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The Ruby's Curse was a novel written by Alex Kingston, featuring both River Song and Melody Malone.

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She's got ice in her heart and a kiss on her lips...

1939, New York. Private Eye, Melody Malone, is hired to find a stolen ruby, the Eye of Horus. The ruby might hold the secret to the location of Cleopatra's tomb - but everyone who comes into contact with it dies. Can Melody escape the ruby's curse?

1939, New York. River Song, author of the Melody Malone Mysteries, is forced to find a reality-altering weapon, the Eye of Horus - but everyone who comes into contact with it dies. River doesn't believe in curses - but is she wrong?

From the top-security confines of Stormcage to the barbarism of first-century Egypt, River battles to find the Eye of Horus before its powers are used to transform the universe. To succeed, she must team up with a most unlikely ally - her own fictional alter ego, Melody. And together they must solve another mystery: Is fiction changing into fact - or is fact changing into fiction?


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Dramatis personae[]

Melodramatis personae[]

  • Melody Malone
  • Horace P Wallace
  • Harry Dearkin
  • Phil the Kid
  • Calvin Cutling
  • Susan Peterson Lee
  • Delores Jones
  • George Badger Senior
  • Mrs Badger
  • George Badger Junior
  • Ruby Badger
  • Edwin Wivenhoe
  • Marvin Motson
  • Floyd
  • Jerry
  • Spatz
  • Lenny
  • Massouda
  • Delilah


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This novel was released as an audiobook on 20 May 2021 complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Alex Kingston.

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