Troubador Death of the Cosset

Released: 28/01/2021

ISBN: 9781800460454

eISBN: 9781800467552

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Death of the Cosset


The year is 1988. A young Egyptologist, Cassandra Seldon, has been sent to Egypt to find proof to support a new time-line theory, called Dynasty Zero, pre-dating the First Dynasty. However, the reserved Archaeologist, Mark McCormick, is also on this excavation to prove her wrong. 

While there, Cassandra discovers a papyrus in the tomb of Queen Iput. As she deciphers the story unfolding, she finds her life running parallel to the queen’s. The story takes us back to 2350 B.C., Ancient Egypt, where we learn about Queen Iput’s first-born son and how he was murdered. Cassandra is desperate to learn how the queen’s story ends. And in a strange twist of fate, recounting the events, which lead back to the time-line theory, she senses the queen’s journey may give her the answers she is seeking. 

However, when her boss, Dr. Edmund Ramsey, discovers her deciphering the papyrus, she finds her job is in jeopardy. Is this unearthing a journey for Cassie, or is it her destiny?

Official publication date is November 28, 2020, however, book is already for sale!

Very good book. There aren’t many books that take place in Ancient Egypt and I liked the accounts of actual history in the book. The dual storylines flow nicely then there is much mystery involved.

by Richard Kaminski

Loved the book. Very strong-willed independent lead character who is flawed. Unique ending.

by J.Beyer

"Death of the Cosset" is a dual-timeline novel concentrating on Cassie (1988) and Queen Iput (2350 BC). The stories are interesting and combine well, but I enjoyed reading the parts with Queen Iput much more than Cassie's. It's written well, with a solid historical feel in the appropriate places. I would like to read more from this author.

by NetGalley review

Dual timelines must be tricky to do but this author does it well here. In this case the timelines are thousands of years apart, in 1988 and in 2350 BC. The focus is on courageous women in both instances. Cassandra is a young Egyptologist who is sent to Egypt to search for evidence of Dynasty Zero and discovers much, much more as she works with colleagues who hope to deciper papyri. Not only are we privy to the archaeological side of things but bits of her own history are revealed, little by little yet with big wows. Queen Isput has a rather interesting life herself and is ruthless, yet we see her human side, too. Both women make sacrifices and are determined to make an impact in her own era. The differences and parallels are striking and fascinating.

The earlier era of more interest to me as ancient Egypt has always fascinated me and I study a lot about it. The 1988 timeline seems far fetched and the characters do not appeal to me. In places the writing seems to be a bit choppy and unprofessional but the storylines and plots make it worthwhile to me. Surprises are wonderful in books...this one had many. It is also nice to learn something new.

Those interested in a mystery with loads of twists and bends, especially with an ancient historical slant and true historical detail, will find reasons to enjoy this, right to the end. The glossary at the back is a great idea.

by NetGalley review

DEATH OF THE COSSET is a compelling debut about the surprising parallels between Queen Iput in Ancient Eqypt, and Cassie Seldon, an American Egyptologist in 1988. Both are gutsy women struggling with patriarchal cultures in their respective times.

Tomb excavations, ancient relics, political intrigue, and murder keep the reader engaged despite writing wobbles from new author Oswald. A worthy read for a wintry afternoon!

by NetGalley review

Growing up, I remember being fascinated with the Egyptian Royals, the Pyramids and the artifacts on display in museums. At one point, I wanted to be an archaeologist. This book brought out all that childlike excitement and passion for me!

The book focuses on the lives of Cassie and Queen Iput, both strong, independent women forced to navigate what life throws at them. Cassie is an Egyptologist and gets the opportunity to Queen Iput's tomb. What she finds there will change her life!

