Dead End Street (Museum Mystery Series #7)

Dead End Street (Museum Mystery Series #7)

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by Sheila Connolly
     
 

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The New York Times bestselling author of Privy to the Dead returns to Philadelphia for more history—and a chilling mystery . . .
 
When the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society discovers it owns some unique real estate, a deadly plot unfolds . . .
 
Society president Nell Pratt believes life is finally going her

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The New York Times bestselling author of Privy to the Dead returns to Philadelphia for more history—and a chilling mystery . . .
 
When the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society discovers it owns some unique real estate, a deadly plot unfolds . . .
 
Society president Nell Pratt believes life is finally going her way. Everything’s running smoothly at work, and her love life is thriving. Then some unexpected news rocks her foundation. Two members of a local neighborhood rescue program, Tyrone Blakeney and Cherisse Chapman, inform Nell that her society owns an abandoned row house in a rundown area of Philadelphia and they insist on taking her to see the property before its date with the wrecking ball.
 
But soon after they arrive at the house, Cherisse is fatally shot and Tyrone is badly injured. The police believe it’s just random violence in a bad neighborhood, but Nell thinks there’s more to it and is determined to find answers before someone else becomes history . . .

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly’s Museum Mysteries
 
“A witty, engaging blend of history and mystery with a smart sleuth who already feels like a good friend...[Connolly’s] stories always keep me turning pages—often well past my bedtime.”—Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author of the White House Chef Mysteries
 
“Nell Pratt is exactly the kind of sleuth you want in your corner when the going gets tough.”—Mary Jane Maffini, author of the Charlotte Adams Mysteries
 
“Secrets, lies, and a delightful revenge conspiracy make this a real page-turner!”—Hank Phillippi Ryan, award–winning author of Truth Be Told

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425273470
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/07/2016
Series:
Museum Mystery Series , #7
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
31,190
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 4.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Connolly is the New York Times bestselling, Anthony and Agatha award–nominated author of the Museum Mysteries, the Orchard Mysteries, and the County Cork Mysteries. She has taught art history, structured and marketed municipal bonds for major cities, worked as a staff member on two statewide political campaigns, and served as a fundraiser for several nonprofit organizations. She also managed her own consulting company, providing genealogical research services. In addition to genealogy, Sheila loves restoring old houses, visiting cemeteries, and traveling. Now a full-time writer, she thinks writing mysteries is a lot more fun than any of her previous occupations.

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Dead End Street 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KrisAnderson_TAR 8 months ago
Dead End Street by Sheila Connolly is the seventh book in A Museum Mystery series. Nell Pratt is the president of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society. Nell gets a visit from Tyrone Blakeney and Cherisse Chapman. They inform her that the Society owns a row house (slated for demolition) in North Philadelphia (at 387 Bickley Street). They would like some assistance with a project they are working on to save neighborhoods. Nell was under the impression that the Society had divested itself of all properties (people die and leave things to properties as well as money and other items). Nell agrees to go with them to visit the house (she really will regret this decision). They arrive at the house and are sitting in the car when another car comes by and starts shooting at them. Cherisse dies from her wounds and Tyrone is severely injured. Nell, thankfully, came out alive (with minor injuries). James Morrison, an FBI Agent and Nell’s boyfriend, quickly arrives at the scene. Who was the gunman’s intended target? Because of the neighborhood, the police believe it was random violence (it occurs frequently in the area). Nell thinks there is more to the story and sets out to get answers (but at what cost). Join Nell on her latest investigation in Dead End Street. I have red and enjoyed every book in A Museum Mystery series. However, this is the first one that I did not love. The mystery was not at the forefront of the book. I wanted to know where were the clues. Instead of an investigation, it is like it just played out and the killer was revealed. It is easy to guess the identity of the killer (when the person is finally introduced) which was such a shame. I thought maybe there would be a great twist or something unpredictable would happen (one could hope). Dead End Street is well-written and easy to read. Nell was a little different in this book. I know the shooting shook her up, but she was not her usual confident self. Nell doubted herself (quite a bit) which led to long paragraphs of Nell thinking, worrying, analyzing, and questioning. I give Dead End Street 3.75 out of 5. I just expected more (and have received in the past) from Sheila Connolly. Will I read the next book in A Museum Mystery series? Definitely. This book might just be a fluke. I will be sure to check out the next novel in this series. I received a complimentary copy of Dead End Street from NetGalley (courtesy of the publisher) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Nell pratt mystery has no action. Killer is afterthought. All nell pratt is talk. No suspence
Anonymous 4 months ago
Not as good as previous ones. Many facts repeated 2 -4 times, sometimes w exact same wording.
chefdt 9 months ago
Dead End Street is the seventh book in the A Museum Mystery series. Dead End Street is another well told and informative story from Sheila Connolly. Nell Pratt, president of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society, has been contacted by Tyrone Blakeney, head of the North Philadelphia Neighborhood Partnership. Blakeney is trying to organize people to take back the The North Philly area from the drug dealers and attempt to revitalize it. He has learned that the society owns a plot of land and is contacting Nell to see what help the society can provide of the history of the neighborhood. Blakeney and Cherisse Chapman, who works for the city, convince Nell to go with to take a look at the society's property. As they are sitting in the car, another passes by starts shooting. Cherisse ends up being killed and Blakeney some bullet wounds. The assailant is unknown and the reason for the shooting is a mystery. More of Nell's time is spent on looking into what the society can do to provide a history of the neighborhood and what it looked like in it's earlier times and not trying to find out who the shooter might have been. A story that takes place in this is book is about Penelope and Phoebe Oliver wanting to sell their family's home that dates back to the 1700's. The sisters would like to find a buyer that will keep it much the way it is and keep on necessary maintenance. Nell knows the it is too much for the society to take on, but with the help of Marty she hopes to be able to find a willing buyer. Ms. Connolliy's books are always well written and quite informative as to the history of Philadelphia. I am once again looking forward to the next book in this series.
LisaKsBooksReviews 9 months ago
Another well written story in the Museum Mysteries! If you are looking for a true-in-every-way cozy mystery, DEAD END STREET may not be for you. But, if you’re looking for a bit of an edgier cozy, one that is a great read, then this is the book for you! Author Sheila Connolly takes us back to the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA. I really enjoy reading the Museum Mysteries because I live just about two hours from Philly, and I’ve been there often. I love reading about places I’ve been. DEAD END STREET shows Philly at its best and worst, but it showcases Ms. Connolly’s skill as an author in the best possible way. The author has penned a story that contains just the right balance of mystery, intrigue, and action. If you love mysteries that keep you guessing until the outstanding end, look no further, DEAD END STREET is the book for you. Make sure to check out the back of the book for an excerpt from Sheila Connolly’s newest Count Cork mystery, A TURN FOR THE BAD!
CozyMysteryLover1 9 months ago
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review. I had a hard time getting into the story, however, once I did I thoroughly enjoyed it. I like Nell and James,and Marty is a fun character as well. I enjoyed the twists and turns that played out towards the end of the story.