Our favorite time-travelling archaeologist River Song is back for a new Doctor Who adventure in a solo novel The Ruby’s Curse. The novel is written by Alex Kingston herself and will be released on May 20, 2021. The story will also feature the private detective Melody Malone, River Song’s alter-ego.
The Ruby’s Curse is published by BBC Books and the synopsis of the novel is already available:
“She’s got ice in her heart and 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. 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?”
Alex Kingston first played River Song on Doctor Who in the 2008 Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead episodes during the Tenth Doctor era and did regular appearances on the show during Matt Smith’s tenure on the show. Kingston’s last appearance on the show so far was in the 2015 episode The Husbands of River Song. The actress also reprises regularly her role in the Big Finish audio dramas series The Diary of River Song.
Check out the official announcement:
Hello, Sweetie! Alex Kingston has written an original book for River Song 📚
— Doctor Who (@bbcdoctorwho) February 11, 2021
The Ruby’s Curse will be released as a hardcover on May 20, 2021 and is available to pre-order here.