Authors Showcase: Lady Justice and The Pharaoh’s Curse by Robert Thornhill
November 28, 2014
The Book: Lady Justice and The Pharaoh’s Curse
The Author: Robert Thornhill
The Story: An artifact is stolen from the King Tut exhibit, setting in motion a string of bizarre murders that baffle the Kansas City Police Department.
A local author simultaneously releases his novel, The Curse of the Pharaohs, attributing the deaths to an ancient prophesy, ‘Death shall come on swift wings to him who disturbs the peace of the King.’
Are the deaths the result of an ancient curse or modern day mayhem?
Follow the clues with Walt and decide for yourself!
About Robert Thornhill:
Award-winning author, Robert Thornhill, began writing at the age of sixty-six and in five short years has penned eighteen novels in the Lady Justice mystery/comedy series, the seven volume Rainbow Road series of chapter books for children, a cookbook and a mini-autobiography.
Lady Justice and the Sting, Lady Justice and Dr. Death, Lady Justice and the Vigilante, Lady Justice and the Candidate, Lady Justice and the Book Club Murders, Lady Justice and the Cruise Ship Murders and Lady Justice and the Vet won the Pinnacle Award for the best new mystery novels of Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring of 2013, Summer 2013 and Spring of 2014 from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs.
Many of Walt’s adventures in the Lady Justice series are anecdotal and based on Robert’s real life.
Although Robert holds a master’s in psychology, he has never taken a course in writing and has never learned to type. All 29 of his published books were typed with one finger and a thumb!
His wit and insight come from his varied occupations, including thirty-three years as a real estate broker. He lives with his wife, Peg, in Independence, Missouri.
Visit him on the Web at: http://BooksByBob.com
Review by C. F. Jones: Curses or coincidences? Whichever one, it doesn’t ultimately matter when murder after murder pile up under the watch of Officer Walt Williams and his partner, Ox Wilson. What does matter to his boss, Captain Short, is that they stop them and find out who’s killing who, and why. Walt thinks back to the curse that almost killed him and his new bride, Maggie, in Hawaii (Lady Justice Gets Lei’d) and knows that dead is dead, no matter the reason! This time, it also almost lands him and Ox in prison for the dastardly deeds, as they are near-perfectly framed by the killers. Will Lady Justice come to their rescue?
When the touring exhibit, “Discovery of King Tut”, a recreation of the opening of the tomb of the Egyptian boy King Tutankhamun by Howard Carter in 1922, selected Kansas City, MO’s Union Station as its premiere location for North America after touring Europe since 2008, it was widely advertised as being a replica, the original artifacts remaining under glass in a museum in Cairo. However, in Thornhill’s story, a relative of the artisan that created the artificial Anubis who guarded the tomb, actually had the dog’s cavity filled with rare and precious gems and metals. What follows is the mayhem created from the lust for riches.
Thornhill leads us along a twisting path of murders and deceptions by those who didn’t start out innately evil, but who fall victim to sin of greed. When all is done, the reader has to wonder, was it the curse of the pharaoh’s tomb extended to modern-day Kansas City, or just the natural playing out of man’s struggle to remain honest when faced with so much wealth.
As usual, Thornhill does a good job of integrating his cast of seniors willing to help him catch the bad guys, corny jokes by Jerry the Joker, and some word pictures of Bernice that disturb Walt and probably the reader. It’s topical, possible, and humorous…all the ingredients of a decent mystery cozy. If you are a fan of Thornhill, then this newest addition to his collection will please you. Grab a glass of something cold, sit out on the deck in the warm sun, and enjoy an afternoon reading Walt’s latest adventure!
Review by Sheri A. Wilkinson: An ancient Egyptian artifact (Anubis) is stolen. Soon people end up dead in mysterious ways. Some say that the “Pharaoh’s Curse” is the reason behind these murders and won’t be lifted until the items are returned to the Pharaoh’s tomb. Walt and Ox are on the case. Meanwhile, Walt is at the trial of a suspect who is arrested for growing and using medicinal marijuana.
Another Hit By Robert Thornhill, some fascinating facts of ancient Egypt/Pharaohs and interesting photos added to the delight of this read. Also the controversial subject of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes really leaves you thinking. Another fantastic installment in the Lady Justice Series.