By Elizabeth Peters

Big apple instances bestselling writer Elizabeth Peters brings again liked Egyptologist and beginner sleuth Amelia Peabody in an exhilarating story set amid the traditional temples and simmering non secular tensions of Palestine at the eve of worldwide warfare I. . . .
August 1910. Banned from the Valley of the Kings by way of the Antiquities provider, 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 with 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. looking for the vanished treasures of the Temple in Jerusalem, Morley is decided to unearth the mythical Ark of the Covenant.
The skeptical Emerson desires no a part of the scheme until eventually a request from the struggle 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 difficulty during this politically unstable land. Emerson can't think that the possible inept Morley is a German secret agent, yet may well he be mistaken?
Determined to avoid a catastrophically unprofessional excavation that may damage worthwhile ancient reveals in addition to reason an armed protest through infuriated Christians, Jews, and Muslims who view the Temple Mount, often referred to as the Dome of the Rock, as sacred, Amelia, Emerson, and corporate head to Palestine. although it isn't to her cherished 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 by way of an strange social gathering 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: details he needs to move 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 talents and wiles to discover the reality, hinder a bloody holy conflict, 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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A River in the Sky (Amelia Peabody, Book 19) by Elizabeth Peters
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