The Commemoration Night ball at Beaufort College, Oxford, is disturbed first by a strange prank with a professor’s mummy, then by a tragic fire that kills the professor—or did it? If he died in the fire, what happened to the mummy? Professors Sargent and Considine take it upon themselves to investigate when the coroner rules accidental death, leaving them with unanswered questions. Dermot Morrah creates a picture-perfect Oxford environment filled with characters that draw the reader into those grounds of academia. This fun, breezy mystery will entertain the amateur detective mystery fan.
Dermot Morrah (1896-1974) was born on the Isle of Wight. He was educated at Winchester College and at New College, Oxford, where he was a mathematical scholar. From 1921 until 1928 he was a fellow of All Souls but ceased to reside there after 1922 when he entered the Home Civil Service as Assistant Principal in the Mines Department. His early writings were chiefly confined to professional contributions to government blue books, but he later wrote articles for the Times, the Daily Mail, and other papers. The Mummy Case Mystery was his only detective novel.