River’s literary creation – Melody Malone.

The Ruby’s Curse is a sci-fi noir adventure set in 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.

Meanwhile, River Song, author of the ‘Melody Malone Mysteries’, is forced to find a reality-altering weapon, the Eye of Horus. 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 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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