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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Scepter of Flint is a work of fiction in the historical, mystery, and suspense sub-genres, and was penned by author N. L. Holmes. Continuing the fantastic series of the Lord Hani Mysteries, we once again find ourselves immersed in the world of ancient Egyptian politics, culture, and society with our favorite diplomat. The novel works as a standalone but can also be read as the third installment in Hani’s life, where we now find his daughter working as a physician whilst a deadly plague comes to the palace. Robberies take place and trusted allies fall, leaving Hani in the middle of a new mystery to unravel to bring health, peace, and power back to his nation.
Author N. L. Holmes never ceases to amaze me by the level of depth and immersion we get from the Lord Hani Mysteries series. As a massive fan of the other books, I can guarantee that readers will once again be swept into a deeply intelligent turmoil with Hani, and see his family develop their own storylines too as they take on challenges of their own. What results is another excellent mystery encompassing detailed facets of ancient life, atmospheric touches from the descriptive palaces, and other vistas of Egypt, as well as some new characters to really loathe as their evil deeds are uncovered. Overall, I would highly recommend Scepter of Flint to fans of the existing series, and the series in general to fans of in-depth, emotionally resonant and highly engaging historical mystery fiction.