By Elizabeth Peters
Big apple occasions bestselling writer Elizabeth Peters brings again loved Egyptologist and beginner sleuth Amelia Peabody in a thrilling story set amid the traditional temples and simmering non secular tensions of Palestine at the eve of global battle 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 time. yet event quickly beckons once they are persuaded to keep on 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. trying to find 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 until eventually a request from the conflict workplace and Buckingham Palace persuades him to re-evaluate. The Germans are expanding their effect in Palestine and British intelligence insists that Morley is an agent of the Kaiser, despatched to fan the flames of difficulty during this politically unstable land. Emerson can't think that the probably inept Morley is a German undercover agent, yet may perhaps he be mistaken?
Determined to avoid a catastrophically unprofessional excavation which can smash useful old reveals in addition to reason an armed protest through infuriated Christians, Jews, and Muslims who view the Temple Mount, sometimes called the Dome of the Rock, as sacred, Amelia, Emerson, and corporate head to Palestine. notwithstanding it's not to her loved Egypt, the journey to Jerusalem also will reunite her together 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, even though, he's distracted by means of an strange celebration of tourists who've arrived in Samaria, together with a German girl 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: details he needs to cross 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 conflict, and shop their son from the clutches of a nefarious enemy during this splendidly attractive story chock-full of thrills, secret, and bold from the inimitable Elizabeth Peters.
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Sometimes Alfie would do the same thing. Now he pulled the letters from beneath the photograph albums, unpicked the knot in the ribbon he had tied around them four years ago, and showed them to his grandmother, fanning them out in front of her face. Torn envelopes with green and red stamps that bore the profile of a dead king. Lined blue paper, tissue-thin airmail forms torn along their creases. Ink faded to brown. Words or phrases or whole sentences blanked out here and there by the censor's black pencil.
What do you think, Flowers? Are these the genuine article? ' Every flick was the same cartoon in black spray paint of a grinning mullah cutting the throat of a sheep marked US ARMY, and they were all framed by the same thicket of interlocked patterns, glittering like rings of shattered black glass, spinning, pulsing in and out, against the white sides of the vans. 'A very loud bell,' Alfie said, reaching inside his bag for his camera. He squared off and focused on an untouched flick, concentrating on the cartoon of mullah and sheep in the centre, its frame pulsing, pulsing with the pulse beating in his temples, in his eyes.
I have everything I need. ' The crisis came when Alfie got a call from the police. His grandmother had been found wandering in her slippers and housecoat in a street two miles from her house, so confused that she didn't even know what year it was, let alone where she lived. After she was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer's, there was a family conference. Alfie and Joe, Harry's oldest son, assumed joint power of attorney. The big house in Richmond, which Harry's sons would inherit when Alfie's grandmother died, was rented out; the income from this, together with the interest on the substantial sum she had salted away after she'd sold the house in Cambridge, was more than enough to pay for her place in a residential care home.