A Pocketful of Eyes

Lili Wilkinson

A Pocketful of Eyes
Allen & Unwin
1 May 2011

A Pocketful of Eyes

Lili Wilkinson

Bee is in her element working in the taxidermy department at the Museum of Natural History, but her summer job turns out to be full of surprises:

A dead body in the Red Rotunda. A mysterious Museum benefactor. A large stuffed tiger in the Catacombs. A handsome boy with a fascination for unusual animal mating habits.

And a pocketful of glass eyes.

Can Bee sift through the clues to discover whether her mentor really committed suicide . or is there a murderer in their midst?

‘Smart, slick, funny, with sharp edges. Lili Wilkinson is like a coolgeekgirl Agatha Christie.’ - Simmone Howell, author of Everything’s Beautiful

‘Wry, sly, funny, smart, and very entertaining.’ - Jaclyn Moriarty, author of Feeling Sorry for Celia

‘an entertaining introduction to the genre of crime fiction. the ending is ultimately satisfying.’ Carousel


Working in the taxidermy department of the Melbourne Natural History Museum over the summer holidays, Bee does not expect to be thrust into mystery and romance. However, the arrival of a good-looking but know-it-all university student and the death by apparent suicide of the head taxidermist put an end to her uneventful summer internship.

Bee’s resulting investigation with the assistance of the annoying and attractive Toby is a delight for any of us who started out reading girl super-sleuths Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden. It takes a classic genre and weaves in a contemporary sensibility, resulting in a fun read – with a dash of romance.

Marie Matteson is from Readings Port Melbourne

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