The Love Potion Murders in the Museum of Man (Norman de Ratour, #2)
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The Love Potion Murders in the Museum of Man (Norman de Ratour #2)

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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 – Malach...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Steerforth
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Emma Cooper
I ordered this book because I was doing some research on aphrodisiac plants and the plot caught my eye - it's a murder mystery set in a museum, and the murder weapon is a powerful aphrodisiac being researched in the associated genetics lab. The amateur detective intent on solving the case is the museum's director. This is the second book in the series (I believe); I haven't read the first.

It's an intriguing idea. The book sets itself up to be a black comedy, combining "parody and suspense" with...more
Julie H.
I'm loving this series! With such a strong start, you're always worried that the follow-up will either not measure up or will just be some sort of a place-keeper that establishes context for future works in the series but doesn't fully stand on its own legs. No such worries here, I am happy to report.

At the open of The Love Potion Murders in the Museum of Man, two or three years have elapsed since the first story in the series, Norman and Elsbeth are married, and he remains in place as the direc...more
This is one weird book. It's an academic satire that reads as though it were written by Agatha Christie channeling Henry James, but with a lot more sex and suspense than you'd expect. Norman de Ratour runs a natural history museum loosely connected with a college that couldn't possibly be Harvard. When two scientists at an attached research institute are found dead in (ahem) peculiar circumstances, Norman again works with the local police, as he had done in the notorious cannibalism case that wa...more
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I sense I won't be finishing this one. The back of the book sounded intriguing, but the story so far is "meh." I also think the author is being too cutesy with the names and situations. Not really funny much.

Update: bringing back to the library unfinished- double "meh"
May 17, 2010 erinsabs is currently reading it
Just started reading this. Now that I've read the reviews, I'm feeling a bit discouraged. Really hate investing time in a book just to be disappointed in the end. 279pgs isn't much
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Alfred Alcorn is the author of the second Norman de Ratour Mystery, The Love Potion Murders 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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