The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish

The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish

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It's 1932, and the Great Venus Island Fetish, a ceremonial mask surrounded by thirty-two human skulls, now resides in a museum in Sydney, Australia. But young anthropologist Archie Meek, recently returned from an extended field trip to Venus Island, has noticed something amiss: a strange discoloration on some of the skulls. Has someone tampered with the fetish? Is there a link between it and the mysterious disappearance of Cecil Polkinghorne, curator of archaeology? And how did Eric Sopwith, retired mollusks expert, die in the museum's storeroom? Could Archie's life be at risk as well? But these are not the only concerns that weigh upon the assistant curator's mind. Why hasn't his beloved Beatrice, registrar, anthropology, accepted his proposal of marriage and the love token he brought back from Venus Island? Has something been lost in translation?
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2016
ISBN: 9781250079428
125007942X
Characteristics: ix, 289 p. ; 22 cm

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Aug 14, 2016

The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish. --- by. --- Tim Flannery.
Tim Flannery is an accomplished writer who writes competently and absorbingly about natural history. Based on this fact, I decided to explore what he had written in the fiction genre. Boy, was I ever disappointed. Instead of something reasonable, a who-dunnit perhaps, I get this "thing" with which I didn't know what to do.
Our protagonist, a curator at a Sydney museum has just returned from a five year stint collecting specimens. He comes back to civilization after having gone virtually native. His girlfriend Beatrice has become very cool to him and everybody in the book as odd-funny names.
Just what kind of book is this I keep asking myself?
After a while I don't care anymore. Maybe this book ought to be put in a pickling jar and lost in the bowels of the institution.
If you get to page 50 and still want to plod on, you'd a better reader than I, Gunga Din.

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