Fundraising the Dead (Museum Mystery Series #1)

Fundraising the Dead (Museum Mystery Series #1)

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 uncovers a long, rich history of crime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425237441
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/05/2010
Series: Museum Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 161,986
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sheila Connolly is the New York Times bestselling, Anthony and Agatha award nominated author of the Orchard Mysteries, the Museum 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. Sheila also managed her own consulting company, providing genealogical research services. In addition to genealogy, she loves restoring old houses, visiting cemeteries, and traveling. Now a full-time author, Sheila thinks writing mysteries is a lot more fun than any of her previous occupations. She is married and has one daughter and three cats.

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Fundraising the Dead (Museum Mystery Series) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 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.
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ethel55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nell Pratt drifted into development, finally landing at the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society. After spending several years writing grant proposals and hitting up donors for extra money, the thought that there could be missing documents is worrying, whether through mis-cataloging or theft. Marty Terwilliger is from a very old Pennsylavnia family that has bequeathed many documents and items to the Society. After Marty discovers some of her 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!
Marlyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first book in a new series introduces us to Eleanor (Nell) Pratt, Director of Development for the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society in Philadelphia. Nell's fancy title just means that she's in charge of fundraising for the non-profit organization. On the morning of the gala celebration of the Society's 125th anniversary, Nell is visited by Marty Terwilliger, who voices her concerns that items from her family's Collection have disappeared. Surprised that Marty chose to confide in her rather than the Society's librarian or collections manager (as well as a little annoyed by her timing), Marty placates her by promising to meet with her the following day. Nell checks with the Alfred Findley, in charge of cataloguing and recording the collections, who admits that he'd noticed a few items "not where they were supposed to be". Although he had reported the discrepancies to Latoya Anderson, the vice president of collections, she had also assumed that the items were merely misplaced, a reasonable deduction considering the volume of uncatalogued materials they had.The next morning, Nell arrives at the Society early, to prepare for the usual "morning-after" staff meeting, and discovers Alfred's body in the stacks. The initial conclusion is that he'd fallen from a high stool and hit his head on the edge of the metal shelving unit. Nell is content with that until she finds a list of missing items that Alfred left on her desk, realizes that all of them would be valuable to certain collectors, and decides to do a little investigating on her own. Library/museum/archive mysteries seem to be popping up a lot recently, and this is one of the better ones. Nell is intelligent and behaves prudently. She checks her sources, doesn't jump to conclusions, and doesn't enter recklessly into dangerous situations. There's even a little comedy in the way that she and Marty attempt to entrap their suspect.Connolly has come up with a great team in Nell and Marty, I look forward to getting to know them better.
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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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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For the history/museum lover. I would read another book by this author, and will keep the author on my radar.