This brilliant plot takes the reader into a past they can only imagine from recorded events in ancient Egypt. The aspects of society fascinated me and the complicated names didn't cause me any problems as I've just finished reading two novels set in Wales with a myriad of people's unpronounceable names.
The plot reveals all of the ancient society's daily affairs. An early debauchery scene nearly turned me off. Then, the character Hori's disgusted thoughts reassured me the novel wouldn't continue that way. However, the witnessed incident remains an important clue. After their world is turned upside down, two lowly young doctors mingle with royalty while they try to solve a series of murders despite difficult circumstances.
Beautifully written by Kathrin Brückmann and translated into English by Edith Parzefall, the novel resembles a who-done-it by way of rowing to and fro across the river in the dark of night.