The Love Potion Murders in the Museum of Man: A Norman de Ratour Mystery [NOOK Book]

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When Professor Humberto Ossmann and Dr. Clematis Woodley, who heartily despised each other in life, are found together in a mortal embrace, Norman de Ratour knows that evil once again stalks the hallowed precincts of the Museum of Man. It has been several years since the museum was wracked by what became known as the “cannibal murders.” Many of the same characters – Malachy Morin, Lieutenant Tracy of the Seaboard Police Department, Constance Brattle of Wainscott University's Oversight Committee, the Reverend ...
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Overview

When Professor Humberto Ossmann and Dr. Clematis Woodley, who heartily despised each other in life, are found together in a mortal embrace, Norman de Ratour knows that evil once again stalks the hallowed precincts of the Museum of Man. It has been several years since the museum was wracked by what became known as the “cannibal murders.” Many of the same characters – Malachy Morin, Lieutenant Tracy of the Seaboard Police Department, Constance Brattle of Wainscott University's Oversight Committee, the Reverend Alfie Lopes, Elsbeth, now Norman's beloved wife, and Israel Landes, his devoted friend – play their parts as an unseemly conspiracy unfolds: A powerful aphrodisiac under development in the Genetics Lab is being used as a murder weapon.Norman, now director of the museum, figuratively dons his deerstalker hat to help the Seaboard police find and bring the miscreants to justice. The Love Potion Murders in the Museum of Man takes black comedy to philosophical heights, exploring the human (and inhuman) condition and seeking to redeem it through humor in a novel that combines parody and murder mystery suspense.

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Norman de Ratour's life turns upside down when his wife is diagnosed with cancer, one of his anthropologists disappears in the South American wild, he begins lusting after his stepdaughter, and murder is committed in a most unusual way in the research department of the Museum of Man. Written with what is supposed to be humor, this second series entry (after Murder in the Museum of Man) misses the mark.


—Jo Ann Vicarel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581952377
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 11/3/2010
  • Series: Norman de Ratour Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,173,069
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Alfred Alcorn is the author of the previous Norman de Ratour Mystery, Murder in the Museum of Man, and former director of travel at Harvard University’s Museum of Natural History. He lives in Belmont, Masschusetts.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    Tasteless trash from a talented writer

    Alfred Alcorn is a very good writer and could have written a book that was both thoughtful and highly entertaining. I will not repeat the synopsis of the plot given in the Product Description, but he has drawn an unusual situation, peopled the story with quirky interesting characters, and seasoned the whole dish with a strong dose of wry, enjoyable observations on human nature, such as when he says soap operas "blend into one another with the same people saying the same things to one another again and again. ( Perhaps they are more realistic than I give them credit for.)"

    Given the plot description, I was prepared for some broad humor and a lot of sex. I was put off at the humorous treatment of Norman's lust for his stepdaughter while his wife is dying of cancer, although, to do him credit, he is disturbed by his feelings. However, I drew the line and stopped reading halfway through the book when he views a videotape of a colleague being dismembered and cannibalized, said character narrating the tape for posterity while he is dying. Why would anyone write such a scene in a work of entertainment? And why would anyone want to read it?

    I had wondered why such a good writer was being published by a house I had never heard of. I now can understand why this book might have had difficulty being published at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2009

    EWWWW! Do not buy this book.

    What is his problem? Obviously in need of help as a pedophile. The main characters' wife is dying so she "encourages him" to date and then marry her young daughter. Ick on many levels.

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