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Monument To The Dead
A Museum Mystery #4
Sheila Connolly

Berkley Prime Crime
June 2013 / ISBN: 0425257126
Cozy Mystery


Reviewed by Cheryl Green

Who knew that being a board member could be hazardous to your health? The day started off innocently enough with Nell Pratt reading the obituaries on her way into work. She was always looking to see if there might be a possible bequest from a former board member for the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society in Philadelphia. Nell spots the obituary of former Society board member Adeline Harrison – she knew her slightly. It is not surprising to lose an octogenarian. Well, later that day Nell gets a call from her significant other, FBI agent James Morrison. He seems to think Adeline was murdered and her murder could be connected to another philanthropist death in New Jersey.

Nell and Shelby Carver, with help from Marty Terwilliger, put together a spreadsheet that shows that around 40 people fit the same profile and any of them could be the next person to be murdered. James calls and has added a third victim to his list of dead philanthropists. Nell needs to put on her thinking cap and figure out the connection or a priceless person could be lost forever.

Things to ponder: Why murder three seemingly harmless elderly philanthropists? Could Marty Terwilliger’s acquaintance with all three deceased make her the next target? Will Nicholas Naylor ever break down and smile?

Sheila Connolly has written another winner in her Museum Mystery series. I love the characters especially Marty Terwilliger – always popping up and happy to add her two cents. The facts and history that Ms. Connolly provides certainly adds to the charm of the story. I was drawn in from the very beginning and I found that the pace never slowed. It was a real page turner for me. The author also writes the very popular Orchard Mysteries and County Cork Mysteries. So, if you like mysteries with a savvy protagonist, then you should read Monument To The Dead.

Reviewed 2013