Fundraising the Dead (Museum Mystery Series #1)

Fundraising the Dead (Museum Mystery Series #1)

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by Sheila Connolly
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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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Publishers Weekly
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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101443781
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Series:
Museum Mystery Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
41,317
File size:
564 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Fundraising the Dead (Museum Mystery Series) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
nlb1050 More than 1 year ago
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.
bethsci More than 1 year ago
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.
terpOK More than 1 year ago
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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nancydrew123 More than 1 year ago
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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mcknzbwl More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this cozy mystery. It was a little predictable. But a good read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Muumuu More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy mysteries that are not 'chilling' or 'graphic', Sheila Connolly is the author for you!
Avidreader20MD More than 1 year ago
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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Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
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
senor_k More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
For the history/museum lover. I would read another book by this author, and will keep the author on my radar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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