Spindrift and The Murder of Tutankhamen


In Spindrift, Christy Moreland deals with the challenges of her father dying, a conniving mother-in-law, and a troubled marriage.

I liked this book; I have blogged about Phyllis Whitney’s books before.  The plot is similar to most of her books in that it is about a young woman who has challenges to overcome, but I enjoy those types of stories.  The setting, a mysterious old house by the beach in Rhode Island, is good.  I like that Christy stands up to her mother-in-law and how she and her husband decide to work things out in the end.


In his book The Murder of Tutankhamen, Egyptologist Bob Brier explores the theory that King Tutankhamen was murdered.  His reasoning is that there was a lot of religious and political conflict during Tutankhamen’s reign, and there were individuals who associated with the young pharaoh who had motive to kill him.  The most likely suspects, according to Brier, are Aye, the vizier of Egypt, and Horemheb, commander in chief of the armed forces.  Both these men had a lot to gain as far as power if the pharaoh died.

Some of the evidence that Brier presents are x-rays of Tutankhamen’s skull suggesting a violent death, and the death of several of Tutankhamen’s relatives at around the same time.  The author makes some interesting points and asks some good questions.

I enjoyed The Murder of Tutankhamen; I like ancient history. The writing style is more biographical than scholarly, so it’s easy to follow.  It is important to keep in mind that although politically motivated murders aren’t uncommon, this is just theory.  Also, the particular version of the book I read is from 1998.  I haven’t checked to see if there is an updated revised version that may have more information.  Whatever the case, the ideas in this book are worth thinking about.






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