THE SCARAB HEART
'Powers like yours expect to be used! Who knows what will happen if you choose to ignore them?'
Egypt, 1885. Theft and murder are afoot at an archaeological dig in the Valley of the Kings. Lizzie Blaylock, a young materializing medium of some renown, and her mentor, Miss Otis, thought they were there to vacation, especially as Lizzie has decided she wants nothing more to do with her powers. Her powers, however, have other things in mind.
Cover design by Negative Negative | Cover photographs by Neithsabes, Marc Ryckaert, Daniel Csörföly, Harris & Ewing, Inc, and whatsthatpicture.
RRP Paperback: US$9.99; UK£7.50 | RRP Kindle ebook: US$3.99; UK£3.10 | RRP ePub ebook: US$3.99; UK£3.99.
Published by Seventh Rainbow Publishing, London.
Praise for The Scarab Heart
"The mysterious goings on and the cast of brilliantly drawn characters with interesting agendas is beautifully written and reminiscent of Agatha Christie. But the clever part is the way author Michael Gallagher weaves in the sub-plot - the story of a real ancient Egyptian princess.”
—Anita Dow, Goodreads Reviewer
“As much as I loved The Bridge of Dead Things ~ I adored The Scarab Heart! These books are marvelous, really and truly something special!”
—Paula Fetty-King, Goodreads Reviewer
“This is a fantastic book! Beautifully written, brilliantly conceived, utterly enthralling, exciting and moving. Two stories, millenia apart, combine to make one exceptional book. Read it!”
—Alasdair Muckersie, Goodreads Reviewer
“A great pleasure to read. I never thought I would enjoy historical mysteries until I got my hands on this book! Deserving of more than 5 stars, in my humble opinion!”
—A. L. Faulkenberry, Smashwords Reviewer
“...The author did his homework, I'm a bit of a Victorian buff and reenactor, and the details, dialog, and characters are all appropriate to the period...My initial interest was...[as] designated "pre-reader" for my 8 grandchildren, this book has plenty of depth and complexity to keep the adults interested as well. The action flows smoothly, the plot develops nicely, and all the loose ends are tied up in the end as they should be in a well written whodunnit.”
—Emilious Tarr, Smashwords Reviewer
“How Lizzie gets herself in, and out, of encounters with the far past and the present, is a captivating escape from everyday life. The imagery is fabulous, the characters are likeable, and the story is believably enthralling.”
—Nightwing, Goodreads Reviewer
“Wow...I don't know what I was expecting, but not that...Scarab Heart totally sucked me in. It was fast paced and very fun to read.”
—Kelly, LibraryThing Early Reviewer
“I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The combination of Lizzie (a bridge to souls) and the Egyptian dig, and the Queen of Egypt manifestation through Lizzie’s dreams, was totally cohesive and enjoyable. Throw in the murder & theft of artefacts…and my attention was taken. It's a light read, but very enjoyable…I will go back and read the first one, and the one to come.”
—M M Plante, LibraryThing Early Reviewer
“…the mythical portion of the book [is] absolutely captivating, so I guess I'd be sold even if I was not biased right from the start…It's as if Gallagher was deliberately dangling one 'mystery' that screamed loudly in our face so that we won't see the other one coming.”
—sinxnite, [Profile now deleted] LibraryThing Early Reviewer