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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Betsy Melano

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lake of Flowers by N. L. Holmes is the fifth book in The Lord Hani Mysteries. The story takes place in ancient Egypt. What gets me every time with this series is the descriptions of the area and the times when Pharaohs ruled Egypt. It really helps you feel like you are there in person. As in the previous books of the series, Lord Hani is being tasked with finding out why suspicious things keep happening in the royal household. As Lord Hani is researching these minor crimes he wonders if they are somehow connected.
With this series, it really helps if you read the books in order. The names and areas which are well researched by the author, it can get confusing with all the different names. The glossary is a huge help.

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Kerry Carr

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the 5th book in The Lord Hani Mysteries Series. I’ve loved these book from the very first one. Each one is captivating and the author does an amazing job of transporting you back to Ancient Egyptian times. The author’s knowledge of Ancient Egypt, the relationships between the people and their gods and how they all link together is what really makes this story come alive for me. I love anything to do with Ancient Egypt and the detail and how accurate the author is really makes these books stand out for me.

Lord Hani is back and things are changing fast. Lord Hani is hired to find out who is behind the thefts  that are happening in from the Royal household. However these aren’t normal thefts and could be connected to an attempt on the King’s life.

At the same time there are revolutionaries who are looking to restore things to the way they were. As they grow in number Hani finds himself draw towards them and treads a fine line between serving his King and plotting against him.

It is a step back into a complicated time where things aren’t always what they seem and there are always more secrets and lies than first expected.

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Sheri Schrader

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes is the fifth book in The Lord Hani Mysteries series. I recommend reading these because it helps to understand the characters and the story elements that continue from book to book. This book features a more complex series of events that ties with Hani. He is such a loyal man, and he is being forced to pick sides. I really enjoy the historical elements and how the author works a mystery and sleuthing into ancient Egypt. Also, I have enjoyed the interactions between the characters. There is always complexity in relationships when government, religion, and personal relationships merge and weave together. I look forward to reading more in this series soon.

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have now been following Hani, an Egyptian Diplomat from book one and I always look forward to a new story and I am never disappointed. Each book can be read as a standalone story, however I feel that the reader will enjoy the novels more if they are read in order. This story is set in ancient Egypt, around the seventeenth and final year of Akh-en-aten’s reign, which is about 1338 BCE. Hani makes a great main character as he is well defined and is both relatable and likeable and he really helps brings the plot together. Due to the authors wonderfully descriptive narrative I always feel engaged with Hani and immersed in his world, so much so that I feel I am solving the mystery alongside him.

This time Hani is investigating thefts from the household of the king which on closer inspection appear to be related to a sinister attempt on the kings life. Alongside the main mystery Hani is worried for his daughter who was present at the crown prince’s birth as those present begin to die as secrets emerge about the princes identity. Hani is caught between the government and the radical revolutionaries who would like to restore Amen-Ra by civil war. This unfortunately involves the Queen, who Hani has sworn to serve. As usual this is a complex historical crime mystery story with an action packed plot which had me hooked from start to finish. The twists and turns kept me guessing and I enjoyed figuring out the mystery elements of the storyline alongside Lord Hani.

There are a lot of characters mentioned which can be confusing but the list of characters at the beginning of the book is very helpful and I found it interesting to know which characters were based on a real person and those who are fictional. The authors knowledge and research shines through in her writing and I found the historical notes particularly fascinating along with the glossary of terms. I continue to enjoy ‘The Lord Hani Mysteries’ series and I look forward to book number six, hopefully!

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Penelope Taylor

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lake of Flowers is the fifth in the Lord Hani series. It is the first novel I have read by this author and can be read as a standalone. NL Holmes has done an excellent job of setting the story in ancient Egypt, I could feel the heat and environment that the characters were experiencing. I struggled a little with the general conversation used by characters and felt that it perhaps didn’t fit the time. Otherwise, the novel is very well written and researched. I also intend to read more of this series as it now has me intrigued!

 

Review by Penelope Taylor July 2021

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Dawn Daughenbaugh

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars
Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes

Lake of Flowers in the fifth book in The Lord Hani Mysteries by N.L Holmes. To say I was super excited about this book is a understatement. I’m a huge historical fan and this one is set in ancient Egypt and is packed with historical details which I find very intriguing. I highly recommend reading this series in order if you haven’t already started. It’s a great series and we get to follow Hani on all his adventures. This one is no different than the others as you’ll be pulled in from the beginning and wont want to stop till you’ve finished. Get ready to follow along with Lord Hani as he takes us on yet another adventure to solve a mystery , there are thefts happening at the Kings house. Find out what happens next as Hani finds himself caught up in the middle of secrets. I can’t wait to read more from this Author.

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Faith Jackson

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have followed this series from the start and it keeps getting better. I love the entire series and what it means for the historical references. I love how the author takes the time to make the books seamlessly coincide and are also filled with action. I love how much I’ve learned from or about the characters and it’s all for the best. Enjoy this book and the others as well!

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Colleen Guggenberger

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love any opportunity I get to visit Egypt. This book takes you there, but also has you seeing the colours, smelling the decadent florals and feeling like you are really there, among the pageantry and people. If you are looking for a page turner, and wanting to go on an adventure, filled with twists and turns, then this is the book for you. This author does not disappoint at all, and has been added to my favourites list. I am proud to display her on my shelves, and have recommended her to many of my friends. If you are a fan of ancient Egypt, then this is a must read book.

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Emma Clawson

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think this is the best one yet in the Lord Hani series. N. L
Holmes description of people amd the places in the novel is just amazing. When people that witnessed the birth of the prince start dying, Hani is worried about his daughter. He’s on a mission to solve crimes for the king while trying to keep his daughter safe. While its not necessary to read the series in order, I do suggest that you do. I absolutely love this series and the author is amazing.

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Sherry Sharpnack

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Lake of Flowers” is my second book by NL Holmes, who does a very thorough job creating ancient worlds that are new to me. In “The Lightning Horse,” we learned about the Hittite Empire; in the series of which “Lake of Flowers” is Book #5, we are in the 18th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, in the reign of Queen Nefertiti (King Akhen-Khepra-Ra in the book).
Hani is a diplomat of the Dynasty. He is tasked by Lord Ay (the king’s father) and also by the Great Royal Wife Mery-Aten to look into the suspicious death of a midwife, and also into the thefts of small things from the Queen’s chamber. These are two completely different mysteries – or are they? But since the new king’s husband had just died, all diplomatic assignments are on hold, so Hani and his trusty secretary/son-in-law, Maya, set about investigating in both the new capital city and the old.
As I said, there is all sorts of world-building, as well as a BUNCH of confusing names. I would probably have been better off starting the series w book #1 but it was #5 that presented itself to me cheaply. I never did keep the names all straight, but really loved the action scenes, which Holmes writes very well, and Hani’s interactions w/ his family members, one of whom is a physician in the royal household, are also engaging. What does Hani’s physician daughter know about the thefts – or the midwife’s murder?
Things become progressively more complicated as the thefts turn out to be attempted poisonings – and more midwives start getting murdered. Do the murders have something to do w/ the actual parentage of the boy-prince, Haru-in-the-Nest (to be known as Tukhen-Aten to history)?
I like that the Lake of Flowers has to be crossed to get to the Field of Reeds – the afterlife. It is a lovely metaphor for Hani getting through the dangers caused by these investigations into a smoother life for himself and his family, although there is a lot of suspense and action getting to his smoother life!
The world created by the book has really stuck w/ me for days. Even though there are too many hard names of characters and places, and the plot line started s-l-o-w-l-y, I give the story 3.4 stars, rounded down to three.

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