Wednesday, January 19, 2011

STAYING ALIVE


by Nell Pratt

from Sheila Connolly's Fundraising the Dead and Let's Play Dead

Don't bother me–I'm trying to run a museum here. Oh, sorry–that sounds kind of rude. But I've only been President of this place for a couple of months, and I'm still trying to figure out the job and how to manage forty underpaid and overworked employees, and find new ones at the ridiculously low salaries we offer, and keep the building from falling down around our ears, and...

Let me try that again. Welcome to the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society. What can I do for you?

I wish people would stop replying, "help me sort out this murder."

Seriously. I was an English major in college, and most of my professional experience has been in non-profit fundraising. Where on my resume does it say "sleuth"?

Okay, the first crime took place on my turf, and I had a personal interest in making sure that was cleared up fast. But now Arabella Heffernan, president of Let's Play Children's Museum, has gotten herself in a mess, and I'm supposed to help her figure it out? I mean, she's a lovely lady, and it's a wonderful place (even though I don't have children, I do hear all sorts of nice things about it), but can't she handle her own dead bodies?

Apparently not. So here we go again, with me in the middle of things. Of course, that gives me a convenient excuse to work with Special Agent James Morrison of the FBI, and see if those sparks were for real or were only my imagination. Not that I have time to start anything with anybody new, what with running the Society and solving all these crimes. I knew Philadelphia had a fairly high crime rate, but this is ridiculous. Who would have thought museums were such dangerous places?

So please pardon me if I seem a bit distracted. I'm sure I'll be fine, once people stop dying in strange ways around here.






14 comments:

  1. Wonderful, I just wrote my review about Fundraising the Dead and now I'll be salivating till I get my hands on this new adventure. Please don't make us wait too long.

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  2. Love the cover and can't wait to see how Nell solves this crime. Oh la la, we get to see more of James ;)

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  3. Museum Mysteries...what a great genre! I must pick up this book.

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  4. Isn't the cover fun? It's based on the (invented) children's book series Harriet the Hedgehog, whose author is a real...diva. I never expected to have a book cover with a hedgehog on it!

    And I'm just now polishing up the next book in the series (which doesn't have a name yet!), in which the entire collection of a Fireman's Museum is destroyed--in a fire.

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  5. I think it says "sleuth" on your resume now, Nell, down near the bottom, hand-printed. In red?

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  6. Great cover!
    Thanks for visiting, Nell. I'm betting those were real sparks with Special Agent Jim. Can't wait to find out.

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  7. I'd have to buy this book for the cover even if I hadn't read & loved the first book.

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  8. I'm hooked! It's a good thing I love to read. I just wish that pesky thing called a job wouldn't get in the way of my passion.

    Carole
    carole720@msn.com

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  9. Hey, Nell, an English major will always pay off in interesting and unexpected ways. That would include nosing around murders. Good luck with Morrison. I do understand the attraction.

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  10. Great cover. I so enjoyed the first book in the series & am looking forward to getting my hands on this one.

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  11. What a positively adorable cover...can't wait to read it!!!

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  12. Agent James is definitely one of the good guys, and he just keeps getting better. He's a keeper.

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  13. Love Love LOVE the cover! Can't wait to read this.

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