By Elizabeth Peters
Ny occasions bestselling writer Elizabeth Peters brings again loved Egyptologist and novice sleuth Amelia Peabody in a thrilling story set amid the traditional temples and simmering non secular tensions of Palestine at the eve of worldwide warfare I. . . .
August 1910. Banned from the Valley of the Kings by means of the Antiquities carrier, Amelia Peabody and her husband, Emerson, are enjoyable at domestic in Kent, having fun with the tranquil great thing about summer season. yet event quickly beckons after they are persuaded to persist with would-be archaeologist significant George Morley on an day trip to Palestine, a province of the crumbling, corrupt Ottoman Empire and the Holy Land of 3 religions. looking for the vanished treasures of the Temple in Jerusalem, Morley is decided to unearth the mythical Ark of the Covenant.
The skeptical Emerson desires no a part of the scheme till a request from the conflict workplace and Buckingham Palace persuades him to think again. The Germans are expanding their impact in Palestine and British intelligence insists that Morley is an agent of the Kaiser, despatched to fan the flames of difficulty during this politically risky land. Emerson can't think that the likely inept Morley is a German secret agent, yet may possibly he be mistaken?
Determined to avoid a catastrophically unprofessional excavation that can damage worthy ancient reveals in addition to reason an armed protest via infuriated Christians, Jews, and Muslims who view the Temple Mount, often referred to as the Dome of the Rock, as sacred, Amelia, Emerson, and corporate head to Palestine. even though it isn't to her cherished Egypt, the journey to Jerusalem also will reunite her along with her good-looking and headstrong son, Ramses, engaged on a dig at Samaria, north of the holy city.
Before Ramses can meet his mom and dad, notwithstanding, he's distracted via an strange celebration of tourists who've arrived in Samaria, together with a German lady archaeologist and a mysterious guy of unknown nationality and previous. regrettably, Ramses's insatiable interest and his knack for difficulty lead him to a startling discovery: info he needs to move directly to his mom and dad in Jerusalem—if he can get there alive.
Once back the Peabody-Emerson extended family needs to use all their abilities and wiles to discover the reality, hinder a bloody holy warfare, and store their son from the clutches of a nefarious enemy during this splendidly enticing story chock-full of thrills, secret, and bold from the inimitable Elizabeth Peters.
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The queue at the bar was three deep and dozens more people sat at tables grouped in a semi-circle facing the stage. Drinking, talking, a few even listening to the Popular Comedian, a flabby elephant of a man who was tossing old mother-in-law gags out of the side of his mouth in a treacle-thick Scouse accent. “Y’know, I’m not saying she’s ugly,” Harry heard him mutter, “but I’ve seen better faces on clocks. And the size of her! Bleeding hell, she could eat a banana sideways. ” Now and then members of the audience got up and walked straight in front of the act to the bar, but no one seemed to care, least of all Russ Jericho.
Liz dumped them there yesterday when I was out. ” “If you don’t object, sir, we’ll have to carry out a search of your flat. ” Harry nodded, as for the first time this morning his mind began to work. From the moment they’d learned Liz had spent Wednesday night here, he’d been in the frame. Skinner’s attitude made it clear that his time at the Ferry, his speaking to Trisha, gave him no alibi. Liz must have been killed earlier in the evening. If it was much later, the police wouldn’t have arrived so quickly.
Mustn’t loiter,” said Harry with fake breeziness. ” She wagged her index finger. “All work and no play. ” He was already unlocking his own flat. ” Tonight no Liz awaited him. Her return must have been brief. He could detect no signs that she had eaten here, but in the bedroom he almost fell over a couple of heavily strapped suitcases left behind the door into the hall. There was a carrier bag full of cosmetics and odds and ends of clothing bought from George Henry Lee’s. So she planned to use the flat as a hotel for one more night at least.