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The Curse of the Pharaohs – Week 1

After several years of sitting out of the archaeological game, the Emerson’s are about to get a chance at a tomb that will make others green with envy. After the birth of their son, they stayed out of Egypt, to allow him time to grow before heading back. But when a wealthy benefactor dies, his widow is determined that the only person for the job is Radcliffe Emerson. Throw in the archaeologist who was working on the site missing, it all adds up to something weird. After initially refusing to take the job, the Emerson’s accept the offer, and prepare to leave their son with his aunt and uncle for the winter while they are gone.

Ramses, as their son is nicknamed is no ordinary child (and if you continue to read through the series, his antics will have you rolling with laughter), but he is not quite ready to go abroad. He has a vast knowledge of things that most kids his age would not understand. However, leaving him with Walter and Evelyn for the winter will allow the Emerson’s some much needed time away and putting them back to work at the same time.

As they get back to Egypt, they get rooms at their favorite hotel, only to have Radcliffe hurt their first night there when a knife comes out of the wardrobe and hits him in the arm. He brushes it off as a mere accident, but Amelia wonders if there is something more going on than just an accident. As they get to their work site, and manage to get some of their highly sought after workers back, they are ready to get to work. As they survey the site, Radcliffe is almost crushed by a boulder, but Amelia managed to push him out of the way just in time…

This week we are reading Chapters 1-4


  1. What do you think of Ramses, and the way that he responds to academic pursuits?
  2. Do you think they should have credited the first accident with more caution than they did?
  3. Are you ready for an exciting adventure?