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The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish

(2014)
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It's 1932, and the Venus Island fetish, a ceremonial mask surrounded by thirty-two human skulls, now resides in the museum in Sydney. But young anthropologist Archie Meek, recently returned from an extended field trip to Venus Island, has noticed a strange discoloration of some of the skulls of the fetish. Has someone been tampering with the primitive artefact? Is there a link between the mysterious disappearance of Cecil Polkinghorne, curator of archaeology, and the fetish? And how did Eric Sopwith, retired mollusks expert, die in the museum's storeroom?

The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish is a delightfully risque romp, full of eccentric characters, intrigue and adventure.

Nothing is known of Miss Dido Butterworth, curator of worms (retired). Museum records contain no employee of that name, though there is speculation that the name is a pseudonym for Hans Schmetterling, curator of worms (1936 - 55).

Tim Flannery, author of several works of non-fiction, was curator of mammals at the Sydney Museum 1984 - 99.

'Flannery has had ample fun writing The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish and readers can share that with him.' Sydney Morning Herald

'There's a wonderfully quirky array of characters wandering through this delightful period mystery that will not only give you insight into 1930s Sydney, but will also win you over with its warmth and humour. A wonderful read.' Surf Coast Times

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Mystery Of The Venus Island Fetish (Thorndike Press Large Print Mystery Series)
Author(s): Tim Flannery
ISBN: 1-4104-9085-8 / 978-1-4104-9085-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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February 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish
Author(s): Tim Flannery
ISBN: 1-250-07942-X / 978-1-250-07942-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Paperback Editions

November 2014 : Australia Paperback
thumbTitle: Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish, The
Author(s): Dido Butterworth, Tim Flannery
ISBN: 1-922079-30-8 / 978-1-922079-30-5 (Australia edition)
Publisher: TEXT PUBLISHING COMPANY
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Kindle Editions

February 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish
Author(s): Tim Flannery
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

November 2014 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish
Author(s): Dido Butterworth
Publisher: Text Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   


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