The Scream Museum (P.C. Hawke Mysteries, #1)by Published 01 Jul 2001
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P.C. Hawke and his partner investigate the murder of the chief biologist at the Museum of Natural History. As they dig into the strange story, they discover a stolen world-famous necklace, an anthropologist trained in Indonesian medicine and hypnosis, and a fat, hairy tarantula named Aristotle.
The Scream Museum (P.C. Hawke Mysteries, #1) Reviews
Okay read. Was proofing it for the library at our school and will not be putting it in the library due to the references to voodoo, ouija boards, tarot cards, etc. However, it was not a terrible book. Just don't feel it's a good addition for our library for the missionary community here in Haiti.
I think this book was exciting and made me keep turning the pages. I recommend this book to those who are mystery lovers.
An odd murder mystery set in the Museum of Natural History. Characters do too much thinking aloud. There is the standard hard-headed, I-am-right detective that frustrates the young sleuths every time they have a clue that needs consideration.
Not very exciting.
Definitely written for teens. It would have been nicely suited to my fifth grade teacher's shelf of R.L. Stine novels. That said, it was well-written and a fun mystery. I felt some conclusions were reached with no lead-up and those felt contrived. For writing years ago, Mr. Zindel succeeds is not being overly dated. He wrote his teen protagonists well and believably.
At times I thought I was reading about adults with this book, and not teenagers. How they manage to insert themselves so constantly into the investigation is completely beyond me. And the fact that they seem to have unlimited freedom and funds puts this story pretty far outside of reality. I DID like the mystery itself, but these inconsistencies brought the whole thing down and so I can't give beyond 3 stars, when this really had the potential to be a five-star book at some point.