This book is filled with intrigue, romance, mystery, love, and history. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it for anyone looking for an inspiring read.

by NetGalley review


An electrifying debut…

Oswald makes her foray into historical thriller genre with this excellent entry marked with desire and greed, obsession and fear, and murder. Thirty-two-year-old Egyptologist, Cassandra Seldon, is on a mission to find some kind of proof to support a new time-line theory, called Dynasty Zero, pre-dating the First Dynasty in Egyptian history. After discovering a papyrus in the tomb of a long-dead Egyptian queen, Cassandra begins to decode its mysteries. The secrets and conspiracies that stayed hidden for centuries come to surface, making Cassandra realize her own destiny is about to unravel. Oswald skillfully weaves together all the pieces, including the parallel story of queen Iput from 2350 B.C., to create a vivid historical tale. She raises the suspense by infusing the narrative with painful flashbacks from Cassie’s past and secrets and conspiracies that accompany Queen Iput’s story, which includes the latter’s clever plan to secure her rightful position as Egypt’s Queen, with Kagemni working on his own sinister conspiracy, trying to settle score with the King. The troubled, vulnerable Cassandra, her somber attitude masking a keen intelligence, makes for a worthy protagonist. The ruthless and shrewd Iput is thoroughly appealing with her rigid determination and grit. The characters’ interpersonal dynamic is sketched with remarkable verve and skill. There’s nonstop supply of surprising twists and shocking revelations, plus tender moments of longing and love. The result is an expertly plotted, utterly engaging mystery that keeps the reader deeply invested all the way to its satisfying conclusion. With its suspenseful plot and emotionally provocative backstories of its female protagonists, the novel will appeal as much to historical thriller fans as to lovers of women’s fiction.

by The Prairie Book Review

Oswald brings the ancient Egypt of 2350 B.C. to life in her solid debut which chronicles the tale of young Egyptologist struggling to unearth her destiny. To find proof to support a new time-line theory, called Dynasty Zero, pre-dating the First Dynasty, the lovely Egyptologist, Cassandra Seldon, is in Egypt. After she happens upon an ancient artifact from Queen Iput’s tomb, she feels a strong connection to the long-dead queen. Unable to part with the enigmatic artifact, Cassandra decides to decipher its mystery by herself. As past secrets unravel, Cassandra finds her life running parallel to the queen’s. Oswald keeps the action moving throughout the narrative, providing intriguing detail of the ancient Egyptian era, from women wearing makeup to the Pharaohs buried in pyramids with priceless treasure, as well as packs in plenty of emotional punches. The characters are deep, and the ongoing complications in their evolving relationships keep the tension high. Oswald’s combination of the suspenseful plot with the characters’ emotionally deep interpersonal dynamics add depth to the narrative. The switch between the two timelines is effortless, the passages from Cassandra’s past are haunting, and the storyline is intriguing. With vivid settings, meticulously, affectionately drawn cast, and a finely tuned mystery, the novel makes for a pure gem guaranteed to satisfy both thriller and historical fiction fans.

by Book View Review

Death of the Cosset is the outstanding oeuvre of first time author Kimberly Jane Oswald. This fascinating tale of modern day Egyptologist, Dr Cassie Seldon and Queen Iput of ancient Egypt and their professional and personal quandaries The book shifts between the story and timelines of the two characters. Although this was not one of those I couldn't put down there was a good mix of historical fact intertwined throughout and Ms Oswald has an excellent start as a published author.

by NetGalley review

I've always been interested in Ancient Egypt and liked this engrossing and well researched story.
The author did a good job in managing the dual timeline and I liked the style of writing and the character development.
It's entertaining and I recommend it.

by NetGalley review

Death of the Cosset is a historical fiction story of two different times and two different stories.. Placed in Egypt research is being done by two different people and in different times. Follow these two as they unearth secrets and curses and everything in between. As they unearth certain things it starts to tell a story that maybe should stay hidden and not be found out but yet it tells the story of so long ago. I didn't have a problem keeping up with the stories as I think some may if they aren't used to different stories and times change I love history and have read whatever I can about Egyptian history as this country developed and how they lived and was so before their time Kimberly did a excellent job in not only the characters but the research into putting this story together! Follow the dogs and the different time periods and you will discover all sorts of wonderful adventures and history that has been well forgotten! Received from Net Gallery! It's a must read and will be looking for this again!

by NetGalley review

Kimberly Jane Oswald

Kimberly Jane Oswald was born in Michigan and grew up spending summers with family in Oklahoma.

Her writing has appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Breast Cancer Wellness and Todays Christian Women.

She is a two-time cancer survivor and currently lives in Ohio, with her husband. She wants everyone to know she is healthy, happy and hoping her book sells. Death Of The Cosset is her first novel.

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