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Issue Details: First known date: 2014 2014
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'Painted in white, red and black ochre, the heart-shaped mask was one of the greatest creations of primitive man. The size of a dining table, it was carved with crazed, spiky lines that told of its maker’s dangerous insanity. The nose, with its wide-open nostrils, sat above a great slash of a mouth filled with jagged, blackened, pig’s teeth. But these horrors were not what one first noticed. It was the eyes that drew you in. Bloodshot. Manic. Hypnotic. They had been fashioned from pearl shells smeared with red ochre, the irises blackened spirals made from cone shells. They pulled at Archie’s soul as powerfully as a vortex.

'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?' (Publication summary)

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    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2014 .
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      Extent: 288p.
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      • Published 19 November 2014
      ISBN: 9781922079305
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Americas,
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      Minotaur Books , 2016 .
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      Extent: 304p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication Date: February 2, 2016
      ISBN: 9781250079428

Works about this Work

Book Review – The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish by Dido Butterworth, Tim Flannery Joanne Peulen , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Booklover Book Reviews 2016;

— Review of The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish Dido Butterworth 2014 single work novel
Informed Eye on Life and Death in a Museum Peter Pierce , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3-4 January 2015; (p. 19)

— Review of The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish Dido Butterworth 2014 single work novel
Flannery's First Fiona Gruber , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 369 2015; (p. 38)

— Review of The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish Dido Butterworth 2014 single work novel
Mr Carbon Tax’s New Name Andrew P. Street , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 December 2014; (p. 11)
Murder at The Museum Fiona Purdon , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 13 December 2014; (p. 30)

— Review of The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish Dido Butterworth 2014 single work novel
'Tim Flannery relished the chance to let his scientist's imagination take flight while writing a most unusual debut novel...'
Moose Lets Loose Literary Dream Deborah Bogle , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 5 December 2014; (p. 21)
Delightful Romp through Museum History Danielle Clode , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20-21 December 2014; (p. 18)

— Review of The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish Dido Butterworth 2014 single work novel
Murder at The Museum Fiona Purdon , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 13 December 2014; (p. 30)

— Review of The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish Dido Butterworth 2014 single work novel
'Tim Flannery relished the chance to let his scientist's imagination take flight while writing a most unusual debut novel...'
Delightful Romp through Museum History Danielle Clode , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20-21 December 2014; (p. 18)

— Review of The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish Dido Butterworth 2014 single work novel
Informed Eye on Life and Death in a Museum Peter Pierce , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3-4 January 2015; (p. 19)

— Review of The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish Dido Butterworth 2014 single work novel
Flannery's First Fiona Gruber , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 369 2015; (p. 38)

— Review of The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish Dido Butterworth 2014 single work novel
Book Review – The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish by Dido Butterworth, Tim Flannery Joanne Peulen , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Booklover Book Reviews 2016;

— Review of The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish Dido Butterworth 2014 single work novel
Mr Carbon Tax’s New Name Andrew P. Street , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 December 2014; (p. 11)
Moose Lets Loose Literary Dream Deborah Bogle , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 5 December 2014; (p. 21)
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