The Serpent on the Crown (Amelia Peabody Series)

By Elizabeth Peters

A worthy relic has been dropped at the Emerson domestic overlooking the Nile. yet greater than heritage surrounds this golden likeness of a forgotten king, for it really is stated early demise will befall someone who possesses it.

The lady who implores the well known kinfolk of archaeologists and adventurers to just accept the cursed statue insists the ill-gotten treasure has already killed her husband. extra, she warns, except it's lower back to the tomb from which it was once stolen, extra would certainly die. With the area ultimately at peace—and with Egypt's old mysteries opened to them as soon as more—Amelia Peabody and her family are plunged right into a typhoon of secrets and techniques, treachery, and homicide by means of a widow's unusual tale or even stranger request. every one step towards the reality finds a brand new peril, suggesting this curse isn't any mere superstition. And the subsequent sufferer of the small golden king will be any member of the close-knit clan—perhaps even Amelia herself.

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It truly is to the credits of england that we have got placed a cease to that kind of factor. " "To make a protracted tale short," Sethos acknowledged, with a well mannered nod at me, "modern tomb robbers need to cross approximately their enterprise in mystery. Odds and ends, similar to the bits of knickknack taken from KV55, do not trouble the professionals that a lot; they can not most likely hold music of them all. significant discoveries, although, must be advertised with care so that they cannot be traced again to the unique perpetrators. a few buyers will take a seat on vital items for years, whereas sporting on mystery negotiations with quite a few museums and creditors. " "Carter," Emerson growled. "He and others. Carter is a go-between, a broker. He buys for his purchaser, Lord Carnarvon, and for associations just like the Metropolitan Museum. so that you see," Sethos concluded, "the lifestyles of this statuette has most likely been identified for years. the truth that it escaped my consciousness factors me, I confess, a undeniable embarrassment. i will in simple terms characteristic it to the truth that i've been busy with different issues due to the fact 1914. " "Are you suggesting that it wasn't discovered until eventually after that point? " Ramses requested. "I'm no longer suggesting whatever of the sort," Sethos stated. "Even i've got lapses sometimes. " "If it was once ever in KV55," stated Emerson, "some hint of its presence might but stay. The lacking uraeus serpent, for instance, or scraps of a pedestal. Many wood gadgets have been waterlogged and decaying. Davis might have kicked the scraps apart. We needs to put off KV55 earlier than we think of different chances. " I had listened in growing to be impatience to this dialogue, during which, i used to be sorry to work out, Ramses had allowed himself to turn into . "If i'll say so," I remarked, "archaeological fever is distracting you from extra vital issues. do you know that Mrs. Petherick has mysteriously disappeared? And that there were tried robberies the following? " "Bah," acknowledged Emerson. "The intruder was once most likely a journalist. " "Who additionally blew up the guardhouse? " "Those bastards haven't any scruples. As for Mrs. Petherick, she'll ensue earlier than lengthy with a harrowing story of her break out from the afrit. " He took out his watch, let loose an emphatic swearword, and jumped up. "All this time wasted! Ramses, Nefret, Peabody, get your equipment jointly. " "Where are we going? " Ramses requested. He knew the reply. "Deir el Medina, in fact. I informed Wasim to ship notice to Selim to get the workforce jointly. " I settled myself extra conveniently in my chair. "I needs to see to our visitor, Emerson. in contrast to you, he'll desire to leisure and refresh himself after that lengthy dusty educate journey. if you happen to will wait an hour or two--" "Bah," acknowledged Emerson. "You will keep on with while you are damned reliable and prepared, i guess. You , include me. " FROM MANUSCRIPT H Emerson may have walked out of the home simply as he was once, had now not his spouse insisted he swap out of his reliable go well with and wear a hat. Bythe time Ramses and Nefret have been prepared, he used to be mendacity in watch for them. Emerson led the best way with lengthy strides, up the cliff at the back of Deir el Bahri and alongside the trail the traditional workmen had taken, among their houses and the Valley of the Kings the place they'd excavated and embellished the royal tombs.

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