The Missing Queen
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Description: circa 1333 BC, Egypt
The 2nd book in the trilogy with The Ivory Cat and The Next Pharaoh. (Each book continues the same basic story and cast; and though the protagonist shifts, the same characters preside throughout.)
King Tutankhamon is dead. The possibly-divine ivory cat Nefru is still (perhaps) putting a paw into royal Egyptian affairs.
Lord Ay wants a royal wife-Tut’s widow, actually-to give him the blood-right to the throne. She flees marriage with him and finds long-lost relatives. Princesses Baketamon and Meri have both longed to be Queen of Egypt-but both find sand in that honey. General Horemheb (described as being like ‘desert red, rectangles and a lion’) has sent Ranofer to find a lady once known as Twitterwit. Four competitive Hunting Parties from Thebes are searching for some long-missing princesses. Chief of Police Mahu knows where they all are, but won’t tell. His son Ranofer, who fears he’ll never fit his father’s sandals-and fears Horemheb even more-doesn’t want to know. Besotted and delusional Ahmose knows, but his incoherence just further confuses all four Hunting Parties-who were already at cross-purposes. A garrulous washerman thinks he knows everything.
The kitten Katti sometimes gives what might possibly be divine messages from Nefru (or the goddess Bastet?). The massive cat Ab-ram, still always getting tripped over in doorways, still innocently certain of his welcome, changes history for all of them.
This is such a close sequel to The Ivory Cat that it literally begins ten minutes after that one ends.
“This is possibly even better than The Ivory Cat.” ∼ a fan