The Curse of Senmut

The Curse of Senmut

The Ardis Cole Series (Book 1)

by Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson


“… superbly crafted and entertaining mystery adventure …” — Midwest Book Review

Outside a small village near the Valley of the Kings, archaeologist Ardis Cole arrives in Egypt to help excavate a tomb recently discovered by her mentor, Jane Darvin. When Jane is murdered, Ardis must assume responsibility for the project. 
With the help of mysterious Blake Lydon, she must unravel the tomb’s mystery—an ancient secret concerning two miniature obelisks of gold hidden by Queen Hatshepsut’s love, Senmut, over 2000 years ago. 
As Ardis uncovers the ancient mystery, she finds herself drawn into a modern action tale of hatred, murder, and revenge.

Mystery writers and sisters, Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson, have done it again! Co-authors of 38 mysteries, suspense, and western novels, plus numerous short stories, The Curse of Senmut is sure to please—a book for all who enjoy a good mystery packed with adventure, revenge, historical fiction, and a little romance. Good clean reading for all!

This first book in The Ardis Cole Series is set in the exotic location of Egypt, near the Valley of the Kings. Archaeological exploration and excavation has been on the rise in this area since the end of the eighteenth century. Here tombs and ancient buildings are encased within the mountains and are decorated with scenes from Egyptian mythology that give clues to the mysteries of the ancient royal figures.


Midwest Book Review—Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton have effectively collaborated to present a series of superbly crafted and entertaining mystery adventures featuring Ardis Cole, an intelligent, fearless, and perservering young lady who finds herself in the midst of exciting and suspenseful mysteries set in a variety of different locales.

Mystery Scene Magazine—Nice thrills and chills. The authors have obviously done their archeological homework, and in between all the mysterious goings-on, we learn fascinating details of Hatshepsut’s stormy reign. The Egyptology is all there, and it’s enjoyable.


“… a great adventure and also has is a wonderful meeting of two unlikely people who find they share more than just an interest in unlocking history and finding a treasure. The story keeps you interested and as you read you might think you have it figured out but just wait you could be in for more surprises. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read adventure books and loves a good mystery. I found this book to have some interesting facts included into the story which I appreciated. So if you want to go for a faraway adventure then pick up this book and start. It covers unexpected love and friendships along the way. Just when you think you know what is going to happen next the story takes a turn. Just read it and find out for yourself you will see what I mean. I am ready for the next book in this series.” —IMK

“I enjoyed reading a book without foul language and a lot of gore. It is very well written and the story line kept you interested and wanting to read more. My hat is off to the authors. Please keep up the good work.” —BG

Love Egypt, you’ll love this book – Excellent mystery. The characters were great. Lots of suspects. Who to trust? Who to watch? hmmm If you love Egypt or ever wanted to visit there, this book will take you on a visual journey. Imagery created was top-notch. Ardis made a great heroine. I was with her every step, even when I thought we shouldn’t go. A must read. Hope the next book in the series goes Kindle. – CLE

Egyptian Wonder – Ardis Cole is summoned to Egypt by her teacher and mentor Jane Darvin.Jane is murdered as soon as Ardis arrives and she must take over the project. There are many mysterious happenings and people in this story. If you like love Egypt,archeology and mystery this is the series for you. I finished it in 2 days I could not put it down I can’t wait for the next book in the series. – DG

Oh the curses we find in this great read! – I found this mystery interesting and engaging. When Ardis heads to meet her mentor Jane Darvin, she finds the fellow archaeologist very sick. Rushing Jane to the hospital, Ardis is devastated when the woman dies, This is when the mystery involving ancient Egypt begins and readers are taken on an amazing ride that is hard to walk away from. The authors did a great job with history and the feel of archaeological dig. I think readers are going to be fascinated by this tale. – PSW

If you love ancient Egypt… – This is a modern mystery featuring an young archaeologist investigating her mentor’s death. The characters and premise are interesting. There was enough danger and intrigue to keep my attention, although the pacing could have been improved. (It seemed like nearly every paragraph was four or five lines long, giving the pace a steady feel regardless of the intensity of the action.) I enjoyed the romantic tension between the main character and a handsome but brusque and secretive Egyptologist, although I didn’t buy into how quickly they fell in love. Those who are interested in Egypt and/or archaeology will especially enjoy this. – CLE

Recommended – The Curse of Senmut is not a hard-edged thriller full of sex and violence. It is a well crafted and plotted mystery with a murder, a tomb, a curse and lots of exotic scenes and romance. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to all who are looking for an entertaining read. – RLH

A Good Archeological Romp – his is not in the same league as Elizabeth Peters, but it good bathtub reading. Just what I needed while recovering from pneumonia. I am looking forward to following Addis and Blake as they seek connubial bliss among the ruins. – SM

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Rated #37 in Amazon Kindle Women Sleuths Category!

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Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson in Egypt

Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson in Egypt

Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson are not only experts in researching the setting for their novels; they also travel to the location to get a sense of the local scenery and to learn more about the culture. Britton holds a degree in British Literature and has taken courses in forensics and criminal justice. Jackson, a graduate of K.U., has taught English and Creative Writing at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and at Mission Valley near Eskridge, Kansas. Both authors reside in Kansas.

Britton and Jackson are available for book signings, books festivals, local festivals and fairs, and book club discussions.

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ISBN: 978-0-9833971-0-6

Softcover: Perfect bind

Trim Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″

Pages: 270