The Eye of Osiris (R. Austin Freeman)

By R. Austin Freeman

First published: UK, Hodder & Stoughton, 1911; USA, Dodd Mead, 1929, as The Vanishing Man

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Source: Facsimile Dust Jackets LLC

While slow-moving, it is a classic—one might say the classic mummy case. Dr. Thorndyke’s detection is from facts, not microscopic examination, so the reader has a chance. The characterisation is good—the love-story and the lawyer are both believable; and a nice dose of black humour in the form of the will.