First Line Friday — City of The Dead

11 Jun

This summer I will be featuring books that have been on my TBR shelf for a long, long, looong time! I really need to find time to read these books. Today I’m featuring City of The Dead by T. L. Higley. Part of the Seven Wonders series, it is set amidst the building of the Great Pyramid. Have you read it it? Tell me why I need to move it to the top of the pile.

Here’s the first line:

In my dreams, it is often I who kills Amunet.

Up from the sands of Egypt rises the Great Pyramid, where Hemiunu, Pharaoh’s Grand Vizier, commands the historic building project as he orders his life — with justice, truth, and precision. But when a series of murders at the site threatens chaos, Hemi must abandon his legacy to hunt down the killer who may be closer than he would like to think. Can he restore justice to the city before his careful life and work are destroyed, or will a mysterious people and their strange God uncover the secret past that Hemi has tried to forget?

Tracy Higley in her own words:

I’ve been writing adventure stories since the time I first picked up a pencil. I still have my first “real” novel–the story I began at the age of eight during a family trip to New York City.

Through my childhood I wrote short stories, plays for my friends to perform (sometimes I had to bribe them), and even started a school newspaper (OK, I was the editor, journalist and photographer since no one took that bribe to join me). Then there were the “drama years” of junior high, when I filled a blank journal with romance and poetry. Sigh.

In my adult years I finally got serious about publishing suspense fiction, and have since authored twelve novels in twelve years. 

When I’m not writing, life is full of other adventures–running a business, raising kids, and my favorite pastime: traveling the world.

I started traveling to research my novels and fell in love with experiencing other cultures. It’s my greatest hope that you’ll feel like you’ve gotten to travel to the settings of my books, through the sights, sounds, smells, colors, and textures I try to bring back from my travels and weave into my stories. 

To experience my travel journals and see the romantic settings of my books, I hope you’ll visit my website at or meet up with me on Facebook at

4 Responses to “First Line Friday — City of The Dead”

  1. Cindy Davis June 11, 2021 at 1:43 pm #

    I need to work on doing this too! I keep thinking I will get caught up. My first line is “He took one last aching look outside the crumbling window; the Nile was molten gold in the light of the rising sun, a sparkling coil winding its way into the horizon.” it is from Jewel of the Nile by Tessa Afshar.

  2. Paula Shreckhise June 11, 2021 at 6:59 pm #

    My first line today is from On The Cliffs of Foxglove Manor by Jaime Jo Wright.
    “Your father is in a coma”

  3. Paula Shreckhise June 11, 2021 at 7:17 pm #

    My first line is from On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor by Jaime Jo Wright.
    “ He had ruined death for her or the hope if it.”

  4. Happy Saturday! Today, I’m sharing the first line from Is It Any Wonder by Courtney Walsh. “This wasn’t supposed to happen.”

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