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Lure of the Mummy [NOOK Book]

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Bert Carmody can't catch a break. As a hieroglyphs translator he's actually quite good. However, being pudgy, balding and awkward, he's always in the shadow of his young, charismatic coworkers.

Disillusioned and bitter, Bert spends his free time scouring the markets of Cairo hoping to find an unrecognized genuine artifact for the pittance a scholar can afford. His latest discovery is another piece of rubbish,...

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Lure of the Mummy

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Overview


Bert Carmody can't catch a break. As a hieroglyphs translator he's actually quite good. However, being pudgy, balding and awkward, he's always in the shadow of his young, charismatic coworkers.

Disillusioned and bitter, Bert spends his free time scouring the markets of Cairo hoping to find an unrecognized genuine artifact for the pittance a scholar can afford. His latest discovery is another piece of rubbish, just another animal mummy—one of literally millions of votive offerings from the ancients to one god or another.

Or is it?

Suddenly, things start looking up for Bert. But as he starts to get the recognition he deserves, there are deadly consequences for his coworkers. Will Bert finally be set for life, or will the lure of the mummy ruin him forever?

23,000 words


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426896903
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2013
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 319,388
  • File size: 267 KB

Meet the Author


Janis Susan May Patterson is a 7th-generation Texan and a 3rd-generation writer of mystery, romance, and horror. Once an actress and a singer, Janis has also been editor-in-chief of two multi-magazine publishing groups as well as many other things, including an enthusiastic amateur Egyptologist. Janis’ husband even proposed in a moonlit garden near the Pyramids of Giza. They live in Texas with an assortment of rescued furbabies.

You can find Janis at www.janissusanmay.com.


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Cairo stank, especially in this poor and desperate area.

Bert Carmody mopped his streaming face vigorously with a handkerchief that smelled at least as bad as the narrow, dusty street. It seemed all he had these days was dirty handkerchiefs. The damned laundress didn't even try to please him anymore.

"This way, sir, if you please…" The strange little man's galabeyah fluttered as his legs ran forward. God knew there was no breeze in this hellish part of the city.

Bert puffed as he struggled to keep up. He was going to get a burn where his thighs rubbed together from all this walking, he knew. The air was thick with heat and the smells of a poor part of a poor city. The houses were so old they sagged and leaned against each other for support. Probably beautiful when they had first been carved a couple of hundred years ago, their wooden screens were now warped and cracked from the relentless heat. The heat had an odor too, one of hot stone and distant deserts and unwashed humanity. The piles of rotting garbage blooming in the corners provided a pervasive undertone of decay. A gaunt dog, his filthy skin stretched taut over bony ribs, nosed unhopefully in the mess, probably hoping for a bite or two before someone chucked another stone at him.

"Don't go so fast, damn it!" he snarled, but the wizened little man was already at the next corner, beckoning frantically.

It would be so tempting to turn back, to just abandon this strange native and go back toward the main market, but if the man really did have something, something that would make people take notice of Bert Carmody… Besides, Bert wasn't sure he could find his way back out of this rabbit warren of twisting streets and crumbling buildings.

"Here, sir," the man purred and all but yanked Bert through a doorway into a stuffy, rank-smelling darkness.

Immediately the door slammed behind them, plunging whatever space this was into almost complete darkness. Bert felt a frisson of fear. After the glare outside he couldn't see a thing. Crime was rare in Cairo, but he wouldn't be the first to be lured into an unsavory part of town with the promises of something interesting only to be mugged.

As if he had anything worth taking.

Of course, to people who lived in slums like these even a poor, plump scholar such as he looked rich.

Bert began to sweat even more and it wasn't because of the heat.

The native had better eyes. There was the scrape of a match, then the surprisingly bright yellow flare of an oil lamp.

Good God, Bert thought with a sudden rush of disgust. It's the twenty-first century and these people don't even have electricity.

More fool he for thinking this man might have something interesting.

Then he saw what the man was holding.

A mummy. A small mummy, no bigger than a large hoagie sandwich, wrapped in crumbling brown linen. It was too small to be a child, unless it was a fetus—and Bert knew he'd never be that lucky. The only examples of mummified fetuses he was aware of had come from Tut's tomb. Finding another would make his career, but in Bert's life nothing ever came that easily, and if by some miracle it did, someone higher up would probably take the credit.

The dirty-looking bundle was probably an animal mummy; there were literally millions of those around, votive offerings from the ancients to one god or another. Ibises to Thoth, cats to Sekhmet, crocodiles to Sobek, falcons to Horus… The list was endless. The ancients had been so devout in offering to their gods that it was a wonder any wildlife at all had survived.

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

    Good read

    This is a good read but a short story like most of the free nook books. Would definately read more by this author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2011

    Chilling, surprising horror story! Great Egyptology!

    Loved this book--I couldn't put it down! May knows her Egyptology--the details about life in Cairo, ancient Egyptian mummies and hieroglyphics are both exciting and accurate. I was really pleased with the chilling ending--and surprised. Love this author's romances and this is a great new direction--I look forward to reading more!

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