In The Case of the Fleet-Footed Mummy by Jeffery M. Poole, Zach goes to the formal opening night of an Egyptian exhibition at the high school in Pomme Valley, Oregon, which Tori, the wife of his police detective friend, Vance, has worked very hard to bring to her school. Exploring the exhibits with his lady friend, Jillian, Zach is relieved not to see a mummy among the artifacts, as he has a fear of mummies. But then Dr. Tarik, the Egyptian specialist in charge of the exhibition, announces his special display, a mummy found in King Tut’s tomb, along with a pendant found among the layers of wrappings of the mummy. But then he opens the curtains to discover that the mummy case is empty and the pendant gone.
Vance rushes to the scene, where he learns from Dr. Tarik that the pendant was the legitimate artifact worth millions of dollars. Vance asks Zach for help by bringing his corgi, Sherlock, to examine the scene. Sherlock has a reputation for having located crucial clues when Zach was suspected of murder a few months earlier. Sherlock goes to work and locates a few clues before chasing an intruder out of the music room. Vance and Zach continue to investigate the case, but things keep getting more and more complicated, particularly involving a corn field maze, and Sherlock leads the way.
I really appreciated The Case of the Fleet-Footed Mummy. The plot line takes several unique turns, with the story giving us surprises all the way throughout the book. A lot of books that feature animals in them seem to rely on the cute antics of the animals to cover up weaker plots and distract the reader from the fact that the mystery doesn’t have strong substance. This book, however, uses the dogs (Zach also has a corgi named Watson, but she isn’t a detective like her brother, Sherlock) as plot devices to move the mystery forward instead of cover up the lack of a strong mystery.
I enjoyed the witty details I found in the book. There is word play, especially with words introduced to Zach in the book, in particular desiccated, which he learns at the exhibition and uses every chance he can get. The humor in the book just further serves to add to its charm. I will give the warning, however, that this book contains more bad language than the typical cozy mystery. There are no F-bombs, but plenty of S-bombs, which the book could have done without, especially given its target audience.
Bob Johnson performs the audio edition of this book, making it a lot of fun to listen to. With his friendly- sounding voice, he clearly sounds as I picture Zach. His timing works well, with strong expression coming from the fun character of Zach, who narrates the book. The audio performance worked very effectively.
I had a great time listening to The Case of the Fleet-Footed Mummy, which I purchased off Audible the moment I saw it had been released. It lived up to all my expectations from the first book, which set a high bar. I give the book five stars.
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