I love this series. The characters are fictional, but real to the reader. I enjoy the humor, but more than anything I like the tackling of some hard and relative issues. The cast of this over the hill gang separately and together are as quirky as all get out – in other words are human. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses. We all know someone like Jerry, who has a joke in every situation. Or someone as irascible and determined as Mary. It’s always an adventure seeing what this group gets into.
As Walt says near the end of the book they are like a family, maybe dysfunctional, but always there for each other, and as I read of their exploits, they feel kind of like family to me. I have found that some series kind of lose their way after several books. I definitely don’t think this one does. Each book is a home run and I hope to be reading them for a long time to come. A big thanks to Mr. Thornhill for my enjoyable evening reading this book.
Walt and the Gang never fail to amaze me. The male version of Stephanie Plum but better. This book has so many twists and turns and a surprise ending you will never see coming. An artifact is stolen from the King Tut exhibit. They say that the stolen Anubis carries a curse. Every time Walt and Ox get close to solving the case another dead body appears. People start to believe that the curse is real. There is also the controversy of drugs for medicinal purposes.
Never a dull moment with Walt and the Gang. I had a hard time putting the book down because I had to find out what would happen next. Peg Thornhill did an awesome job on the cover of the book. It is very eye catching and has you wondering about the curse. So curl up with the book and something to drink and find out if Lady Justice will win again. Thank you Robert Thornhill for such an awesome book!
▬ Gail D.
Edition #77 – August 24, 2014
LADY JUSTICE AND THE PHARAOH’S CURSE
By Robert Thornhill
Valley of the Kings – Egypt, 1323 BC
Imhotep, a high priest in the court of Tutankhamun, Pharaoh of Egypt, took one last look at the vault that held the sarcophagus of his beloved boy king.
His craftsmen had spent months preparing the body of the king and the vessels that contained his vital organs, so that the Pharaoh could pass freely from this mortal life to the next.
His last remaining task was to seal the tomb with its gold and precious stones, and conceal it from the marauders, raiders and looters that roamed the desert hills.
He stood before the Anubis, the jackel-headed god that had been the protector and guardian of the pharaoh’s tombs for centuries.
Between the jackal’s paws, he placed a stone tablet inscribed with the words, “Death shall come on swift wings to him who disturbs the peace of the King.”
The Anubis stood guard in the dark tomb for more than three thousand years. Then one day, the tomb was opened.
Bernard Maloof pulled the dog-eared journal from under his mattress and carried it to the small dinette table in the kitchen.
Although he had read the journal dozens of times, he needed to read it one more time to reinforce the decision he was about to make. He knew that if he acted on the information he had found there, his life would be forever changed. There would be no turning back.
He took a moment to reflect on the events of the past year that had delivered the journal into his possession.
Bernie was just an ordinary guy living an ordinary life.
His parents had been killed in an auto accident. He was the sole beneficiary of a small life insurance policy and had used the money to enroll in the Metropolitan Junior College. After a year, the money ran out. He dropped out of school and found a job working on a custodial crew that cleaned office buildings at night.
The job paid enough to keep a roof over his head and food on the table, but little else.
Then one day, he received the call that would change the course of his life. It was from an attorney in Cleveland, Ohio. His uncle, Nasser Maloof, had passed away. Bernie, his only living relative, had been named executor of the estate. Nasser’s will had also designated him as the beneficiary. The call was to see if Bernie was available to come to Cleveland to settle his uncle’s affairs.
Bernie knew very little about his uncle other than that he was a skilled craftsman and artisan. In 2003, Nassar had been contacted by Dr. Mostafa El-Ezaby, one of the most prestigious sculptors in Cairo, Egypt. Dr. El-Ezaby was putting together a team of craftsmen whose task would be to replicate the vast collection of treasures discovered in the tomb of King Tutankhamun by Howard Carter in 1922.
Award-winning author, Robert Thornhill, began writing at the age of sixty-six and in five short years has penned seventeen novels in the Lady Justice mystery/comedy series, the seven-volume Rainbow Road series of chapter books for children, a cookbook and a mini-autobiography.
Lady Justice and the Sting, Lady Justice and Dr. Death, Lady Justice and the Vigilante, Lady Justice and the Candidate, Lady Justice and the Book Club Murders, Lady Justice and the Cruise Ship Murders and Lady Justice and the Vet won the Pinnacle Award for the best new mystery novels of Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring of 2013, Summer 2013 and Spring of 2014 from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs.
Many of Walt’s adventures in the Lady Justice series are anecdotal and based on Robert’s real life.
His wit and insight come from his varied occupations, including thirty-three years as a real estate broker.