The Vandemark Mummy
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The illustration on our cover is taken from Think of an Eel, Karen Wallace, ill. Mike Bostock, published by Walker (0 7445 2250 1, £6.99) - see the article 'Facts... With the Freshness of Fiction' for more about this book and others in the 'Read and Wonder' series. We are grateful to Walker Books for their help in using this illustration.
Although this is flagged as a mystery thriller, most young readers would find it a laborious 240-page plod. It concerns a mummy which forms part of an Egyptian collection entrusted to Phineas Hall's lecturer father; the mummy is stolen and returned, maimed, and then it's the turn of sister Althea to go missing. The book conspicuously lacks the vitality of the Tillerman stories, and Voigt's intelligent, unflappable characters are in danger of seeming aloof and emotionless.