By Agatha Christie
A singular of anger, jealousy, betrayal and homicide in 2000 BC it really is Egypt, 2000 BC, the place loss of life supplies aspiring to lifestyles. on the foot of a cliff lies the damaged, twisted physique of Nofret, concubine to a Ka-priest. younger, attractive and venomous, such a lot agree that she deserved to die like a snake. but Renisenb, the priest's daughter, believes that the woman's demise used to be no longer destiny, yet homicide. more and more, she turns into confident that the resource of evil lurks inside of her personal father's family. because the spouse of an eminent archaeologist, Agatha Christie took half in numerous expeditions to the center East. Drawing upon this adventure and exhaustive learn, she wrote this serial killer secret laid in Egypt 4000 years in the past.
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A singular of anger, jealousy, betrayal and homicide in 2000 BC it truly is Egypt, 2000 BC, the place loss of life supplies aspiring to existence. on the foot of a cliff lies the damaged, twisted physique of Nofret, concubine to a Ka-priest. younger, appealing and venomous, such a lot agree that she deserved to die like a snake. but Renisenb, the priest's daughter, believes that the woman's demise used to be now not destiny, yet homicide.
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Come, take a look around. " Kay's bedroom was a large, pleasant one. From the window was a good view of the coffee-covered slopes that rose gently to meet the steep, grooved sides of Mt. Hualalai. "You see, I have a view, too," Kay said. " Sam stood for a moment looking out the window. Then he wandered back to the office. On an end table by the sofa, he glimpsed the letter his aunt had been reading. He couldn't help noticing the words that were printed in large black letters on the plain white paper.
Nobody knows," Malia answered. " Sara breathed a sigh of relief. " Page 22 Sam gave a hoot of laughter. " "Wel-l-l, not exactly," Sara replied slowly. " Kay went on with the story. "I'm not superstitious either, Sam, but according to Auntie Tura, trouble did come to Captain's Cove. Peter Jensen's only child, a daughter named Grace, fell in love with a Hawaiian boy, much to her father's disapproval. She married her lover secretly but lived on at Captain's Cove until he could earn enough money for them to live on their own.
Kay laughed. "I'm glad you're here, both of you. " When the twins looked shocked, Kay added quickly, "Oh, I don't mean by an idol or by the old gods. " Sam blinked and wondered what Aunt Kay meant by that. Whatever she meant, it sounded ominous. But he didn't have a chance to find out because Kay added quickly, "We'd better stop this talk about curses and idols or you two will be leaving on the next plane out of Hilo. I only meant to tell you the history of Captain's Cove. " Page 26 3 The Watcher That night before she went to bed, Sara curled up in the chair by her window.