So here we go.
|Collins Hardback First Edition (printed between 1968 and 1971), cover art by Roger Hall
"How can a 3,000 year old mummy whisper?"
Pete, Bob and Jupiter couldn't believe it! But the Professor swore he’d heard the mummy's curse -
"Woe to all who disturb my sleep..."
Then a series of 'accidents', and the theft of the mummy case change the investigators' minds!
|Professor Yarborough is almost crushed
by a statue of Anbus (artwork by Roger Hall)
This has long been one of my favourite books and I can remember reading it over the course of an afternoon back in the late 70s and being thrilled by it. I’m pleased to say that it still holds up - the characters are well drawn, the mystery has a good foundation and there’s plenty of history to absorb and add verisimilitude to the story.
Well told and structured, this is superbly written and drops clues for further in the timeline (“Two and two don’t always make four,” Jupe said, his manner mysterious. “And fifteen and fifteen don’t always make thirty” after Worthington mentions that it opens on the fifteenth day of their thirty days use of the Rolls Royce) though it does niggle me there’s a chapter not told from an Investigator-led POV (which probably troubled me more as an adult than it did as a kid). That aside, this is a great book with a good sense of location and atmosphere and further proof - should it be needed - that it’s a shame Robert Arthur didn’t write or plot more of the adventures.
Great fun and highly recommended.
|Format a paperback, printed between 1971 and 1980 (it never appeared in Format b),
cover art by Peter Archer
The internal illustrations for the UK edition were drawn by Roger Hall.
Thanks to Ian Regan for the artwork (you can see more at his excellent Cover Art database here)