Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Another Body?

by Marty Terwilliger, from Sheila Connolly's Museum Mysteries


I know people call me a busybody. Maybe I deserve that, but I don’t go looking for gossip and stories about other people. Somehow they just find me, probably because I know so many people and they all seem to talk to me. I’m lucky that I can put most of my energy into serving on the board at the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society, and cataloguing the Terwilliger family papers that my father and grandfather donated to them. That’s plenty to keep me busy.

That’s how I met Nell Pratt, who was working at the Society, and kind of nudged her into taking over as president of the place. She does a pretty good job (with my help), except that she keeps finding bodies. I never heard of such a thing before, but every time I turn around she seems to be in the middle of another homicide investigation. Clearly working at a museum isn’t dull, at least not when Nell is around.

This time around it really isn’t her fault: she was asked by a Big Name Developer to check out the history of a piece of land he’d bought way outside of Philadelphia (with the promise of a nice donation to the Society, so how could she say no?), so he wouldn’t have any problems with the local historians. And then the two of them go and find a body, floating face down in a pond on the property.

At least now she has James Morrison, or Cousin Jimmy (he hates it when I call him Jimmy, but he really is a cousin) to work with her. He’s an FBI agent and a good one, and since Big Developer wants only the best, he called in the FBI. So there go Jimmy and Nell, investigating together again. The funny thing is, Nell solves more of their shared cases than he does.  But they do work well together, and these days they’re doing a little more than just working, especially after hours, if you know what I mean. I think it’s great. Or maybe I’m just getting mushy, because now I’m seeing someone too, but it’s too early to talk about it. I bet Nell’s glad to have me out of her hair a bit more often.

Gotta love Philadelphia history—you never know what you’re going to find.


Maybe you’ve heard that this June (that’s now!) and July the Killer Characters are giving away books for you to enjoy this summer, at the beach or by the pool (or even sitting next to your air conditioner!). Leave a comment by midnight on 6/25/14 and you’ll have a chance to win a signed copy of the newest book in the Museum Mystery series, Razing the Dead, plus an assortment of completely silly sticky notes for you to play with! (Be sure to leave your email address with the comment so we can notify you if you win!)






54 comments:

  1. Love the notepads! Looking forward to following Nell!
    Dspinlexo@aol.com

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  2. I'm so glad she has help on this one!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  3. I could use a cozy book. Right now!!
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. I'm always looking for a new book to read and one that involves history is always interesting. The history adds to the plot. And who couldn't use some neat notepads. dbahn@iw.net

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  5. I enjoy the series. I used to have family in the Bryn Mawr area.

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  6. Thanks for letting me know about as mother great sounding series. My reading list is really growing.

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  7. Please enter me, and thanks! angelamcrae at charter dot net

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  8. I love Marty - she adds a bit of comedic interlude in the books.

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  9. I enjoy learning a bit of history as I read this series.

    lynettek51(at) yahoo(dot)com

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  10. One person's busybody is another person's information highway. Perspective. ;-) lisaksbookreview@aol.com

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  11. A new book which sounds captivating and history makes it even better. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I keep meaning to read this series. Actually having one of them would help.... carstairs38 @ gmail

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  13. This is a new to me series, it sounds really good ! kathambre@yahoo.com

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  14. A delightful series. Love the notes which are unique. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. Being a native Pennsylvanian, I love this series! I can't wait to get my hands on this one!
    londonandlisa@gmail.com

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  16. I LOVE Sheila Connolly books! Would love to win one!!
    misstree1963@gmail.com

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  17. Another book on the TBR - when I read a review or synopsis I want to start each book right away. And sticky notes -- aaahhhh - can't resist. If it has words or involves paper or pens, I have to have it ;-).

    A long time dear friend and I always "pick up 2" when we see anything fun or unique (or I must admit even a pen that says something exciting like LEGOLAND). And sometime we think the sticky notes are so special we ration ourselves so we don't run out. Goofy but fun.

    Thanks. sallycootie@gmail.com

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  18. Sounds like a great series.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  19. Looking forward to reading this series!

    spigootz9@hotmail.com

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  20. The natepads remind me if all the plaques in every museum that tell about everything. I love reading them all, but going with someone that doesn't like reading them makes me want to committ murder . Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

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  21. I started this series but I need to do some catching up, I really found it interesting.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  22. Sounds like a wonderful book to read.
    CABWNANA1@bellsouth.net

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  23. Sounds like an awesome book, and those are the most adorable sticky notes.

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  24. Well, it certainly isn't her fault if people want to talk and she's willing to listen!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  25. Love the stickies - and all PA history!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  26. Looks great, hope i get a chance to read it :)
    jslbrown2009(at)aol(dot)com

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  27. Love the sticky notes!! Story sounds very intriguing!!

    mishmash@gmail.com

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  28. Has to be the best name for a book ever!
    tuffy07@att.net

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  29. I'm ready for some silly stickies---they would cheer up my bad day.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  30. I need a new book to read for the summer. I just finished a book.

    staceyje@twc.com

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  31. Silly stickies are the best for sharing joy, and other tidbits. What a great contest.
    mary-fairchild@sbcglobal.net

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  32. Would love to win Razing the Dead.

    Could use the sticky notes on the grandsons...they need some payback! :)

    patucker54 at aol dot com

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  33. Sounds like a great book! And I love the sticky notes! Dnrocker@yahoo.com

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  34. I love history-who says research is boring! Although, I don't need to find any bodies.

    cozyupwithkathy at gmail dot com

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  35. I love history, and the relationship between everyone that works at the Society.

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  36. I have really enjoyed this series.

    Thanks

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  37. I love your apple and Ireland series.

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  38. I love your orchard series and can't wait to read this one. areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  39. I haven't been to Philadelphia in close to 50 years. I do remember it was a great place, tough. And definitely full of history. The book sounds like a good one. I look forward to reading it. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  40. Love this series! Always wanted to work in a museum ( a library was as close a I got). I've enjoyed the Orchard mysteries much more than I initially I would. A salute to your great writing!

    Tennisace50(@) yahoo(dot) com

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  41. The mystery has me wondering who-dun-it? With a little romancing thrown in! The note pads look cool also, I'm keeping my fingers crossed! And thank-you for the giveaway! They are always fun!

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  42. As always I would love to win. Looks very interesting.
    Thereadmaster(at)me(dot)com

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  43. Love those note pads.
    We have two historical attractions here in Dewey, OK. -- a Tom Mix museum and a historic hotel. I deep getting asked if I'd like to help greet people and tell them about the hotel and about Dewey, but I've only been here a year and not sure I'd do it justice. HOWEVER, I don't think I'd find any bodies - LOL
    Looking forward to this series

    donna.durnell@sbcglobal.net

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  44. I love this series! Can't wait to read this one.... :)

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  45. Another great author with another new offering for my TBR list.

    DelAnne Frazee
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  46. A good book and fun note pads...fingers crossed, eyes, too. Bobbipad@gmail.com

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  47. I love the concept of this series....I need to read this one! The mystery sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the chance. :D

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  48. Great series... I've always wanted to work in a museum too. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. this series sounds like fun! thanks for the review (and contest!)

    anne

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  50. And the winner is (drumroll, please): Elaine Klingbell! Chosen by a random number generator, because no way was I going to try to pick one from all these great answers! (Elaine, I will email you to get the details of where to send your prize.)

    Thank you all for participating--and the contest goes on!

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  51. I can't get enough of Nell, James and Marty....love these books!!!

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  52. I love Nell, James and Marty...best series ever!!

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  53. Best series ever....love Nell, James and Marty!!!

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