Little Knell

Little Knell

by Catherine Aird

Book 18 in the Sloan and Crosby series
published 2000

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Inspector C. D. Sloan is called in when it is discovered that a large collection of artifacts that has been left to the Calleshire museum includes a three-thousand-year-old mummy case containing an all-too-recent murder victim.

Once prominent in the British colonial service, Colonel Caversham has died and left his extensive collection of artifacts to the local Calleshire museum. Included in those artifacts is a three-thousand-year-old Egyptain mummy and case, now the responsibility of one Mr. Fixby-Smith, curator of the Greatorex Museum.

What should be a simple moving job, however, is complicated by the fact that the local coroner, Mr. Granville Locombe-Stableford, will allow no body–no matter how ancient–to be moved without his consent.

Which is how Detective Chief Inspector C. D. Sloan is dragged away from his more pressing concern with the burgeoning local drug problem and sent to the museum to sort out egos and red tape. When the lid of the mummy case is raised, however, what greets the coroner, curator, and inspector is not what they expect.

Instead of the remains of the ancient Rodoheptah, they find the body of an unidentified young woman who has been dead only a matter of days.

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