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Pilot Who Knows the Water (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 6) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Nina Maes

Pilot Who Knows the Waters (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 6)Pilot Who Knows the Waters by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great mystery, love how the author gives you history first so that you can follow along with the story. This gives you more detail for your minds eye. This one is action packed and fast pace. I loved so much about this book from character to all the adventures it took me on. Looking forward to reading more of this story.

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Scepter of Flint (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 3) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Maryn Belling

Scepter of Flint (Lord Hani #3)Scepter of Flint by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Scepter of Flint (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 3) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Maryn Belling

Welcome to the Great Jubilee. N.L. Holmes reminds us why we enjoy her books even in her historical notes. Who else can be poignant about both history and contemporary goings-on in such a subtly piquant way?

Lord Hani is – in his ruminations – as astute as ever about the machinations of the ruling class. As he navigates family and society, we are free to observe metaphors that transcend time & space. While the easy familial patterns of younger children at home are now enjoyed by the next generation, Hani and his family navigate the ebb and flow of customs and culture in nuanced ways. It’s a comfort to readers to each have a youth in the family to relate to as they’ve grown in years and skills across the books.

Usually when we visit ancient Egypt – whether in text or film – we’re several layers removed. Because our author is so clear about where her characters are drawn entirely from imaginings, entirely from documented history, selected from particular scholarly perspectives, and where they’re a blend of the 3 sources, we feel a part of the story. History, archaeology, sociology, and political science come to life with increasing depth in each story.

Scepter of Flint, The Lord Hani Mysteries Series, N.L. Holmes, Review, Itsy Bitsy Book Bits. Historical, Cozy Mystery, Maryn Belling, July 2022

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The Crocodile Makes no Sound (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 2) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Maryn Belling

The Crocodile Makes No Sound (Lord Hani #2)The Crocodile Makes No Sound by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Crocodile Makes no Sound (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 2) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Maryn Belling

“I suspect it is a sort of innocence that believes murder solves anything. As if the Judge of the Soul doesn’t see.” Lord Hani’s wisdom, while situated nearly 3400 years ago, would be just as easily found in contemporary social inquiries such as The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb or A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates.

Despite being out of active service, sidelined by the inability to enforce foreign policy he neither understands nor respects, Hani remains a servant of truth. N.L. Holmes’ gift for piquant turns-of-phrase and well-imagined schemes of the “chattering class” bring history to life.

Beyond the story’s historical setting, contemporary readers will recognize some of the familial and societal challenges experienced in our own time. Are we as adept & diplomatic as Lord Hani?

The Crocodile Makes no Sound, The Lord Hani Mysteries Series, N.L. Holmes, Review, Itsy Bitsy Book Bits. Historical, Cozy Mystery, Maryn Belling, July 2022

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Pilot Who Knows the Water (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 6) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Netania Lim

Pilot Who Knows the Waters (Lord Hani, #6)Pilot Who Knows the Waters by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I would read this series in order to get the most out of it. I’ve enjoyed reading this series, and as with the previous books, this one is filled with mystery and intrigue. The characters and the narrative are well-fleshed out and the attention to historical detail makes it so easy to be transported to another time and place. The pace is definitely gripping and I didn’t want to put the book down. A great ending to a great series.

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Pilot Who Knows the Water (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 6) by N.L. Holmes – Review by April McCoy

Pilot Who Knows the Waters (Lord Hani, #6)Pilot Who Knows the Waters by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I of course read this book not realizing somehow that it was a part of a series. Also of course, it was the last book in the series. This however, is my fault and you best believe after reading this one that I went and made sure I could grab the rest to begin again. This book was exciting, engaging, mysterious, and captivating. The author spins a tale that not only takes you to another place but another time. I feel for the characters and loved how they interacted with one another! Very well written and engaging tale!

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Pilot Who Knows the Water (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 6) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Erica Fish

Pilot Who Knows the Waters (Lord Hani, #6)Pilot Who Knows the Waters by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the last installment of The Lord Hani Mysteries by N. L. Holmes. This series has been building from book 1 until this book. Hani was introduced in book 1. This installment is set in Ancient Egypt and Hani found himself navigating through politics, society, and royal protocols. In this book, there are historical details, agendas, plots, and emotions. The characters are fully developed and engaging. I loved each of Hani’s mysteries. I highly recommend this book and series, but be warned you may not be able to put it done until you have completed the book.

