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

By Lauren Haney

A vile rumor sweeps around the barren region like a speedily collecting 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 town of Buhen convinces an uneasy Lieutenant Bak of the Medjay police that the whisperings that experience alarmed the population are precise. 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 was once an area prince, liked 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 demanding mild on an inexplicable crime. For the clues recommend that twisted honor and vengeance lie at its root . . . and a surprising mystery, safe through homicide and silence, which may itself silence the truth—and Bak—for eternity.

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Amonked was reputed to be a nice, good-natured boy, a favorite of Hatshepsut, then a princess. The king’s first and most favored daughter, spoiled by both mother and father. ” Nofery’s expression darkened, her voice turned grim. ” Chapter Two “He surely doesn’t expect to travel upriver with so many people! ” Seshu stared, appalled, at the seven ships standing off Buhen, preparing to moor at two of the three stone quays reaching into the river. ” he exclaimed, pointing down from the tall fortified wall on which he stood with Bak and Imsiba.

A sharp laugh. ” He shook his head. ” “But, sir . ” Bak said, planning to beg if necessary. ” Looking closer at the man beside him, Bak saw that his face was drawn, his manner distracted. He clasped tightly the pendant of the ram-headed Amon, as if holding the golden image would give him strength. Whatever had occurred between him and Amonked must be serious indeed. As much as Bak hated to give up, he saw that to continue his plea would be fruitless. Baket-Amon stiffened his spine, pulled his head back, and forced a smile.

Bak rubbed his arms, trying to warm them. “Commandant Thuty can say nothing more. He’s too angry to speak with patience and guile. ” Baket-Amon’s expression changed, not in any definable way but in a new stillness of his body and a dimming of the light in his smile. “I fear I can do nothing. Amonked and I . ” His eyes darted toward a rear door, where two naked young women clung together in a seductive pose, beckoning him. He stood up, looking like a man saved from a charging hippopotamus. “I wish I could help.

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