By Elizabeth Peters
Big apple occasions bestselling writer Elizabeth Peters brings again loved Egyptologist and novice sleuth Amelia Peabody in an exhilarating story set amid the traditional temples and simmering non secular tensions of Palestine at the eve of global battle I. . . .
August 1910. Banned from the Valley of the Kings through the Antiquities carrier, Amelia Peabody and her husband, Emerson, are enjoyable at domestic in Kent, having fun with the tranquil fantastic thing about summer season. yet experience quickly beckons once they are persuaded to stick to would-be archaeologist significant George Morley on an excursion to Palestine, a province of the crumbling, corrupt Ottoman Empire and the Holy Land of 3 religions. trying to find the vanished treasures of the Temple in Jerusalem, Morley is set to unearth the mythical Ark of the Covenant.
The skeptical Emerson wishes no a part of the scheme until eventually a request from the battle workplace and Buckingham Palace persuades him to reassess. The Germans are expanding their effect in Palestine and British intelligence insists that Morley is an agent of the Kaiser, despatched to fan the flames of hassle during this politically risky land. Emerson can't think that the doubtless inept Morley is a German secret agent, yet might he be mistaken?
Determined to avoid a catastrophically unprofessional excavation which may spoil worthy ancient reveals in addition to reason an armed protest by means of infuriated Christians, Jews, and Muslims who view the Temple Mount, sometimes called the Dome of the Rock, as sacred, Amelia, Emerson, and corporate head to Palestine. notwithstanding it's not to her liked Egypt, the journey to Jerusalem also will reunite her along with her good-looking and headstrong son, Ramses, engaged on a dig at Samaria, north of the holy city.
Before Ramses can meet his mom and dad, notwithstanding, he's distracted via an strange occasion of tourists who've arrived in Samaria, together with a German girl archaeologist and a mysterious guy of unknown nationality and earlier. regrettably, Ramses's insatiable interest and his knack for hassle lead him to a startling discovery: info he needs to go directly to his mom and dad in Jerusalem—if he can get there alive.
Once back the Peabody-Emerson extended family needs to use all their abilities and wiles to discover the reality, hinder a bloody holy battle, and store their son from the clutches of a nefarious enemy during this splendidly attractive story chock-full of thrills, secret, and bold from the inimitable Elizabeth Peters.
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