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.
©2010 Sheila Connolly (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I found the museum setting interesting. The story made me aware of the difficulties in
the safe keeping of thousands of items, some of which have great monetary value. It also made me aware of how difficult it is to fund a non-profit museum.
I like Eleanor Pratt, the main character. She's smart and sensible. I'm also intrigued by "Marty", another female character who plays a major role in this story.
One criticism is that I correctly guessed the outcome early in the story. I won't go into detail to avoid "spoilers". There was also one element of the plot that seemed pointless to me - again I won't elaborate because of possible "spoilers."
I'm undecided about whether I will read other books in this series. I will put it on my "wish list" and carefully check reviews posted by other listeners.
What an amazing writer with an amazing insight to the role fundraising in a museum setting... Great storyline with very strong characters!!! The author is a fantastic mystery writer.....
Good book, well written. Love mystery novels and stories that have some humour, and books that don't reveal the conclusion before the end of the book. A good mystery keeps the mystery.
When the heroine was locked in the basement.
Perhaps. Since I'm a Philadelphia museum fundraiser myself, I really enjoyed the inside jokes and details that might be a bit tedious to others.
This was my first.
This was my first.
Not really, though I think that it COULD be listened to in one sitting. It's not overly complex (even formulaic at times), but it's a fun, light read.
I loved the use of language which was a little above ordinary. the voices and accents were pleasing also. I'm a fundraiser and this was a fun read/listen because it was centered around a fundraiser and the nonprofit world.
Old, tired member of the sandwich generation. Waiting to just get to heaven!!
These books start out slow, but once you kinda get into them, they are good. So be patient and don't get too frustrated.
This was basically a good mystery. Sometimes the pace was slow, but overall it went along nicely. The author does a good job crafting her characters and I look forward to following the series and seeing how they evolve. At times I found the precise diction of the narrator distracting and over done. I do not know if this is how people felt the narrator should speak further developing the character or if this is a quirk of the narrator.
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