Wednesday, 21 December 1994

Professor Burnaby's Discovery

Fiction ~ short story
First published in The Storyteller, June 1926
Collected in Fine Feathers and Other Stories, 1994
Approx. 6,750 words
(First read 21/12/1994)

Christopher Heaton and his wife own a hotel on the Nile in Egypt in 1919.  Business is bad so they decide to organize the biggest scam in the history of Egyptological scams: the discovery of the Queen of Sheba's tomb.  Luckily for Christopher, he just happens to be a dab hand at forging antiquities, etc.  Well, that's the premise of it.  The tone is ~ I think ~ meant to be light; but the whole thing is sadly somewhat leaden, and is about 5,000 words too long.

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