Barbara Mertz is an Egyptologist. A PhD, in fact. She is also Elizabeth Peters, who wrote the Amelia Peabody mystery series, plus some other books, and she is also Barbara Michaels and wrote a bunch of books under that name.
So it was with great anticipation that I opened her book on the history of Egypt, written in the 60s and never out of print since.
But, alas, disappointment was to be my lot. Boring. Linear. Dreadfully unexciting. All those pharaohs and dynasties and kingdoms. Did I mention boring? One began hoping for an unused pyramid in which to start one’s own journey into the next world. Soon.
If you want to learn something about ancient Egypt and be entertained in the bargain, try Apprenticed to Anubis, which is fiction, yes, a mystery, but just filled with nifty ancient Egyptian details. Way more fun.