Radcliffe Emerson, the irascible husband of fellow
archaeologist Amelia Peabody, has earned the nickname “Father of Curses” and in
Mazghunah he demonstrates why. Denied permission to dig at the pyramids of
Dahshoor, he and Amelia are resigned to excavating mounds of rubble in the
middle of nowhere. But before long Amelia, Emerson, and their precocious son,
Ramses, find themselves entangled in the Mummy Case.
In Cairo, before setting out to the site, Amelia
visits an antiquities dealer to inquire about some papyri for her
brother-in-law, Walter. At the dealer’s shop she interrupts a
mysterious-sounding conversation. And then, even more alarmingly, the dealer
attempts to refuse to sell her a scrap of papyrus Ramses discovers in the back
room. When the dealer is found dead in his shop just a day later, Amelia
becomes convinced that foul play is at hand, a suspicion that is further
confirmed when she catches sight of the sinister stranger from the crime scene
at her own excavation site.
But it takes more than Amelia’s keen instincts to
convince Emerson of dastardly deeds. When Ramses’ scrap of papyrus is stolen
from their camp, and a neighboring tourist is relieved of an entire mummy,
Emerson concedes that they may be facing something more ominous than a simple
grave robber. Aided (to their dismay) by Ramses and his preternaturally
intelligent cat, Bastet, Amelia and Emerson turn their detective skills to
investigating the neighboring suspects, including a trio of missionaries, a
widowed German baroness, and even the head of the Department of Antiquities.
But when the Emersons start digging for answers in an ancient tomb, events take
a darker and deadlier turn and there may be no surviving the very modern
terrors their efforts reveal. Download and start listening now!