What the Reviews are Saying

Booklist on Year of the Hyenas

A woman is murdered. The authorities hire a down-and-out investigator, a boozer who is still hung up on his ex-wife, to solve the case. Except that they don’t expect him to solve it; in fact, they want him to fail. But our hero is a lot smarter than his employers suspect, and he uncovers a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of government. Sound like a fairly typical private-eye yarn? Well, it isn’t. Because the dead woman is a priestess; the authorities are the feuding mayors of Thebes; the down-and-out investigator is Semerket, former clerk of Investigations and Secrets; and the whole sordid story takes place in Egypt, circa 1153 B.C.E. Some mysteries set in ancient Egypt are pedantic, fact-intensive tomes. This one, a first novel, avoids that trap. It’s a solid, fast-paced mystery that’s never overwhelmed by the author’s research. Geagley is a multifaceted fellow–video-game designer, virtual-reality theme-park consultant, Jeopardy champ, film historian (he’s an authority on the 1963 film Cleopatra)–and now, novelist. Let’s hope he sticks with it for a while. David Pitt

Steve Hamilton, author of Ice Run and Blood Is the Sky 
Brad Geagley’s mean streets are the stone paths of ancient Egypt, his hard-boiled detective a troubled investigator working for the Pharaoh’s court. Geagley makes it all come alive in Year of the Hyenas, as compelling a novel as I’ve read all year.
Publishers Weekly on Day of the False King 
Geagley revisits ancient Egypt—the scene of his successful 2005 debut Year of the Hyenas —and his detective hero Semerket, Egypt’s clerk of investigations and secrets, in this masterful historical mystery. In the first novel, Semerket exposed a conspiracy to kill the pharaoh and seize the throne; repercussions linger as this adventure opens. The celebrated detective grieves for his adored ex-wife Naia, who was caught in the dragnet following the failed coup and banished to Mesopotamia. As luck would have it, the ailing pharaoh, Ramses IV, sends his trusted detective on a mission to Babylon to seek permission to bring the statue of Bel-Marduk—”Babylon’s most sacred idol” which is believed to have curative powers—on a state visit to Egypt. The narrative begins at a leisurely pace but soon speeds up when Semerket arrives in Mesopotamia, which is in the throes of an indigenous rebellion against its latest conquerors. Caught between warring factions and stalked by the surviving conspirators of his previous adventure, Semerket must summon all his skill to survive in a foreign land where nothing is as it seems, even the identity of his wife, Naia. With his abundant knowledge of ancient history and well-crafted prose, Geagley has created a hero with staying power and a series to watch.


Booklist on Day of the False King

Geagley follows up his promising debut, Year of the Hyenas (2005), with a sequel that is equally entertaining. It’s 1150 BCE, and Semerket, Egypt’s Clerk of Investigations and Secrets (think of him as an extremely old-world private eye), is worried about his former wife, Naia, who was banished to Babylonia after the events chronicled in Year of the Hyenas. Right now Babylonia is not a good place to be: the country is under siege from north and south, and various internal factions are duking it out for control of the kingdom. Semerket figures if he doesn’t rescue Naia, she’s done for. But can even this tough, no-nonsense investigator manage to get in and out of Babylonia before the country finishes tearing itself apart? Geagley continues to demonstrate an unerring ability to combine history and adventure seamlessly, making us feel as though we’ve visited another time and place without overwhelming us with period detail or great clots of historical exposition. Bring on more Semerket adventures. David Pitt

Kirkus on Day of the False King

Babylon comes to life.

Harriet Klausner on Day of the False King

The hero is a detective in the tradition of Marlowe but his one vulnerability is his love for his ex-wife.He is tough, blunt, and in your face.Brad Geagley brings to life ancient Babylon…intrigue, rebellion, and murder… This is a fascinating and exciting historical mystery.


5 Responses to “What the Reviews are Saying”

  1. DoingDewey March 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    These sound good! Definitely going on my TBR pile 🙂

  2. humanstench April 21, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    Hey, thanks for checking out my blog posts! I love the Ancient Egypt mystery premise. I’m looking forward to reading your books!

  3. Laurie C April 26, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    I’m not a big mystery reader, but it sounds like your books have a lot more going on besides the mystery. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

  4. M.S. Fowle April 30, 2012 at 4:56 am #

    You’ve been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award! 🙂 Congrats!

    • Brad Geagley May 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

      I’m so flattered, but most of all honored. Thanks so much.


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