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Fundraising the Dead by Sheila Connolly

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Cover art: Fundraising the Dead Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Fundraising the Dead - 1st in the Museum Mystery series
Author: Sheila Connolly
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN-13: 978-0-425-23744-1
Release Date: October 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Philadelphia PA
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Sheila's Website/Blog: www.sheilaconnolly.com


Dear Readers,

A new book by Connolly in a new series called Museum Mysteries. I don't know where these Cozy authors come up with such great stories but, I'm hoping that they keep it up.

Eleanor "Nell" Pratt is the Director of Development for the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society, which is a fancy name for the Head of Fundraising, and is in the process of planning a fundraising gala for the Society. Right before the party she is cornered by one of the members of the Society, Marty Terwilliger, who announces that some very valuable letters have disappeared from her family's donation to the Society. Letters that were written to her relative from George Washington himself. Nell makes arrangements to meet Marty and the archivist from the Society the next day at the museum. Unfortunately, when she arrives she finds the archivist dead. Nell is very upset when she realizes that the President of the Society, Charles Worthington, who is also Nell's significant other, does not seem to be in a great hurry to start an investigation. So, Nell decides to investigate on her own with Marty's help. She is a good snoop but, comes across some facts that she doesn't really want to believe about a long history of crime against museums.

Nell, who never got into crime solving before, is a great detective. Along with Marty, the two women sniff out the bad guys and girls. I really enjoyed the story and can identify with Nell a little. She is just the kind of investigator you can relate to. Very smart but, funny ( a bit like Jessica Fletcher) in the way that she gets things done. A really good plot with likeable characters. I sincerely hope that the Cozy Mystery lasts a long time. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.

Mary

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