Murder in the Museum! The New York Museum of Natural History is about to open its new exhibit, Superstition, when two young boys are found murdered in one of the museum basements. A tragic incident, but also the start of a series of murders. Museum researcher Margo Green, her advisor Dr. Frock, NYPD Lieutenant D’Agosta, and FBI Agent Pendergast from Louisiana, all work to prevent more murders as they try to figure out the strange being who is doing them. It starts okay, kind of typical, but ends strong.
11. Reliquary by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, 464 pages, Suspense, 1997 (Pendergast, Book 2).
It’s been 18 months since the Museum Beast and the murders of Book 1. The characters have moved on, to varying success and trauma, from the incident. When two skeletal remains are pulled from the water, Dr. Margo Green and Dr. Frock are put on the team to try to determine the identity of the 2nd skeleton, which is very deformed and all too reminiscent of the Museum Beast. Since the groundwork for this novel has already been laid, it doesn’t have the slow start the 1st one did. And the details about the social structures of those who live below-ground in New York City makes for a vivid and memorable book.