Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Edward Perkins Has a Plan

by Edward Perkins, from Sheila Connolly's Museum Mysteries.


I believe I haven’t had the pleasure of making your acquaintance until now, so allow me to introduce myself. My name is Edward Perkins, and I have long been a member of the Pennsylvania Preservation Society. I’ve been invited to join the board of that outstanding institution many times, but I’m reluctant to take on administrative responsibilities at this stage of my life, although I’m pleased that my great-niece Alice has been an intern there for several months now and speaks well of it. Since I was never lucky enough to marry, Alice has become like a grand-daughter to me, and she has excellent judgment.

I have deep roots in the Philadelphia area, as does Martha Terwilliger (whom you’ve met before), who I count among my friends, even though she’s a generation younger than I. Nell Pratt, President of the Society, Martha and I have long been concerned about how best to serve the mission of the Society, which has been described as “to preserve and protect” our country’s and our region’s rich history.

Sad to say, it is no longer enough to merely preserve the evidence of the past. I’ve seen the city change around me for many years now, and not always for the better. Now that I’m in my so-called sunset years (and still in possession of my faculties) I’ve been casting about for a way to address some of the problems that the city faces, and I think I’ve come up with an interesting solution. Or rather, two intertwined solutions. I must say I’m feeling rather proud of my proposed resolution of some thorny issues. I won’t go into details until the plans have been finalized, but I think many people will be happy with the outcome. I feel that’s my legacy to a city that I love.

I hope you will agree.



GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment (with your contact information) and you will be entered to win a copy of Dead End Street (as soon as I lay hands on one!). Edward has also asked that I include another prize: a small model of the well-known Liberty Bell (the original is on display in its own enclosure in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Don’t worry—the model is only 2” high!). 




Dead End Street, the seventh Museum Mystery, will be released on June 7th, and you can pre-order it now at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.



58 comments:

  1. Well, I want to hear what those two solutions are. I spent one short day in Philadelphia and it was fascinating. Would like to read a series featuring it. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. You'll have to go back! One day is not enough. I feel lucky to have been able to spend a lot of time in the city, getting to know it.

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  2. I look forward to learning more about the problems and possible solutions. I have always wanted to see the Liberty Bell. Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I remember when I was on a field trip in grade school, we drove by Independence Hall when the Liberty Bell was kind of parked on the green in front of it. The teacher in charge sort of waved vaguely at it, but we didn't stop. Took me decades before I actually saw it up close.

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  3. I would love to read more. I shall be in Philly this weekend. Just a quick drop off though.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. Recently started reading this series. Looking forward to reading more. mlarkin at rmrgroup dot com.

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  5. June 7th seems like a decade away, but I will wait here at 631 South East Street for any tidbits I can get! By the way that address is in Virginia, Illinois 62691.

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  6. Love this series especially since it is set in Philadelphia, one of my favorite cities. lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. The city has its problems, but a lot of good people are working on fixing things. I like to give credit where it's due.

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    2. The city has its problems, but a lot of good people are working on fixing things. I like to give credit where it's due.

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  7. Love this! Thanks for the chance to win!
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  8. This sounds captivating and intriguing. Thanks for this great giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. Visited Philadelphia once with my daughter's high school band. Loved it and can't wait to go back. I did get a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich while I was there. This book sounds great! jawdance@yahoo.com

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    1. I may get a lot of flak, but I've never been a big fan of cheese steaks. But there are plenty of tasty things to try. (It used to be the home of Double Bubble bubble gum, which was my favorite.)

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    2. I may get a lot of flak, but I've never been a big fan of cheese steaks. But there are plenty of tasty things to try. (It used to be the home of Double Bubble bubble gum, which was my favorite.)

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  10. I love Philadelphia, but haven't visited for a while. I really need to remedy that. Thanks so much for the giveaway of Dead End Street, and thank Edward for the Liberty Bell! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  11. I really enjoy this series.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  12. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway which interests me greatly. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. I enjoy your series. suefoster109@netzero.net

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  14. I would be honored to win your book! The bell sounds so neat to have. Thanks for the chance! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  15. The first time we visited Phillie was when my younger daughter was dating a young man from that area. We drove down in two cars for the day. He showed us all over the Historic District and we visited one or two museums. Then we went down to the river to listen to the concert that was going on that day. For lunch we followed him back to his parents' house and we had BBQ.

    Ellen and I visited a number of years later and stayed in a mini-suite 2 blocks from The Franlin. This was the summer they did the Star Trek exhibit. I'm still using the mouse pad I bought that day.

    I'd love to be your lucky winner of Sheila's newest Museum Mystery book and add it to my collection.

