By Elizabeth Peters
A important 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's acknowledged early dying will befall somebody who possesses it.
The lady who implores the popular relations of archaeologists and adventurers to simply accept the cursed statue insists the ill-gotten treasure has already killed her husband. additional, she warns, until it truly is back to the tomb from which it was once stolen, extra would certainly die. With the area eventually at peace—and with Egypt's old mysteries opened to them as soon as more—Amelia Peabody and her household 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 unearths a brand new peril, suggesting this curse is not any mere superstition. And the following sufferer of the small golden king will be any member of the close-knit clan—perhaps even Amelia herself.
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The later books aren't approximately as enjoyable because the first 4 or five," Nefret acknowledged significantly. "They have been fairly particularly sturdy. I needed to go away the sunshine on all evening whereas i used to be examining Sons of the Werewolf. " "Good Gad," Emerson exclaimed. "I had no suggestion you indulged in such trash, Nefret. Peabody, why did you permit her--" "I don't think in censoring the analyzing fabric of grownup folks, Emerson. " "In truth it might be a question of the pot and the kettle," acknowledged Emerson. "Your penchant for sensational novels like these of Rider Haggard--" "Which you furthermore mght learn at the sly," I retorted. "Hypocrisy doesnot develop into you, Emerson. to come to the purpose, i don't intend to permit the girl to use us. i'm going to go back that item to her the next day, unopened, with a stiff be aware. " "Not unopened," stated Emerson. "Aren't you even a trifle desirous about the accursed item? " "It is just a crude wood field, Emerson, no longer even old. " "Ah," acknowledged Emerson. "But what's contained in the field? Your research of the lady's explanations can be exact, my expensive, however it overlooks one attention-grabbing truth. Petherick used to be a prosperous, discriminating collector. She could have bought the field in Cairo, but when the contents got here from Petherick's assortment, they are going to be worthy . " He took the field from me and used to be approximately to raise the lid while I exclaimed, "No, Emerson. no longer now. placed it away. " considering the fact that our customer had departed, Fatima opened the door to the home and the juvenile avalanche descended. there have been basically of them, they usually have been merely 4 years outdated, yet they made sufficient noise for a dozen and moved so speedily that they gave the look of having been expanded. As ordinary, they dashed at their grandfather, who attempted to conceal the painted field in the back of his again. He was once now not fast adequate. "It is a gift! " Carla shouted. Her black eyes, so like these of her father, shone with anticipation. "Is it for me? " Her brother, David John, who had his mother's reasonable hair and blue eyes, shook his head. "The assumption is with out starting place, Carla. Grandpapa do not have a gift for just one people. " "Quite right," stated Emerson. "Er--this is a gift for me. " "Did the girl provide it to you? " Carla demanded. "Yes," stated Emerson. "Why? " "Because--er--because she is a type individual. " "Can we see what's inside of? " David John, whose tools have been much less direct than these of his sister, had already headed for the tea desk, the place Fatima had put a plate of biscuits. "Don't you will want a biscuit? " Emerson requested Carla. Carla hesitated just for a second. Insatiable interest gained over greed. "I are looking to see what's contained in the field. " Emerson attempted to seem critical. He didn't be triumphant. He dotes on his grandchildren, and so they realize it. "I instructed you, Carla, that it's not for you. " "But it'd be anything i'd want," Carla defined coolly. "It is whatever you'll no longer have," stated Ramses, drawing himself as much as his complete peak of six toes and solving his small daughter with a stern glance. now not one whit intimidated, Carla stared again at him from her complete top of 3 toes and a piece.