Don't be "afrit," it'll be all right...
After all, the Emersons are on the case, and the Father of Curses does a great exorcism- even if it takes a while to take effect.
It starts with a widow and an artifact. The widow claims her husband had the life sucked out of him by a curse attached to a small and very valuable artifact. She insists the curse will kill her and begs Emerson to take it. She refuses to leave with it. Emerson takes it, but only for safekeeping.
Then 2 younger people arrive. The man comes in first and threatens them with a pistol. The woman, his sister, comes in to try and stop him, but Ramses, who moves like a cat, soon disarms him. The man seems to go limp, then apologizes. Ramses refuses to restore the firearm to him, hiding it away pending disposal. There are a couple of attempts to break into their home and enter to search for the object, plus the news gets around, and the Emersons decide it is high time they had a gatehouse and a guard on the main road going in...and soon, someone to stand guard on the back road. Tourists with fake letters of introduction they feel will get them what they want, and persistent journalists, make up the bulk of those attempting entry. The guardhouse gets blown up, dumping the straw roof and a few bricks onto the guard. Bare footprints not belonging to anyone in the family show an attempt to get to the artifact. Other archaeology groups are as eager as the villagers to see one of Emerson's exorcisms of the afrit, so finally he schedules one involving fire, a fake artifact, and Ramses playing the part of the afrit. But the afrit persists, it seems.
Amelia insists on Emerson giving Ramses tome to do as he prefers: preserving and piecing together, then translating, papyrus scraps and pottery bits (ostraca). The twins are 4 now, and in a way are becoming Ramses in stereo...especially the boy, David John, whose Machiavellian machinations he uses to get around prohibitions on certain activities, and who understands way more than the adults want to realize. Amelia tells Emerson it is time to hire more help, so they hire a young Russian who is as gifted as Ramses. The 2 work well together and he is good with the children, but it seems Amelia sends them away when he is around.
Of course, Abdullah sends his cryptic dream warnings to Amelia. There is murder, hostage taking, theft, attempted murder, searches of tombs, digging up the real information on people, and the realization of what is wrong with the man who pulled a gun. There are multiple twists and turns, and for once, it isn't Ramses who is being told he seems to have more lives than a cat and may eventually run out. And Abdullah tells Amelia something that she may or may not recall once she awakens.
Mayhem, curses, meticulous excavations, pursuit, being pursued, twists, turns, a humongous puppy, danger...all the elements of am Emerson season in Egypt, with new takes on the theme. Reply