Lauren Haney

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Betty Winkelman (born 1936), better known by the pen name Lauren Haney, is an American mystery novelist.[1]


Starting as a government typist, Haney worked her way up to, ultimately, senior technical writer/editor in the aerospace and international construction industries. In the late 1980s she became interested in writing fiction. After her first attempt at novel writing was unsuccessful in finding a publisher, she drew on her interest in and knowledge of ancient Egypt for a setting. Her eight published historical mystery novels are set during the joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III, of pharaonic Egypt's 18th Dynasty.[2] The earlier books take place in frontier settlements along the Nile in Lower Nubia, where Lieutenant Bak and his troop of Medjay police struggle to keep order and capture offenders against the Lady Maat. Later novels are set at various locales in ancient Egypt.

Haney's novels have been published in German, English and French, and in the Czech Republic. She has lived in Missouri, New York, California, and New Mexico and now makes her home in Northern California. She travels abroad frequently, especially to Egypt, and has contributed articles and book reviews to KMT and Ancient Egypt magazines. Her short story Murder in the Land of Wawat was nominated for an Anthony award.


Lieutenant Bak series (Mystery of Ancient Egypt)[edit]

  • The Right Hand of Amon (1997)
  • A Face Turned Backward (1999)
  • A Vile Justice (1999)
  • A Curse of Silence (2000)
  • A Place of Darkness (2001)
  • A Cruel Deceit (2002)
  • Flesh of the God (2003)
  • A Path of Shadows (2003)


  • Ancient Egypt 101; A Quick Refresher Course, Amelia Peabody's Egypt: a compendium (2003)
  • Buhen: Blueprints of an Egyptian Fortress, KMT 6:2, Summer 1995
  • Spacious & Comfortable Dwellings: Homes of the Nobles at Akhetaten, KMT 10:2, Summer 1999
  • Akh Isut Nebhepetre, The Mortuary Complex at Deir el Bahari of Nebhepetre Montuhotep, KMT 12:3, Fall 2001
  • The Belly of Stones: Ancient Egypt's Southern Frontier, Ancient Egypt 10:4, Feb/Mar 2010
  • Royal Cemeteries of Nubia, Ancient Egypt 14:3, Dec 2013/Jan 2014
  • Thutmose III the Builder: The Mansions of Millions of Years, Ancient Egypt 15:1, August/September 2014
  • Old Kingdom Settlement in Nubia, Ancient Egypt 16:6, June/July 2016

Book reviews[edit]

  • Book Report: Stuart Tyson Smith, Askut in Nubia: The Economics and Ideology of Egyptian Imperialism in the Second Millennium B.C., KMT 7:2, Summer 1996
  • Book Shelf: Peter Lacovara, The New Kingdom Royal City (B.Winkelman), KMT 9:2, Summer 1998
  • Book Shelf: Dietrich Wildung, ed., Sudan: Ancient Kingdoms of the Nile (Betty Winkelman), KMT 9:3, Fall 1998
  • Book Shelf: Florence Dunn Friedman, ed., Gifts of the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Faience (B. Winkelman), KMT 10:1, Spring 1999
  • Book Shelf: Joyce Tyldesley, Judgement of the Pharaoh: Crime and Punishment in Ancient Egypt (Betty Winkelman), KMT 12:1, Spring 2001


  1. ^ The Mammoth Book of Egyptian Whodunnits, 2002, p. 165
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  • Lynda S. Robinson and Lauren Haney: Detection in the Land of Mysteries, in The detective as historian: history and art in historical crime fiction, Volume 1, edited by Ray Broadus Browne, Lawrence A. Kreiser
  • The Mammoth Book of Egyptian Whodunnits, Mike Ashley