When Professor Gerald Smaill, an American archaeologist, discovers a golden Byzantine cross in cave in Asia Minor, a disembodied voice threatens him with death. While en route on a cruise ship back to England, he receives additional threats and confides in fellow passenger Father Brown. A secret crypt under a Dover Church has been recently uncovered containing the body of a 13th Century bishop that has been mummified in the Egyptian fashion along with a similar golden cross. Smaill, Brown, and several of the ship's passengers investigate the find and risk the curse that accompanies it. Written by
Did You Know?
Father Brown says, "Our Father Superior is constantly telling me I lack foresight." There is no such title in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church (unlike 'Mother Superior', which often designates the chief nun in a convent). The head of a religious community may be called the Superior (and Father Brown is a diocesan priest, so this doesn't apply; he would be answerable to his Bishop), and every priest may be called Father, but never the two together. See more
[talking with Smaill about his assistant
He's married? He has the uncreased look of a bachelor.