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Pilot Who Knows the Water (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 6) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Ember Daley

Pilot Who Knows the Waters (Lord Hani, #6)Pilot Who Knows the Waters by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have never enjoyed historical fiction more than I have with this series. I am very sad to see it ending. Lord Hani is back on what could be his most difficult mission yet. And not one time was I disappointed. This book had my attention from the first pages through the very end. As it is the final book in the series, would HIGHLY recommend reading the previous ones.

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Pilot Who Knows the Water (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 6) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Maryn Belling

Pilot Who Knows the Waters (Lord Hani, #6)Pilot Who Knows the Waters by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pilot Who Knows the Water (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 6) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Maryn Belling
In the mystery-style of Alexander McCall Smith and thickly set prose of Gabriel García Márquez, N.L. Holm again transports us to Egypt for a 6th time.

In addition to continuing the literary detail of earlier texts, Book 6 has a cast of characters and glossary at the beginning of the text. Resultantly, the reader is more at ease than when they first met Lord Hani. In addition, those tools allow newcomers to familiarize themselves with the persons, places, and political constructs of 1335 BCE without prerequisite reading.

Readers of previous Lord Hani mysteries will find resolutions of unanswered wonderings in previous tales. In a deft work of authorship, however, those elements are not obstructive to first-time visitors to ancient Egypt. Rather those silver-threads of continuity provide a thrall of entrez-nous to visit other adventures.

Beyond the story’s overt purpose (Lord Hani’s journey to find a husband for the queen), readers may choose to consider similarities and differences in their own lives. Whether in lived experiences, observations, hamartia, devotions, or epistemologies history (even in novel form) grants us a portal to introspection.

Interestingly enough, and almost as a direct indicator of the diplomatic dexterity of our hero, we seem to have shed nearly all of the euphemistic vulgarities of Lord Hani’s internal dialogue and those of his companions.

Pilot Who Knows the Water, The Lord Hani Mysteries Series, N.L. Holmes, Review, Itsy Bitsy Book Bits. Historical, Cozy Mystery, Maryn Belling, June 2022

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Pilot Who Knows the Water (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 6) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

Pilot Who Knows the Waters (Lord Hani, #6)Pilot Who Knows the Waters by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pilot Who Knows the Waters is the sixth book in the Lord Hani Mysteries series. This is a great series for historical fiction fans, with a vivid Ancient Egyptian setting. There’s so much detail that really brings the world to life, totally absorbing the reader. If you haven’t already read other books in the series, I would recommend reading them in order to get to know the characters and the world.
Hani is enjoying some peace and quiet, and looking forward to the security of a bountiful harvest, when the book picks up. Of course, he never gets to enjoy much downtime with his family and it’s not long before he’s swept off on another adventure.
I like that Mery-ra, Hani’s father, comes along on this adventure. He’s quite the character, and fun to have around! And also brings knowledge, experience and good sense to the table.
This book gets five stars from me. It’s a great read that I would definitely recommend to fans of ancient history and mystery stories.

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Bird in a Snare (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 1) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Maryn Belling

Bird in a Snare (The Lord Hani #1)Bird in a Snare by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bird in a Snare (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 1) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Maryn Belling

In the mystery-style of Alexander McCall Smith and thickly set prose of Gabriel García Márquez, N.L. Holm transports us across 3300 years to Egypt’s New Kingdom era of intrigue, political machinations, and complex civilization. Underpinned with the familiar rhythms of domestic life and timeless beauty, the rich descriptions set the reader at ease in an unfamiliar land and time. Readers are cautioned to be aware of content-warnings (as listed in other reviews).

Set against nature’s bounty, the political intrigues of the kingdom roll out in languid detail. Traveling back to a time of litter conveyances & papyrus correspondence, the distinctions between ruling & working classes mirror those of contemporary society. The moral dilemmas of Hani in his work and diplomatic relations allow the reader a deeper understanding of internal motivations and political machinations – his internal dialogues are reminiscent of Christie’s Poiroit.

Beyond the story’s overt purpose, adept readers will find opportunities to consider contemporary social and civic matters. Often when we see flaws in characters we are given to introspection and self-correction. Whether we avail ourselves of mirror or prism.

Bird in a Snare, The Lord Hani Mysteries Series, N.L. Holmes, Review, Itsy Bitsy Book Bits. Historical, Cozy Mystery, Maryn Belling, June 2022

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