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

By Lauren Haney

A vile rumor sweeps around the desolate tract like a rapidly accumulating sandstorm: Queen Hatshepsut plans to disband a lot of her frontier military and rework its fortresses into storehouses. the arriving 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 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 celebration rested. The slain guy used to be a neighborhood prince, loved by means of his humans, so Bak travels upriver to affix the caravan and examine. notwithstanding not anything tangible connects Amonked and his humans to the heinous act, Bak's inquiry quickly sheds a nerve-racking mild on an inexplicable crime. For the clues recommend that twisted honor and vengeance lie at its root . . . and a surprising mystery, secure via homicide and silence, which could itself silence the truth—and Bak—for eternity.

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Fleas. ” “I’ve noticed a good number of the pests in the dwelling in which we’re staying,” Amonked said. ” With a distasteful grimace, he took the scroll from Thuty. ” and he began to read. Horhotep gave Bak a mean glare, then turned his atten- A CURSE OF SILENCE 47 tion to the document. Seeing the pair distracted, Nebwa pretended to wipe his brow. Thuty, very much aware of how close he had come to losing his temper, threw Bak a quick look of gratitude. A scribe near the back of the room scratched his thigh, setting off a rustling of kilts and a subdued stir that sounded suspiciously like muffled laughter.

The sailors on board shouted across the quay at the men on Baket-Amon’s ship, their jokes vulgar, their laughter raucous. ” Bak asked, recalling his first day within the fortress and his first conversation with the man who had preceded Thuty. Imsiba gave his friend a surprised look. Bak seldom mentioned their earliest days on the frontier, when friendships had been forged, love had come and gone, and they had begun to feel the fortress their home. “He wished to make Buhen into a thriving city, in which soldiers and craftsmen and traders could live in safety and contentment with their families.

Their very efficiency was speaking against them. “This building serves as our treasury. ” Thuty paused in the anteroom, waiting for the two guards to light torches so the inspection party could see into the darkest corners. He and his entourage filled the small space, crowding the two scribes, who feigned indifference to their lofty visitors. “About half what you see was obtained through trade. Roughly a quarter was given as tribute to our sovereign, offered by tribal princes and kings who wish to acknowledge her friendship with gifts.

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