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By Jane Lindskold

Plucky younger Jenny Benet, a lately orphaned American woman who was once raised at the Wild West frontier and expert at a Boston completing tuition, has come to Egypt in corporation along with her uncle Neville Hawthorne, a favourite British archaeologist. they're 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 don't seem to be the single ones attracted to the positioning. one other celebration, led via the opulent and treacherous woman Audrey Cheshire, is shadowing theirs. somebody who symptoms himself "The Sphinx" has been sending threatening letters -- written fullyyt in hieroglyphics. In Egypt, an historic and shadowy association turns out decided to maintain the tomb from being discovered.

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

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I forgot to say, yet a letter used to be slid lower than the door a couple of moments in the past. ” “Thank you, Bert. placed it at the secretary and I’ll take a look at it whilst I’m dry. ” “Very reliable, sir. ” Stephen’s operating speedy, Neville inspiration, amused, emerging from the water and starting to towel off. i ponder if he had his most up-to-date cipher labored out prematurely. i have to be fairly dense in helping to resolve this one. however the missive was once neither from Stephen, nor from the mysterious Sphinx. It used to be from Eddie Bryce. I got note that the Lotus Blossom is able to go away as of day after today morning. it appears, past notification was once mislaid within the confusion at my residence. i am hoping you and your partners can be ready to go away on time, as with the vacationer season starting in strength, it will likely be tougher to booklet acceptable lodgings and we may well lose every week or extra. Eddie went directly to set a time they need to have the ability to leave, noting that he may organize for either carriage and baggage wagon. He reminded them that secrecy used to be of the essence, and stated that he and Papa Antonio had labored out a few acceptable misdirection. The letter concluded particularly strangely. i want to recommend you to convey pass over Benet with you. we all know that we've got enemies right here in Cairo. For ourselves to flee them whereas leaving a woman weak will be below right. i've got made preparations for my family’s defense. i'd wish that you'd do no much less for the single surviving member of your personal bloodline. Neville learn over this final paragraph again and again, then folded the letter and set it apart. Eddie did have some extent, and he knew he may fear approximately Jenny have been he to go away her, whether he had her flow to the comparative security of one other household—say, with the Travers relatives. The Anubis-mask-wearing assassins may perhaps slip in lower than any variety of guises: porter, family servant, messenger. He made up his brain, and earlier than dressing for dinner donned a dressing costume and crossed to rap on his fees’ doorways. either replied rapidly, Stephen already clad in his out-dated formal put on, a publication in his hand, and Jenny in a protracted gown. whatever approximately her hair steered that Emily have been dressing it. Neville confirmed them either the envelope. “The Sphinx? ” Stephen acknowledged, with what Neville thought—knowing what he did—was admirable promptness. Jenny, basically nonetheless pissed off together with her uncle, acknowledged not anything, simply stood quietly. Her posture reminded Neville of a junior officer who didn't dare communicate out opposed to a great, yet was resolute to not provide something that may be construed as aid. For a second, Neville thought of now not taking Eddie’s recommendation and leaving her nerve-racking presence in the back of. yet weren’t you simply telling your self that she’s the kid and also you the grownup? he chided himself. may you ever forgive your self if whatever occurred to her since you replied childishness with an identical? the reply was once so noticeable that Neville didn’t even trouble to respond to, now not even to himself. “No, no longer the Sphinx,” he acknowledged. “From Eddie.

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