I read this book about 28-Feb-2011. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1911. This note was last modified Friday, 22-Apr-2011 06:23:53 PDT.
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Early detective novel. Dr. Thorndyke practices forensic medicine, and gets involved in mysteries.
This one has a nice scene where they X-ray the mummy and discover the secret, including processing the sheets of paper (they couldn't get film that big) in the darkroom.
There's a sub-plot involving a strange will, and conflict between relatives over who gets the inheritance. The solution is elegant, really; the body will be preserved in the district wanted, in a place approved for such use. It's just, it'll be disguised as an ancient Egyptian mummy on display in the museum, rather than being conventionally buried.