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  16. Have added this to my TBR list and can't wait to read it. brichardson0056@yahoo.com

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  17. Philadelphia sounds like a place I'd like to visit. I enjoyed seeing Pat and Vanna there on Wheel of Fortune. I'd love a Philly Cheesesteak, too. I'm in Ohio, but Philly would be far away by bus since it's on the east coast. I did go through Pittsburgh on my way to Williamsburg, Virginia.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I've never visited Pittsburgh, even though I lived in Pennsylvania for a large part of my life. But it's great that you saw Williamsburg! The only time I was there, it was as a chaperone for my daughter's fifth-grade field trip. Needless to say, I spent more time keeping track of ten-year-olds than admiring the place. I'd love to go back (without children!).

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    2. I've never visited Pittsburgh, even though I lived in Pennsylvania for a large part of my life. But it's great that you saw Williamsburg! The only time I was there, it was as a chaperone for my daughter's fifth-grade field trip. Needless to say, I spent more time keeping track of ten-year-olds than admiring the place. I'd love to go back (without children!).

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  18. 7 June. The day before my birthday. How timely.

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  19. Love the Museum Mysteries!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  20. Interesting---I need to read to understand the solutions. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  21. Love this premise. Love museums Would very much like to see how the Preservation society works Thank you for the chance to get started on this series. Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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  22. This is a great series. Would enjoy reading about the Pennsylvania Preservation Society. I like visiting museums and can't wait to read "Dead End Street". Thanks for the giveaway.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. This is a great series. Would enjoy reading about the Pennsylvania Preservation Society. I like visiting museums and can't wait to read "Dead End Street". Thanks for the giveaway.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Can't wait to read this. I've never been to Philadelphia. I'm in Ohio but very close to Pittsburgh, PA.
    brookeb811 at gmail.com

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  25. I've never been to Philadelphia. but maybe some day I will visit to see a lot of historical spots. I would to read this book, Thanks for this chance. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  26. I have never been to Philly but I do love their cheese steaks. This is the one series that you have written that I have not read and I have no idea why because I love your other books. Thanks for the chance to win utaker555@gmail.com

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  27. we can't win the REAL Liberty Bell?? Darn!
    thanks for the chance to read the book
    woofmew@aol.com

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  28. Was born and raised in a Philly area until I was about 24. Use to work in downtown
    Philly. Would love to read this book. Thanks.
    Carol Smith
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  29. I love Sheila's apple orchard series but would love to try this one!!
    oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  30. Cool beans!!! What a great giveaway. I loved the info on your blog since I love books that work around history included in the mystery. Thanks for the chance. Robin L. Coxon robeader53@yahoo.com

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  31. I love Sheila's apple orchard series but would love to try this one!!
    oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  32. I did a photoshoot in Philly about 10 years ago with an artist there who illustrated childrens books. Lovely city, lovely artist. I would love to know the two ideas for preservation you have and to be able to read this book come June! Thanks for this historical giveaway! Sherylhbooth (at) gmail (dot) com

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  33. Looking forward to finding out more about your solutions.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  34. Great book! I visited Philladelphia when in college seeing the Liberty Bell and many other interesting American History landmarks...fun!
    kat8762@aol.com

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  35. Sounds like a great story. Would like to visit Philly one day.
    jmhinton@psci.net

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  36. Thanks for the chance to win and start reading this series. I lived in Philadelphia for 6 years and loved the history. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  37. I have seen the Liberty Bell! Philadelphia is a neat place to visit and I enjoyed my time there. Looking forward to reading the book this summer. Good luck all! Debbie dalubbert (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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  38. I hope to visit someday. Thank you for a chance. seascapelife (at ) gmail dot com.

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  39. Looking forward to reading this ASAP! cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  40. Being a Pennsylvania maybey, can't wait to read this! Very exciting! Thank you for the opportunity!!! Cbalevre@ptd.net

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  41. Sounds like a great book - I'd love a chance to read it! erika@booksthething.com

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  42. Thank you for the giveaway! I have enjoyed your Orchard mysteries, and have the first two County Cork mysteries but I see I need to add your Museum mysteries to the list.

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  43. born in Pittsburgh, family in Brownsville, love Philly food and would love to rad an adventure! Thanks Barbara Sager Winslow,305 lockwood Terrace, Sarasota, Fl

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  44. Sounds interesting I lived in the city for 40 years and enjoy the history of it.
    Mary Thompson
    mtl166@verizon.net

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  45. Thank you for introducing me to another "new-to-me" author!
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  46. Interesting! Would love to win!
    mrsstarkent (at) gmail (dot) com

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  47. I live in a suburb of Philadelphia so I understand that fine line between preserving history and making way for progress.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  48. I've never been to Pennsylvania but am only a few hours away so I'll make it one day. Soon I hope. Love your blog.
    Sharon Maher - irish9795@hotmail.com

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  49. Oooh this book looks so great, I would la la LOVE to win and read it :)
    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  50. This sounds wonderful. And, I would love to have a miniature Liberty Bell. That would be great. Thanks for the chance. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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