Synopses & Reviews
It's 1922. Amelia Peabody and her family have returned to the Valley of the Kings, and look forward to delving once more into the mysteries buried in Egypt's sands. But a widow's strange story -- and even stranger request -- will plunge them into a storm of secrets, treachery, and murder.
The woman has come bearing a treasure -- a golden likeness of a forgotten king -- which she claims is cursed. She says it has killed her husband and unless it is returned to the tomb from which it was stolen, more people will die.
Intrigued, Amelia and her clan resolve to uncover the secrets of the statue. But each step toward the truth seems to reveal another peril, suggesting that the curse is more than mere superstition ...
< b="">A New York Times Bestselling Author<>< p="">Fall, 1921. With the world at peace, the Emersons are enjoying a busy period of excavation in Egypt. But their digging soon turns to detecting when they hear a lurid tale of a man's mysterious death. The widow is convinced her dead husband was the victim of a curse, and implores the Emersons to return the small "deadly" statue that killed him to the tomb from which it was stolen - before it claims another victim.
About the Author
Elizabeth Peters was born and brought up in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Peters was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She is also the author, as Barbara Mertz, of Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt and Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt. She lives in western Maryland.