I ran across this book while at our one remaining Family Christian Store last week. (We used to have two Family Christian Stores; now we just have one.) This book was on the sale rack, marked down from $12.99 to about $4. I was ready for a light read, and figured I couldn’t hardly go wrong for $4. So, I picked up a copy.
I found this to be a very pleasant, light read.
I suppose it falls in the “clean, Christian, mystery” genre, as it is clean, includes some Christian themes, and is primarily a mystery.
What do I mean by Christian themes? While few of the characters are Christians, the narratives often gently explore religion and faith. For instance (from page 100):
“Look at all the millions,” continued Wilding, waving his fork in wide sweeps, a note of real passion in his voice, “the millions who believe in astrology and tarot cards and palmistry and spiritualism and seances. I’m not Robinson Crusoe, you know.”
“He’s quite right,” said Elspeth Fell, the passion in her voice almost matching that in Wilding’s. “There are many millions around the world who believe in these things.”
“Of course there are,” Chesterton offered. “When belief in God declines, belief in these other things increases.”
“Surely,” said Narracourt, “as belief in God decreases, scepticism increases.”
“Huh!” snorted Chesterton. “Would that it did. The decline in Christianity, my dear Sir Edward, means the increase in gullibility. It is not the case that those who do not believe in God believe in nothing. Rather is it the case that those who do not believe in God will believe in anything! They have discarded their last protection against superstition — namely a belief in the God who is there.”
Some Christian fiction is over-the-top, shoe-horning in the gospel, in what feels like unnatural ways. Other Christian fiction is more subtle, which may result in the message being missed completely. In this work, the author found the happy median. Not at all over-bearing, but still present and uplifting.
The mystery was mysterious enough. The romance was sweet and innocent. The nature of sin was explored. And I enjoyed it. Murder in the Mummy’s Tomb was a $4 winner!