City of the Dead by T.L. Higley is the second book in her Seven Wonders series. Hemiunu has risen to be the Grand Vizier to the Pharaoh Khufu in Ancient Egypt, and it's his plans that are constructing what will be the greatest pyramid in all history. Hemi is committed to his goddess Ma'at, who controls justice, and when a murderer strikes bringing up memories of the past, Hemi knows the only way to restore balance to Egypt is to seek justice for Ma'at. I loved the premise of this book. Higley has taken a story that could have taken place in any time period: eight friends go on a hunting trip into the swamps, but only seven return and all are bound by the secrets of what happened that day. As they each rise in power, the bonds grow stronger and tighter until one day one of them is murdered, and then another. Higley uses lots of historical detail to bring the story to life, but it did flag a bit in the middle. The story is at times thrilling and fast-paced, but a few too many side trips to build the pyramid slow down the action. Once Hemi stands accused of the murders, the story picks up and zips along from there as he goes from observing and planning life to being an active participant and discovering a strange sect of peasants who serve the One God. Higley has written a fascinating historical mystery with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.<br/>
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