Drinker of Blood
In Robinson’s fifth Lord Meren mystery, Meren continues his surreptitious efforts to find the killer of his friend and queen, the beloved Nefertiti, wife of Akhenaten. Hated throughout Egypt, Akhenaten was challenged by the seemingly compliant Nefertiti for many years over his routing of the traditional gods in favor of the Aten. Many welcomed Akhenaten’s death, but what of Nefertiti?
Meren, the Eyes and Ears of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, runs afoul of the Living God in his efforts to find Nefertiti’s killer. While Meren is hunted after an assassination plot against Tut fails, he continues to seek the villain, the Drinker of Blood. Moving back and forth between the past and present, the suspense builds beautifully while the reader is left to wonder who has set Meren up for a fall.
This is a marvelous series. Those who haven’t read Robinson in the past should probably start at the beginning, but it isn’t really a necessity. Although Meren is obviously moving closer to discover who killed Nefertiti, it gives Robinson lots of opportunities to use historical details, plot with tension, and fully develop her fascinating characters.