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The Serpent on the Crown (original 2005; edition 2006)
The Serpent on the Crown by Elizabeth Peters (2005)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006059179X, Mass Market Paperback)
The woman who implores the renowned family of archaeologists and adventurers to accept the cursed statue insists the ill-gotten treasure has already killed her husband. Further, she warns, unless it is returned to the tomb from which it was stolen, more will surely die. With the world finally at peace—and with Egypt's ancient mysteries opened to them once more—Amelia Peabody and her loved ones are plunged into a storm of secrets, treachery, and murder by a widow's strange story and even stranger request. Each step toward the truth reveals a new peril, suggesting this curse is no mere superstition. And the next victim of the small golden king could be any member of the close-knit clan—perhaps even Amelia herself.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:57:50 -0400)
It is 1922 and the world is at peace. The Peabody-Emerson family are enjoying an excavation in Egypt, but their digging is soon interrupted and they turn again to detecting, when they hear a lurid tale of a man's mysterious death. The widow of the dead man is convinced her husband was the victim of a curse, and implores the Emersons to return a small statue that she thinks killed him, to the tomb from which it was stolen. Having been banned from the Valley of the Kings, and just given permission to return to the Valley, the Emersons are cautious as they are aware it would be a serious mistake to start getting mixed up with tomb robbers. Then they realise that the curse may be more real than they ever imagined, and unless they find out the truth they could be the next victims.
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