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By Elizabeth Peters

Radcliffe Emerson, the irascible husband of fellow archaeologist and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, has earned the nickname "Father of Curses"—and at Mazghunah he demonstrates why. Denied permission to dig on the pyramids of Dahshoor, he and Amelia are resigned to excavating mounds of rubble in the course of nowhere. and there's not anything within the barren zone beneficial in their interest—until an antiquities broker is murdered in his personal store. A moment sighting of a sinister stranger from the crime scene, a mysterious scrap of papyrus, and a lacking mummy case have all whetted Amelia's interest. but if the Emersons begin digging for solutions in an historic tomb, occasions take a darker and deadlier turn—and there is no surviving the very sleek terrors their efforts show.

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The intruder used to be after something—was, in brief, a burglar, now not a assassin. " "After whatever? In Ramses' room? " "He can have flawed the window. Or used it as a method of attaining the garage rooms, that are windowless, or the parlor, whose outer door was once guarded through Abdullah. " "And a good aid Abdullah was," Emerson grunted. "He should have been lifeless asleep or he shouldn't have been so past due in arriving at the scene. good, good, when you are made up our minds to move, you are going to go—but I entertain a few doubts as in your genuine rationale. Slippers, certainly! do not deny it, Amelia—you are nonetheless at the path of your imaginary grasp legal. " "We had higher dedicate a few consciousness to criminals, grasp or in a different way; they're giving us their complete recognition. what number extra of those burglarious episodes needs to we undergo? " Emerson shrugged. "Do as you love, Amelia. you'll at least. purely attempt to not be assaulted, abducted, or murdered, if you happen to can in all probability accomplish that. " just a little to my shock, Ramses refused to accompany me. (The invitation used to be proffered through his father, no longer by means of me. ) "So lengthy as you're going, Mama," he acknowledged, "will you deliver me again a Coptic dictionary? " "I do not know that there's one of these factor, Ramses. " "Herr Steindorff has simply released a Koptische Grammatik mit Chrestomathie, Wdrterverzeichnis und Literatur. may still that paintings be unobtainable, dere is de straightforward Coptic grammar and word list in Arabic of Al-Bakurah al-shakiyyah, or de Vocabularium Coptico-Latinum of Gustav Parthey—" "I will see what i will be able to do," I stated, not able to undergo any longer multilingual titles. "Tank you, Mama. " "What do you need with a Coptic dictionary? " Emerson requested. "Dere are a couple of phrases on de fragment of papyrus Mama chanced on dat proceed to elude me. " "Good heavens, the Coptic papyrus," I exclaimed. "I maintain forgetting approximately it. Mr. Sayce was once asking approximately it simply final night—" "He shan't have it," Emerson declared. "Don't be spiteful, Emerson. i ponder what I did with the opposite scrap i discovered the evening Abd el Atti was once killed. " "Anodder fragment, Mama? " Ramses requested. "It from a similar manuscript, however it was once a lot smaller. " Ramses' face turned taut with pleasure. "I want to have it, Mama. " "I do not keep in mind the place I positioned it, Ramses. " "But, Mama—" "If you're a sturdy little boy and do every thing your Papa tells you, Mama provides you with your deal with whilst she returns. " I regretted my promise to Ramses, for I had very much to do, and discovering a given e-book within the outlets dedicated to that exchange is a time-consuming approach. rather than being smartly prepared on cabinets, the item is piled in stacks; and because the bookdealers are scholarly gents whose outlets are frequented via the discovered global of Cairo, i used to be tempted to linger and speak. I controlled to discover one of many volumes Ramses had asked. Then I left the Sharia 'el Halwagi and went to the bazaar of the shoemakers, the place i bought a dozen pair of slippers, each one for myself, Ramses and Emerson, and 6 for the lion. I was hoping, by the point he had entire those, he might have performed slicing his enamel.

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