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(Whyborne & Griffin #1)

Jordan L. Hawk

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2012 Jordan L. Hawk

Cover art © 2012 Elaine Corvidae

Model Photo © Can Stock Photo Inc. | jorgophotography

Trees Photo © Can Stock Photo Inc. | rzihlman

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Edited by Annetta Ribken

Chapter 1

I was late for my appointment with a dead man.

Unfortunately, even though the man in question had died in Egypt some four-thousand years ago, he had living representatives. Namely Dr. Hart, the director of the Nathaniel R. Ladysmith Museum, who would not look kindly on my late arrival to the all-staff meeting.

I ran down Merry Cat Lane to the waiting omnibus, my arms full of books and loose notes. I’d neglected to wind the alarm clock the night before, caught up in my translations of hieroglyphics until I nodded off in my armchair. I was now hurrying to work in a slept-in suit, my cheeks reflecting the hastiest shave, with neither coffee nor breakfast to brace me.

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