A Curse of Silence: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt by Lauren Haney

By Lauren Haney

A vile rumor sweeps around the wilderness like a rapidly amassing sandstorm: Queen Hatshepsut plans to disband a lot of her frontier military and remodel its fortresses into storehouses. the coming of Amonked—the Queen's cousin and Storekeeper of Amon—at the town of Buhen convinces an uneasy Lieutenant Bak of the Medjay police that the whisperings that experience alarmed the population are real. Then, an afternoon after Amonked inspects the neighborhood garrison and departs, a physique is located stabbed in the home the place he and his social gathering rested. The slain guy used to be an area prince, loved via his humans, so Bak travels upriver to affix the caravan and examine. even though not anything tangible connects Amonked and his humans to the heinous act, Bak's inquiry quickly sheds a traumatic gentle on an inexplicable crime. For the clues recommend that twisted honor and vengeance lie at its root . . . and a stunning mystery, safe by means of homicide and silence, which can itself silence the truth—and Bak—for eternity.

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Directing a smile at the lofty visitor from Waset, he said in a smooth voice, “You’re a man of substance, sir. One who shoulders the weighty tasks of the storekeeper of Amon. ” He dared not look at Nebwa, fearing his friend would laugh aloud at so shameless a ploy. ” Amonked’s face was blank, revealing nothing, but Bak had the uncomfortable feeling that he not only knew he had been manipulated but had allowed it to happen. A twitch at the corners of the light-haired man’s mouth drew Bak’s attention.

A pretty young woman with a long braid hanging to her buttocks fell on her knees before the prince and offered him a bowl of honeyed dates. Around her hips she wore a bronze chain with pendants that tinkled as she moved. He popped a date into his mouth and savored it with closed eyes. “My ship hit a sandbar south of Abu and we snagged the prow on a fallen tree. ” “Would that you had caught him,” Bak said. ” Baket-Amon’s fleshy body shook with laughter. “I was a hostage prince, one among many. Son of a minor king with no army to fear and small tribute to give.

A hundred and fifty, maybe more, dwell in the oasis across the river. ” Amonked raised his head, sniffing the air. The odor of baking bread wafted from a doorway brightly lit by the sun. “Ah, the cooking area. ” Obediently, Thuty headed toward the kitchen. Amonked stopped outside the door to look back at the barracks building. “Impressive,” he said. ” He nodded, smiled. ” Thuty, his stance stiff and remote, removed a scroll at random from a wooden shelf built against the wall. He broke the seal, untied the cord that bound it, unrolled a segment half the length of his arm, and held it out for Amonked to see.

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