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Egyptian Enigma by L.J.M. Owen
Dr. Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth Series Book 3
Category: Adult Fiction, 369 pages
Genre: Traditional Mystery
Publisher: Echo Publishing
Release date: 1 March 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Some violence,no swearing and no descriptive sex scenes.)

Dr. Elizabeth Pimms, enthusiastic archaeologist and reluctant librarian, has returned to Egypt.

Among the treasures of the Cairo museum she spies cryptic symbols in the corner of an ancient papyrus. Curiosity leads Elizabeth and her gang of sleuths to investigate a cache of mummies hidden in the Golden Tomb.

What is the connection between the Tomb and Tausret, female Pharaoh and last ruler of Egypt’s Nineteenth Dynasty? How did the mummies end up scattered across the globe? And is Elizabeth’s investigation related to attacks on her family and friends?

Between grave robbers, modern cannibals, misinformed historians and jealous Pharaohs, can Dr. Pimms solve her new archaeological mystery?

Filled with ancient murder, family secrets and really good food, Egyptian Enigma is the third adventure in the charming crime series: Dr. Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. Really cold cases.

‘LJM Owen’s latest book Egyptian Enigma has a splendid fusion of ancient and modern narratives. Her Ancient Egypt is scholarly, well-chosen and intricate. And there are recipes. What else could a reader possibly ask for?’

—Kerry Greenwood

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Why does each book in the Dr. Pimms series feature a woman from ancient history?

The Dr. Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth series follows a young Elizabeth Pimms, archaeologist and reluctant librarian, as she solves ancient mysteries from across the globe using 21st-century techniques. Elizabeth contends with both historical and family skeletons in a world of forensic science, libraries, food, and cats.

I’ve based the series on the classics from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, where the reader pits their skills against a fictional sleuth and attempts to solve the mystery before the detective on the page. So, if you pay close attention you can figure out who each victim is and possibly their murderer before Elizabeth.

One of my goals in writing the Dr. Pimms series is to highlight forgotten women from history. As a high school student, I found the lack of women in my history books irritating. At university, I discovered that each civilisation I had studied at school did have female stateswomen, scholars, businesswomen and military leaders, but they hadn’t made it into the textbooks.

So along with the archaeology, ancient history, forensic science and library services I describe in the books, all of which are based on detailed research. I include a real female figure from history.

In book one of the series, Olmec Obituary, readers see the ancient Olmec culture of the Mexican basin through the eyes of Ix, a player of the demanding and violent Great Ballgame. I based her character on a 3,000-year-old figurine of a woman who played that game at a time when women competed directly against men in the sports arena and often won. There was no suggestion of women being considered physically inferior in ancient Olmec!

In the second book, Mayan Mendacity, I explored the society of the ancient Maya of Guatemala, including their political system, female rulers, and practice of human sacrifice. The main character in the historical story, Lady Six Sky, was a well-documented political figure from seventh-century Maya (to avoid spoilers, perhaps don’t Google her before reading the book). This novel also touched on the dangerous path faced by many librariansincluding female librariansin Lady Six’s world. Let’s just say that ‘librarian’ was not a career choice for the faint-hearted in the Maya Empire.

I released the third book in the series, Egyptian Enigma, in March this year to coincide with Women’s History Month. I wrote this installment of Dr. Pimms a glimpse into the world of ancient Egyptian women, including female Pharaohs as a celebration of the mostly forgotten period of Egyptian history when women could participate fully in the realms of academia, business, the military, and government. Some aspects of women’s legal and social status in ancient Egypt outstripped that of many women across the planet today!

As I continue writing the series I’m looking forward to telling the story of valiant, audacious women from around the world who may not have made it into mainstream history textbooks but should have. The more we acknowledge the female leaders, inventors, warriors and heroes of the past, the more confidently girls and women of all ages can stride toward a future filled with possibilities.

Murder, mystery and women’s history.
The Dr. Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth series.
Really cold cases.

About the Author

Dr. L.J.M. Owen is an author, librarian and archaeologist. She creates the world of Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth from her cat-filled home in Australia. Presented as traditional crime novels, L.J. crafts the series by transforming science and history into accessible fiction with a broad appeal. When not writing, L.J. experiments with ancient recipesunder strict feline supervision, of course.

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