Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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.
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