Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Not your ordinary museum

by Felicity Soames, Head Librarian at the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society (from Sheila Connollys Museum Mysteries)

It's about time I had a chance to say something. Quietly, of course, because I'm Felicity Soames, the Head Librarian for the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society. Before you jump to any conclusions, I'm not one of those crabby old biddies who shushes everybody—the ones who give librarians a bad name. In fact, I love to help people find whatever they want. It's kind of a challenge to me, when people arrive with only a few hours to figure out a couple of centuries of their family history, to see how much I can dig up in our records.

I've worked here forever. No, I'm not going to tell you how long, but I've seen three presidents come and go, and I'm still here. Now Nell Pratt runs the place. I guess the jury's still out on how long she'll last. Don't get me wrong—she's a great person, she works hard, and she's got a pretty good grasp of what we have here. And more important, she loves the stuff: she wins a lot of points with me when I find her somewhere in the stacks, almost drooling over an old book or manuscript—a woman after my own heart.

But what's with all the bodies? She's been president for maybe six months now, and in that time she's been involved in three murder investigations. Three! That can't be normal. But I'm happy to say that she recognizes my skills and she's asked me to help out now and then, which is a pleasant change for me (although you wouldn't believe some of the weird questions I get). And it's because of her and these blasted murders that I met Barney, an electrician with a real love for Philadelphia baseball history, something I just happen to know quite a bit about. It's been great seeing, er, helping him find what he's looking for. In the stacks.

Who knew that a library could be such an exciting place? We've got it all—murder, intrigue, a little canoodling (and if you don't know what that is, look it up!), and a whole lot of history, wrapped up in a single package. What more could anyone want? And if you have a question, just ask me!


  1. I just got this book on a Special from Barnes & Noble bookstore, I havent had a chance to read it yet, but I am really looking forward to it. I love killer characters because i get introducted to new authors and books i would have never read.

  2. Well, you know, Felicity, when a writer gets interested in someone, (like Sheila has gotten interested in Nell's life and doings) *coincidentally* murders go up in their general vicinity. Odd, hmm?

    I'm not accusing anyone, but it's interesting, yes?

  3. Canoodling and history! I love it!