The author is a well-established specialist in the study of mummies and his original work has been translated into English by Cordula Werschkun. The translated version reads well and is likely to be error-free. Mummies have long prompted wide interest, and some horror, with the Egyptian mummies being arguably the most famous. What many readers may not know before reading this book is how the discovery of mummified remains stretches around the world and through the ages. Not all of these mummified remains were deliberately created by a complex process of human preparation. This book provides a comprehensive review of the natural and artificial processes with a range of examples indicating the distribution of ‘finds’. This may be the most extensive reference book to have been published on this intriguing subject.