Fundraising the Dead (Museum Mystery Series #1)

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At The Society for the Preservation of Pennsylvania Antiques, fundraiser Eleanor "Nell" Pratt solicits donations-and sometimes solves crimes. When a collection of George Washington's letters is lost on the same day that an archivist is found dead, it seems strange that the Society president isn't pushing for an investigation. Nell goes digging herself, and soon uncovers a long, rich history of crime.

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Overview

At The Society for the Preservation of Pennsylvania Antiques, fundraiser Eleanor "Nell" Pratt solicits donations-and sometimes solves crimes. When a collection of George Washington's letters is lost on the same day that an archivist is found dead, it seems strange that the Society president isn't pushing for an investigation. Nell goes digging herself, and soon uncovers a long, rich history of crime.

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Old families, old papers, and the old demons of sex and money shape Connolly's cozy series launch, which will appeal to fans of her Orchard and (as Sarah Atwell) Glassblowing mysteries. The venerable and cliquish Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society has a security problem. Documents worth millions are missing, and the staffer who uncovers the losses is found dead in the stacks. Nell Pratt, the society's director of development, is instructed by board member Marty Terwilliger to account for the absence of Marty's ancestor's correspondence with George Washington. It's a rare improbability--why ask the fund-raiser and not the director of collections or the board itself?--in an otherwise sturdily constructed plot. There are no real surprises, but the archival milieu and the foibles of the characters are intriguing, and it's refreshing to encounter an FBI man who is human, competent, and essential to the plot. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425237441
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Series: Museum Mystery Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 184,432
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted October 8, 2010

    A must read for lover's of Cozy Mysteries!!

    Shelia Connolly has started a great new Cozy series with Fundraising The Dead. The characters are well developed yet there is room for us to learn more about them. I look forward to reading more about the life of Nell Pratt and of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    I love this series!

    I really enjoy this series. For me it is the right blend of history, mystery and fun. Can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Posted June 10, 2014

    I am having trouble reading this book. I have been working, and

    I am having trouble reading this book. I have been working, and I do mean working, at it for 6 months now. Purchased it at the start of the year, started immediately and am not 6 chapters in yet. There is too much detail dragging it down. The character who is murdered, had not been established enough to care about. Just my 2 cents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Is this book for kids (10and up)

    Is this book good for kids ten and up?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    Very boring

    Very boring

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Pretty good.

    I thought this book began slowly but ended strong.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

    I was very disappointed with this book. Nell Pratt, the fundrai

    I was very disappointed with this book. Nell Pratt, the fundraiser for the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society is likeable enough but the writing style in this book made the story dull and the book long. I was looking forward to a mystery in a museum setting but the author wrote more about accounting and other boring facts and didn't concentrate enough on the mystery. I was very surprised by all of the five star ratings. I LOVE the author's Orchard Series so I was disappointed that this series was not as good. Perhaps I'll give the second book a try because I really do love this author.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

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    mystery review

    This is very good first mystery in this series about a musuem funding raiser in Philadelphia. Some of the action is a little slow in places. But other than that it is very. good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Good Read

    I enjoyed this cozy mystery.
    It was a little predictable.
    But a good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Sheila Connolly's Books

    You can't go wrong with any of the book series by Sheila Connolly. I have enjoyed the museum series as well as the apple orchard books. They are well written and are difficult to put down.

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

    Just discovered this author. Wonderful writer!

    If you enjoy mysteries that are not 'chilling' or 'graphic', Sheila Connolly is the author for you!

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    Boring! Waste of time!

    While I enjoy the Orchard series I find this book to be extremely boring, waste of money and more importantly a BIG waste of my time. Would recommend NOT buying or wasting time in reading this book. Find it difficult to believe any of the sequel books will be any better.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Fans of National Treasure will enjoy

    Eleanor "Nell" Pratt is the fundraiser for the Society for the Preservation of Pennsylvania Antiques in Philadelphia. She knows it includes old families with old money and documents worth millions, but when a collection of correspondence letters to George Washington goes missing and the archivist in charge of them is found dead in the stacks, suddenly Nell finds herself wondering why the society president isn't looking for an investigation. She soon realizes she will have to unlock this mystery herself!
    I found this book to be well written. The heroine in this series Nell Pratt is a realistic, down-to-earth and very relatable character. She is your best friend, neighbor or someone you know. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the museum and the city itself as well as the rich history behind Philadelphia. The storyline and plot were well thought out and the story kept a very even pace. Fans of National Treasure would enjoy this book.

    Reviewed by Catherine Peterson for Suspense Magazine

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

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    Opportunity for a good mystery series

    I enjoyed this mystery and look forward to reading the next. Ms. Connolly had this series and the Orchard series, both very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2011

    recommended

    For the history/museum lover. I would read another book by this author, and will keep the author on my radar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2011

    SLOW

    I hate to be a wet blanket, but I just couldn't get into this book. I love her Orchard series, but this one is entirely different. It seemed to me there was too much of how the museum operated, how things were cataloged etc. etc. and not enough actual PERSONAL interactions and mystery. I kept plugging through all the explanations in the first few chapters about how things were done, but eventually I gave up.... read the last couple of chapters to see "who done it" and was finished. And I won't read the next Museum Mystery.

    I love history and museums as much as anybody, but I thought this was boring. I was disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2011

    ENJOYABLE, MUST READ!

    Extremely well written. I had a hard time putting the book down. I learned something about Pennsylvania historical documents I wish I had known years ago. We had land grants and the deed to a farm my parents owned signed by William Penn, John Penn the elder to John Penn the younger. The documents were over 300 years old and are now in our local historical society.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

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    Fun Mystery--teaches about fundraising, too

    I like my 'candy' mysteries, the ones that you read quickly. But I appreciate learning new things, and a mystery from a museum setting is irresistible.

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A wonderful museum cozy!

    Nell Pratt drifted into development, finally landing at the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society. After spending a few years writing grant proposals and hitting up donors for extra money, the thought that there could be missing documents at this quaint workplace is worrying, whether through mis-cataloging or theft. Martha Terwilliger is from a very old Pennsylavnia family that has bequeathed many documents and items to the Society. After Marty discovers some of her own ancestor's letters missing, Nell becomes involved in helping piece together what has happened. I enjoyed this new series very much. Nell is a likable character, surrounded by some great people, such as Marty and the stalwart FBI agent James Morrison. I hope to see some of the other Society workers and members expanded in another story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2010

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