These twelve mysteries by the author of ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ concern a mysterious armchair detective who solves crimes from reports and using logic. The stories describe murders, blackmail, theft and deception, but all have as their setting the fog-cloaked Edwardian streets: Fenchurch Street, Percy Street and Lisson Grove in London. Dublin, Glasgow, and Liverpool are also home to cases that have baffled detectives.
Mark and Hugh are school friends. Mark has visited Hugh’s house, whose father is an archaeologist and Egyptologist and where there is an odd museum, complete with mummies. One day, Mark receives word from his friend to 'Come at once if you can'. He finds Hugh has taken over his father’s work and is in possession of a secret encoded papyrus that is…
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