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.