The Murder of King Tut- James Patterson

Leah Courtney
The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King - A Nonfiction Thriller

I've become a James Patterson fan over the last few months.  I've now read several of his mysteries as well as romances.  The Murder of King Tut is based on non-fictional research of the life of the boy king of Egypt as well as the life of Howard Carter who discovered the tomb of Tut.

James Patterson goes back and forth between present day, the 1900s when Howard Carter was exploring Egypt, and the 1300s BC during the reign of King Tut to present factual information about the boy king, his reign and death, who may have killed him, and the discovery of his tomb.

I have an interest in world history-especially Ancient Egypt.  When I was only in middle school, I can remember visiting a museum where we were able to see some of the contents of Tut's tomb on tour.  So, I was quite taken with this book.  I thought Patterson did a good job of bringing out important research on the life and death of King Tut and on the life of Howard Carter, the Egyptologist.  At first, I thought I was not going to like the way the book skipped back and forth between the time periods, but as I read, I found that the writing style actually helped me to understand better the way the research all tied in.  Patterson's interest in a good mystery was evident as he brought forth the facts and his conclusion on how Tut really died.

I think this is another Patterson winner!

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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