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By Elizabeth Peters

Radcliffe Emerson, the irascible husband of fellow archaeologist and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, has earned the nickname "Father of Curses"—and at Mazghunah he demonstrates why. Denied permission to dig on the pyramids of Dahshoor, he and Amelia are resigned to excavating mounds of rubble in the midst of nowhere. and there's not anything within the barren sector invaluable in their interest—until an antiquities broker is murdered in his personal store. A moment sighting of a sinister stranger from the crime scene, a mysterious scrap of papyrus, and a lacking mummy case have all whetted Amelia's interest. but if the Emersons begin digging for solutions in an historical tomb, occasions take a darker and deadlier turn—and there's no surviving the very sleek terrors their efforts display.

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They're equipped of white limestone, and this snowy masking indicates bewitching adjustments of tint, in keeping with the standard of the light—a mazy gold at sundown, a ghostly translucent pallor lower than the glow of the moon. Now, at a bit prior midday, the towering constructions shone dazzlingly white opposed to the deep blue of the sky. There are 3 smaller pyramids on the website, equipped at a later interval, while development abilities had deteriorated. built no longer of reliable stone yet of dust brick confronted with stone, they misplaced their unique pyramidal form whilst the casing blocks have been got rid of via their successors or by means of neighborhood peasants desirous of acquiring pre-cut development fabrics. regardless of its ruined nation, this type of brick pyramids—the southernmost—dominates the terrain, and from a few elements it seems that to loom even higher than its stone acquaintances. Stark and virtually menacing it rose up as we approached, as darkish because the nice pyramids have been light. My eyes have been more and more interested in it and eventually I exclaimed, "What an odd and certainly sinister visual appeal that constitution has, Emerson. Can it's a pyramid? " Emerson had turn into more and more morose as we neared Dahshoor. Now he answered grumpily, "You understand completely good that it truly is, Peabody. i urge you won't humor me through pretending lack of knowledge. " He used to be right; I knew the monuments of Dahshoor in addition to I knew the rooms of my very own apartment. I felt i may have traversed the realm blindfolded. Emerson's undesirable humor used to be due in no small half to the truth that he was once conscious of my poignant craving and felt guilty—as good he may. The Arabs referred to as the darkish constitution the "Black Pyramid," and it merited the identify, although it extra resembled an immense truncated tower. As we approached, indicators of job may be noticeable close to the japanese aspect, the place M. de Morgan was once excavating. there has been no signal of de Morgan, although, till Emerson's hail introduced him out of the tent the place he were dozing. M. de Morgan was once in his thirties. He were a mining engineer sooner than being appointed to move the dept of Antiquities, a place characteristically held via a citizen of France. He used to be a handsome guy, with typical good points and 2 luxuriant mustaches. although he have been roused without notice from sleep his trousers have been well creased, his Norfolk jacket buttoned, and his pith helmet in place—though after all he got rid of this latter item of gown while he observed me. Emerson's lip curled on the sight of this "foppishness"; he refused to put on a hat and customarily went approximately together with his sleeves rolled to the elbows and his blouse collar open. I apologized for tense de Morgan. "Not in any respect, madame," he answered, yawning. "I was once approximately to come up. " "High time, too," acknowledged my husband. "You won't ever get on should you keep on with this japanese customized of dozing within the afternoon. Nor will you find the burial chamber in that amateurish means— digging tunnels at random, rather than looking for the unique commencing to the substructure—" With a compelled chortle, de Morgan broke in. "Mon vieux, I refuse to debate expert issues till i've got greeted your fascinating woman.

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