You may recall me telling you about the Museum mystery series, and hopefully you've been reading and are ready for Dead End Street (Museum #7) by Sheila Connolly. I've managed to get caught up myself and was tickled to see Dead End Street on my reading stack. It will be available to add to yours on June 7th.
From the back of the book:
The New York Times bestselling author of Privy to the Dead returns to Philadelphia for more history—and a chilling mystery . . .
When the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society discovers it owns some unique real estate, a deadly plot unfolds . . .
Society president Nell Pratt believes life is finally going her way. Everything’s running smoothly at work, and her love life is thriving. Then some unexpected news rocks her foundation. Two members of a local neighborhood rescue program, Tyrone Blakeney and Cherisse Chapman, inform Nell that her society owns an abandoned row house in a rundown area of Philadelphia and they insist on taking her to see the property before its date with the wrecking ball.
But soon after they arrive at the house, Cherisse is fatally shot and Tyrone is badly injured. The police believe it’s just random violence in a bad neighborhood, but Nell thinks there’s more to it and is determined to find answers before someone else becomes history.
I always love the feeling of visiting an old friend when I pick up a long lived series. The relationships in this one grow naturally and add a deep insight in to characters as they do. Nell is such a smart, a thoughtful lady. The rich details about her day made me feel like I was actually joining her at work, and home.
The mystery here was really different to a typical cozy in that Nell was present when it took place and the resolution was pretty unique as well. There was a lot of time spend on the story behind the locations which was so interesting and gave me a glimpse of the area like I'd never seen before. This is a smart series that reads smoothly and is well paced. I look forward to future installments.
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