Murder in the Museum of Man

Murder in the Museum of Man Dean Cranston Fessing dispatched from Wainscott University to investigate finances of the neighboring Museum of Man has been murdered Not only that but his grisly remains bear the unmistakable mark

  • Title: Murder in the Museum of Man
  • Author: Alfred Alcorn
  • ISBN: 9780944072776
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dean Cranston Fessing, dispatched from Wainscott University to investigate finances of the neighboring Museum of Man, has been murdered Not only that, but his grisly remains bear the unmistakable mark of haute cuisine The police are baffled, and the media have a field day, dragging the name of the venerable museum through the mud To get to the bottom of it all, and saveDean Cranston Fessing, dispatched from Wainscott University to investigate finances of the neighboring Museum of Man, has been murdered Not only that, but his grisly remains bear the unmistakable mark of haute cuisine The police are baffled, and the media have a field day, dragging the name of the venerable museum through the mud To get to the bottom of it all, and save his beloved museum from the University s institutional embrace, comes recording secretary Norman de Ratour, the most reluctant of heroes, the unlikeliest of sleuths Disappointed in love thirty years ago, Norman lives a reclusive bachelor s existence, tormented by the memory of Elsbeth, and of his own timidity at a crucial amorous moment Aided by the e mail missives of an anonymous informant, and thwarted at every turn by his politically ambitious boss, Norman is thrust to center stage and begins to investigate a long list of suspects Along the way he uncovers a cannibal cult in the anthropology department, creative writing in the primate pavilion, and Nietzschean ambitions in the genetics lab It s a race to find the culprit, save the museum and reclaim his lost love before he himself winds up gracing the table of some fiendish gourmand.

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    1. I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully written mystery and the quirky character of Norman de Ratour and intend to read all of the series. I am torn between donating it and keeping it on my bookshelf as a loaner, which I rarely do. The prose is tight and not for the faint of heart. The characters' names are a delight: Malachy Morin, Damon Drex, Corny Chard. I didn't want this one to end and I look forward to others in the series as I follow Norman in his sleuthing and his romance, such as they are [...]

    2. Book started out slowbut I like the funny parts and I like Norman because he does not pretend to be the sleuth he truly is.n, did not like the part about the romantic interest, but this is a good read otherwise:)

    3. Great entertainment, and an anthropological eye opener as well. The author was at Harvard University's Museum of Natural History and writes from that point of view - that of a scholarly, formal, 19th century raconteur though with perhaps more ethics than those early explorers. Norman de Ratour is principled, guided by rules, careful and deft and cagey when it comes to politics. He triumphs over all the ridiculous academic gyrations.Oh, and some surprising gormandizing!

    4. Alfred Acorn's Murder in the Museum of Man, book #1 in the "Norman de Rateur" series, is the most erudite, hilarious send-up of pompous academics and museologists I have ever come across. Main character Norman de Rateur, begins the story as the Recording Secretary of the Museum of Man (MOM), daily mourning the missed opportunity some 30 years in his past of wedding his long-lost love, Elsbeth. Over the course of the unfolding mystery--told through the vehicle of the "unofficial" log in which he [...]

    5. The opening of my Boston Globe review:When pieces of Dean Cranston Fessing are discovered in a dumpster behind the gender-studies center at Wainscott University, having been roasted, sauteed, or baked in one delicate sauce or another, it is the best thing that ever happened to Norman de Ratour, mild-mannered recording secretary at the Museum of Man.Dean Fessing, you see, was laying the groundwork to have the university swallow the museum, threatening not only to end the museum's sacred mission b [...]

    6. Read about this book/author in alumni magazineunded intriguing.It wasn't.Cannibalism is not an appealing or titillating topic for me.Journal style telling of story seemed cumbersome and coy.My favorite parts were the narrator's description of the the natural world he encounters on his walks to campus.cially very accurate, painterly descriptions of birds. There were some funny references to university types.But overall, this book spent a lot of time trying too hard to be clever.Reading it felt li [...]

    7. A very amusing mystery novel, involving a power struggle over the fate of the Museum of Man, cannibalism, eugenics, and a chimpanzee writing project — all under one roof. Real chimp lit! The arguments of political correctness concerning the proposed Neanderthal diarama were hysterical enough to produce the third death of the story. I learned of it through the Seattle Public Library's reading list "If You Like Arturo Perez-Reverte".

    8. I thought this would be an interesting read. A professor missing, later found murdered. He was prepared as a delicacy. The horror! I certainly wanted to get to the bottom of this. However, I found this book to be a chore in having to work so hard to read it. I just could not get absorbed. The narrator has a dry intellectual voice that failed to generate any excitement on my end. I am a fast reader but the journey was slow. After a week, I've given up.

    9. It took me a hundred pages or so to get this book. I couldn't quite figure it out. But then I chuckled through it. They almost lost as many Deans as probation workers on Misfits. Nice having a narrator who's a bit clueless, so I can feel smart.

    10. Meh. It took me forever to get through this book. Partly because I have a new baby and partly because this book was a little on the dry side. Being a mystery, I wanted to find out who the culprit was. Big whoop.

    11. A delicious mix of murder mystery, academic politics, satire, and cannibalism. Couldn't stop chuckling.

    12. Hilarious, macabre murder mystery set in the Museum of Man and poking fun at academia and pedantic museum administrator types. It's a different kind of mystery. Really liked it.

    13. Enjoyable mystery. Reminded me of Russo's Straight Man, but with cannibalism. Not really a mystery you can solve though, which I'm more used to, but still a fun ride. Will definitely read the rest.

    14. Didn't like the writing, and as an academic I found the caricatures so extreme as to destroy any plausibility. Wanted to like it, so very disappointed.

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