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By Jane Lindskold

Plucky younger Jenny Benet, a lately orphaned American woman who used to be raised at the Wild West frontier and knowledgeable at a Boston completing institution, has come to Egypt in corporation together with her uncle Neville Hawthorne, a famous British archaeologist. they are a part of a workforce investigating the mythical Buried Pyramid, the tomb of the pharaoh Neferankhotep -- who can also were Moses the Lawgiver.

But they are not the single ones drawn to the positioning. one other occasion, led by way of the opulent and treacherous woman Audrey Cheshire, is shadowing theirs. anyone who indicators himself "The Sphinx" has been sending threatening letters -- written fullyyt in hieroglyphics. In Egypt, an historical and shadowy association turns out made up our minds to maintain the tomb from being discovered.

But mortals is probably not all that stands of their way.

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We ran, then, yet we didn’t get the following in time. ” Uncle Neville smiled. “I don’t learn about that, Jenny. ” She back his smile. “What I nonetheless don’t recognize is how Stephen occurred to be so opportunely unsleeping. ” Stephen seemed embarrassed. “Nothing so grand, I’m afraid. i have to have fallen asleep whereas i used to be sitting up examining. My candle had guttered to just about not anything. whatever woke me—perhaps one among your assailants relocating approximately. i presumed not anything of it and had simply lit clean tapers so i'll locate my things—I’m afraid I’d left them really higgledy-piggledy once we have been making gear lists earlier—when I heard Jenny’s scream. I grabbed up the candelabrum and ran. ” “So you weren't attacked? ” Neville requested. “No, sir. ” Stephen regarded considerate. “Perhaps my gentle deceived any watchers into believing i used to be extra alert than i used to be. ” “Quite likely,” Neville agreed. He seemed immediately at Jenny with a strange uncertainty to his frequently direct gaze. “Jenny, you stated you observed your attacker really essentially. You pointed out he was once large. Did you spot the rest? ” Jenny swallowed tough. “I did. He …” She regarded pleadingly at him. “Don’t imagine me loopy, Uncle, yet he seemed similar to one of many photos from Stephen’s books, a guy dressed like an historic Egyptian—wearing a type of brief tunics or kilts. He had a extensive collar round his neck and over his top chest. ” Uncle Neville persisted to mend his gaze on her. “Is that every one? ” She felt without warning defiant. “No, that isn’t. Above that collar, the fellow had a jackal’s head, like the god Anubis does within the photographs. I’m now not loopy, and the sunshine was once terrible, yet there has been adequate coming from in the back of him that I’m convinced of what I observed. ” She used to be prepared for objections, yet none got here. “That fits what I saw,” Uncle Neville stated, “though I didn’t get as transparent a look—just a glimpse ahead of my guy went out the window—and such a lot of what I observed used to be the top. He used to be most likely dressed like your assailant, although. I have in mind being stunned that his legs have been naked. ” Jenny felt a wash of reduction. Stephen appeared approximately to claim whatever, yet Uncle Neville minimize him off. “Did you hit your guy? ” “Yes. there has been blood at the flooring, although now not a lot. i could have merely nicked him. I didn’t take a lot time to try. ” “Still,” Uncle Neville acknowledged, “we are able to music him via the blood drops. Where’s Papa Antonio? Has an individual checked round outdoors? ” Bert came visiting in reaction. “Mr. Donati has long gone outdoor with a number of of his employees to envision the encompassing quarter. He left while leave out Benet used to be appearing her surgical procedure, yet acknowledged he will be to be had in the event you wanted him. ” “Find him for me, might you, Bert? ” Neville stated. “Emily? Is an individual approximately within the kitchen? ” “Just approximately everyone seems to be wide awake, sir,” the maid spoke back. not like Bert, who used to be performing as though assaults by means of masked assassins fell right into a footman’s day-by-day regimen, she used to be truly terrified. Jenny reached out and patted her shoulder comfortingly. “Come with me, Emily. We’ll pass over to the kitchen and spot if one of many employees will help us make tea. I’d like Uncle Neville to have a few broth besides.

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