By Lauren Haney
A vile rumor sweeps around the wilderness like a speedily accumulating sandstorm: Queen Hatshepsut plans to disband a lot of her frontier military and rework its fortresses into storehouses. the coming 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 social gathering rested. The slain guy used to be a neighborhood prince, liked by way of his humans, so Bak travels upriver to hitch the caravan and examine. even though not anything tangible connects Amonked and his humans to the heinous act, Bak's inquiry quickly sheds a nerve-racking gentle on an inexplicable crime. For the clues recommend that twisted honor and vengeance lie at its root . . . and a stunning mystery, safe by means of homicide and silence, which may itself silence the truth—and Bak—for eternity.
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Extra info for A Curse of Silence: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt
Dozens of small boats and skiffs had been pulled out of the water and lay along the shore. All had been forced out of time-honored mooring places to make space for the visiting ﬂotilla. “I’ll wager my new kilt that those seven vessels will remain in Buhen throughout the time Amonked travels upriver,” Imsiba said in a sour voice. Bak knew what his friend was thinking: Sitamon’s ship and all those that sailed nearby waters would have to wait in line to load and unload cargo at the single quay available 24 Lauren Haney to them.
Minkheper stared straight ahead, looking none too happy. “Must I go with you, sir? I’d be of more value if I remained behind. After resolving this problem of too many ships in too small a harbor, I could hire a local man with a skiff and experience close-up the obstacles that currently prevent trading vessels traveling through the Belly of Stones. ” Bak asked, the word slipping out unbidden. Did Maatkare Hatshepsut hope to tame the Belly of Stones? Only a god could inﬂuence the rise and fall of the water, the shifting of boulders along the riverbed, the changing and hazardous currents.
He turned on his heel and stalked to the door. Nebwa, his expression stormy, stepped aside to let him pass. Face aﬂame, Lieutenant Merymose ﬂed behind his superior. Bak whistled. “There goes a man who’s already made his decision. ” Nebwa spat contemptuously into a bowl of sand near the street door. ” Imsiba made a quarter turn to peer down into the intersecting lane. Much narrower than the street, it ran arrow-straight between the two-story structure on which he 38 Lauren Haney stood with Bak and the single-level building block where Amonked and his party were housed.
A Curse of Silence: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt by Lauren Haney