By: Kathie Scrimgeour
Jane Bigelow's short story "The Golden Ruse" was published in Luxor: Gods, Grit and Glory (ISBN 13: 978-1514779378, ISBN 10: 1514779374), on August 15, 2015 by Museum Tours, and edited by Bill Petty. All the stories involve the city of Luxor, aka Thebes, aka Waset, and always a center of events in Egyptian history.
It has been a successful trading voyage for the Middle Kingdom trader Nebnefer. He's about to go home with a shipload of ebony and ivory, and a few twists of gold wire. Why does he feel so uneasy in the great trade city of Abu, then, and why is his old trading contact suddenly so distant? On his way home, he decides to stop for the night in Perhathor instead of pushing for Waset. It was the wrong choice.
Jane M. H. Bigelow writes fantasy, historical fiction, and short nonfiction. She has one novel and several short stories published, including "Healing Pain" in the recently released Gifts of Darkover anthology. She is currently working on too many projects at once. Jane lives in Denver with her husband and fellow archaeology nut Robert, and two cats.