Carter’s Conundrums, is available in both ebook and paperback on Amazon.
Swapping the heat and dust of Egypt for the cooler climes of London, Merry and Adam find themselves caught up in an intrigue involving the Egyptian collection at the exalted British Museum.
First of all, an Egyptologist disappears in the midst of a security evacuation. Then Merry stumbles across a mystery suggesting the circus strongman Giovanni Belzoni and his wife discovered more than just tombs and temples during their excavations in the early 1800s.
A stolen journal, a set of newspaper-wrapped artefacts, and a blast from Adam’s past combine to make this a most perplexing mystery!
I hope you enjoy it. As ever, I welcome feedback and comments. I also read and appreciate all reviews on Amazon.
Photo by Paolo Bondielli Min Project – Luxor Times
Published in the Luxor Times on 1 January, the first discovery in Egypt of 2015. Found in Qurna, on the Nile close to Luxor, this is an Osirieon, a kind of God’s tomb, dedicated to Osiris. It just goes to show how much still lies buried beneath the sands of Egypt, awaiting discovery.
As a fiction writer of an adventure/mystery series set in present-day Egypt, these continued discoveries are beyond thrilling. My characters have been lucky enough to make a few discoveries of their own. Some might say their ‘finds’ are far-fetched, and they’d probably be right. My characters are not archaeologists or excavators. Meredith (Merry) Pink starts her adventures in Egypt as a simple holidaymaker. She counts herself fortunate when she meets a would-be Egyptologist who then introduces her to a professor who is the real thing, and can help her out with what she’s found.
Carter’s Conundrums is Merry’s first adventure. It’s the story of an accidental discovery that sheds new light on Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. And it poses a few questions about what else he might have found that the world wasn’t told about at the time… Writing it, I gave myself the imaginary holiday of a lifetime! I hope it does the same for my readers.
There are a further five books so far in the series. In each one Merry plays a part in unlocking a secret from Egypt’s ancient past. The series is a joy to write and all the time new discoveries are coming to light, I know there will be plenty more ancient Egyptian mysteries for Merry to explore.
All six books in the series following Meredith Pink’s Adventures in Egypt are available to download or in paperback on Amazon.